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Madrid: Malasana


Malasana, known as the Soho of Madrid, runs between Calle de Fuencarral and the city’s main thoroughfare, Gran Via. Once home of the famous Movida movement and a hippy hangout, it is fast changing into a hip hideaway. As the area shifts upmarket, innovative restaurants and cool boutique hotels such as Abalu are establishing themselves and attracting a cool clientele

11am
Kick off the day with a spot of shoe shopping. Try Delishoes for designer Italian models, or pick up original espadrilles from the classic Casa Crespo store, established in 1863.

12.30pm
Check out fashion boutique Wanda for cutting edge menswear and womenswear. Go mad for hip headwear and one-offs from hat boutique Maria Jose Mendoza.

2.30pm
Head to fantastic New York-style restaurant Nina Madrid on Calle Manuela Malasana. Kick back and enjoy its famous brunch. As the shops close for siesta, you don’t need to worry about missing valuable shopping time.

4.30pm
Go retro chic and rifle through the sumptuous clothes and accessories at the store of vintage style designer Maria Escote. Or shop for the real thing in the vintage emporiums of Calle de Velarde, including La Mona Checa, where you can find art and classic designer wear.

9pm
Now you’ve shopped its time to drop. Relax with some fine wine and classic Spanish cuisine at Restaurant Bolivar on Calle Manuela Malasana.

11pm
Join the cool crowd and hit the local bars. Make a pilgrimage to the original Movida bar, La Via Lactea, on Calle de Velarde.

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