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El Rastro

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La Latina
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Address: Plaza de Cascorro, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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+34 915 40 40 10
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the...

Tourists and locals alike flock to this open air flea market, where the smart shopper can find some of the best bargains in the city.

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El Rastro is a Busy Market!

Lots of variety here - I was expecting just street vendors but there are a ton of shops as well - streets are packed by noon - I wish I had gotten there earlier -a yearly marathon... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Largest group of flea marketeers any where. The usual clothing, shoe, Spanish memorabilia, eats, comic books, music stalls. You need to bring your heavy duty walking shoes to this baby. Worth the trip if only to take back the memory of what a real flea market looks like.

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Thank jknows
Paris
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loads of things to look at (as it should be) but I could not find anything to buy. I found it quite clean for such a place but the good thing is the choice of small bars with local specialities around. It was worth the visit, all nice and colorfull.

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East Midlands, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very large market with plenty of clothes and souveniers. Surrounding area has many antique type shops and a couple of saddlerys (best value in Madrid for leather handbags and shoes - all hand made on the premises) By lunchtime it is really too crowded to get around so you need to be there for around 10am. Prices between stalls are... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Only open on Sundays. A great way to spend 2-3 hours. Even if you do not intend to buy anything,,,,, it will be hard to resist all the "bargains". Lots of junk, some antiques, many vendors, all fun. Just be sure to secure your wallet or purse, crowded and pickpockets frequent the area.

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This market is a Sunday institution for madridilenos but the main thoroughfare is dominated by cheap t-shirts, shoes, belts, hats, etc and is much the same fare as you would find in any major city market such as Camden Town in London. There is more interesting stuff in the side streets where you can find antiques, junk, picture frames and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of variety here - I was expecting just street vendors but there are a ton of shops as well - streets are packed by noon - I wish I had gotten there earlier -a yearly marathon in the center of the city made it impossible to access El Rastro by Taxi - any other time you should be able... More 

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Tureby, Denmark
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been at the El Rastro market some years ago and I remembered it bigger and more varied. Well, it was raining and very crowded, so soon we decided to leave the market, but we were hungry and, fortunately, we found a nice "jamoneria", where we got some fantastic bocadillos with jamon bellota and a couple of glasses of... More 

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Toledo, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to live close to this street so I grew up walking to "the Rastro" every Sunday morning. It became a ritual!Several blocks of outdoor shops put up especially for Sundays with a variety of items to purchase. Tons of people so come early or risk a bunch of people, which can also be interesting on a Sunday in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

And a slice of local life. Imho it is best to start at la Latina metro stop and then enter the top of the market and walk down the hill. There is everything in the market from underwear to construction equipment with tourist bits and pieces thrown in. Having been a few times I would recommend walking to the bottom... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

People call this a "flea market", but I think that's a misnomer. Flea markets usually connote to me used items, antiques, and oddball things that may or may not be treasures (Lisbon's great "Market of Thieves" on Saturdays is a perfect example). This is more of a bargain market for new items that may not be really well made or... More 

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La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighbourhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighbourhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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