LUXE City Guides - Madrid - - Chueca -

Métro: Chueca. This itin­er­ary picks up where Alonso Martínez/Jus­ti­cia leaves off. Be­gin on the north side of the Plaza Chueca at An­gel Sierra / Grav­ina, 11 / 531 0126 / a dusty ver­mouth and sherry in­sti­tu­tion, or for heartier fare try clas­sic El Cisne Azul at #19 / 521 3799. Back­track on Grav­ina for El Tin­tero at #5 / 308 1418 / elt­in­tero.es, full of cheeky T’s for lit­tle ’uns, then cross the square to find on the op­po­site side Mer­cado de San An­tón at Au­gusto Figueroa (AF), 24 / 330 0730 / full of sin­ful Span­ish del­i­ca­cies. Fur­ther down at #43 is Vál­game Dios / 701 0341, where the ter­race is packed tight with trendy Madrileños. Here, you have op­tions: ei­ther con­tinue to­wards Vasquez de Mella (VdM) if you’re pecky, or veer off to­wards Sale­sas to shop on. For VdM, head back to­wards Mer­cado San An­tón and right on Lib­er­tad, to find at the in­ter­sec­tion with San Mar­cos Di­urno / San Mar­cos, 37 / 522 0009 / di­urno.com, a re­laxed stu­dent hang. Trun­dle down Lib­er­tad to Bo­caito at #6 (see Tapas), head right into In­fan­tas, and on the next cor­ner with Bar­bieri, at #19, is the über right-now Isolée (see Stand­out Stores) with handy café and sexy staff. End it here, or if the weather is cle­ment, con­tinue along In­fan­tas un­til you reach Room Mate Os­car (see Ac­com.) at Plaza Vazquez de Mella for rooftop re­laxer La Ter­raza de Ar­riba (see Bars). For Sale­sas, back­track on AF un­til you reach Bar­quillo, then turn left to find the de­light­ful Mott at #31 / 308 1280 / for luxey cloth­ing and life­style. Cal­late la Boca at #34 / 522 8059 / callate­laboca.com / is a rain­bow world of T’s for kids and grown ups, and a few doors down at #39 is Mi Calle de Nueva York (see Spa) for a quick fix if your dig­its are in dire shape. There’s m/w ca­su­al­wear ahead at #43 Tran­sit / 702 4430, snazz gents’ ac­ces­sories across at #4242Bar­quillo / 391 5700 / 42bar quillo.com, and at #49 is patis­serie par­adise Pomme Su­cre / 308 3185 / pomme­su­cre.com / handy for cake, coffee and a wee. Con­tinue to the end of Bar­quillo, then a right onto Plaza Sale­sas, and make a se­cond cheeky pas­try stop at Cos­men & Kei­less at #8 / 319 6742 / cos­menykei­less.com, be­fore pass­ing the baroque Igle­sia de las Sale­sas Reales on your left. Now, cóctele­ria Le Cabrera is on the right cor­ner and a pixie skip along at Bár­bara de Bra­ganza, 2 (see Bars), as is First Lady-favoured Carolina Her­rera la­bel CH for clas­sic fem wardrobe essentials / 310 2824 / car­oli­na­her­rera.com / at the same ad­dress, or turn right into Conde de Xiquena (CdX). At #12, Far­iña & Al­muzara / 308 2274 / has ex­cel­lent ar­ti­san jew­ellery, at #9 Próx­ima Parada / 523 1929 / ped­als flirty frocks, and at #8 are mother and son de­signer dy­namos Lur­des Ber­gada & Syn­g­man Cu­cala / 531 9958 / lur­des­ber­gada .es / for stream­lined, mono­chrome gear (m/w). You must be drier than an AA meet­ing by now, but fret not – the end is near. Carry on and turn right at Almi­rante to find clothes horse Ararat at #10 / 531 8156 / which changes stock ev­ery 15 days; Ber­lin also at #10 / 531 7062 / has so­phis­ti­cated Roberto Tor­reta threads; and Tcn at #16 / 522 3321 / tcn.es / spells sum­mer with beach, bed­room and lounge togs. Charm­ing Café Oliver (see Lunch) is on the cor­ner at #12 with mod Mediter­ranean bites; oth­er­wise, swim-fresh seafood awaits at the some­what un­for­tu­nately named Boga Bar at #11 / 532 1852. Bums down and bot­toms up!

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