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. Read on to discover the ultimate guide to Malasaña, Madrid’s hipster hotspot.

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, modern cafés and second-hand shops live alongside traditional bars and markets where people have been going for ages. Malasaña is also Madrid’s most popular nightlife area.

Guide to Malasaña - Madrid's hipster hotspot

Guide to Malasaña – Madrid’s hipster hotspot

A shopping area

Corredera de San Pablo is an area full of trends and stylish people where both, cool brands and emerging designers are gathered. A store that gathers everything is Rughara, a kind of talent warehouse dedicated to homeware, decoration, fashion, and art. If you are looking for vintage and second-hand clothes, the neighbourhood’s main shops are gathered around Calle Velarde.

Rughara concept store, Malasaña

Rughara concept store, Malasaña

A historic place

The most iconic spot in Malasaña is Plaza del Dos de Mayo, a lively square that represents the rebellion by the people of Madrid against the occupation of the city by Napoleon’s troops. On Saturdays, there is a small flea market with different stalls selling vintage stuff. Plaza del Dos de Mayo is also a popular meeting point for locals at the weekends with lots of terraces.

Plaza del Dos de Mayo Malasaña

Plaza del Dos de Mayo, Malasaña, Madrid

A place for eating

Casa Macareno captures the essence of Madrid’s authentic old tabernas, fully respecting their traditional spirit. Today, its cheerful interior—a vintage look that doesn’t feel stuffy or old-fashioned— welcomes everyone with open arms. Make your way up to the tile-topped bar and order a tapa of ham croquettes or their special broken egg, then wash it all down with an ice-cold beer or a splash of vermouth.

Casa Macareno, Malasaña, Madrid

Casa Macareno, Malasaña, Madrid

A museum

Located in Amaniel street, ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration is a small and free entry place with beautifully displayed exhibitions. Access to the six-storey museum is through a striking courtyard paved with tessellated triangular glass and steel tiles designed by Spanish architects Arranguren & Gallegos.

ABC museum courtyard Madrid

ABC museum courtyard, Malasaña, Madrid

A coffeeshop

La Bicicleta is an ultramodern cycling café and workshop located in Plaza de San Ildefonso. It’s a place with personality, where a passion for bicycles and a penchant for urban art make themselves known in the neighbourhood. Industrial decor, tall windows, and comfy sofas invite you to work or relax with home-made pastries, healthy food and extensive weekend brunch.

La Bicicleta Cycling Cafe & Workplace, Malasaña, Madrid

La Bicicleta Cycling Cafe & Workplace, Malasaña, Madrid

A nightclub

Ocho y Medio is the stop for those in search of a cave nightclub with an 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, Malasaña, Madrid

Ocho y Medio nightclub, Malasaña, Madrid

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