Alice Taylor en spain, Travel, Hospitality and Tourism 29/9/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 2,0K

The Madrid Neighbourhoods you will fall in love with

Madrid is a really diverse city. You can find almost anything you need here, from parties to restaurants to markets and parks. There’s something for everyone, and there’s even a neighbourhood for everyone, it seems! I previously lived in the neighbourhood of Chamberí and down near to Lavapiés! I’d recommend if you visit Madrid, trying to take a whole to stroll and explore around all thebest neighbourhoods in the centre of Madird. Here’s my list!


Sol is the central neighbourhood of Madrid, it’s where you can find the main square, the important shops and restaurants and most of the people. You can find the famous bear statue here which is the official symbol of Madrid. It’s really the centre of Madrid and even the centre of the peninsula of Spain as all the highways begin there.

Find Sol

Metros: Sol, Sevilla, Ópera, Gran Vía, Santo Domingo, Callao, Tirso de Molina (Lines 1, 2, 3, 5)


The Madrid Neighbourhoods you will fall in love with

Malasaña is probably my favourite neighbourhood in Madrid. Although sometimes I feel like it’s got just a bit TOO HIPSTER. But that’s what you get for being different and authentic, then you get a bit TOO cool, then: expensive and pretentious. But I would not say that Malasaña has lost it’s charm, you just have to go to the right places. There are so many bars in this area it’s amazing, some of the best food markets and alternative shops and for a young scene I’d say it’s the best part of Madrid!

Find Malasaña

Metros: Tribunal (Line 10 & 1), Bilbao (Line 1 & 4), Noviciado & San Bernando (Line 2)


The Madrid Neighbourhoods you will fall in love with

Lavapiés literally translates as ‘feet cleaning’. This more ‘lower class’ neighbourhood is full of Indian restaurants, quirky bars and located right next to the famous market town of La Latina. Lavapiés is made up of many small winding streets which mostly sloping on a hill. The area goes down towards Atocha where you can find the famous art gallery Reina Sofia and the tropical train station!

Find Lavapiés

Metros: Lavapiés (Line 3, yellow), extending to Tirso de Molina, Antón Martín & Atocha (Line 1)


The Madrid Neighbourhoods you will fall in love with

I’d name Salamanca the more upper class neighbourhood of Madrid. There are some lovely unique shops and nice bars and restaurants in this area. There’s a main road with plenty of offices and businesses, the neighbourhood is fairly quiet and clean as you might expect from a more posh district.

Find Salamanca

Metros: Príncipe de Vergara, Retiro & Goya (Line 2), Serrano, Velázquez, Lista & Goya (Line 4)Núñez de Balbao (Line 5)


The Madrid Neighbourhoods you will fall in love with

Chamberí is just north of Malasaña a little more out of the centre. This neighbourhood is known as the business district with some amazing terraces and architecture to look at in awe. It’s fairly calm and not overly expensive like Sol or Salamanca can be.

Find Chamberí

Metros: Bilbao, Iglesia and Rios Rosas, Alonso Martínez, Gregorio Marañón, Colón, Rubén Darío, San Bernando, Quevedo, Canal 

La Latina

The Madrid Neighbourhoods you will fall in love with

There are a lot of bars in La Latina similarly to Malasaña (well the whole of Madrid and even Spain has a lot for that matter, but La Latina, even more!) Every Sunday every inch of La Latina is covered with their very famous El Rastroflea market where you can find some amazing bargains! This area is also a little cheaper than Sol, Malasaña or Salamanca, so go there for some great tapas on a terrace!

Find La Latina

Metro: La Latina (Line 5)


The Madrid Neighbourhoods you will fall in love with

Chueca is located just next to Malasaña and they seem to be blending more and more into one place. However,Chueca is the gay town! There are some of the coolest bars and clubs in Madrid located in Chueca includingsome great food markets. Come here during Gay Pride and you’ll have the time of your life.

Find Chueca

Metros: Chueca, Gran Vía & Alonso Martínez (Line 1 & 5) and Tribunal (Line 1 & 10)

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Very nice @Alice Taylor! I also love Madrid, every area has its special vibe. Nevertheless, I would say that right now Chamberi has become a very fashionable place and, therefore, it's one of the most expensive neighborhoods, especially Ponzano Street. Actually, I live there and I was looking for a new flat to rent... It was impossible because they were amazingly expensive!

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Andrew Porter 1/10/2016 · #15

Wonderful insight and pictures into Madrid's neighbourhoods @Alice Taylor.

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Tifany Rodio 1/10/2016 · #14

I agree with you! Each neighbourhood has special personality and is sooo beautiful. I love Madrid :-)

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Lisa Gallagher 1/10/2016 · #13

Excellent write up with great photos @Alice Taylor. So many layers and they all look inviting! I live about 50 miles from a town (It's an Indian town) called Salamanca, Ny. My mom used to go there quite a bit to buy her cigarettes on reservations and she always pronounced it Salamanica LOL.

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James O'Connell 30/9/2016 · #12

Brilliant, I absolutely love(d) Madrid. I just wish I'd read this before my trip there in July/August haha, it was a great experience staying in and getting the feel of the different districts. Great people, great food, great time.
As it goes, it was on this trip that I actually first heard of beBee (' ' ,)

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John White, MBA 29/9/2016 · #11

Great piece, @Alice Taylor. We have shared it on beBee's Facebook and LinkedIn pages!

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 29/9/2016 · #10

@Alice Taylor - welcome to beBee and thanks for being so welcomingly informative about Madrid.

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Pedro🐝 Gómez 29/9/2016 · #9

@Alice Taylor,thanks for this visit to Madrid and its neighborhoods, many will thank you.!!!

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