When these dates arrive, my friends always ask me the same thing: “Angel, tell me some new discovery of yours because I don’t know where buying a gift”. So I have written a list for them and for you.
I’m not going to fool you, I also occasionally turn to Amazon’s wishlist to get some item that takes time waiting for Santa. But what would be the winter evenings without staying with friends, snacking and shopping around the center of Madrid to hunt and catch a special gift?
They wouldn’t be the same. So, yes, this post is about street markets, Christmas pop-ups and new openings; all with the MCB’s touch. Grab paper and pencil or add this post to your favorites, we started.
It’s a secret that is starting to spread like wildfire by Chamberí and all over Madrid: R Design Shop opens a physical store! At last one of the references of Nordic design in Spain has its own space where you can see first hand all their products of Scandinavian brands, from ceramic cactus and super-cute neon lights to solid wood tables, chests of drawers or lamps. Plus it’s your salvation if you’re looking for unique Christmas deco: your house will be like Pinterest’s ones!
I can only say good things about these two sisters, Mercedes and Elena. After a time of online sales, finally opened in mid-2016 its physical store near Alonso Martinez. In addition to triumphing very strongly with their handbags with iconic prints of their own travel photographs, they’re great. They already sell in more than twenty countries, but removed their entire store so that I could make a very special gift. From here I tell you: thank you very much “Zubis”!
Within the Swinton & Grant name are two initiatives: the Swinton Gallery, which is a space of more than 200 m2 where artists from the most varied artistic disciplines exhibit, and Citizen Grant, a bookstore specializing in urban and avant-garde art, graphic novels, comics and fanzines. They also have a very good cappuccino to accompany your hours of work with their WiFi and is close to La Casa Encendida, another cultural space very top.
You know that Malasaña is one of those neighborhoods of Madrid where everything happens before, and was one of the places where the first concept store began to appear. They’re places where you can find a selection of products of everything we need: decoration, clothing, footwear or food. In the case of Rughara, and its Casa Quiroga space there’re from Mava Haze jewels to drinks like Club Mate; from Xperimental footwear to works of art by Yukiko Kitahara.
If you like the romantic and Parisian style, don’t miss this organized shop in rooms as if it were a house. A lot of the people who pass in front of its show window fall in love, but there’s much more. In every room you can find bags, shoes, clothes … even swimsuits. The price range is wide, so you’re sure to find something interesting for both girls and boys.
POP UPS AND CHRISTMAS MARKETS
More than 80 young talents will join in at this market in the CBA with its version XMASFUN! You can find from the ecological backpacks of Lefrik or the funny deco objects of Diminuto Cielo (its kittens are top); and also to consecrated illustrators as Moderna de Pueblo. Only two days, 17 and 18 December 17th and 18th, but very well taken advantage of: 8 concerts, kids area, nursery and a interactive technology space.
During December 17th, all Pez Street will be road closure from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to create a real Christmas street market. But you won’t only be able to buy, there will also be swing classes, a photo contest, Christmas decorations workshops, magic shows … and of course, the possibility of enjoying the Christmas lights created by the Escuela de Arte la Palma, Malasaña based.
Would you like to buy the clothes of your favorite it-girls? And meet them? You can do it thanks to #GoForChristmas, a pop up that from December 15th to 18th, 14 of the most famous instagramers in Spain, such as María Turiel, María Fdez-Rubíes or Itziar Aguilera among others, will be with more than 30 selected brands. If you are a fan of fashion, don’t miss this #chivatazoMCB that will take place on 17 Las Aguas St at La Latina.
From December 16th to 18th you’ll find more than 100 brands at La Cebada Market in La Latina. With more than 10 years behind them, during this three-day edition, market stalls are going to become small design shop stands of alternative and sustainable design, with workshops for children and play area included. And then … enjoy La Latina!
With the confetti as the protagonist and located at Espacio La Industrial of Malasaña, it will be a real party: concerts, DJ’s, artists who will create their works live … and more than 15 fashion brands and accessories. And with every purchase, a Glitter cocktail. If the Malasaña spirit lives in you, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit this market; besides you can also win a vintage style bicycle.
I hope I have made the task of finding the perfect gift with this selection of Christmas shops and markets a bit easier. And if you need more sources of inspiration you can see my section of stores in Madrid, surely you find that unique and different gift.