Alonso Martínez/Jus­ti­cia

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Métro: Alonso Martínez. Put on your com­fi­est Cas­tañers and get ready for the shop-Olympics in Madrid’s funki­est, gayest and most hap­pen­ing ’hood. Take the Plaza Santa Bar­bara exit, skedad­dle down the plaza and swing left into Orel­lana. Re­ward your­self for get­ting out of bed at choc heaven Ca­cao Sam­paka #4 (see Coffee), whose sug­ary treats will en­er­gise you for the rest of the day. Next door at #6 is David Puente / 391 3909 / for sculp­tures and beau­ti­ful an­tiques. Got hair like a windswept wilde­beast? If so, cross and book into modish Teatro Lab hair sa­lon at #3 (see Spa), oth­er­wise, sim­ply turn right into Cam­poamor. Fabra at #2 / 702 3741 / will sat­isfy your deep­est de­signer shoe crav­ings, then on the di­ag­o­nally op­po­site cor­ner, spy the Gaud­iesque, Art Nou­veau Pala­cio Lon­goría. Sadly it’s not open to the pub­lic, so re­trace up Cam­poamor and nip right into Santa Teresa, to find Oliphant at #7 / 319 3594 / / brim­ming with flow­ery kid­wear, dresses and knick knacks with a French aura. Exit left and turn left into Jus­tini­ano to find Galería Es­tampa on the right at #6 / 308 3030 / ga­le­ria es­ / show­ing ac­ces­si­ble con­tempo art. Con­tinue the artsy fun at at #8 Car­men Muñoz’s hand-painted plates stu­dio (see Adv. Shop.). Turn right at the end into Orel­lana and ei­ther cross Ar­gen­sola for a scrummy an­tipasto at #17 La Tav­er­netta / 319 2390 / trat­to­ri­alatav­er­, or swing left into Ar­gen­sola to sali­vate at Pon­celet at #27 / 308 0221 / also see Lunch for Cheese Bar / pon­ / with its ar­ray of creamy, stinky cheeses. Don’t pop them in your Birkin though, there’s noth­ing worse than a whiffy sac. Cross to the cor­ner with Gen­ova to find Nac at #18 / 310 6050 / for a con­cise cu­ra­tion of top int’l brands, then back­track again to Ar­gen­sola for lovely lo­cal de­signer Le­moniez at #17 / 308 4821 / with sleek sep­a­rates. Bar­rel on down to Suus at #4 / 702 4750 / / lined with hunky brand-name men’s shoes, then down on the cor­ner Yube / Fer­nando VI, 23 / 319 7673 / yube­ / is packed with m/w street la­bels. Op­tions: You may wish to peel off to Plaza Chueca at this point for a cold cerveza, lo­cal ogle, and the next itin­er­ary, or else carry on for the Jus­ti­cia por­tion of the jaunt. Exit Yube right and stop at #23 Mama Fram­boise (see Coffee) for a java n’ sugar jolt, then cross and left into Regueros for gor­geous, stylish m/w fash at #15 PEZ (see Stand­out Stores). Re­trace to Fer­nando VI and at #13 is DO De­sign / 310 6217 / do­de­, an art gallery and shop with Scan­di­na­vian dé­cor and cloth­ing, and a few steps fur­ther at #2, the mis­nomered Le Marché Aux Puces / 319 8019 / which isn’t a flea mar­ket, but rather the bou­tique home to a sleek se­lec­tion of avant-garde ac­cents from names like Dries Van Noten and Ba­len­ci­aga. Exit left and left again into Hor­taleza, where at #75 per­fume tem­ple Le Se­cret du Marais / 310 0133 / les­e­cret­du­marais. com / will trans­port you to scent heaven. Now if you’re pecky, cross and trot down Travesía de San Ma­teo for a snack at #16 Ma­gasand / 319 6825 / ma­, oth­er­wise stay on Hor­taleza for eye­wear nir­vana Op­tica Toscana at #70 / 360 5007. Or stop by COAM at #63 / 595 1505 /, with stun­ning archi ex­hibits and, if you fancy a dip, buy a ticket for the glass-bot­tomed roof pool! Re­freshed and ready for more? The Chueca itin starts here, power shop­per!

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