What is “Breaking the Barrios”?


Smart Insiders wants to give you tips for how to experience different areas in Madrid. For this reason we’re launching a new series called “Breaking the Barrios”. Get ready for excellent guides for planning your next visit to one of Madrid’s popular neighborhoods. Also you can find information about restaurants, activities, nightlife, and more! 

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Chamberí: A traditional neighborhood with aristocratic history.


First a neighborhood with Madrid’s finest aristocrats, Chamberí is now a place where families and students reside. Because the area is more polished than surrounding areas it’s known for being quiet and residential. Certainly you wont be bored during your visit since you can sit and admire the beautiful architecture, visit museums, and enjoy a beverage at one of the plazas.

Chamberí Checklist ✔️

  • Sorolla Museum

    • The Museum Sorolla is a museum that features work by the artist Joaquín Sorolla and members of his family. The building was the artist’s house, but as a result of the death of his wife was converted into a museum.
  • Teatros del Canal

    • The Teatros del Canal is a performing arts center that opened in 2009 where you can see many well-renowned Flamenco performers. Even more programs include categories in theater, dance, opera, cabaret, comedy, and children’s theatre. Also, when you go take note of what the color of the room is. Their three theaters are red, green, and black.

    • Probably the most noteworthy place to visit is the Andén Cero which is a museum dedicated to the history and evolution of public transportation in Madrid. The work was created by famous architect Antonio PalaciosWhen you enter the station it seems like you jumped back to the 50’s – 60’s.
  • Plaza de Olavide

    • The Chamberí district is made up of many neighborhoods, and in Trafalgar you will find Plaza de Olavide. Also, the plaza is shaped as an octagon and home to some of the best terraces to sit, eat tapas, and have a drink. Hence Sundays are a great day to get out of the heat, maybe have a nice breakfast, and recover from fun the night before.

Good Markets ✔️


Mercado de Chamberí


Mercado de Chamberí is a traditional Spanish market that opened in 1943. Because it offers a variety of products and services it’s very popular on the weekends. It includes 50 different stalls, a gym, and a swimming pool. Most noteworthy is what you will find in the stalls including meats, seafood (fresh and frozen), sausages, cheeses, breads, pastries, fruits, and vegetables.

Mercado de Vallehermoso


Another great market is Mercado de Vallehermoso  that opened in 1933. The market has a warm family-like environment and has an array of producers and merchants of all generations. For that reason, together they have created a mission statement that includes and eclectic and honest feel. Finally, they believe their market is more than a place to shop but rather a community of friends.


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