A day in Chueca
Any day can find the perfect excuse to visit Chueca, the more relaxed, tolerant and alternative neighborhood of Madrid. Art galleries, shops, restaurants and terraces flooded streets, with all kinds of proposals to enjoy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Here we propose how to spend an entire day in Chueca, discovering new places, and giving you the secrets that you could take advantage of your time.
9:30, "Breakfast time"
We could choose many places for breakfast in the neighborhood of Chueca. As the most modern is sometimes the most traditional, we are left with a classic: La Austriaca (San Onofre, 3), a bar of those lifelong laying reveal actors, designers, singers ... You can order a portion of their delicious cakes to take with a coffee. Also walking down Calle Hortaleza at number 38 find Pannus an economic concept (open 24 hours Thursday through Saturday) to have breakfast as you deserve. If you want to enjoy modern decor and a peaceful atmosphere in D'Mystic (Gravina, 5) you will find a wide variety in breakfast.
10:00 "Art time"
If there is an adjective that defines this area is the avant-garde. Therefore, there is nothing better than touring art galleries which open their doors in Chueca. The itinerary can begin at the of YellowKorner (Belén, 2) specialized in the latest trends in photography promoting the talents of yesterday, today and tomorrow. To continue, then by Juana de Aizpuru (Barquillo, 44), which, since its opening in 1983, it has accommodated essential names of photography as Alberto García Alix and Cristina Garcia Rodero. Always surprising are the proposals of Begoña Malone (Pelayo, 50) and Mad is Mad (Pelayo, 48), where you can also buy small things and curios as creative, signed by artists today.
13:00 "The time of vermouth"
It's time to stop along the way and try tap vermouth from Reus. It is served in the Bodega Angel Sierra, in the Plaza de Chueca. A tavern with tradition, opened in 1917, always packed with people. Anchovies, olives and marinated tuna are some of the proposals to accompany the drink. We can also approach to the Mercado de San Anton, on the first floor (next to the cheese counter) there is a corner where you can enjoy a good glass of wine and a variety of Spanish croquettas: La Alacena de Victor Montes. And if we would like to try Spanish Ham: Toma Jamón (Plaza de Pedro Zerolo, 11) we can also enjoy good Iberian products accompanied by a glass of wine or beer.
14:00 "Luch time"
Innovate and evolve it is the goal of Le Coco with its new concept of restobar that opens its doors recently at number 15 of Calle Barbieri. The businessman Esteban Arnaiz accompanied by a team of professionals. The restaurant's chef is none other than Juan Rioja who has chosen Mediterranean products as protagonists of a both healthy dishes and succulent.
Vivares (C / Hortaleza, 52) a renewed restaurant that opened in 1930. His more than 30 years of existence not go unnoticed as they have managed to attract a large audience with a formula consisting of a set menu both lunch and dinner. Their prices could say that they also have more than 30 years, since the menus and rich dishes are very affordable. Better booking.
If you want to enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine very close to the Plaza de Chueca, Dionisios be your choice. This great Greek restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the neighborhood options. Traditional dishes in the purest Greek style accompanied by a Greek beer you teleport across the Mediterranean.
Para cualquiera que se acerque a Esplore y desconozca la gastronomía tradicional española, no le resultará difícil acertar con la elección pues la carta cuenta con un menú degustación que acerca los sabores de todo el país a la mesa. Otro elemento fundamental es la tienda gourmet que se encuentra en el interior del restaurante. Además, se brinda la posibilidad de degustar el producto que se compra acompañado de un fantástico vino o una de las mejores cervezas del país.
16:00 "Coffee or Tea"
And we will take the coffee... in New York. Or, what is the same, in Diurno (San Marcos, 37), a Stylish bar wihch its owners define as fashion cafe. A tea room in an artistic environment; El café del jardín (San Mateo, 13) in line with the romantic side of the Romanticismo Museum, with a wide variety of coffees and teas, homemade cakes and pastries provide the perfect choice for a snack. And one of the cafes that you can not miss is the Mama Ines. A mythical venue for our neighborhood, where the atmosphere is perfect to chat and meet people as long as you take a coffee.
It's shopping time! And in Chueca there are shops for all tastes. We are in a commercial area like few others, Shoe stores -there are everywhere- and trendy shops charming, L'Habilleur (Plaza de Chueca, 8). To decorate the house is a must address Aldaba (Belén, 4) and to prepare the perfect dinner A Punto (Pelayo, 60), a company specializing in cookbooks which also organize cooking workshops. But in terms of bookstores in Chueca we must not forget Berkana (Hortaleza, 64), the first one opened in Madrid with all kinds of gay and lesbian books theme. For jewelries, we will walk down to Calle Barquillo, at number 34 find CooLook where very creative jewelry design.
If we talk in style, Árbol offers a careful selection of national and international brands and designers with a high rotation of garments in which the must have of the season coexist with those timeless and essential pieces in the back of the wardrobe.
19:00 "A stop-over"
After shopping, a stop is necessary. If weather is good you should not think twice: it's time to find room in one of the terraces of the Plaza de Chueca. If you prefer sweety you can opt for ordering one of the ice creams of Labonata, in the same square. Also La cocina de San Anton offers his roof to enjoy an authentic Gin Tonic leaving the city at our feet (Mercado de San Anton, 3rd floor). Or a nice glass of French champagne in Oh Délice!, which also offers a wide range of French products to enjoy "on the spot" or to take home.
At this time we can go to see the billboard of two rooms of alternative theater district and often has representations this afternoon: DT Espacio Escénico (C / Reina, 9) and Sala Azarte (C / San Marcos, 19 )
20:30 "Tapas Dinner" or 21:30 "À table"
We are in one of the most unabashed neighborhoods of Madrid, so dinner may also be informal. How about some tapas in El Buo? Just head up Calle Gravina and look for the number 4 to find where we surprise you with its variety of Spanish Omelettes, a part of its rich traditional menu, with a bar where you can find portions of all kinds. We can also be seduced by a traditional market become home to tapas and pinchos; Mercado de San Ildefonso (C / Fuencarral, 57) where gastronomy is the common factor among all the merchants who give the best of yourself that you enjoy this Street Market with outside area not to be missed. If you do not want to empty your pockets much in the street Infantas we can get mountains of food included in the price of the drink, in El Tigre (Infantas, 23 and 30) where they follow a policy of quantity.
For dinner in a restaurant, we have to wait at 09:00 pm and if we go on a weekend better we book. One of our suggestions is La Carmencita; in this tavern opened in 1854 (second oldest in Madrid) you can enjoy the traditions of our cuisine in one place, although renovated, with decor reminiscent of the old houses of meals, where tradition is maintained by introducing the gastronomic advances, a perfect fusion that will make our evening unforgettable. Another highly recommended place and very close Bazaar this is a very convenient restaurant for a romantic dinner or friends. With modern cuisine and the traditional. And if we want more land we can try La cocina de San Anton, where we will enjoy Iberian products in a totally modern and refined cuisine. This restaurant has two rooms an interior decoration very nice, and the terrace where even in winter can enjoy outdoor dining.
For more internaconal dinner we propose three options: La cocina del Deserto (C / Libertad, 13) to enjoy Arabic cuisine, to find something easternmost El Tesoro (C / Hortaleza, 19) with the purest Chinese environment or even Som Thai the purest vietnamitan style.
22:00 "A Gin-Tonic"
Cosmopolitan night owl, modern ... This is Oscar's terrace, on the eighth floor of the Hotel Room Mate Oscar (Plaza de Pedro Zerolo, 12), the perfect place to take the first drinks, served place only from the 18:00 (except Monday). For the rest of the day is the pool, which you can climb without being a guest. And for the rest of the night, two options: stay in the hotel or continue the march in any of the many bars and pubs in the neighborhood as La Terraza de la Reina, Quién la invitó?, D'Mystic, Gin Club ,...
And if you want to continue partying... visit our night life section.
Chueca is waiting for you!