El Rastro Flea Market
Browse the stalls at the iconic El Rastro flea market and go on a treasure hunt to find unique gifts and souvenirs. Open on Sundays and public holidays, El Rastro is the oldest open-air market in the city, so don’t miss out on a chance to visit this Madrid institution.
To reach El Rastro, get on the Metro Line 5 and hop off at La Latina or Puerta de Toledo. The huge market centres on Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores in the Embajadores neighbourhood, just a short walk from both stations. For the very best finds, make sure you venture into the side streets where you’ll find plenty of antiques, vintage clothing and vinyl records alongside new items.
Finding hidden gems can be a challenge, so make sure you have a good rummage as you spend the morning or afternoon getting lost in the maze of stalls. There are no set prices here, so don’t forget to haggle with the sellers to get a true bargain. As you walk through the market, remember to beware of pickpockets, especially when the streets are packed full of tourists.
If you love antiques, there are some great second hand shops in the local area. Many are closed on market days, but keep an eye out for the few that are open.
When you’re finished at the market, walk over to La Latina, one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, for some tapas and a refreshing drink before hopping back on the Metro to continue exploring the city.