Shopping Trip in Las Rozas!
One of the best things about going overseas, especially to countries in Europe, is that you can hunt for great deals from luxury brands in outlet stores! Just thirty minutes (by bus) from central Madrid is Las Rozas Village, an outdoor mall of sorts with over a hundred outlet retail stores of luxury brands.
Since shopping was part of our itinerary, we bought tickets in advance online for a roundtrip bus ride to the village. We left early afternoon around 1PM and there were two return trips we could go on board – 5PM or 8PM. The tickets we got from Viator was supposed to include a tour of sorts and a VIP discount but as it turned out we were better off just riding the normal bus. First, there was no tour. The guide didn’t even talk about Las Rozas at all. Second, the 10% discount VIP card she gave us was useless because most of the items already had major discounts and the 10% additional wouldn’t stack. So yeah if ever you guys are in Madrid and you want to go to Las Rozas, just take the normal bus and save your Euros.
When you say “Factory outlet stores” you usually think warehouse style of selling stuff like how S&R does it in Manila. However luxury brands deserve more prestige than that and that’s exactly what we found in Las Rozas. The place resembled an outdoor mall of sorts — think of Eastwood city but instead of restaurants you get a variety of high-end brands! Also upgrade the storefronts and benches since they all looked awesome with their different international architectural stylings!
In terms of shopping, we found that most of the stuff here is really waaaaaaaaay much more affordable compared to the prices in the Philippines. For example, shoes from Tod’s go for around Php5,000 (in Manila they cost 3x more). Bags from famous brands like Furla, Michael Kors, and Coach also go for around a third or half the prices they’re being sold locally. If you’re not into bags, you can go shop for shirts in Polo Ralph Lauren, TH, Hugo Boss, Versace, Armani and many more! Again, there are a lot of bargain deals to be found. Just make sure you look towards the back of the shop because that’s where they have their older collections with massive price cuts (up to 70%).
If you want to eat, there are three restaurants. The main one is Cafe and Tapas which is at the center. There’s also a nice overlooking set-up near Starbucks at the end of the village. Great place to have drinks after a heavy afternoon of shopping.
Again, don’t book the tour. Just get the normal bus. It’s worth the trip! 🙂
If you want to see the full list of brands that are in Las Rozas, click here to visit their official site. They have almost all the nice ones except for Prada.