19 Jun Why Chueca is great?
It would be great for us if we could help you enjoying and discovering Madrid while you are taking a break from your Spanish lessons. And today we are discovering the official LGBT Madrid’s barrio — have fun while learning Spanish: CHUECA.
Actually, we must confess that Chueca is not a neighborhood itself. It’s located in Justicia’s neighborhood, but every person in Madrid calls it barrio and it’s considered a must to visit when you arrive to the capital.
Chueca has become in recent years a reference for the LGBT movement around the world; But not only with that, Chueca has as well more things to show us: it has become in recent years one of the fashionable areas of Madrid with its shops, bars and a huge cultural offer.
In the ‘70s Chueca was a troubled area with prostitution and drugs, but everything changed in the early ‘80s and Chueca started its transformation to what it is today.
The stately buildings of Chueca (like el Museo de Historia de la Ciudad or el Museo Municipal with its gardens Jardines del Arquitecto Ribera from Baroque period) contrast with the multicultural atmosphere and the bustle that lives in its streets and the terraces of the bars. This area is a clear example of the current society and is inhabited not only by the known homosexual collective in Madrid, but also by young people and by a big number of immigrants of different nationalities. However, is one of the most expensive areas in Madrid as well as Salamanca, Chamartín, Chamberí, Retiro or Moncloa.
The main zone that we recommend for shopping is Fuencarral street (a shopping area with brands like Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, Adolfo Dominguez or Adidas), if you want to eat some tapas you should go to Bocaíto or Los Jiménez (with an Andalusia style), you could also visit Txueca (for a Basque tapas experience) or if you prefer a chic tapas route you should go to Eleven bar or Isolée (mixes a bar with a boutique). These are only a few of the multiple tapa-bars that you can find in Chueca.
If you want to discover its LGBT nightlife’s side LL Showbar, Griffin’s or Studio 54 are some of the bars that mix partying with shows.
There are a lot of other places to visit, and we shouldn’t forget its churches like Iglesia de las Salesas Reales or San Antón, famous for baptizing pets every 17th of January and now known for being opened 24h, having WiFi connection, offering coffee and letting you enter with your pet. El palacio de Longoria is also a must, known as la casa de los Lagartos as well, with a Gaudí architectural influence.
We hope we helped you knowing a bit more about Chueca and that we encouraged you to visit this area of Madrid! If you are interested in knowing more neighborhoods you should visit these links: La Latina neighborhood and The neighborhood of Malasaña.