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