Sala­manca North 1

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Have your taxi drop you off at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ser­rano and Ayala. Head up Ayala and pre­pare to in­dulge, be­gin­ning on the left at Fru­tas Vazquez Jr / Ayala, 11 / 435 2044 / for a royal and healthy start at the King’s fruit sup­plier, then cross over for a ver­mut n’ tapa at #19 Ju­rucha / 575 0098. Stock up on iberico at #21 Pe­tra Mora min­i­mar­ket / 902 090 402, be­fore fi­nally duck­ing in to Man­te­querías Bravo at #24 / 575 8072 / an old-style gro­cer brim­ming with all sorts of co­mestibles. OK, tummy sorted, swing right into Clau­dio Coello (C.C.) and at #55 you’ll find white knight Isolée (see Stand­out Stores), the hippest life­style ship on the strip, com­plete with Moët lounge. Op­po­site, you’ll see the back en­trance for cute Mer­cado de la Paz, which hides sausage kings La Boulette (see V. Use­ful). March on now for the queen of es­padrilles Cristina Cas­tañer at #51 / 578 1890 / cas­taner .com, then re­cover your com­po­sure down on the cor­ner at grand lunchkin and tapas bar Teatriz / Her­mosilla, 15 / 5775 379 / teatriz.com / set in a beau­ti­ful for­mer theatre. Fac­ing you are Uterqüe / 578 0047 / for bags and ac­ces­sories and Zara Home for linens and small decor / 577 6445. Now ei­ther con­tinue up C.C. for ar­chi­tec­tural Rem Kool­haas­de­signed heels at #38 United Nude / 435 2273 / unit­ed­nude. com / and in­trigu­ing jew­ellery at Isi­doro Hernán­dez also at #38 / 781 2053, or turn left onto Her­mosilla to find Jaime Mas­caro’s high-heeled foot candy at #22 / 576 1747 / jaime mas­caro.com. Tot­ter right out of Jaime Mas­caro and step into the next-door court­yard at #26 Fed­er­ica & Co. / 431 9477 / fed­er­i­caandco.com / for fresh blooms, wines, fash and ob­jects. If you’ve got tykes in tow, head right up La­gasca now and take a well de­served break at #54 Baby­deli (see V. Use­ful), the eco-minded kid and par­ent heaven. Rowdy seafood in­sti­tu­tion La Train­era is up at #60 (see Restau­rants/Re­laxed), and at #68 is Mal­ababa / 203 5990 / mal­ababa.com / full of re­laxed to rocker-style hand­crafted jew­ellery plus shoes and bags for men and women. On the cor­ner is Hakei / Ayala, 34 / 575 4575 / hakei.es / for on trend ur­ban threads (m/w), with funky eye­wear shop Óp­tica Toscana right around the cor­ner, also at #34 / 781 7074 / op­ti­catoscana.com. Keep strolling up La­gasca un­til you reach fur­ri­ers Piedad de Diego at #76 / 431 3324 / also at #90 / piedaddediego.com. Af­ter that whip out, up and left into Don Ra­mon de la Cruz, and you’ll find An­drés Sardá at #14 / 578 1545 / an­dres­sarda. com / whose hooter hold­ers and itsy bit­sies will have hubby pant­ing. Exit left, and ei­ther con­tinue along Ra­mon de la Cruz to slick An­gel Sch­lesser at #2 / 575 5574 / an­gel sch­lesser.com / for smart w/wear for of­fice or cock­tails, or twirl left into C.C. At #66 is Ate­lier Con­cept / 576 5728 / ate­lier­con­cept.es / sober and ro­man­tic prêt-à-porter and party gowns, across at #69 bis, Car­men Kaiser / 576 7496 / car­menkaiser.com / has fra­grant can­dles and per­fumes; next at #69, Dolores Prome­sas / 435 0977 / do­lore­sprome­sas.com / has play­ful, printed own la­bel gear (w); at #67 is con­tempo Ho­tel Único (see Ac­com.), home to two-Miche­lin-starred Ra­mon Freixa (see Rest./Smart), wow­ing with new wave Iberian sen­sa­tions, plus de­light­ful gar­den pa­tio, or if bada bling’s your thing, Span­ish jew­ellery chain Tous is at #65 / 575 5171. Wow, al­most back to where we started!

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