Salamanca North 1
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!