In a relatively short space of time, Malasaña has transformed itself into the epicenter of vintage clothes in Madrid. When exploring this wonderful neighborhood you cannot afford to miss strolling down Calle Espíritu Santo where you will find some of the best vintage clothes stores, retro restaurants, and small boutiques in the capital. It’s a perfect setting for the ultimate shopping trip.
A good place to start is Malasaña’s longest serving retro store: El Templo de Susu. This is widely seen as the best place to buy vintage clothing in Madrid, and here you will find great clothing and accessories at fantastic prices. Just a stone’s throw away from El Templo de Susu is a small store called Miss Vintage, which has a collection that’s full of hidden gems and great surprises. On the same side of the street, just a minute’s walk away is Rainbow Vintage, where their eclectic range is sure to produce more than a few surprises for you to take home. If this does not satisfy your desire for vintage clothes, there are many other stores close-by. Have a look around Kinda Kinks (the name is based on a classic 60s album by the British band The Kinks) on Calle del Pez where you will find a great range of denim clothing and much, much more. On Calle Velarde is Magpie, which also has a wide and wonderful collection waiting for you to explore.
You might need a quick break after all that shopping so make a beeline for Lolina Vintage Café, which is conveniently located next to Miss Vintage on Calle Espíritu Santo. Here you can grab an expertly made gin and tonic and travel back in time as you take in the cafe’s retro decor and vintage furniture. Not only do they offer delicious food and drink around the clock, but every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they turn up the volume and invite you to enjoy one of their famous parties. Afterwards, visit Ioli, one of the jewels of Espíritu Santo, where designer Cynthia Ioli sells her personal offerings of bags and shoes. Pictures of Lili is yet another store on this street that defies classification, where you’ll find a great selection of secondhand books, photographs, paintings, and other curiosities.
Malasaña is a neighborhood worth exploring time and time again, not just because of its fantastic collection of vintage clothing, but also for its numerous eateries and exciting selection of unique stores and boutiques.