Embajadores, the coolest neighborhood in the world

The coolest neighborhoods in the world have been named by the influential magazine Time Out, and it’s Embajadores in Madrid that takes the top spot.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Time Out came up with the idea of finding the best areas in the most vibrant cities around the globe. Madrid’s Embajadores tops the list as the coolest neighborhood in the world. “Embajadores is living proof of how this city is transforming, marching toward the future without renouncing its past” they say at the magazine.

A shopping area

There are few things as traditional and typical of Madrid as El Rastro, an open-air flea market set up on Sundays and public holidays on Calle Ribera de Curtidores and adjacent streets. The stalls offer all kinds of stuff, rare objects and antiques.

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Wild souls –

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A historic place

Cine Doré is the hub cinema of the films shown by la Filmoteca Española, a program of the official Ministry of Culture of Spain, whose objective is to research and preserve the cinematic history of Spain. Built in 1923, Cine Doré is a rare example of Art Nouveau architecture. The striking theater boasts a brick-orange facade, accented with white columns and pretty adornments.

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Sundays in Lavapies 👣📽 #facade #artdeco #architecture #cinema #madrid #igersmadrid

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A place for eating

If you want to see locals enjoying their favourite food, Malacatín is the best places to do so. The specialty of this traditional old-school restaurant is as much cocido (meat-and-chickpea stew) as you can eat (€21). The clamor of conversation bounces off the tiled walls of the narrow dining area adorned with bullfighting memorabilia. It was named Malacatín in honour of the busker who played his guitar there in the early days, singing “ma-la-ca-tín”.

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Ja, tengo fatiga pa. #cocidomadrileño #malacatin #rutadelcocido #hastaelotoñonohaymas @helenmanvi

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An art gallery

La Tabacalera is a funky old tobacco factory being one of the most striking examples of Madrid’s cultural diversity. Breathtaking murals decorate the multi-storied walls of this once-decrepit industrial hub. With a community garden, patio space, library, bar and kitchen, the building encourages an incredibly extensive array of uses. This social and cultural space was vacated in 2009 after the tobacco company’s privatization, and repurposed as a public place for individual expression, hosting debates, exhibitions, galleries, and lectures.


A Coffeshop

Located in a historic venue next to Tirso de Molina in which housed Madrid’s last porno cinema, Sala Equis is a large  space devoted to entertainment and film culture. There are four different spaces: a multifunctional gallery, a bar under the screen, a movie theater and an interstitial space in the entrance hall with benches and tables.


A Nightclub

Club Medias Puri landed in Madrid with one intention: To be a  fashionable, cheeky, lavish, exclusive and which keeps a secret that you can only discover by living one night to her. The clandestine disco hides under the appearance of a typical neighbourhood haberdashery, which promises to offer one of the most spectacular night on the Madrid scene, made up of cocktails, live shows, gastronomy and a lot of fun.

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Below, a map with all these hotspots in the coolest neighborhood in the world.

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