For grungy fashion and good-value clubwear, head to this slightly alternative shopping area in Madrid, Malasaña. There’s no main shopping street so you’ll have to explore its narrow streets and lanes to discover its little boutique stores and cafés. Most are independently owned and therefore close between 2pm and 5pm. Malasaña also boasts some funky little record shops where you might pick up some rare imported labels.
Chido Güey, Corredera Baja de San Pablo 26 – Mexican street style and pop culture in this amazing shop that sells, among many other things, some of the hippest Ts and bags in town and the ultimate kitsch accessory – Mexican wrestling masks
Converse Deportes Paz, C/ Pez 23 – one-stop Converse shop is totally dedicated to Converse sneakers, including hard-to-find editions and a complete range of accessories
Custo Barcelona, C/ Fuencarral 29 – this iconic brand, one of Barcelona’s most famous exports, has invaded Madrid, opening up five stores in the capital. Their use of colour combinations and printed patterns keep the customers flocking in, as does the excellent presentation in each store.
Deli Room, C/ De Santa Bárbara 4 – collection of hip, up-and-coming young designers
Gildas, Corredera Alta de San Pablo 32 – as well as producing their own line of clothing, the team at Gildas will also knock up an original design for you. Just explain what you’re after and they’ll get on the case – you can even take in old favourites for renovation.
Knight Comics, C/ Pez 2 – one of the best of Malasaña’s many comic book shops
La Tipo, C/ Conde del Duque, 7 – cool t-shirts, shirts and aprons with fun ‘n funky and ever so slightly subversive designs
Level Records, C/ Divino Pastor 3 – one thing that Malasaña has plenty of is vinyl stores, which cater to all DJ tastes. Level records is one of the most established, you can pick up plenty of national product and imports too.
Lost People, C/ de Santa Bárbara 6 – a collective for up and coming Spanish designers
Mint Marché, C/ Conde Duque 14 – womenswear with a pedigree, the owners act as distributors and agents for nearby Sportivo, a favourite men’s store in the city. The onus is on Parisian fashions, with a good selection of independent labels and an plentiful range of accessories.
Otaku Center, C/ Palma, 73 – curious manga and modern Japanese lifestyle shop featuring an extraordinary selection of figurines, books, DVDs etc. and a back lounge with a semi-permanent dance game set up. ‘All of Japan in Madrid’ as their card states.
Salvador Bachiller, C/ Alberto Aguilera 54 – the ultimate traditional Spanish leather accessory store – wallets, bags, gloves etc.
Snapo, C/ Espíritu Santo 5 – streetwear with plenty of hoodies, hats and t-shirts on offer for the unisex youth of Malasaña. There are also plenty of badges, bags, hats and even punk-rock records to choose from.
Trendy Tube, C/ Corredera Baja de San Pablo 46 – interesting shop, unusually for Madrid, featuring the work of up and coming UK designers