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Areia

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Once an Irish bar, Areia has been transformed beyond recognition into a chill-out space that has all the angles covered: by day it's somewhere to get lunch...

C/Hortaleza 92

Bar San Lorenzo

Bars & pubs

Also known as Taurino or, more commonly, 'that bar on Salitre', the San Lorenzo has no sign. Stained-glass windows and furniture that could have been found...

C/Salitre 38

Café Rustika

Restaurants & cafés

Whimsical interiors, funky lo-fi music and lots of hanging lanterns make this one of the most relaxing cafés in a neighbourhood full of them. New ownership...

C/Limón 11

Cafeina

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

By day dogs chase kids through table legs while their parents chat over mugs of herbal tea. By night the hip hop and jazz DJs attract a different crowd,...

C/Pez 18

Dos Gardenias

Bars & pubs

There's no sign on the door - just look out for this mellow little space painted in warm yellow, orange and blue and the emanating chilled-out vibes, soft...

C/Santa María 13

Fookar

Restaurants & cafés

A gleefully eccentric little café, with whitewashed brick walls enlivened with splashes of colour - collaged mannequins, installations with plastic fruit...

C/Fúcar 1

Jardín Botánico

Critics' choice
Attractions

Madrid's luscious botanical gardens were created for Charles III by Juan de Villanueva and the botanist Gómez Ortega in 1781. They are right alongside the...

Plaza de Murillo 2

Kappa

Bars & pubs, Clubs

An unprepossessing and easily missed little hideaway, Kappa is amiable and intimate and, despite its complete lack of decor, somehow cosy. This chameleon of...

C/Olmo 26
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Kathmandú

Bars & pubs, Clubs

This basement club is cosy, friendly and nicely chilled. The DJs spin a delicious mix of funk, soul, jazz and hip hop, luring the friendly clientele on to...

C/Señores de Luzón 3

La Ida

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

La Movida meets Friends in this cramped but jolly little café, where everybody knows everybody else. This is where the painfully cool neo-punks from the...

C/Colón 11

Olivera

Bars & pubs

A relaxed lounge bar, presided over by a portrait of the owner's mother, Yugoslav film star Olivera Markovic. The musical mood is nu jazz and funk, and the...

C/Santo Tomé 8

Shabay

Clubs

Full of Eastern promise, Shabay has lots of intricate decoration and a carefully crafted atmosphere, with oriental and Afrobeat sounds. From Tuesday to...

C/Miguel Ángel 3

Underblue Coctelería

Bars & pubs

A shabby chic lounge bar, serving tisanes and milkshakes by day (when the stylish bar staff outnumber the customers) and cocktails by night. A cavernous...

C/Minas 1

Zanzíbar

Bars & pubs

Good causes and ethnic chic combine to create a cute and colourful hangout for right-on revellers. On a small stage at the back there are frequent...

C/Regueros 9