Crafts and Antiques in Madrid's Outdoor Markets
Madrid's world-famous Rastro is just one of its stupendous street markets. And don't forget the hippies!
Hitting the streets to unearth some major treasures.
Madrid just wouldn't be Madrid without its street markets. Some are world famous, such as the Rastro, which brings together a cast of thousands - both local and visiting - every Sunday as well as holidays, as a multitude of stalls line the streets around Ribera de Curtidor from 9AM to 3PM. They hawk just about anything you can think of, from household goods to jewellery, crafts, artwork, and of course antiques. Best Metro stops are Latina, Puerta de Toledo and Tirso de Molina. On Saturdays, head to Plaza Dos de Mayo for a street market that specialises in second-hand treasures (including vinyl records) with some crafts mixed in. But perhaps the street market of choice is the Mercadillo de Goya, a so-called "hippie market" (word: "los hippies de Goya", they're dubbed) right in the middle of the ritzy Salamanca neighbourhood. Goya's been here for more than 30 years, open daily except Sundays till 9:30PM, and while it's not huge (just 20 stalls), it offers good quality at good prices for clothing, crafts, jewellery and accessories.
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