Where the trendy go
If it is in style, you’ll find it in Malasaña. It used to be a district where the grannies and granddads met in the street and gossiped about their neighbours. Then the hipsters showed up, and rents increased, bikes took over, and bakeries started charging double for muffins; bars switched from toothpicks and those little serviettes that don't absorb anything to building in huge windows and owners providing chairs and tables inherited from those grandparents they ran out of the neighbourhood (and now it is vintage furniture!). Luckily, the classic 'old-man' bars in the area have survived by not changing. Similarly, traditional bookshops and brave record stores have kept their spots in the barrio.