In general terms, the word 'cool' refers to something that is fashionable at that given time and is attractive to the younger audience. No doubt, this concept is applicable to virtually all things in life, including cities and, of course, their neighbourhoods. When thinking about places that could be denominated under this concept, Madrid is one of the first that comes to mind. But what are your coolest neighbourhoods these days?
Malasaña, the 'cool' neighbourhood par excellence
Malasaña has long been considered not only as the 'coolest' neighbourhood in Madrid, but in all of Spain. Its nerve centre is Plaza de Dos de Mayo, which has become a meeting point for many Madridians and tourists who are eager for both a festive and alternative atmosphere. That's why, whether you walk the streets day or night, there are plenty of 'bike friendly' cafes, retro fashion shops for young people, artisan florists and second-hand bookstores everywhere.
In Malasaña, it is also possible to enjoy a succulent plate of sushi made in complete Japanese style at Banzai Sushi and, for dessert, delighting the palate with a 'cupcake' at the Happy Day Bakery. Once your batteries are recharged, it is always possible to spend the afternoon touring exhibitions and art galleries such as those offered by the ABC Museum, Centro Cultural Conde Duque and Blanca Berlín. Afterwards, you must go out for a drink on any of their many charming terraces.