Alongside traditional shops (pharmacies, bakeries, corner shop grocery stores...) that have kept their doors open for over a century, or department stores, distributed throughout the city, Madrid offers a range of shops where you can find whatever you're looking for - as well as plenty it didn't occur to you to look for! There are many shopping districts, but the area around Gran Via and Sol, and the Salamanca district are the capital's two main commercial centres. In the latter, in streets such as Serrano, Castello, Goya, Velazquez, Principe de Vergara and Ortega y Gasset, national and international firms are gathered. Designers, including Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Roberto Toretta, Sybilla, Modesto Lomba, David Dolphin and Jesus del Pozo also have their headquarters here. The Salamanca district is also the area where main art galleries are located and where you can buy paintings by famous artists with price tags to match as well as more purse-friendly options.
Every Sunday morning, in the heart of traditional Madrid, the area around Ribera de Curtidores offers an alternative shopping experience. Here, in the traditional flea market you'll find second hand and new bargains in a colourful whirl of activity.
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