Located between Chueca and Argüelles, Malasaña is a historic neighbourhood that is home to lots of alternative people with modern outlooks. If you’re looking for an authentic experience where old and new jostle for space, check out our apartments in Malasaña, Madrid. It has a similar vibe to Camden Town in London, Kreuzberg in Berlin or Bairro Alto in Lisbon.
It is an overwhelmingly young area, full of innovative establishments at the cutting edge of the latest trends. Its streets buzz with young designers, cafes and pubs open well into the early hours. You’ll also find plenty of small restaurants offering good-value set menus. Malasaña is highly recommended for renting holiday apartments if you're looking for a youthful atmosphere.
The neighbourhood takes its name from Manuela Malasaña, a heroine of the 2 May 1808 rising, who died defending the streets against Napoleon’s troops. As with many of the city’s neighbourhoods, Malasaña is not its official name, but it is how everyone in Madrid refers to the area.
Malasaña has lots of popular squares and open spaces and lovely narrow streets for taking a stroll. Most are pedestrianised and those that aren’t don’t see many cars. Explore the neighbourhood, taking in its orange-hued buildings and small balconies, and thrill your senses! Find out for yourself by booking your accommodation in Malasaña.
The epicentre of the neighbourhood is Plaza del Dos de Mayo, the scene for one of the bloodiest battles in the Peninsula War. A must for all visitors. Other great places for taking a break and enjoying a coffee or beer on a terrace are Plaza de la Luna, which puts on a wonderful annual Christmas market, Plaza de las Comendadoras and Plaza de San Ildefonso, home to a church of the same name built in the 19th century.
As you’ll be able to appreciate from your accommodation in Malasaña, Madrid, the neighbourhood has a rich history and lots of beautiful churches, perhaps the most impressive of which is the circular Iglesia de San Antonio de los Alemanes, with 17th-century frescoes.
Another impressive building in Malasaña is the baroque-style, 18th-century Cuartel del Conde-Duque. It is now a cultural centre that puts on a varied programme of concerts, fairs and exhibitions. Calle Manuela Malasaña is home to the Maravillas theatre and the legendary beerhouse Casa Maravillas, and Calle del Pez boasts lots of bars.
Malasaña was at the centre of the Movida Madrileña, a 1970s and 1980s countercultural movement that found expression in music, film and fanzines, as well as in many bars, discos and concert halls in the neighbourhood. Even today it still has a lively nightlife, with legendary places like Vía Láctea and Bar Penta. Not to mention the many hip terraces, bars, pubs and restaurants at affordable pieces. If you like hitting the town at night, that’s just one more reason to book one of our apartments in Malasaña in Madrid. If you’d like to find out more about the Movida Madrileña, head for the Bar-Museum Madrid me mata.
Foodies will love the hundreds of restaurants and the Mercado de San Ildefonso, a traditional market reconverted into foodie heaven, with street food from all over the world.
Malasaña is buzzing with culture and you’ll see the cutting edge of Madrid on its streets, in shops, theatres, independent bookshops and bars. You’ll also find street sculptures, many in bronze, such as Julia, Young Girl Walking, The Passer-by and Reading in Dos de Mayo, which reflect the area’s strong artistic and innovative character.
Malasaña is a fairly quiet area full of contrasts, lots of cultural activities and plenty to do. If you’re looking for an unbeatable central location, don’t think twice about booking one of our apartments in Malasaña in Madrid. It has excellent public transport connections and you’re within easy reach of the main sights such as Gran Vía, Palacio Real, Plaza España, Puerta del Sol and Parque del Retiro.