Of all the neighborhoods that give life and personality to Madrid, Fuencarral is one of the most authentic, fantastic and special. Originally the home of the now extinct Fuencarral Market, this central zone has reconverted into an area of high fashion, style and tendencies so that it has now become Madrid’s alternative gold mile.
Although in the Calle Serrano you can find all the couture brands and the top designers both national and international are well established, however, Fuencarral has decided promote the more casual brands (although just as chic) and emerging local and international designers.
If you have chosen a Petit Palace hotel in Madrid and you are thinking about treating yourself to a weekend shopping in the capital, make sure you spend a few hours to get to know this fashion temple which is called the Barrio de Fuencarral.
With the bars and cafeteria exquisitely decorated, the Barrio de Fuencarral is similar to a large commercial center with all the most well known, latest fashion brands such as Puma, Desigual, Roxy, Gas, Pepe Jeans, Billabong, together with many other fashion articles because they have all seen that this area of Madrid is one of the most prominent and profitable.
For denim lovers Fuencarral is more than just a reference for the leading brands in the world for jeans and denim jackets. You can find such brands as Levi’s or the popular Wrangler, one of the most in demand and well known American jeans in the world.
Additionally Fuencarral is the mother of fashion for the Madrid “urban tribes” so do not be surprised to see shops selling gothic, rock, indie, or hardcore styles during your international shopping spree. To see chained mannequins with crests, and lots of latex is a “must” see in this zone of Madrid.
Worth a special mention are the small shops in the Fuencarral area (as we already said at the beginning) they not only smell of delicious coffee and a squid sandwich, but there are also typical delicatessens and shops selling hand made goods and silver or well known pastry shops such as the San Onofre Bakery, world famous for the quality of their Roscón de Reyes (Three Kings Christmas cake).