Neighbourhood: ChamberiAugust 30th, 2010 | Posted by in Entertainment | Food and Restaurants | House Hunting | Jodie | What's Happening Madrid
I don’t always love living in Madrid, but I do love living in Chamberi. This may sound strange, but I feel like I have picked the best barrio (neighbourhood) for my charachter. Let me explain.
Chamberi is popular for young professionals and there are many ‘up and coming’ areas within this barrio. That means that it’s got some great stuff, but not everyone knows about it yet. For example, the El Mundo Restaurant awards, had many winners in Chamberi.
A centre point for the area is Plaza Olavide. This is a mainly pedestrian area with a fountain in the centre, benches and playgrounds, all surrounded by some lovely cafes, restaurants and shops. I love the tea shop that sells loose leaf teas and coffee. And the cafes are perfect for whiling away weekends chatting with friends over a few drinks and tapas, or in the cool of the summer evenings sipping vermouth (my new favourite tipple).
Also I love the market, even more so after 8 months of getting to know the shop keepers (even with my limited Spanish) I get a friendly face and they let me know when they get new and exciting things in.
Plus there is everything you need in Chamberi – several supermarkets, including a giant Carrefour at Quevedo; beauty shops, hardware shops, good metro connections (I am less than 5mins walk from Iglesia, Quevedo and Canal which are all on different metro lines) etc etc.
In fact, working from home, with my gym a 15min walk away and many friends in the area, I rarely have a need to leave. And when I do I can usually walk there – Sol takes me around 25mins, Malasana 10 mins and Chueca 20mins.