Local handicrafts and artisanal items to pick up on your trip
Expat-run specialty shop At Spain offers some of Spain’s most exclusive handmade products—carved olive wood bowls and utensils, wool blankets made following 18th-century techniques in the Andalusian village of Grazalema. Gran Vía, 57, 10; tel. 34 915 475 091. www.atspain.com
“For shoe addicts only! Top Spanish shoe designers sell their discounted wares in the dozens of muestrarios (sample shops) located all along Calle Augusto Figueroa.” — Genevieve McCarthy, director, Cellar Tours, Madrid-based luxury wine tour company. Located in trendy Chueca. C/Augusto Figueroa.
Espadrilles are to Spanish summers what flip-flops are to the beach; the Hernanz family has made these ultra-comfy classics for over a century; line up at the 19th-century wooden counter and order by size and color. Casa Hernanz, C/Toledo, 18; tel. 34 913 665 450.
Since 1858, family-owned Casa de Diego has provided Madrid’s most fashionable señoritas with quality fans; hand-painted, filigreed, edged in lace, encrusted with pearls—styles and prices are unlimited. Puerta del Sol, 12; 34 915 226 643. www.casadediego.com
For over 500 years, the Sunday morning flea market, El Rastro, has offered everything from hand-carved castanets to Moroccan leather bags to downright junk; streets around the market are lined with bustling tapas bars; be aware, the market draws a fair share of pickpockets; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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