Seseña; Unlike any other store in the world

A glimpse inside Seseña

A glimpse inside Seseña

Seseña is one of the most classic stores in Madrid. Here, you’ll find a piece of clothing that so recognizably Spanish and incredibly chic. What is this amazing piece of clothing? Behold, the cape.

One of the stylish capes for women

One of the stylish capes for women

This store was opened in 1901, by a tailor named Santos Seseña Rojas. At the time, the cape was a very common piece of clothing in men’s wardrobes. Now, close to 50% of the clientele are women and it might be the only store in the world that makes and sells the capes onsite. These days, dignitaries, artists and even local musicians wear capes. Throughout various parts of Spain, you can see a music group called a “tuna”. These groups are usually made up of university students who play guitar and sing serenades to earn money. They also are stylishly dressed in capes. But the most recent edition of the cape fan club? Normal folks. Thanks in part to high-end designers, capes have made a comeback in recent years as a distinguished alternative to the winter coat.

A woman tries on a modern style of cape. Images via Seseñ

A woman tries on a modern style of cape. Images via Seseñ

If you’re looking for a truly unique piece of clothing to add to your repertoire, or need an unforgettable gift for a special someone, check out the Spanish capes at Seseña. You can try on the capes in person or visit their fantastic (and English-friendly) website.

Where: Seseña is located on Calle Cruz, 23

Metro: Sol

Guide to Shopping in Madrid


Art, Photography and Design Stores:

Blacksun – Specialized in digital photography and design, the folks here can grab any picture and twist it to your liking, from big frame ups to Warhol-like designs.

Lomography – A store dedicated to all that is analog, whether it be cameras, movies or their accessories. With today’s clean digital pictures you lose some of that rustic beauty, something this store aims to retain. They sell both the products (say, cameras) and the results (say, analog pictures).

Handcrafts and Home Accessories Stores:

Peseta – Creative handcrafts that are cure and childish, but not necessarily for children.

The o2 Store – Accesories for yourself and your house in the style of the sharper image–just less technological, more chic and full of pop culture.

Musical Instruments:

Jose Ramirez GuitarsWell made guitars in Madrid.


Toni Martin Discos – A treasure for lovers of  classic rock, blues, jazz and everything in between.


8 1/2 – The ultimate source on books, magazines and publication on cinema, as well posters and movie memorabilia.

Panta Rhei – A quirky and indie bookshop that is also a small art gallery


Subaquatica – Probably the only store in the city completely dedicated to Hip Hop with  books, videos, clothing, music and accessories available.

Pinta en Copas – a hybrid between arts and crafts and a store: you can choose over hundreds of ceramic models, whether they be accessories or just plain decorative,  and then paint them yourself.



Clothing Stores:

El Tintero – Hip T-shirts with original drawings.

Shoe Stores:

Las Bailarinas – funky footwear.

El Naturalista – eco friendly shoes from spain.


Inaki Sampedro – Leather hand painted bags.



Clothing Stores:

Ojalá! –  One of a kind pieces by Paloma del Pozo.



Shoe Stores:

Casa Hernanz – Espadrilles, espadrilles, espadrilles.



Clothing Stores:

Patas Arriba – Local and independent alternative clothing, shoes and accessories store for women.



Clothing Stores:

Biscuit – Limited edition clothing and accessories.

Bless – Fashion salvation.

Divina Providencia – Handmade Spanish clothes, bags, broaches, and more.

La Linterna Roja – One of a kind dresses, painted skirts and blouses.

KLING – Creative women’s clothing.

Emiika Style – Hip t-shirts and locally made accessories.

Home Decor:

Nest Boutique – Original products for turning you empty space into a home.



Food, cooking utensils and accessories:

The American Store – U.S products for the homesick, from Aunt Jemima to Betty Crocker, from cooking trays to lunch boxes.




Loewe – High-end Spanish fashion.

Surft and Skate:

Caribbean – Madrid’s oldest surf, skateboard and longboard shop, also equipped with a wide range of spare parts, accessories and clothing.




Antigua Casa Talavera – Spanish ceramic studio.