Calle Santa Teresa , 5, Chueca
For the kinds of unique accessories you always want to bring back from a trip abroad, head to one of Malababa's two locations (one in Salamanca and one in Chueca). Designer Ana Carrasco produces her entire line of bags, jewelry, and shoes in Spain, employing local artisans for every step of the process, from tanning the leather to sewing the bags. Expect a range of styles, from delicate beaded jewelry to chunky leather boots to clutches adorned with bold geodesic clasps. You can also find a range of prices, with plenty of perfect gift options available for less than 100 Euros.
Calle de Regueros, 15, Chueca
Chueca hasn't always been the amazing shopping district it is today—it was thanks to pioneers like Patricia Salas and Beatriz Mezquíriz, who opened their destination shop here in 2004, that the area became such a hotbed of fashion and culture. Pez specializes in splurge-worthy items from some of Europe's best designers, showcasing elegant shoes from Italy, forward-thinking staples from Belgium, and the best representatives of their native Spain (like goop favorite Masscob). The interior, which is clean and white save for vintage wooden farm tables and exposed wooden beams in the ceiling, is an appropriate backdrop for the spot-on edit.
Calle Hernán Cortés, 7, Chueca
This crowded bookshop specializes in the visual arts—you can rely on them to carry publications from recent exhibitions or monographs from living artists, shelved alongside books on graphic design, marketing, art, and fashion. The emphasis on visuals is well complemented by the in-house gallery, which shows different works by Spanish illustrators every few months. It won't come as a surprise that the children's section is stocked with some of the most stunning kids books we've ever seen.
Calle Fernando VI, 13, Chueca
Lucia Ruiz-Rivas' airy concept store is the type of place where it's easy to lose an entire afternoon. From the white exposed brick walls to the pine floors to the check-out counter, which is housed in what looks like the wooden frame of a tiny cottage, the entire shop exemplifies Ruiz-Rivas' clean, minimalist, and design-focused aesthetic. As for the wares, you're guaranteed to discover fashion, interior, and jewelry brands you've never heard of before, scattered alongside vintage finds and design-y knickknacks. If you tire of perusing the clothing racks, hang out in the little lounge space (fittingly decorated with Scandinavian-inspired furniture) and peruse the extremely well-curated selection of art and design magazines hanging from clipboards on the wall.
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