The Best Madrid Vintage Clothing Stores
I’m excited! I’m welcoming my good friend Kate Donahue as Thoughtful Flamingo’s first guest writer.
She did a pretty cool thing recently—she spent 90 days away from work to get to know her passions. She completed yoga training in Bali, traveled across Europe, and started a blog to share her projects and adventures. Lucky for us one of her newest passions includes vintage clothing in Madrid.
Kate, take it away…
Lo más antiguo, lo mejor [The older, the better]
On a recent trip to Madrid, I stumbled upon a series of vintage shops in the Malasaña neighborhood, and boy was it a beautiful surprise. It led me to conclude: Madrid is a vintage TREASURE SOURCE. I’m sharing my top spots for thrifted threads. If your goal is to hit a bunch of shops without having to travel all over town, you’re in luck. The shops featured are all squeezed into one quaint street: Calle Velarde (bookmark!). Perfect if you’re on a time crunch. Scroll below for my top picks.
Why vintage wins every time.
This was the last stop on a Europe trip, so there wasn’t much room in the luggage for purchases. It forced me to prioritize my buys, and vintage is a buy I can get behind. I try to keep my wardrobe sustainable and love to make old things new again through fashion. And the coolest part? By wearing vintage, you’re part of a bigger story. A vintage garment has a past-life, with some of its origins exposed to you (where it’s from, what it was made of). But sometimes you have to guess at its history, or better yet, let your imagination improvise. By buying the vintage garment, you’re keeping its story going. Giving it a next chapter. A mass produced sweater or beautifully unique piece with a past? Vintage wins every. single. time.
You are out of the loop, but let me fix that. Meet, Loop. Out of all the shops I stopped in, this was my favorite. It was very well curated, with some of the dreamiest prints I’ve seen. There wasn’t a ton of volume in the shop, which sometimes I prefer. Each piece was truly unique yet was consistent to the store’s overall vibe. While the quantity of items was lower, the quality was very high. I walked out with a vibrant floral dress (pictured below) that I plan to debut at my next Napa trip. Vintage florals done right. Thank you Loop!
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 9pm, Sunday 11:30am - 3pm, 4pm - 8:30pm
Location: Calle Velarde, 1, local 2, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 919 21 00 88
Whatever you do, don’t skip Magpie! My oh my. Go here for jackets and shoes. It won’t disappoint. The employees who source the clothes have a good eye for print. I found Magpie to have the biggest collection of prints. The shop was on the large side, and well organized. Overall, a very pleasant browsing experience.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 9pm, Sunday 12pm - 9pm
Location: Calle Velarde, 3, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 914 48 31 04
Walking into Williamsburg, I was greeted by vintage with a twist. They feature a designer who upcycles old vintage dresses / fabrics into new, modern dresses. Picture an outdated, frumpy silhouette getting reconstructed into a modern A-Line, that’s what you’ll find at Williamsburg. The owner was friendly and proud of the store’s story. And the dressing room was too cute for words, so I captured it in a photo below.
Hours: Daily 9am - 11pm
Location: Calle Velarde, 4, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 647 51 39 11
La Mona Checa
Their cheeky sign drew me in (see below), and their inventory didn’t let me down. On the smaller side, La Mona Checa is a good stop for the basics. Smaller quantity, but again, to me that means higher quality pieces.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 9pm, Sunday 11:30am - 3pm, 4pm - 9pm
Location: Calle Velarde, 2, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 915 93 39 97
The staff at Biba was warm, and the shop was full of vintage finds. What set it apart from the rest was its wide selection of overalls and vintage jerseys. Converse lovers will also find some gently used kicks at decent prices. This one is worth a stop in.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 9pm, Closed Sunday
Phone: +34 915 91 54 68
Flamingos Vintage Kilo
Flamingos Vintage Kilo was the most eclectic of the bunch. With neon signs and American flags draped throughout the space , the shop had a bold personality in all the right ways. The items you’ll find here are unique, and you just might fall in love with something completely unexpected. From cowboy boots to funky blazers, the sky is the limit at Flamingos Vintage Kilo.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 9pm, Sunday 12pm -8pm
Phone: +34 915 04 83 13
Last but not least, Alphaville. Good spot for jackets and jerseys. The ambiance was very inviting, and the guy running the shop was rad.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11am - 9pm, Closed Sunday
Phone: +34 910 80 41 03
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And before you go: Madrid Good Finds Google Maps List - Happy shopping!
Hi. I’m Kate: a midwest soul on a west coast adventure. I chased my dreams to San Diego, where I first fell in love with the California lifestyle. Five years later, I made the leap up to San Francisco to further my career in tech. I’ve created this space as a home-base for passion projects, travel, and yoga.
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