Chueca never sleeps. As the citys trendiest gay area it has a reputation to uphold. Millions of visitors come every year to the fluorescent rainbow celebrations at Gay Pride Festival
held in June.
Originally home to the city's blacksmiths and tile-makers it became run down and snapped up by savvy young people who transformed the area into a liberal playground for grown ups. Chueca prides itself on nightlife, clubs open till the wee hours of 6 or 7am. However during the day it reveals a more peaceful side. Plaza de Chueca is a great square for people watching. From little old ladies in matching dress and sweater combos to young Madrilenos in the latest skin-tight jeans trend, there is room for everyone. There is a calm feel to the square, people having coffee and strolling with their dogs, but in true Chueca style you can expect to see Chihuahuas better dressed than the average person and even fashionable pet pigs. Everywhere you look you notice stylish cafes, designer workshops and up market bookshops that mysteriously disappear at night to make way for the drag queen karaoke hits from the 80s.
Its central location and proximity to Gran Via make this colourful district the perfect place to stay.
Chueca is a metro stop and is centrally located. It is within walking distance from Sol
The house of the seven chimneys dates from 1570 and it is the best preserved domestic architecture in the city but what is more interesting than its bricks and mortar is the mysterious ghost story that surrounds it. It was built for a lover of King Philip II who later married an army captain who alas was called to war and killed, the news of which left the young woman so distraught she died of a broken heart. Her servants told a different story however and claimed she was murdered. Her father was suspected and hanged himself in the house. Ever since then it is said that the ghost of Elena can be seen hovering above the chimneys of the house. In the 19th century the skeleton of a female body were found buried inside. So there.
Eat and Drink
Divina La Cocina
is a stylish Chueca restaurant which speacializes in Spanish fusion cooking. It is popular so booking ahead is a must.
Chueca has a great variety of sushi restaurants, for authentic Japanese delicacies like delicious miso soup. Head to our favourite sushi restaurant, Himawari on Tamayo Y Baus street.
Le plus chic Desayuno con diamantes (Breakfast with diamonds)
This small cafe combines aromatherapy with chromotherapy (color therapy). Among its services, one that stands out is the specialty breakfast that can be delivered to anywhere in the country with a 24-hour advance order. For example, the Le Plus Chic breakfast sent to make dreams to come true and is mainly white in color.
This Chueca favourite combines a gourmet store with a cafe and restaurant. Here you can find anything from select wines to kitchen utensils, salsas, sweets and all kinds of delicatessen products. Restaurant highlights include simple dishes with a modern touch.
If you're looking for a fun night out full of fun then Black & White is a great venue to visit. They have two distinct areas, each with its own different style and genre of music.
If you want to try a cocktail in a calmer location, El Apolo at Calle Barco 18 has a personal, intimate atmosphere, which helps make it a much-loved local venue in the centre of the new, up-and coming, stylish area of Madrid.
Ricks in Infantas is one of Madrid's best gay clubs. It's open from 10pm-5am and it is best to go at the weekend, when the dancefloor is chock a block with drop-dead-gorgeous guys and gals. The music and atmosphere are great, but if you're feeling generous beware-drinks can be expensive.
Hotel Petit Palace Italia
Hotel Petit Palace Ducal
Room Mate Oscar
Chueca is on metro line 5 and is very central -http://prs.metromadrid.es/metro/mapametrofull.asp.
Its within walkable distance from sol, Gran Via and Callao to the south and Alonso Martinez to the North.
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