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 visitors love the amazing vibe of the Spanish capital. This unique atmosphere has also a lot to do with Madrid’s typical neighborhoods. Each of them has its own very special style. If you are going there, maybe staying in Aspasios Atocha Apartments, you will have the opportunity to explore this incredible city. Here is our list of the coolest neighborhoods in Madrid.

La Latina

La Latina

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 by the way, it’s for 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.

Chueca

Museo Chicote on the Gran Vía

Museo Chicote on the Gran Vía

Chueca is one of Madrid’s most stylish and dynamic neighborhoods. Among other things, it is well known as a district very popular with the LGBTQ community. Of course, Chueca offers lots of great things to everybody, no matter if gay or straight. It features a whole range of stylish shops, trendy bars and amazing restaurants. Places like Museo Chicote cocktail bar on the Gran Via make Chuecas a great place to go out at night. At the same time, Chueca is also great to visit during the day. If you go there, you definitely shouldn’t miss the San Antón fresh food market, where you can have a refreshing drink on the roof terrace.

Malasaña

Plaza del 2 de Mayo in Malasaña

Plaza del 2 de Mayo in Malasaña

West of Chueca you will find the neighborhood of Malasaña. Back in the 1980s it was the center of the so-called Movida Madrileña, a highly creative countercultural movement that changed the spirit and the appearance of the Spanish capital. At that time, Malasaña was a very unconventional neighborhood with bustling nightlife and some degree of semi-legal leisure activities. Today, the neighborhood is a much quieter and basically very safe place. Being considered as Madrid’s hippest neighborhood, Malasaña features many vintage shops, small boutiques run by young designers and easy-going bars and restaurants.

Salamanca

Calle de Alcalá in the Salamanca neighborhood

Calle de Alcalá in the Salamanca neighborhood

The neighborhood of Salamanca is considered one Madrid’s poshest and more expensive areas. Here you will find the so-called “Golden Mile,” where you will be able to do shopping in most exclusive Spanish and international designer stores. If you feel like spending you time in a beautiful upscale neighborhood, you definitely should head there. Apart from many wonderful Michelin-starred restaurants and designer bars, we strongly recommend the popular little restaurant called Casa Dani. It is located in the Mercado de la Paz fresh food market and is well known for its incredible potato omelet and its delicious fixed-price lunch menu.

Natalia Gonima

Natalia Gonima

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