If the Sporty, Baby et al taught us anything, it’s that all you need for greatness is to spice up your life. Take it literally at Petra Mora, a jewel-box herb-and-spices shop on Ayala Street. The small space is expertly packed with exotic spices, olive oils, cheeses, jams, cured meats and ready-to-cook gourmet meals (try the confit de pato). You’ll also find original recipes and local wines for pairing. Optional: Channel ’90s pop-star style and wear platforms while cooking.
Calle de Ayala, 21 Barrio de Salamanca. 980 63 53 90
You’re never fully dressed without a hat (and maybe a smile, but the hat can induce one). Since opening in 2007, Mimoki has provided fashionable hair accessories and chic toppers for women. The store is filled to the brim with vibrant handmade hats, and it’s the brainchild of Ana María Chico de Guzmán — who started the brand by making exquisite hats at home. You’ll find one for every occasion and style, including feathered hats, velvet hats, and our favorite: the floral hat. Mimoki’s collections are inspired by fashion, films, art and nature, and each piece can be customized. Is that a smile we see?
C/ Hermosilla. 26 - 911 82 51 31
Spain may be famous for introducing siestas to the world (and we’ll be forever grateful). But it’s Spanish shoes that people lose sleep over. Set your alarm clock to visit Miss García, a boutique offering artisanal, handmade shoes crafted by master shoemakers using quality materials. You’ll find everything from ballerina flats and sandals to glitzy heels and winter boots. (Guys, you’re not left out, either.) And just in case you can’t find the pair you’ve been dreaming of, Miss García also offers custom-made shoes. That’s worth waking up for.
Calle Serrano 25 Barrio de Salamanca. 914 359 303
Always trust a toddler. ’Cause those lips can't lie. And judging by the squeals of delight you'll hear at Baby Deli, this is the mother of all baby shops. (Trivia: Carolina Herrera’s daughter is co-owner.) Prepare to be surrounded by roughly a gazillion toys, plus organic and natural baby food and beverages, kids’ furniture, and everything you could possibly need to take care of your little chubba. Baby Deli also hosts learning workshops, playground sessions, storytelling time, and a little garden where you can throw your baby’s next birthday. It’ll be a fiesta worthy of tiny royalty.
Calle de Alcalá, 91. 915 76 38 10
Fashion designer Sir Edwin Hardy Amies once said, “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence.” And it’s clear that only a smart man would stock up at García Madrid. Since 2006, owner Manuel García has offered a collection that blends classic European design with modern techniques. His collections include bespoke suits, shirts, trousers, winter knits and accessories. P.S. If you’re looking for a tailor you can trust, you’ve just found him.
Corredera Baja de San Palbo, 26. 915 22 05 21
So what if you’ve been wearing the same shades since 1998? Right? Wrong. Do yourself a favor and head to Optica Toscana, whose stylish staffers scour the world for one-of-a-kind, handmade sunnies that ooze personality and style. Update your look with international brands like Jacques Marie Mage and Mykita in collaboration with fashion designer Damir Doma. You’ll look spec-tacular.
Calle Hortaleza, 70. 913 60 50 07
We know: Beauty is on the inside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give the outside a little TLC. As its name promises, Handmade Beauty offers ecofriendly artisanal products that prettify without harsh ingredients. Founder Diana Burillo seems to have found the Holy Grail of beauty products with Recoletos, a range of natural and organic products. Most items are made in Spain, and you’ll find skin soothers like bath salts and hand creams plus accessories like travel totes. Ask about the nail polishes and products imported from Africa, which are gentler on your nails. It’s never been easier to love the skin you’re in.
Calle Conde de Xiquena, 17. 913 19 66 10
Wouldn’t it be nice to fall asleep in a field of daisies? Yeah, we thought so. Ginkgo Biloba may be able to help you with that. This little flower shop is filled with dazzling floral decorations, and the florists can whip up just about any arrangement your heart (or vase) desires. And speaking of vases, there’s a big selection to choose from. In no time you’ll be sending bright bouquets to your nearest and dearest. Or, you know, to yourself.
C/ Viriato, 42. 914 48 26 03