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The Trendiest Neighborhoods In Madrid

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Sonia Cuesta
Updated: 9 February 2017
Madrid is a beautiful city with no shortage of stylish boutiques, restaurants and cafés. This article breaks down the very best of what Madrid has to offer, examining some of its trendiest neighborhoods. The areas listed below are the places to be if you want to experience the capital in a unique way. Think fashion, food and drinks, but all with a trendy twist.
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Salamanca is the most expensive neighborhood in Madrid, where you can find the trendiest, most renowned brands such as Chanel, Dior and Gucci. If you want to see Madrid’s crème de la crème come here to people-watch. There are many upscale bars, restaurants and hotels here, so if you are looking for an elegant place to sit down for a meal, the Barrio de Salamanca is the place for you.

Madrid, Spain at Plaza de Cibeles | © ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Madrid, Spain at Plaza de Cibeles | © ESB Professional/Shutterstock



Chueca is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Madrid. Known as the LGBTQ neighborhood, it is home to the trendiest bars, restaurants and shops. Many of Madrid’s youth, LGBTQ or not,  head to this neighborhood at night for its fun, relaxed, atmosphere and its chic establishments. Come here and enjoy the stylish atmosphere whilst sipping on some sangria on one of the many outdoor terraces.



Close to Chueca, Malasaña is also one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Madrid, well known for its counter-cultural scene. It was the hub of the movida movement in Madrid in the 1970s and 1980s and to this date it conserves its alternative atmosphere. The nightlife here is much less pretentious than elsewhere in Madrid, so if you are looking for a fun but relaxed night out this is the place to be. There are also many boutiques to be discovered in this area.

Mojitos | © Ivan Mateev/Shutterstock

Mojitos | © Ivan Mateev/Shutterstock


Las Salesas

Salesas is another beautiful neighborhood where you can find many cute, trendy restaurants with delicious food at accessible prices. It also houses boutiques which showcase the latest trends, international brands and delightful bakeries. It is not as crowded as some of the other neighborhoods on this list, so when you are tired of the masses of tourists swarming everywhere in the capital, come to this trendy neighborhood and relax.


Barrio de las Letras

Also known as Huertas, this is a central neighborhood in Madrid with some of the best, trendiest bars and restaurants. It is very close to Atocha, which is another chic neighborhood. Huertas was once home to many of Spain’s most famous literary figures, and to this date it maintains its status as the literary neighborhood of the city (which is why it is called Barrio de las Letras, which means more or less ‘The Literary Neighborhood’). Come here for sightseeing (you can visit the house where Cervantes died) or for its great nightlife.



La Latina

Situated in the oldest area of Madrid, what makes La Latina such a trendy neighborhood and popular choice amongst Madrid’s locals is its many tapas bars. Go from bar to bar and experience the local cuisine for budget prices (if you order a drink you get a free tapa). Visit the Rastro flea-market on Sundays and public holidays to find all kinds of second-hand items.

La Latina, Madrid, Spain

Latina district, a very typical area to enjoy the spanish food and drink culture | © VICTOR TORRES/Flickr

Latina district, a very typical area to enjoy the spanish food and drink culture | © VICTOR TORRES/Shutterstock



This neighborhood houses some of the best museums in Madrid, the largest railway station in the city and the biggest nightclub in the capital, so no wonder it is considered by the locals as one of the trendiest areas of the city. For those of you who want to experience the more upscale Madrid nightlife, head to Kapital, a seven-floor nightclub with a rooftop terrace frequented by locals and visitors alike. Remember to dress smartly, otherwise you will not be let in.

Atocha, Madrid, Spain

Tropical green house, location in 19th century Atocha Railway Station | © Yulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock

Tropical green house, location in 19th century Atocha Railway Station | © Yulia Grigoryeva/Shutterstock