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What to do in Madrid

Gran Vía and Chueca

El Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Union of Fine Arts (c/ Alcalá, 42) has a great Madrid pub/cafe La Pecera, which even today is well-known for being an artistic meeting point. During summer it opens its attic, which offers views of Madrid and its mountains. It is advisable to go shortly before sunset. If you are in luck you can enjoy a Jazz concert on the terrace.

Lapepa chic b&b recommends the homemade Burger and tapas served in the newyorker-castizo Mercado de la Reina (Gran Vía, 12). There is nothing better after lunch or dinner than a Gin Tonic, the specialty of the club located in the back of this restaurant. If you prefer a cocktail, this is your area: you have the famous Madrid museum Museo Chicote, a classic cocktail bar which saw stars like Hemingway or Ava Gardner and is the meeting point of a chic uptown crowd.

You can, however, prefer the Barcelonan style place of this bar’s pupil El Diego (c/ de la Reina, 12) or Le Cock (c/ de la Reina, 16), a classic cocktail bar

Across the street, in summer, you will enjoy a small but cozy attic-terrace, very chic atmosphere and stunning views of Gran Vía in the Hotel de las Letras. Its cocktail bar is open all year round and is worthwhile even if it is somewhat expensive.

Back to the other side, you will find Chueca, with its impressive and brand renewed Fuencarral Street, a shopping area where you will find brands like Custo, G-Star RAW, Camper, Diesel, Calvin Klein Jeans, Lourdes Bergada, Marithé, Adolfo Domínguez, Comptoir de Cotonniers… As you’ll be hungry and thirsty, we encourage you to take a cold Pilsen Urquell and the best Spanish omelette you will ever taste in Madrid, in the centuries-old tavern La Ardosa (c/ Colón 13). You are on the border with Malasaña, emerging territory of contemporary bars with youth and alternative charm, and in the limit with Chueca, one of the biggest gay scene areas in Europe, fashion boutiques and much “ambient” atmosphere.

Classics of the gay evenings remain the XXX Café (c/ Clavel with c /Reina) or Black & White (c/ Libertad 34). If you need a haircut, do not hesitate and take advantage of it: here are the best and most modern hairdressing salons, as for example, Juan por Dios (Gosh, John!) (c/ Pérez Galdós, 3) or Qué Corte (Travesía de San Mateo 18). Funny names for funny businesses.

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