Local secrets in Madrid


 

Go out dancing amongst locals

Malasaña is known for its bustling nightlife, where evenings stretch out into the wee hours of the morning. La Va Lactea is a lively hub, where locals come to mingle and to dance to an eclectic music selection across its two floors. For live music, travellers can’t go past the El Buho Real for dulcet acoustic tunes and its laid-back vibe.

 
 
 

Sip drinks with locals at Botellón

Botellón is a typically Spanish pastime where locals gather to drink and socialise in public. While it might have a somewhat chequered reputation in some areas of Spain, in Malasaña they offer a festive and lively atmosphere for socialising beyond the walls of a bar or nightclub. The best past is chatting with the locals and getting to understand more about the city.

 
 
 

Head to the VillaManuela festival 

If food, music and festivity sounds like a dreamy combination, then the VillaManuela festival is an unmissable stop on a journey through Madrid. Malasaña locals welcome the three-day long party that offers gastronomic delights with traditional tapas and mouth-watering modern bites. With a range of music acts ranging from the local to the global it’s a truly international feast and a must-do for any Madrid explorer. 

 
 
 

Indulge in the afternoons with a merienda

When travelling like a local, it’s crucial to eat like one too. As dinner is often taken later in the evening, it’s common for a small meal termed a merienda to be eaten in the late afternoon. As the premier dining district in Madrid, Malasaña has some of the best venues to indulge in this afternoon snack. Check out J&J’s bookshop (a hybrid café and bookstore) or Carmencita Bar. Try a sip of vermouth while you’re at it, this fortified wine is very popular amongst locals!