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Chamberí: City guide


Chamberí is the Madrid district located just north of the city centre, bounded by Paseo de la Castellana to the east, Plaza de Colón to the south and Calle Princesa to the west. Once home to the medieval Knights Templar, Chamberí was a hunting estate in the 18th century. It is now a buzzy metropolitan barrio packed with stylish restaurants, bars, embassies, offices and shops. The area is particularly popular with wealthy twentysomethings and thirtysomethings

City Guide
Laura Edgecumbe-Ansdell,

10am
Feast your eyes on the fine impressionist works of Valencian artist Joaquin Sorolla at the charming Museum Sorolla

11.30am
Check out Chamberí’s eclectic mix of shops; you’ll find chic, contemporary interior design at Espacio Diedro, quirky fashion at Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and beautiful stationery at Minimum, where you can even try your hand at origami

2.30pm
Indulge in divine fusion cuisine at the Argentine-run Sudestada restaurant on Ponzano – undisputedly one of the restaurants of choice for the style-conscious gourmets of Madrid

4.30pm
Take a tour of the uber-cool Espacio de Arte y Ensayo, which hosts art exhibitions and sells stylish design items

5.30pm
Film lovers can immerse themselves in the art of cinematography at La Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España, a combined museum and cinema. Discover the history of cinema and the technology behind it

7.30pm
Enjoy one of the excellent avant-garde plays at the Teatro de la Abadia, a hidden gem sited within the Antigua Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia, formerly a church

10pm
Set in a stunning mansion within its own grounds on Calle de Fortuny, the Fortuny restaurant, bar and club is popular with the preppy set in Madrid. With stunning courtyards, outside terraces and a kicking nightclub your whole evening will be taken care of and you won’t need to order a cab until dawn

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