Although having one of the most well-known and classic urban layouts of the nineteenth century, Barceló Street in Madrid has never stood out much, especially against its other neighbours. Bordering areas that attract greater focus, such as the neighbourhood of Malasaña and its intense history as well as being close to the up-and-coming bourgeois area known as Chamberí, Barceló Street in Madrid is a brief crossing that until recently, had been placed in the background.
Surprisingly, since the beginning of this century, Barceló has been home to one of the best buildings in the capital, built by Luis Gutíérrez Soto. The building became an iconic symbol and has since become the Pachá Nightclub. So much has marked this presence that it is common to continue calling these buildings by their original name. Some are currently home to the Barceló Theatre and Sala But, which hosts some of the most memorable concerts in the capital.
However, in recent years, Barceló Street in Madrid has taken centre stage to become one of the most transformed, innovative and fashionable areas of the city. It can be said that the complete renovation of Barceló started from the Market, a true neuralgic centre of the neighbourhood. Affirming itself in the transcendence of its reform, the Market does not stop growing as it is satisfied with its new importance. Last year, the terrace opened its roof, Azotea Forus Barceló, and for this year, the opening of its brand new restaurant called, Food Gourmet Barceló, will take place.
The setting in this street has become so attractive that new companies have not stopped showing interest and they all want to put their own innovation stamp in this place. This is the case with Volver, an interior decoration shop inspired by the northern European design that occupies a vast area on two floors, where there is even room to offer yoga classes for all those who want to participate. There is also Batavia, another one of those business premises that after 20 years of existence in the neighbourhood has decided to renew itself. It is relaunching as a designer furniture shop with a vintage Nordic touch and decoration items brought from every corner of the world.
The new gastronomic offers are also very abundant in an area that welcomes its renewal with the same naturalness with which it once retained its neighbourhood life. Many restaurants can be found in the vicinity of the Museum of Romanticism and older sites, such as the Ancient Churrería. Thus, they are joined by places like the Cereal Hunters Café, where people queue up to buy cereals. Yes, cereals of all colours, mixed in shakes and in every possible way and even in extravagant shapes.
In summary, a new lease of life for one of the most classic areas of the capital, which has managed to combine a fun mix between tradition and exclusivity.