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Café Oliver

Restaurants & cafés

Still an in spot for the international crowd, Café Oliver runs the gamut of French, Spanish, Italian and Moroccan without falling into the dreaded...

C/Almirante 12


Critics' choice

Cool was always too stylish to be dominated by the straight crowd. And so it has come to pass that it now has a mainly gay following. Once you get beyond...

C/Isabel la Católica 6

El Viajero

Restaurants & cafés

La Latina scenesters in sideburns and retro couture still flock to this three-storey bar/restaurant famous for its rooftop terraza. The food, a mixed array...

Plaza de la Cebada 11


Bars & pubs, Clubs

Where the pretty people go to dance. It was promoted by Spanish actress Paz Vega and, as you would expect from a film star, the emphasis in her club is on...

C/Ventura Rodríguez 7

Hotel de las Letras

Critics' choice

The new Hotel de las Letras laughs in the face of the current hotel vogue for teak and slate, and plumps instead for bold paintwork in red, orange and...

Gran Vía 11

Hotel Urban


The Derby chain (see also the Hotel Villa Real, below) is owned by Catalan archaeologist Jordi Clos, and ancient figurines and artworks are found throughout...

Carrera de San Jeronimo 34


Restaurants & cafés, Shops

The tendrils of cool emanating from Chueca are creeping ever further, as evinced by Isolée, a multi-faceted café, CD, clothes and kitchenware shop. The café...


Juan, ¡por Diós!


Currently the place to get your hair cut in Madrid's trendiest quarter, this innovative place also stocks international style magazines, CDs and even a...

C/Pérez Galdós 3

Juana la Loca

Restaurants & cafés

Where the hip go to tapear. It's kind of pricey, but offers undeniably creative cooking; a miniature portion of ostrich, plum and crispy bacon, or foie gras...

Plaza Puerta de Moros 4

La Viuda Blanca

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

Once you're past the hulking doorman and your eyes have adjusted to the dazzling glamour, this trendoid club-restaurant is surprisingly welcoming. The...

C/Campomanes 6


Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

The clue is in the name: at Laydown the table and the tablecloth have been eschewed in favour of pristine white sheets atop long rows of comfy mattresses....

Plaza Mostenses 9

Moma 56


If it's a bit of glamour you're looking for and you actually feel up to the challenge of getting through the door, then you should probably check out Moma...

C/José Abascal 56


Restaurants & cafés

With minimalist decor and food to match, Nodo keeps the famous and the fashionable coming back for more. Style aside, some say it's the best sushi in town....

C/Velázquez 150



In a club scene that ditches the glitz, Pachá is the black sheep. The bouncers may claim it's for royal relatives and the jet set, but it mainly attracts...

C/Barceló 11

Room Mate Mario


The first in a new chain of stylish, mid-range hotels. Especially popular among a design-appreciative public (for which, often, read 'gay'), Room Mate Mario...

C/Campomanes 4
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