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Shoes street Augusto Figueroa

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Gay parade every June
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Contemporary Museum in Cuartel del Conde Duque

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Traditional tiles in Malasaña

 
CHUECA - THE MADRILIAN SOHO AND THE GAY AREA & MALASAÑA AREA

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  • CHUECA: Chueca (L5)
  • MALASAÑA: Tribunal (L1,L10), Bilbao (L1,L4), Noviciado (L2)

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CHUECA
Chueca is a small but lively neighborhood squeezed between Paseo de Recoletos to the east and Calle de Fuencarral to the west. Its epicenter is the Plaza de Chueca.
Plaza de Chueca is the center of barrio activity. Cafes around the square set up tables when the weather is nice. It's the see and be seen of Gay Madrid. Bodega Angel Sierra is a classic in the square, keepping the flavour of a traditional tapas bar.
Chueca is full of restaurants, any type, different budgets, them -- and with surprisingly affordable options. Taste forward-thinking, fusion cuisine or New York-style cafes along calle San Marcos (Cafe Diurno & Bazaar are two stand-outs).

Chueca is the kind of neighborhood perfect for strolling and stumbling upon attractive establishments... we'll leave the rest up to you!
It's among the most authentic and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods downtown. During the 80's and 90´s there were serious drugs problems in the area, then it has become a popular gay haunt, and today is the coolest area for shopping in Calle Fuencarral, with the hippest high end shops: Diesel, Puma, Adidas, Hoss; calle Augusto Figueroa for shoes, and all the area for restaurants and night clubs. Peppered with lots of bars and clubs, it also has a lot of life during the day, mainly based around the numerous small shops. It continues to be one of the most important meeting points in Madrid's nightlife. Although it has a decadent aspect, it is still quite attractive and has many good and interesting places to eat. On the calles Admirante and Prim in this area one can find some of Madrid's most avant guard fashion and shoe shops. The "Barrio Rosa" (Pink Neighborhood) shines during Gay Pride every June with an extravagant parade and debaucherous street partying.

This is not to say that Chueca isn't full of charming buildings. In fact, it holds some of the most beautiful blocks in Madrid. Brightly-colored facades and intricate iron balconies characterize these streets packed with more and more trendy boutiques, bars, discos and restaurants every day.

MALASAÑA
Malasaña is a vibrant neighbourhood full of lively bars and clubs overflowing with young people. Its streets are currently being renovated, making it a much more attractive quarter (the streetworks are almost finished). It's one of the classic areas for partying the night away. The area's center is Plaza del Dos de Mayo and the people who hang around this area proudly call themselves 'malasañeros'. Bars are usually crowded on weekends with all sorts of people from hard rock lovers to the trendiest fashion followers. In the clubs the age group is generally between 17 and 25, but there's space for any age group here. The renovation seems to be attracting a growing number of good, reasonably priced restaurants . Most of the accommodation in this area consists of cheap hostels and pensiones, some of which are among the best value in the city. Calle Fuencarral, Conde Duque, Callao and Bilbao define the limits of this zone.

Malasaña is found on the maps A1D4, E1H4 and E5H8.

Malasaña is the area enclosed by San Bernardo to the west, Gran Vía to the south, calle Fuencarral to the east and Calle de Carranza to the north. Cross Calle San Bernardo and you enter the area of Conde Duque with the same northern and southern boundaries but ending at Plaza de España/ Calle de la Princesa.

We can say the center of this area is the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, full of cafés and restaurants.

Two important revolutions took place in Malasaña: the first was an uprising against Napoleonic occupation in 1808. The second was on last century on the 80´s: La Movida.
It was a sociocultural movement that took place in Madrid during the first ten years after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975 and represented the economic rise of Spain and the new emerging Spanish cultural identity. This hedonistic and cultural wave, also took place in other Spanish urban centers and outside of Spain, the best known artist from that period is Pedro Almodóvar, whose first films, such as Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, reflected the freedom of the moment. "Madrid me Mata" (Madrid kills me) and "De Madrid al Cielo" (From Madrid to heaven) are the war shout at this time and now are phrases of always.

History Museum (Municipal Madrid museum)
Fuencarral 78
Metro: Tribunal
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www: History Museum (former Municipal Museum)

The History Museum, which is currently being refurbished, is located in one of the best examples of Madrid Baroque style (the former Hospice), and offers a global vision of the arts, industries and common life of the inhabitants of the city since it was elected the capital of Spain in 1561 until nowadays.
The Hospicio of San Fernando, today Municipal Museum conserves the main facade (1721-1726) by Pedro de Ribera, a good example of baroque Madrilenian.
The museum holds around 60,000 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, porcelain, coins and postcards. All of these items have notable aesthetic value, though the historic significance they carry is of greater importance.

Malasaña neighbourhood has a counter culture status and rock personality. This character extends down calle Pez and across San Bernardo to the Conde Duque barracks - now a cultural center run by the city government - where nearby plazas set up outdoor cafes to cater to Madrid's hipster set.

Cuartel del Conde Duque
calle Conde Duque
Metro: Noviciado, San Bernardo
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Conde Duque is a cultural space of reference of the Area of the Arts of the City council of Madrid offers in its facilities different possibilities from cultural leisure. Exhibitions, concerts, reading in room, conferences.

The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the historical Cuartel del Conde Duque, fdated from principles of century XVIII by Pedro de Ribera. This museum welcomes works of contemporary art that the Madrilenian City council has been acquiring from 1980, year in which the formation of the collection begins. The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art is installed in two plants with an extension near the 2,000 m². In this space 200 works corresponding to 177 artists of different times and artistic tendencies are exposed.