This was the best place we found for shopping in all of Madrid – Principe Pio station is a rather large shopping mall with recognisable names like H&M, McDonald’s and Starbucks plus shops that I haven’t come across in England before, like clothes shops Pinkie’s and Pull & Bear, which are great. It’s fairly small by shopping mall standards in the UK, but was the biggest (actually, the only) shopping mall we found in Madrid.
My favourite random things in the Principe Pio mall were the vending machines – dispensing everything from olive oil to books to bouquets of flowers. No boring fizzy drinks and chocolate bars here, oh no.
As well as the larger, well-known shops, there were also a few little stalls scattered around the mall entrance, selling things like jewellery, handbags and watches. I managed to purchase a gorgeous watch for €6 and a pair of turquoise crystal earrings for €2 from these little stands. Totally bargainous and definitely worth checking out if you’re passing through the station.