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!