What to do at the Mercado de Fuencarral before it shuts down
To some, visiting a shopping centre isn't the high point when discovering a new city, but the Mercado de Fuencarral is different. Rather than just a place to grab designer attire, it is a place to acquire the latest in alternative fashion.
It almost went under in 2008, which sparked a high level of protest due to how fondly its locals felt of it. Now, sadly, the building is set to close for good in 2015. So before it goes, why not check it out if you pass through Madrid on your gap year.
Here're just a few stores to visit before it's too late:
Welcome, stylised as w3lcom3, is a unique menswear brand where all the products are manufactured within the country. With a penchant for on trend shirts, it's definitely worth a look around for the right item for you. For a nosey round their current sale, click here.
Gafas de sol
If you're travelling around in the sun, you're going to need to some protection for you eyes. But more importantly, if you're travelling around in the sun, you're going to want to look top notch. Therefore stopping by Gafas de sol, a supplier of fashionable sunglasses is in your best interests.
The range is extensive, meaning you will find a pair that suits your face, be it oval, heart or potato shaped. For more information click here.
Everyone loves a gadget. Some are really useful, some are really pointless, but they're always generally fun. Diedro is an outlet of ingenious contraptions, including pizza cutting scissors, a ketchup dispenser in the form of a plastic revolver and a USB-powered mug warmer - perfect for keeping coffee at the right temperature on a cold train or hostel. For a sift through, click here.
If you have eyes like a magpie and have a thing for silverware, then you will be like a kid in a candy store in Reggy Design. Everything they sell is unique to the shop, meaning you won't embarrassingly bump into someone at a social event in the same necklace. For a rummage around, click here.
On the lookout for some shoes or trainers that match your leftfield personality? Look no further than Gop, a store teeming with various interesting and fashion forward foot-clobber. Perfect for making your outift that little bit extra interesting. Click here for a taster of what's on offer.
For 16 years, the mall has been a place where friends have met up, gone shopping and enjoyed it as a something a little bit different. The owner, Ramón Matoses is said to be said sad to sell the building, but has promised: “At the end of July 2015 we will say goodbye to this iconic place with a big party.”