The Madrid barrio of Malasaña has evolved from hippie to hipster in a decade. Surrounding the Plaza del 2 de Mayo, and just north of Sol, it boasts some of the city’s most popular museums, as well as cool cafe culture, vintage fashion and street art at every turn. Shopping is boutique with a wealth of record, book and lifestyle stores. A locus of the famous movida (the post-Franco cultural movement of the 1980s that spawned such Spanish icons as Pedro Almodóvar), it’s still home to an alternative creative scene some 25 years on. Always a favourite with artists, its calles are now peppered with street-style stars, but the madrileños who hang out here still retain an effortless, rough-around-the-edges style.
This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot captures the essence of the barrio with a granddad-chic cafe upstairs and lounge downstairs loaded with 1950s tea dresses, faded Levi’s and band tees.
Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9
Designer Ana Carrasco produces her bright and colourful line of chic bags, jewellery, shoes and belts all from this Malasaña workshop, employing local artisans at every step of the process.
Calle Santa Teresa, 5
Known for its unique, gender-neutral silhouettes and conceptual designs, menswear brand Nouman is created by a team of designers, architects and artists, and is a standout label in Spanish fashion.
Calle de Valverde, 35
Made using traditional Spanish techniques, Magro Cardona shoes are classics with a contemporary twist. Their mules, heels and flat sandals in butter-soft leather combined with a gentle colour palette are a must-try.
Calle Divino Pastor, 6
Inspired by the barbershops of old, Barbers Crew is staffed by the friendliest tattooed hipsters you’ve ever met, who will use Spanish brand Sweeney to get your facial hair in tip-top shape.
Calle del Tesoro, 8