Madrid: Places to Explore

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Chueca and Malasaña

Once known primarily for thumping nightlife and dodgy streets, these two Madrid neighborhoods have changed significantly in the past decade. Money from city hall and from private investors was used to renovate buildings and public zones, thereby drawing prosperous businesses and many professional and young inhabitants. Chueca, especially, has been completely transformed by the gay community. Noisy bars and overcrowded nightclubs are still trademarks of both areas, but they now also make for pleasant daytime walks and have many inexpensive restaurants, hip shops, great cultural life, and inviting summer terraces. Chamberí is a large area to the north of Chueca and Malasaña. It's mostly residential but has a few lively spots, especially the streets around Plaza de Olavide. The triangle area created by Fuencarral, Gran Vía, and Corredera Baja is becoming more gentrified and is known as Triball.

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