There are a number of great neighbourhoods in Madrid, from Salamanca known for its luxury, shopping and incredible history, to Chamberi, a more traditional, village-like neighbourhood. Regardless of the destination of your local move, you can rest assured that you won’t be at a loose end when it comes to meeting new people, understanding the history of this magnificent city and choosing where to go at night. Here at Santa Fe Relocation, we’ve drawn together some of the major benefits of the best barrios (the Spanish word for neighbourhood) for Madrid local moves in order to ensure that you enjoy a seamless moving experience.
If you are looking to live in one of the most stylish neighbourhoods Madrid has to offer, Chueca could be the place for you. Located in downtown Madrid, Chueca is home to a host of contemporary cafes and bars, not to mention Mercado de San Anton – a great place to go for tapas. Each year at the end of June, Madrid Pride takes place, attracting thousands of people of all ages and sexualities. During this parade, which makes its way through Chueca, you can experience a number of open-air concerts and watch various performances that are held throughout the festival before heading to party. As the very first LGBTIQ pride parade in Madrid, it is an experience to remember. For those who enjoy a cocktail or two, Museo Chicote could be your next port-of-call. Alternatively, why not enjoy overlooking Madrid on the rooftop terrace of San Anton Market? You certainly won’t be disappointed!
Due to the growing popularity of Chueca, the northern area of Madrid has turned into its own neighbourhood, known as Las Salesas. Just like the rest of Madrid, this neighbourhood is brimming with designer shops, boutiques and jewellers. Considered to be Madrid’s equivalent to Shoreditch in London, Las Salesas is a good choice for those who are looking to immerse themselves in alternative culture. What’s more, with an array of 5-star eateries and bakeries to visit, not to mention the mass of cocktail bars available to visit. Dry Martini Bar and Del Diego Cocktail bar are just two of the best bars in Madrid, let alone in Las Salesas and are well worth a visit!
Even though Salamanca might be one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Madrid, you certainly get your money’s worth. Here, you can get your hands on an array of exclusive products designed by Spanish brands such as Felipe Varela and Loewe, who sell leather bags for women and men. Not only is it perfect for those who enjoy people watching, but it’s the perfect place to get your hands on a ‘designer’ cocktail or visit a Michelin-starred restaurant like Victor Gutierrez. Shopping aside, there are a number of other fun and exciting things here for you to do including visiting Plaza Mayor and exploring ‘Catedral Vieja’ – the old cathedral.
If you travel west of Chueca, you will find Malasana, a town that was once considered to be run-down. Today, however, Malasana is known as one of Madrid’s most hip neighbourhoods and for good reason. Not only is the area inundated with an array of vintage shops including Magpie Vintage, The Storage and Alphaville, but you can find a number of laid-back bars here too such as El Rincon located in the heart of the lively neighbourhood. The hipster vibe and array of trendy restaurants aren’t the only attractions here, however, as you can truly immerse yourself in culture in Malasana too! The ABC Museum of Illustration, for example, is perfect for those who have an eye for art.
If you’re preparing for a local move and would like to receive advice throughout the relocation process, get in touch with a member of our expert team on 0208 961 4141.