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El Rastro Market

Listed under Markets in Madrid, Spain.

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Every Sunday between 7 am and 2 pm, the streets of the historic center of Madrid come alive with fascinating people, products, and stalls at the El Rastro Market. As Europe's largest outdoor market, you are sure to find just about everything imaginable here. There are the clothes, gadgets, and wallets you'd expect to find anywhere, but a few surprises can be guaranteed as well. Although there is no set organization of the market- you will generally find clothes are on the top part of the hill, streets to the left have arts and crafts and to the right have antiques and vintage secondhand goods, and at the base of the hill you can find electronics and books.

Prices are not fixed or marked so you will have to ask how much everything costs. Bargaining is acceptable in the markets, and you might just find it will work in your favor!

Shop for: Clothes, antiques

Cafe stop: Stop at one of the small bars in El Rastro and try a Caña and Tapa (small beer with a portion of food) for a true Spanish experience.

Get here: Accessible from Metro Puerta de Toledo, Metro La Latina or Metro Antón Martin.

Written by  Mary Kate Alfieri.

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