Enjoy shopping heaven in Madrid with my guide to the best areas to shop around Calle Jorge Juan
This is the really cool area of the Salamanca district, the blocks nearest the Retiro Park, with some of the city’s most exclusive boutiques, quite a few galleries and lots of restaurants too.
Starting on Calle Jorge Juan itself, David Delfín at 31 (www.davidelfin.com) is one of Spain’s hottest designers at the moment. This huge space is a showcase for his men’s and women’s clothes, which feature sharp lines, bold colours and usually something totally unexpected too.
Red-carpet favourte Hannibal Laguna (www.hannibal-laguna.com) was born in Venezuela but moved to Madrid when he was a teenager. He has a stunning minimalist shop at Jorge Juan 35 which sells all his couture and ready to wear lines, as well as accessories and jewellery.
I’m a big fan of the Catalan designer Sita Murt, who has a shop at Jorge Juan 43 (www.sitamurt.com), particularly her knitwear and trousers, which are very wearable but always sharp and distinctive.
If you’re a shoe addict, there is a branch of Robert Clergerie (www.robertclergerie.fr) at 14, with Vialís – another of my favourites – at number 9. Both are very hot on wedges and clogs.
Gallery, at 38 (www.gallerymadrid.com) is a dramatic white space linked by a sculptural staircase, and one of the top men’s boutiques in town, with clothes by Prada, Burberry Prorsum and Dries van Noten. Downstairs, there are gourmet chocolates and wine as well as accessories.
Alleys and cul de sacs
You need to explore every nook and cranny around this area, as you never know what you might find.
Just off Jorge Juan, don’t miss the branch of the Barcelona design temple Vinçon at Castelló 18 in a converted factory (www.vincon.com), which is great for gifts. It’s a bit hidden away, but worth seeking out.
There is a Marni boutique at Calle Gurtubay 5 (www.marni.com), and a string of interesting shops in the pedestrianised Callejón de Jorge Juan and parallel Callejón Puigcerdà.
Nearby at Calle Velázquez 28, Ekseption (www.ekseption.net) is one shop who absolutely must visit if you are vaguely interested in fashion. Where shall I start? Well, you can choose from Balenciaga (who was Spanish by the way), Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Philip Lim, Balmain…
The EKS space next door stocks diffusion lines by names including Miu Miu and Luella, as well as a dangerous range of top jeans labels.
You can also read advice on Shopping in Madrid: Salamanca area – around Calle Serrano or see Shopping in Madrid.