Chueca

Chueca is very similar and right next door to Malasaña, and is considered the barrio gay. There are lots of bars here for going out and I found a wonderful dance studio here.

Dance Class:
Karen Taft, C/ Libertad, 15, 28004.
This studio has many kinds of dance classes. I took a contemporary dance class here that I really enjoyed. Here the classes continuous and you work on the same combination over the span of weeks which gives the studio a more serious and professional feeling whereas at El Horno in Lavapiés the classes are all more suited for drop-ins. It depends on what you are looking for, and I ended up enjoying a little of each.

Dance Bar:
Bogui, C/ del Barquillo, 29, 28004

Madrid Barrio Guide

One of my favorite things about the city of Madrid is how very distinct each neighborhood or ‘barrio’ is. You can walk between the neighborhoods in the center or take the metro. For me, living in Malasaña, it would´t take more than half an hour to reach most of the places I would go. Remember that many Spanish businesses close each day around 14h-14:30h and open around 17h-18h for siesta. Siesta, my friends, is a blessing and a curse.

The barrios that I have written about so far are as follows…

Atocha

Malasaña

Sol

Embajabores

Chueca

Lavapiés

La Latina

Gran Vía