The Coolest Neighborhoods in Madrid

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The Coolest Neighborhoods in Madrid

Madrid is a beautiful and exciting city. It is well known for its great architecture, wonderful museums and vibrant cultural life. Both locals and tourists love the amazing vibe of the Spanish capital. This unique atmosphere has also a lot to do with Madrid’s typical neighborhoods, because each of them has its own very special style. Here is our list of the coolest neighborhoods in Madrid:

La Latina

Tirso de Molina Square. La Latina.

The neighborhood of La Latina is one of Madrid’s oldest parts. Located south of the magnificent Plaza Mayor, it is home to many lovely winding streets and beautiful churches like San Andrés, San Francisco, San Pedro and San Miguel. La Latina is doubtlessly also a great place to learn about Madrid’s history: in the San Isidro Museum you will have the opportunity to learn about Madrid’s growth over the years, and the entrance is free. On top of that, this neighborhood is widely known for its tapas bars. In the Calle del Cava Baja you will find some great places for an amazing tapas bar crawl. Of course, you also can choose one of the bars or restaurants on the lovely Plaza de la Paja.


Museo Chicote on the Gran Vía

Museo Chicote on the Gran Vía

Chueca is one of the most elegant and dynamic neighborhoods in Madrid. It is home to the emblematic streets of Barquillo, Hortaleza and Fuencarral. Among other things, it is well known for being a very popular district among the LGBTQ+ community and is where the Gay Pride Festival is held every year. Of course, Chueca offers plenty of things to do for all kinds of audiences, regardless of their gender preferences. It has a wide range of designer stores, trendy bars and signature restaurants. Places like the Museo Chicote cocktail bar on Gran Vía make Chueca an excellent place for a night out. At the same time, Chueca is also a great place to take a stroll during the day. If you go there, you should definitely not miss the San Antón market, where you can have a delicious refreshment on the rooftop terrace.


Plaza del 2 de Mayo in Malasaña

2 de Mayo Square in Malasaña

To the west of Chueca is the Malasaña neighborhood. In the 1980s, it was the center of the so-called Movida Madrileña, a very creative countercultural movement that changed the spirit and look of the Spanish capital. Back then, Malasaña was a very unconventional neighborhood, with a bustling nightlife, accompanied by some semi-legal leisure activities. Today, the neighborhood is a much quieter and safer place. Considered the trendiest neighborhood in Madrid, Malasaña has many vintage stores, small stores run by young designers, as well as numerous bars, bookstores, restaurants and theaters.


Calle de Alcalá in the Salamanca neighborhood

Alcalá Street in the Salamanca neighborhood

The Salamanca neighborhood is considered one of the most expensive and elegant areas of Madrid. Here you will find the so-called “Golden Mile”, a set of streets where you can go shopping in the exclusive stores of Spanish and international designers. If you want to take a stroll through a beautiful neighborhood, you definitely have to head there. The Salamanca neighborhood has many wonderful Michelin-starred restaurants and great cocktail bars. Apart from those exclusive places, we recommend the popular little restaurant called Casa Dani. It is located in the Mercado de la Paz, and is known for its incredible tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette) and its delicious fixed-price lunch menu.

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