The Rastro market is a Madrid institution – the popular flea-market transforms La Latina area every week on Sunday mornings. The best parts for me are the stalls selling antiques and vintage furniture, but these streets are so packed during the hours of the Rastro that it is almost impossible to even get a glimpse of what is for sale, let alone actually make a decision and buy anything.
A stroll around the Rastro is a must for all visitors to Madrid, but if you really want to buy some antique furniture, or just want to have a good look, I recommend a browse around the shops in this area on another, less manic, day of the week.
The lower part of Calle Ribera de los Curtidores, and the surrounding streets, alleys and plazas, are full of shops selling antiques and vintage furniture. I recommend starting right at the bottom (take the metro to Puerta de Toledo or Embajadores) and working your way up. One of my favourites is The Point, at no.12. Walk all the way up, popping into any place that takes your fancy on the way, to explore the shops around Plaza General Vara de Rey, and end up on Calle Santa Ana where you’ll find Non Vacui and Igloo Vintage.
By now you’ll probably be a bit weary, so why not have a drink and a bite to eat in La Cabra en el Tejado (see La Cabra article) on Calle Santa Ana?