Top 6 areas in central Madrid:
Madrid is an incredible city with different areas having different characteristics/feels. Here are our top picks (in no particular order) for students living in central Madrid.
1. So what’s it like to live in Sol?
La Puerta del Sol is a public square in central Madrid and is one of the best known and busiest places in the city. You could also consider it the party capital of Madrid because of the many pubs/clubs/restaurants/bars you’ll find. Living in Sol will be super busy but it’s a great location as you’re right in the centre of the city next to many Erasmus parties.
2. What’s it like to live in La Latina?
If you want a real experience of the Marilenean lifestyle, La Latina is the place to be. This is a social area, you’ll often find people eating tapas at the many tapas bars or plazas and most importantly it hosts the Rastro market every Sunday. La Latina is home to many Madrilenian traditions and is located in an awesome area near Lavapies, Toliso Molino, Palacio and is a short walk to the La Puerta del Sol.
3. What’s it like to live in Malasaña?
Malasaña could be considered the Soho of Madrid and is the trendiest area in Madrid. Malasaña is an exciting neighbourhood where you’ll find independent shops, bars, thrift shops etc. Malasaña is also super well positioned just north of Gran Vía so as well the independent stores you’ll have super quick access to any high street shop. Malasaña is one of the best areas to live in due to its location, stores and vibe.
4. What’s it like to live in Chueca?
Chueca is a small area of Madrid with long narrow streets that are full of life, colour and sauce. Being the Gay district of Madrid it is super-inclusive, lively, young, vibrant, with a diverse range of people. A bubble of energy as it sits shoulder to shoulder with Malasana and the Retiro park, Chueca is certainly a super fun place to live.
5. What’s it like to live in Lavapies?
Lavapies is arguably the coolest area in the city. South of the centre of the city, it is by far the most multicultural area of Madrid with many North African, Asian and Arabic influences. Lavapies features colourful murals, huge art pieces and busy, bustling streets and with tapas bars and eateries from all over the world, you will be able to find a taste of everything. Lavapies is also near la Puerta de Atocha, and the golden triangle of art (Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Reina Sofía.)
6. What’s it like to live in Barrio de las Letras?
This area may be called the literary quarter but don’t be fooled by the docile name. It used to be home to great 17th-century writers like Lope de Vega, but nowadays it is home to a lively cultural scene including theatre performances at the Teatro Espanol, live flamenco shows, cafe’s, beer halls, restaurants, nice boutiques etc. El barrio de las Letras is both a stone’s throw from Sol and is close to the Retiro Park too.