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The coolest neighbourhoods in Madrid

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.

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Lavapiés, the cool alternative of the moment

Traditionally, Lavapiés was considered as one of the great icons of Madrid's castiality. It was probably because of the retro fashion that gradually made this neighborhood appear really cool. The perfect symbiosis between tradition and modernity gives you a charm that is absolutely beyond doubt. Theatres, bookstores and art galleries are found everywhere. La Casa Encendida cultural centre (centro cultural La Casa Encendida) also deserves special mention.

Other very cool places in the capital

Although Malasaña and Lavapiés are the two major alternative centres of the city, Chueca should not be forgotten. It is fast becoming another nerve centre of the capital. Also, the neighbourhood of Chopera and its alternative cultural centre Matadero Madrid also deserves a special mention.

At the moment, in the Engel & Völkers Madrid real estate offices, we have a large number of flats and houses in these areas of the capital. Contact us and we will help you find the right one for you.

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