Atypical Cities: Madrid
Each city in the world with a Desigual Store is unique in its own way. We’ll let you in on some of the secrets of their Desigual cities.
Collect these posts and you’ll have your own Desigual Tourist Guide.
Let’s start with the city that has the biggest Desigual Store in the world.
The people of 18th century Madrid were apparently so proud of their city they invented the saying, still used there today “From Madrid to Heaven, with just a hole to see it through” (De Madrid al cielo, y un agujerito para verlo) However, there is disagreement about the meaning of the phrase. While some swear that only heaven can be better than Madrid – as long as you can still see the city, others are sure the phrase comes from the terrible stench of Madrid’s old sewers, which meant the only safe place to be was the sky!
Whatever its roots, the expression has become integrated into Spain’s capital. And now that the city houses Desigual’s biggest store, it really is possible to go straight from Spain to paradise!
Madrid is a multicultural, modern, fun, frenetic, impersonal but relaxed city, full of contrasts, and above all, full of life. Here are our five hints to get to know the real Madrid.
- Check out the bars at night in La Latina quarter. You can go from bar to bar along Calles Calatrava, Águila and Cava Baja, where you can drink and sample the tapas, and experience Madrid’s vitality and bustle. And don’t let your taste buds miss out on the delicious tigres mussels at Bar Marathón.
- Sites to see in the centre include the Viaduct, Palacio Real and the Catedral de la Almudena. You can walk along Calle Mayor until you reach the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol; or there’s Callao, or Gran Vía – and from there, you can decide between Plaza de España one way and Puerta de Alcalá the other… We recommend you see both.
- Hit the shops. Each style has its own area, and Desigual is in all of them! For those with more alternative tastes, Fuencarral is the street to see; if you’ve got more cash to flash, the districts Salamanca, Serrano, Ortega (y Gasset), and Goya are the main areas, and for highstreet, head to Gran Vía and Preciados. If second hand chic is your thing, try El templo de Susu, on Calle Espíritu Santo.
- To make the most of nice weather, head down to the Parque del Retiro, and treat yourself to a baguette stuffed with squid from El Brillante on Glorieta de Atocha. Take a book or your iPod, find yourself a spot at the top of Cuesta de Moyano, and spend a while chilling out with the locals to feel right at home in the city.
- And lastly, a bit of culture. Or as much as you want, because the city has no end of it. From museums (the Prado, the Thyssen, the Reina Sofía, the CosmoCaixa in the Paseo del Arte), to Broadway-style musicals (the theatres around Gran Vía), to more serious theatre (at El Matadero, Lavapiés), to live music (at El Sol, Caracol, La Riviera or Calle 54).
5 recommendations from Andrés Casamayor, our Madrid Sales Manager. He promises these are not to be missed:
- A bar to get the evening started: anywhere in La Latina quarter. I recommend the fantastic terrace at the bar El Viajero.
- The best dish in Madrid: The famous huevos rotos of Casa Lucio. Delicious!
- To buy that special gift: Casa Vinçon.
- An unforgettable moment: skating around the Parque del Retiro on a Sunday morning.
- Amazing views: sunset at the Templo de Debod.
Don’t run out of places to visit, here’s the Desigual Stores in Madrid.