Chueca is one of the trendiest areas of Madrid. If you’re looking for the liveliest, most colourful side to the Spanish capital, check out our apartments in Chueca.
Located in the Justicia neighbourhood, Chueca is right in the city centre and is full of bars, restaurants, shops and cultural activities. It has some of most varied and modern services in the city, earning it the nickname of the “Madrid Soho” .
Chueca’s heart is its eponymous square, named in honour of zarzuela composer Federico Chueca. Plaza de Chueca is a popular meeting point and is always bustling with people outside bars or having a drink on one of the terraces. Other popular squares on sunny days include Plaza de Pedro Zerolo, Plaza de Santa Bárbara and the quieter, more relaxed Plaza del Rey, which is also home to the 16th-century Casa de las Siete Chimeneas, itself home to a famous ghost.
Chueca boasts lots of fashion shops, art galleries, specialist bookshops and a wide range of stores. You’ll find avant-garde designs by young creators, top brands and shops catering for every possible urban tribe. If you like to shop till you drop, that’s another reason to book one of our holiday apartments in Chueca in Madrid.
The Mercado de San Antón is another must-see in Chueca. Not only can you buy fresh, traditional food, you can also try some tapas, enjoy some show cooking and even visit an exhibition space. Other interesting markets in the area include the fully organic Huerto de Lucas and the Mercado de San Ildefonso, whose twenty or so gastronomic stalls are inspired by typical London street food markets. You’ll also find a wide range of designer bars and restaurants with plenty of personality. This is a foodie paradise, so if you’re one of them, book your accommodation in Chueca and give yourself a treat.
Madrid has many museums and Chueca is home to two of the most interesting: the Museo del Romanticismo, where you can see paintings by great masters like Goya and everyday objects from the period, and the Museo de Historia de Madrid, whose collections tell the history of the city from the 16th century onwards.
But Chueca’s real claim to fame is as Madrid’s gay epicentre. In recent years it has become a shining symbol of freedom. Its streets are packed with LGBT+ bars, discos and shops to create a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Its highpoint is Madrid Gay Pride, in late June and early July. The streets fill with music, joy, colour, floats and thousands of people celebrating and generally having a good time. If you’re looking for accommodation at this time of year, your best move is to book one of our apartments in Chueca, Madrid.
The night is always young in Chueca all year round. It has a huge number of places for partying, having a drink or dancing the night away. It is one of the top places for going partying in Madrid where everyone is welcome.
But that’s not all… Chueca is also the perfect location for walking to some of the city’s main sights. Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol
are only 10 minutes’ walk away, as are the Museo del Parado and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, two of the top art galleries in the world.
Enjoy Madrid by renting a Friendly Rentals holiday apartment in Chueca!