Madrid is home to large outdoor shopping areas like the Gran Vía, but sometimes, especially in bad weather, a mall is a much nicer shopping prospect. Read on to discover some of the best shopping malls in the city.
1. Centro Comercial La Gavia, Madrid
If you need furniture or if you just want to stock up on cheap candles, then La Gavia is for you: it houses one of the two IKEA of Madrid (tip: try to go during the week to avoid the crowd). In addition to Scandi furniture, the shopping center, located at the end of line 1 of the metro, offers a wide range of stores, from women’s and men’s fashion, to toy stores and technology stores, as well as a cinema. There are also a good number of food options: the popular hamburger chain Five Guys is one of the last fast food options to open here.
2. Principe Pio, Madrid
The Centro Comercial Príncipe Pío is a good option if you don’t want to get too far from the city center; it is located in the old Estación Norte train station, just west – and within easy walking distance – of the center. There is a good range of street brands, from Spanish favorites like Zara and Mango to international names like H&M and Levi’s. There is a Cinesa cinema and a food court filled with different dining options
3. ABC Serrano, Madrid
Located in the old historic headquarters of the Spanish newspaper ABC, this shopping center is located in the heart of the most chic district of Madrid: Salamanca. It regularly organizes events, art exhibitions to meet the INS with Madrid fashion week. Be sure to explore the Golden Mile near designer stores, even if you’re just window shopping!
4. Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú
Madrid Xanadú, south-west of Madrid, is much more than just a shopping center. In addition to a good range of shops and restaurants, it is home to the largest indoor ski slope in Spain, Madrid Snowzone. There’s also a movie theater, a bowling alley, and a mini-golf course – so you’ll get covered for activities for the whole family.
5. Parquesur, Madrid
Located in Leganés, seven kilometers south of Madrid but easily accessible by the Cercanías commuter train, Parquesur is one of the largest shopping centers in Spain. It has 153 shops and 47 restaurants, as well as an IMAX cinema and a bowling alley.
6. Plaza Norte 2, Madrid
This shopping center is located in San Sebastián de los Reyes, northeast of Madrid. This is the location of the second IKEA in Madrid, so a useful option if you are looking for new furniture or household items. In addition to all the usual Spanish and international department stores, there is also a cinema.
7. Las Rozas Village, Madrid
In the city of Las Rozas, on the outskirts of Madrid, is Las Rozas Village, a designer fashion store with many big brands at unbeatable prices. There is a direct bus line from Plaza de España, right in the center of Madrid. Non-EU residents can also claim the purchase tax by requesting a tax-free receipt and presenting it to customs when they leave Spain.