Las Salesas. Madrid's trendiest district

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Madrid’s Las Salesas district runs alongside Paseo de Recoletos, between Chueca and Salamanca in downtown Madrid. The two main streets in Las Salesas, Piamonte and Almirante, have become a magnet for art galleries, concept stores, international brands and fashion boutiques. This is a great area to pick up stylish clothes and jewellery as well as gourmet food and drink.

With design as its undisputed star, this neighbourhood is nowadays a veritable urban catwalk for independent fashion. But this isn’t all it has to offer, as in Salesas you may find from image and sound through gourmet shops, delis and grocer’s stores to bookshops. Today, as well as cutting-edge art, the area - where property value has since soared - is home to perfumeries for connoisseurs, yoga centres, cocktail bars, stylish cafés, gourmet shops and, of course an infinite variety of Spanish fashion brands

Its skyline dominated by two magnificent buildings, the Longoria Palace, home to the offices of the Spanish Society of Authors (SGAE), and Las Salesas Reales Convent, now a church, this shopping area stretches down a number of streets, composing a huge shopping mall. Conde de Xiquena, Argensola, Almirante, Bárbara de Braganza, Fernando VI, Prim, Piamonte, Barquillo and other adjoining thoroughfares provide a pleasant and alluring environment for shopping all year round.

What makes Salesas special are its multi-brand retailers, as well as the Spanish and international boutiques – Yube, Nice Things, NAC – that line up along its streets. For urban-style clothing head to Baccana, Elsa or Monoplaza, where design rules and shoppers can find all kinds of items, from sportswear and casual apparel to elegant and sophisticated garments.

In Salesas you’ll find everything to look beautiful from head to toe. Aimée’s designs and Castañer, a Spanish firm which has ushered espadrilles into the world of international fashion, are great starting points for footwear.

Of course, there’s more than fashion in the area. Attractions include a rich cultural life, with long-standing bookshops like Antonio Machado and plenty of art venues, such as the Antonio de Suñer or the Oliva Arauna galleries, both along Calle Barquillo. And prepare to get seduced by art in the form of flower arrangements at the Margarita se llama mi amor flower shop.

Delis
In this major shopping district between Calle Fernando VI and Plaza de Santa Bárbara, the most exquisite gourmet food holds sway: olive oil, wine, cheese, chocolate and mouth-watering breads and cakes, like those they make at Cosmen & Keiless, will all catch your eye. Establishments like Delishop will delight you with specialties from all over the world, from Japan to South America and from Greece to the Middle East.

Mama Framboise is a magical place where you can enjoy the best selection of French pastries, cookies, cakes, pound cakes, and chocolates. It also offers a variety of breads and savoury sandwiches, quiches and salads, which you can enjoy with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wines and spirits. The first French boulangerie/patisserie in Madrid, with a provencal décor, reminiscence of the French countryside that manages to be pleasant, warm, cozy and comfortable. You can enjoy in our tea room, celebrate events with friends in our private room or in the comfort of your own home with our take-away products or catering service.

Cocktail Bars
Le Cabrera, a restaurant and cocktail bar that opened in January 2010, is located in the heart of Madrid and is owned by the famous Catalan chef Sergi Arola and the young Argentine barman Diego Cabrera. The former is known for his professional career and his two Michelin stars. The latter has revolutionised Madrid’s cocktail scene. On the first floor of this new bar and eatery, tapas, dishes to share, and haute cuisine appetisers are on offer. Downstairs, the larger space is devoted to the creation of cocktails.

Dry Martina. Such a fun place to people watch. The decor is fantastic and food as well. Waiters have always been friendly to me. Small tables, big communal table, and medium sized too. A definite go to.

At the end of Calle Fernando VI stands the new Barceló Market. Actually, work is still underway, but the market is bound to become one of the area’s attractions for those keenly interested in food. Under its modern architecture, some stalls are already open to the public.

Creative cuisine
When you take a break from shopping, be sure not to miss the unique coffee houses in the area, with their relaxed, bohemian atmosphere. The creativity that’s the hallmark of the shops at Salesas is to be found also in its cuisine, with plenty of restaurants where local flavours merge with those from other countries. Places like Stage, Cafe Oliver, La Buena Vida or Krachai are a must-go restaurants.

Hotels
Only You Hotel & Lounge is designed to make clients stay in Madrid a unique experience, whether you're visiting the Spanish capital for business or pleasure. The hotel is located in the center of Madrid, on Calle Barquillo, just a few meters from Paseo de Recoletos and the Chueca neighborhood. The carefully designed interiors by Lázaro Rosa Violán complement the beauty of the building (a former Palace, dating from 19th century), giving the hotel an eccentric touch with colonial-style color.

The other is the cool, calm, boutique hotel Urso – a five-star operation is already proving a game-changer for Salesas. The 78-room property is the latest offering from debonair Spanish hotelier Pablo Carrington, whose management company Marugal has opened exquisite small hotels from Mallorca (Cap Rocat) to La Rioja (Hotel Viura) and back to the Balearics (Torralbenc, on Minorca).

Accessible Madrid
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