Absolutely no visitor in Madrid should miss my two favorite neighborhoods. Both of them are related to street art and considered to be the most trendy areas in town.
The first one is called Lavapiés; I’ve talked about it in my personal blog called Cooltourspain. The second one is Malasaña and even though not that many people know that it used to be the drug dealing epicenter in Madrid during the ’80s and ’90s, the situation has now changed and the majority of expats who move to Madrid try to rent an apartment in this multicultural area.
Plaza del dos de Mayo is where hundreds of locals gather during the weekends at the different bars and terraces to have a drink or two. It is loaded with gastrobars, ethnic restaurants and clubs open until 6AM.
While the closest metro stations area Tribunal or Fuencarral, Malasaña is a 10-minute walk from the city center or you can even take any of the bicycles that the Madrid city council has available for locals and visitors alike.