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Madrid’s best shopping is right in the center of the city; the Sol-Salamanca area is filled with chain stores you’re already familiar with — Zara, Sephora and H&M — anchored by the country’s famous Corte Inglés department store. For haute couture, such as Versace, Louis Vuitton and Adolfo Domínguez, stroll over to Calle Ortega y Gasset. Spaniards are high on fashion, so you’ll be sure to find something from your favorite designers.
For more boutique shopping, check out the Chueca-Fuencarral area of the city, just to the north of Sol and Gran Vía. The streets of Chueca, home to Madrid’s gay community, is lined with chic and bohemian clothing and accessories stores. And while you’re there, you’ll have plenty of restaurants and cafés to pop into, if you need a pick-me-up café con leche or a glass of tinto de verano (the red wine spritzer is a local favorite) during your afternoon of hitting the shops.