Party Earth Review One of the most famous flea markets in the world, El Rastro sells everything from clothes, jewelry, and antiques to music, DVDs, and vintage 1970s Playboy magazines. Every Sunday, multitudes of people from all walks of... ... read full review
Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores
La Latina / Lavapiés, Madrid –
One of the most famous flea markets in the world, El Rastro sells everything from clothes, jewelry, and antiques to music, DVDs, and vintage 1970s Playboy magazines. Every Sunday, multitudes of people from all walks of life descend on the sunny Plaza de Cascorro in search of the best deals on any goods imaginable.
Although plenty of modern products are on sale, the market has maintained its old-world feel and customs, so haggling is still in vogue and only adds to the fun.
The aptly named El Rastro (The Trail) starts in the Plaza de Cascorro, gradually wends its way downhill through a handful of winding medieval streets, and ends up – 3,500 stalls later – at the 19th-century monument of the Puerta de Toledo.
Even browsers who don’t intend to buy anything will find that taking a leisurely stroll through the market is a unique experience full of the sights and sounds of vendors and buyers from all over the world negotiating for antiques, handcrafts, fabrics, and even paintings.
El Rastro is definitely worth checking out at least once, so interested shoppers should wake up – or stay up – early on a Sunday and plan for a long siesta later in the day.
International tourists, locals, and bargain hunters, all ages.
Browsing and haggling.
Numerous cafés and bars along the market route offer coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Also, keep an eye out for pickpockets in El Rastro. Keep purses and backpacks zipped up and be aware of who is around.
No entrance fee.
Early morning from 9 to 11am.