Mini-guide to Malasaña – Madrid’s hipster hotspot

From the centre of La Movida Madrileña to the coolest district in town, Malasaña has experienced lots of changes during the last decades. Today modern cafés and second-hand shops live alongside traditional bars and markets where people have been going to for ages.

Located west of Chueca and north of Gran Vía, Malasaña is hailed as the heart of Madrid’s counterculture scene. When Franco’s dictatorship ended in Spain, Malasaña became an area full of freedom, drugs and underground culture. Today, Malasaña is known for it’s young vives as well as for its many hip restaurants and cafés. It’s also one of the most popular nightlife spots in Madrid.

A fashion area

Corredera Alta de San Pablo is an area full of trends and stylish people where both, cool brands and emerging designers are gathered. Rughara is something like a talent warehouse dedicated to homeware, decoration, fashion and art. If you are looking for new outfits or want discover colorful clothing, your shops are Biscuit and Monkey Garden.

Rughara concept store, Malasaña

Rughara concept store, Malasaña

An historic place

The most iconic spot in Malasaña is Plaza del 2 de Mayo, a lively square that represents the rebellion by the people of Madrid against the occupation of the city by Napoleon’s troops. It’s also a popular meeting point for locals at the weekends with lots of terraces

Plaza del 2 de Mayo Malasaña

Plaza del 2 de Mayo

A place for eating

Lamucca de Pez has an attractive menu featuring a medley of world flavours. Some very Spanish dishes, but they also integrate Mediterranean, South American and Asian flavours. Especially enjoyable if you can grab a table in the sun on the terrace

Lamucca indoors, Malasaña

Lamucca indoors, Malasaña

A museum

ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration is a small and free entry place with beautifully displayed exhibitions. The inner courtyard has a striking design that worth a look.

ABC museum courtyard Madrid

ABC museum’s courtyard

A coffeeshop

Juanse Kafe is an old restored pharmacy turned coffeeshop which offers a great variety of pastries and delicatessen products. The facade is considered as historical heritage due to the original tiles from the XIX century

juanse-kafe-malasaña-madrid

Juanse Kafe, Malasaña

A nightclub

Ocho y Medio is the stop for those in search of a cave nighclub with and edgy attitude. DJ Smart makes it all sound very ’80s and ’90s, thrashing out an eclectic mix of indie, new wave, electro-clash and New York rock. Ocho y Medio brings together a sea of flannel shirts and horn-rimmed glasses since this is Madrid’s most alternative and hipster haven.

Ocho y Medio nightclub Madrid

Ocho y Medio nightclub

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