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El Corte Inglés: Madrid's one and only?

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El Corte Inglés
Preciados 1-4
Metro: Sol / Callao
Zone : Sol
Map: F10
El Corte Inglés is a Spanish classic and since they bought their competitors back in 1995, it's really the only complete department store in the country. In most shops they have also good supermarkets and the Gourmet Club where you can find delicatessen. Hipercor is the big supermarket chain that belongs to them and Opencor is their branch of corner foodstores belonging to the same group.

Their largest store in Madrid is close to Nuevos Ministerios subway. Corte Inglés has several buidings in Callao, Sol, Princesa or Goya, to name a few.

Open:Mon. to Sat.: 10.00- 21.30

Preciados, 28
Metro: Callao/Sol
: Sol
Map: F8
French stores specialising in books, music, video, games and electronics. At FNAC you can buy a tickets for conterts, newspapers or magazines while you have a coffee or a sanwich at their good value café. On the second floor there is a room where you can read the books (without buying them) while listening to a selection of music. Limited English collection. They claim that if you find the same thing cheaper somewhere else (not online), they will refund you the difference (proof provided).

Open:Mon. to Sat.: 10.00-21.30. Sundays: 10.00-19.00

Gran Vía, 43
Metro: Callao / Santo Domingo
Zone: Gran Vía
Map: E-7
Other addesses:
Albertto Aguilera 56
Fuencarral 101
Orense 16 and 79
Princesa 5
Serrano 41
Velázquez 136

VIPS is not a big store but a chain of shops and restaurants that you can find around different areas of town. Mainly food, drinks, magazines, books and music.

Open: up to 3.00 am, Sundays inlcuded