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Spain’s new digital nomad visa is finally here making it one of the most attractive destinations for remote workers. The goal is to promote Spain as one of the leading countries in attracting entrepreneurs, investors, and qualified workers in the greatest living conditions.

Spain has long been a popular destination for travelers, with its rich history, stunning architecture, beautiful beaches, and world-famous cuisine. Data also proves that Spain is considered one of the top 20 healthiest places to live in the world by analyzing factors such as life expectancy, cost of healthcare, air pollution, obesity rates, safety, sunlight hours, and more! However, the country has faced challenges in recent years due to a high unemployment rate, making it difficult for nationals and expats alike to find work. Expats often face the additional challenge of limited job opportunities under government programs, which primarily require English teachers. This results in highly skilled individuals, such as engineers, being unable to work in their field and being urged to teach instead. This leads to the heartbreaking decision to leave the country despite falling in love with its culture and way of life.

About the Digital Nomad Visa

The digital nomad visa is available to self-employed individuals or those working for a company based outside of Spain. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a steady income and provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage. The visa is valid for one year and can be renewed annually, providing remote workers with the flexibility to live and work in the country for as long as they wish.

We will provide you with the insights to better understand if you can apply for this visa and what it is you will need to provide to receive it. 

Who can apply for the Digital Nomad Visa

All citizens who are non-EU nationals that work remotely for non-Spanish companies are able to apply for the new visa.

How to apply for the Digital Nomad Visa 

The latest steps that we have researched are the following: 

  • Ensure you have a contract with the current company you are working with for at least one year
  • You must submit your criminal records certificate with a minimum validity of 90 days, they must be legalized and apostilled. You will also need to provide a sworn statement that you do not have a criminal record within the last five years
  • Fill out the application form which can be found here 
  • Pay the administrative fee for the visa
  • Contract private health insurance with full coverage throughout Spain
  • Provide a bank certificate proving the possession of at least €28,000 for the main applicant, which is 200% of the minimum wage in Spain
  • A letter of authorization from your company allowing you to work in Spain

We want to also mention this article from Planet Nomad because they are constantly updating their blogs with the latest protocols. Planet Nomad also provides insights into other visas from neighbouring countries in case you are interested. 

Where to live in Spain?

With your visa in hand, it’s time to decide where to call home in Spain. Madrid, the capital city, is a thriving metropolis that offers a vibrant lifestyle. For seamless integration into your new surroundings, consider residing in a coliving space. Urban Campus has five prime-located coliving buildings in Madrid, all fully equipped with everything you need to make your move as stress-free as possible. Our unique coliving spaces offer ample opportunities for socializing with neighbors through a variety of common areas.

Valencia is another highly recommended destination for nomads, with several articles singling it out as the top place to live and work abroad. Luckily Urban Campus Ayora Valencia Coliving is set to open in July 2023, offering 41 fully equipped studios and 200m2 of common spaces, including a gym, coworking area, cinema room, shared kitchen and dining area, laundry room, and rooftop barbeque, showers, and chill-out zone. This is the perfect opportunity for you to join our international community and experience Valencia’s vibrant culture.

Stay connected with us on our Instagram page to keep up-to-date on our latest openings, current properties, and events. We don’t want you to miss out on finding your future home in Spain!

Are you ready to discover the best things to do in Lille, France? Look no further! Our Coliving Residence Manager, Louise, who is an expert on the city, has created a list of must-see places, from the best restaurants, bars, and cafes to unique experiences that will give you a taste of the vibrant Lille lifestyle. Whether you’re a new resident in our coliving or just visiting, Lille has something special to offer you. 

Lille is known for its charming architecture, delicious cuisine, and lively atmosphere. Take a stroll through the historic Old Town and marvel at the beautiful Flemish-style buildings. Indulge in some of the local specialties such as traditional “carbonnade” or “potjevleesch” and enjoy a glass of local beer in one of the many cozy bars and cafes.

For culture enthusiasts, Lille offers a wide range of museums, art galleries, and theatres, such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts, one of the most important museums in France outside of Paris, or the Opera House, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Experience the local nightlife and catch a live music performance at one of the many bars and clubs in the city center. 

For a unique experience, why not take a day trip to the nearby Belgian towns of Ypres, Bruges, and Ghent, which are just a short train ride away? Wondering how to do that from Lille? Take a look at this blog for more details on how to make this trip a reality. 

Make the most of your time in Lille by inviting your fellow colivers to join you on your journey of discovery. Whether it’s trying new restaurants, visiting local landmarks, or exploring the city’s nightlife, there’s always more fun to be had when shared with friends.

It is time to get ready to experience the best of Lille with our curated list of must-visit restaurants, bars, cafes, and unique experiences. 

Restaurants
Octopus

The dining atmosphere in Octopus will drive you in, but their cuisine will keep you coming back. They offer original dishes and recommend you begin with some starters and later one main octopus dish. If you take a look at their unique wine list, you will find local/small producers that may end up being your new favorite.

Location:  2 Pl. Sébastopol, Lille, France 

Bloempot

In Bloempot offers dishes that stay close to their origin. Made local with organic and wild farming, you know you are in for a treat. When you arrive you have the opportunity to choose from the ‘experience menu’ which allows you to have your “eyes closed” and have the chefs take over and choose what it is you will be enjoying that evening or or you may ‘stay in control’ and decide on your own. This is an added element that can excite people as soon as they are seated, which we are a huge fan of.

Location:  22 Rue des Bouchers, Lille, France

Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille

Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille is known for their welcoming staff, setting, and selection. Their prices are very reasonable, and it is here where you will be savouring the typical dishes of Hauts de France. If you are interested in visiting them, be sure to book in advance, they are usually full which of course is always extremely promising! 

Location: 2 Rue des Vieux Murs, Lille, France

Restaurant Sébastopol

If you are interested in perfectly pairing wine with your meals, Restaurant Sébastopol is the place to visit. The staff is extremely friendly and have exquisite taste in wine, we suggest you ask for recommendations to match each course to highlight your tastebuds.

Location: 1 Pl. Sébastopol, Lille, France

Bars
Artchives 

What a location! If you are looking for an experience that has it all, in Artchives you will find yourself in a bar, restaurant, and art gallery! We suggest you grab one of the drinks at the bar (known for being very generous) and explore. We must also mention that their signature cocktails are very original. Overall the experience is chic, and unique. We are sure you will enjoy yourself.

Location: 74 Rue Jacquemars Giélée, Lille, France

La Biche & Le Renard

La Biche & Le Renard is a well-known cool little bar in Lille. Known for their incredible craft beer selection, their staff is extremely knowledgeable and are there to help guide you through the variety of savours they offer. 

Location: 14 Rue de Gand, Lille, France

Quai Des Bananes

Quai Des Bananes is overall a small spot in the heart of Lille, but their menus are huge! Their cocktails list is so extensive, you will have difficulty choosing, meaning you will simply have to come back to try more next time! 

Location: 84 Rue Royale, Lille, France

Delirium Café

One of the most essential bars in Lille, is Delirium Café. Here you will have a choice of 500+ beers from all over the world, it’s quite the experience. The decor within the bar is captivating. You may choose from seating in their heated terrace or within the deep decor!

Location: 50 Rue Masséna, Lille, France

Cafés

Elizabeth’s Tea Rooms

We have written but the cafes of Lille in another article, but because we live in Europe and coffee is essential, we wanted to bring some key partners back and recommend them to you at least one more time. Elizabeth’s Tea Room is a cute little cafe located right behind the corner of what most believe to be the most beautiful streets of the city. They offer some delicious pastries, made fresh every day, and gluten-free options as well.

Location: 69-71 Rue Basse, Lille, France

Pâtisserie Méert

Méert is the oldest coffee shop in the city, making it extremely well-known! It is here where you will find Ladurée of waffles which are a must-try. “Whether for the taste buds and also for the pupils, everything is beautiful and delicious”. 

Location: 25-27 Rue Esquermoise, Lille, France

La Clairière

If you are looking for a vegan brunch in the city, La Clairière is your spot. The staff is friendly, the food portions are outstanding and the value for your money will turn you into a regular. 

Location: 75 Bd de la Liberté, Lille, France

Briocherie Sylvana

Discover the flavor of the moment of the brioche every week at Briocherie Sylvana. They offer superb coffee and delicious sweets in a beautifully decorated space. One of the must-go spots in the city of Lille. 

Location: 24 Bd Victor Hugo, Lille, France

Experiences

Le Zénith

The indoor arena, Le Zénith in Lille will be holding 69 concerts in 2023 that you should definitely look out for. Do not be worried about where your seat is, all who attend have explicitly mentioned that there is not one bad seat in the house. The arena is also very easy to get to from any part of Lille. 

Location: 1 Bd des Cités Unies, Lille, France

Gare Saint Sauveur

For alternative music and cultural events, you must visit Gare Saint Sauveur. The company organizes plenty of exhibitions throughout the year for the citizens of Lille to enjoy, and some events are even free, so keep an eye out!

Location: 17 Bd Jean-Baptiste Lebas, Lille, France

Wazemmes Market (Marche de Wazemmes)

Experience a sea of colors and smells on your next Sunday morning in Lille in the Marche de Wazemmes. You will be able to purchase fresh local produce as well as clothing and accessories like other markets often have such as El Rastro in Madrid. Marche de Wazemmes is where you will find the real Lilloise.

Location: Pl. Nouvelle Aventure, Lille, France

Palais des Beaux Arts 

Within Palais des Beaux Arts, one of the largest art museums in France you will find fine art, modern pieces, and antiques. The exhibitions are temporary which is great, allowing you the opportunity to immerse yourself in many collections.

Location: Place de la République, Lille, France

You might be moving to Lille and are excited to make it your new home but also a little nervous about what’s to come. This article is to make you feel confident with your decision of moving into Urban Campus Saint So’ Lille Coliving. We will explain all that you will find in your new apartment or studio, how it is that you will have your friends literally at your doorstep, the cool spaces you will be making memories in, and just how easy this whole move is going to be!

What is inside your new home? – Apartments, Standard & Mezzanine Studios 

In Urban Campus Lille Coliving you have the option of moving into a one-bedroom apartment, standard studio, or mezzanine studio. All are completely furnished and equipped. What exactly does this mean? Upon arrival, you will not have to purchase anything. At Urban Campus our spaces are “toothbrush ready” and we pride ourselves on that. Your private unit will have everything from plates, glasses, mugs, wine glasses, teatowels, kitchen appliances including a microwave, toaster, coffee press, a bed, pillows, duvet, side table, hangers, cleaning supplies, and even some decor to make you feel right at home. The list goes on and on, but we recommend prior to purchasing anything for your new flat, on the first day you should explore every drawer there is. We are sure you will not be disappointed.

What are common spaces? 

Aside from having your newly renovated apartment, you will have access to 300 sqm of common areas. Why do we have this? We have comfortable shared spaces so that you are encouraged to have more encounters with your colivers, for you to truly feel like you are part of a community. This is why in Lille Saint So’ Coliving you will find; a coworking space to step away from your desk at home, a fitness area equipped with everything you need to be healthy, an additional shared kitchen to encourage you to spend time with your fellow colivers and share a delicious meal, a cinema room for the ultimate experience, a lounge to have the space to chill, a terrace to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and a laundry room.

COMMON KITCHEN
Coworking
Fitness

What is included? 

There are plenty of things that are included in the monthly rental. For example; wifi and all utilities are included, meaning water, heating, and electricity – you won’t have to worry about it! Which gives our colivers peace of mind. The maintenance of your flats is also included, so if something happens you can tell our support team right away. Weekly cleaning of the common areas and monthly cleaning of your private unit is also included. If you wish to have the cleaning done bi-weekly, or once a week you can let our team know and an additional service charge will be added each month. The best part of “everything included” would definitely be the community events we hold. The activities our Head of Community puts together can vary every month, but they are designed for you to turn your neighbors from strangers into friends. You will also have a monthly dinner sponsored by Urban Campus for the entire building. If you are curious about what some community events may be, take a look at our Instagram!

We are extremely excited for you to join our Lille coliving community! In Madrid, we have had people in our spaces build genuine friendships, some have become partners, not only in business but also in love. Coliving is to bring like-minded individuals together, to provide you with the best service possible and for the ultimate convenience when moving to a new flat.

Are you ready now?

Chritmas Markets in Madrid are not as popular as others in central Europe, but they are actually quite spectaculal. So it is time for you to bundle up, and take a walk through the city and experience not one, but at least seven Christmas Markets this year. Below you will see the best guide, to ensure you have solid plans every weekend this holiday season. 

Plaza Mayor Christmas Market 

The most famous holiday market in the city takes place in Plaza Mayor, located a 10-minute walk from Malasaña Madrid Coliving . Right in the center, you will find more than 100 wooden booths that offer an array of Christmas decorations and ornaments. It is here where all the things that you need to complete your Nativity Scene can be found. 

When: November 25 – December 31, 2022
Location: Plaza Mayor

Handmade Artisan Market of Madrid 

This will be Madrid’s 36th edition of the Crafts Fair which can be found between Colón and Cibeles, a 5-minute walk from Urban Campus Jerónimo. There will be 155 stands for you to discover throughout your walk, some may include pottery, jewellery, leather goods, engraved gifts, glass products, and more.

When: December 1 – 30, 2022
Location: C. Timón, 27

Plaza de Juan Goytisolo Christmas Market

An additional market is held next to the skating rink of Plaza de Juan Goytisolous, again only a 10-minute walk from our Coworking in Jerónimo. The vendors here not only sell gifts, but delicious Christmas food you will need to keep you warm.

When: 4 December, 2022 – January 6, 2023
Location: Plaza de Juan Goyistolo

Christmas Sweets Fair

If you like sugar and sweets this is the market for you. Quite literally known as the Christmas Sweets Fair, this market has everything you need to offer your family after a big Christmas day lunch. For those who live in our Malasaña Coliving, you are only a dangerous 10-minute walk away!

When: November 30, 2022 – January 5, 2023
Location: Plaza de Isabel II 

El Corte Inglés Castellana Christmas Market

The parking lot of the Corte Inglés converts into what we believe to be one of the most Christmas-themed spots in Madrid and it is luckily only 10-minutes from our brand new coliving in Cuarto Caminos. There are a handful of food vendors where you can grab a nice bite to eat. Last year, there was a gourmet burger truck with quite the line up. 

We feel it is important to say, not much shopping will be done here in terms of gifts for family or friends. However, we do recommend you visit and experience the scenery, the light show and Christmas classic jams they keep on all night  – its a great afternoon plan to get in the holiday spirit.

When: November 20, 2022 – January 5, 2023
Location: El Corte Inglés Castellana

Articus – Casa de Campo Christmas Market 

The new Christmas Market in Casa de Campo known as Articus will offer artist creations, crafts, and products from major brands. They are showcasing this market all over Madrid, from billboards in the metro to ads on the buses. We don’t have much to say, as this is a new market for Madrid, but we will definitely see you there! Especially those who live in our Malasaña Coliving, because its only 5-minutes away.

When: December 16, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Location: Av. del Lago s/n

 

La Navideña 

An outdoor skating rink of 450m2 will be set up in the newley renovated Plaza España for the second year in a row. Located 3-minutes away from our Malasaña Coliving, you will be able to see the biggest Christmas tree Madrid has this year. Not only will you be able to purchase handmade products and meals but there will also be theatrical and circus experiences.

When: November 25, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Location: Plaza España

The Christmas Market in Lille is one of the most beautiful in the Hauts-de-France region. This year it will be running from November 18th until December 30th. There is something truly special about the way the shops are decorated and building facades rise over the city. As their people say, “la joie de vivre” can be found everywhere during this time of year. So, if you are in the area, whether it be for tourism or to explore the city that your future coliving will be in, you will not want to miss passing through this wonderful market. 

As always, Lille’s Christmas Market is located in the lovely Place Rihour, in the heart of the historical center.

Every year approximately 90.000 visitors come to admire the beautiful lights and scenery.  So this is your chance to sip on the delicious, but very hot mulled-wine offered at almost every other booth to keep you warm throughout your stroll. You may even want to pair it with a toasty Belgian waffle to really get in the mood. 

Within the market, there are 90 chalets that offer an array of products. You can buy beautiful hand-crafted items that are both local and international to buy for your loved ones this holiday season. 

We recommend that you do not miss out on the experience of climbing to the top of the “Grand Roue” (Big Wheel), installed in the Grand Place (known as the main square of Lille). Once you reach the peak, you will see an incredible view of the whole town. 

For those of you who believe in the spirit of Christmas, head to Theatre square. There you will find the Santa Village, full of Christmas decor. 

If you are looking for a little more excitement, every Friday night while the market is on, the town organizes live concerts from 18 – 20H. Every year there are extra activities set up by the community members, however, most are surprises so you will have to go and check it out! 

 

Lille Christmas Market Schedule: 

Running From: November 18th to December 30th, 2022

Weekly Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 11 AM to 20:30 H 
Friday & Saturday: 10 AM to 22 H
Sunday: 11 AM to 20:30 H 
Closed on December 24th from 18 H
Closed on December 25th all-day
 

Looking for a new coworking space in Madrid? Urban Campus Jerónimo is the ideal location for entrepreneurs, startups, and growing companies. You will be immersed in an environment that offers everything you need, fast and reliable wifi, 24/7 access, daily cleaning, concierge service, security, discounted parking, bi-weekly community breakfasts, and more…we are also pet friendly! 

Not only do we offer office spaces, but a genuine community that continues to expand every passing year, since our opening in April 2017. Within our walls, you will be able to find the tools, contacts, and focus you need to expand your business and create new opportunities. 

Our coworking building is a mere 5-minute walk from Sol, 2-minute walk from Sevilla,  an 11-minute walk from the famous Plaza Mayor and a 7-minute walk from the beginning of the neighborhood “Los Jerónimos”. We are in the heart of Madrid and as you can imagine the rich area has a vast array of restaurants and cafes to choose from. This may get a little overwhelming when it comes down to choosing where to go for breakfast, lunch, or after-office drinks. Here is a guide of the best places to visit once you move into our Jerónimo coworking!

The Best Breakfast Spots:

Feliz Coffee

What better way to start your day than with a happy cup of coffee? Feliz Coffee is known for its delicious craft coffee and kind owner. Let the barista know how you like your coffee and they can recommend something just for you. If you are having doubts, many speak about the v60 being spectacular as it is with a great natural Rwanda coffee, full of light orange flavors. The shop is small, but they also have benches outside so you can enjoy the sun on your face. 

Location: C. de Lope de Vega, 2

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La Rollerie 

Beautiful inside and out, La Rollerie is located on the same street as your new coworking. Their menu has a wide variety of pastries to enjoy from, made fresh everyday. Our coworkers recommend the breakfast andaluz, which is two very large pieces of bread that you can put olive oil and salt on, then add in the fresh tomato paste they provide for you – a typical Spanish breakfast. 

Location: Cra de S. Jerónimo, 26

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La Mejor Tarta de Chocolate del Mundo

The name is a dead give away about their best product…cheesecake. Just joking, it is in fact a chocolate cake, described to be unusual, indulgent, light and the perfect amount of sweet. Will you be the judge of the best chocolate cake in the world?

Location: Calle de Cervantes, 9

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Café Bar Hylogui

A family run cafe serving crispy bacon and eggs, known to be delicious. Café Bar Hylogui is where the locals go for nice cup of cafe con leche and their service. Located a whole one minute walk away from Urban Campus Jerónimo!

Location: C. de Ventura de la Vega, 3, Bajo Izquierda

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The Best Lunch Spots:

El Chaparrito

Located 120 meters away from UC Jerónimo, El Chaparrito is one of the best Mexican restaurants around. Their menu includes great tacos, some even for only 1 euro. Their restaurant is decorated with beautiful colors and truly gives you the Mexico vibe. Some strong recommendations from the UC Jerónimo coworkers would be tacos al pastor and pollo chipotle if you are looking for a little more spice. We were also able to try their nachos and can confidently say they are well worth the price you are paying. If you are looking to take away, we recommend you call before as sometimes they can get busy during lunch hour! 

Location: C. de Ventura de la Vega, 11

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Lamucca De Prado

Recognized in the neighbourhood for the amazing balance between quality/quantity and their prices. The freshness of the ingredients, attention to detail and overall atmosphere will surely draw you in. Unsure of what to order? The staff at Lamucca are extremely friendly and will ensure to provide you with the best service possible, you will not be disappointed.

Location: C. del Prado, 16

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Revoltosa Prado

The atmosphere in Revoltosa Prado is electric and their decor is very trendy. Many recommend their cocktails as they have a long list to choose from. We cannot recommend a particular dish as every week their menu changes to keep things exciting, so be sure to give them a try!

Location: C. del Prado, 4

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La Finca de Susana

A very classy restaurant with incredible service. However do not let this steer you away, at La Finca de Susana, they offer 12 euro menus of the day, which include first and second courses, one drink (water, pop, wine, beer) and desert (can vary everyday or coffee). It is a very large restaurant, however we do recommend you reserve a table as it is quite the popular spot in our neighborhood. 

Location: C. del Príncipe, 10

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Chuka Ramen 

A Japanese restaurant located a mere 2-minute walk from our coworking, Chuka Ramen has been around since 2014 and has truly made a name for themselves. The bao buns starter are great, we recommend the fried chicken and tiger shrimp. If you are new to Jerónimo, it is imperative you order the beef gyozas as you will be dreaming with them for the weeks to come. 

Location: Calle de Echegaray, 9 

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Macao Príncipe

 Located a 3-minute walk from Jerónimo coworking, Macao Príncipe offers asian inspired tapas at a great price. The staff are very helpful and provide great insight about the dishes. If you go for lunch, for 13.50 euros you can have their menu of the day which includes a drink, three dishes to choose from their 40+ tapas menu and a desert! 

Location: C. del Príncipe, 16

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The Best After-Work Spots:

Salmon Gurú

From their interactive menu to the eccentric nature of the bar, and unique presentation of the drinks, the top rated cocktail bar in Madrid is quite the experience. Their bartender, Diego Cabrera is world renowned, and you will most likely see him there at the forefront of the bar. All who have visited before can do nothing but rave about how unique of a place Salmon Gurú is. So, if you are looking to take your colleagues somewhere different, you now know where to go!

Location: Calle de Echegaray, 21

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Viva Madrid

With a variety of drinks to choose form, you will not be disappointed. Viva Madrid has a very classy feel to their surroundings. The main bar is spectacular, and if you are lucky enough to get a seat infront of the bartenders, be ready for a show. 

Location: C. de Manuel Fernández y González,7

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Casa Gonzalez

Casa Gonzalez provides you with great portions of food and fantastic wine to pair it with. We cannot forget to mention the assortment of cheese they have to offer! Seats are limited, but the cozyness of the bar is what you will leave with. It is the perfect place to have a gourmet picinic-like experience. 

Location: C. del León, 12

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Alimentación Quiroga

Dating from 1958, this quaint restaurant has incredible reviews, local dishes and a fantastic wine selection. At Alimentación Quiroga You are able to order different tapas sizes meaning even if you are wondering the streets of Madrid alone, this could be your next stop!

Location: C. de las Huertas, 19

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It is time to explore the city of Lille, and what would be a better way than to start by discovering their coffee shops? From vegan-friendly to most local and traditional, as well as those known for their specialties, we know it all.


The Most Traditional: Aux Merveilleux de Fred

This beautiful cafe opened its doors in 1997. It began in Lille, and is now in various cities around the world due to the fame it received from its very first shop. Aux Merveilleux de Fred is three set locations in Lille that you can choose from, but the closest to the Urban Campus Saint So’ Coliving would be 15 minute metro ride to Montebello.

Nothing makes it feel more real than watching your baked goods be made right in front of you. When you visit, be sure to peak through the window so you can admire the pastry cooks doing their signature “Merveilleux cake”.

You must try the “Le Merveilleux”, which is a pastry composed of meringue domes and their secret cream. This particular pastry has many different flavors you can choose from; speculoos, coffee, vanila, and chocolate. 

Location: Aux Merveilleux de Fred, 336 Rue Léon Gambetta

The Most Local: Cafés Méo

Cafés Méo began in the 1920’s, in the North of France. It is the very first company specialized in high quality coffee beans. They opened their first location also in Lille in 1928. A spectacular place to visit, and worth purchasing a bag of their coffee beans to take home.

Location: 5 Pl. du Général de Gaulle

The Most Vegan Friendly: La Clairière

La Clairière has vegan, local and organic food (and bonus – they are pet friendly).

This coffee shop is a real reference in Lille for whoever wants to eat healthy in a cozy environment. Doesn’t this description just “scream” brunch to you? That’s right – its the place to be every Sunday.

Location: 75 Bd de la Liberté

The Most British: Elizabeth’s 

The name may have given it away, but this coffee shop is known for its various home-made British and American pastries (brownies, shortbread and of course, cookies). If you’re new to town you must try their scones with salted better and pair it with a hot cup of tea. 

It is important to note that Elizabeth’s is very small, but that is what makes it so unique.  

Location: 69-71 Rue Basse

The Closest: Café Augustin 

We believe that knowing the closest coffee shop to your new home is equally as important to the others. Within 5 minutes from the coliving you can find a quaint little café to have that mini escape. Café Augustin is very diverse, you can easily find yourself remote working, attending one of the workshops they offer, or even listening to some live music – all while eating delicious homemade food. 

Location: 57 Rue de Valenciennes

The Most Coffee-Oriented: Coffee Makers

In case you are a coffee fanatic, this is the place for you as it is both a coffee shop and coffee roaster. Coffee Makers is a great place to start the day and enjoy some of their delicious cinnamon toast. Looking for something a little more healthy? Ask for their homemade granola – for 11€ you can pair it with fresh fruit juice and a hot drink.

Location: 151 Rue Pierre Mauroy

The Best for Cheesecakes: Oxalis & Bergamote

Most likely this could be one of the most important places of the city. Oxalis & Bergamote’s high-quality pastries and cuisine is located in a refined place. Lillois (people from Lille) go here, so you know if the locals go, it’s for a reason. 

Location: 44 Rue d’Angleterre

The Trendiest : L’impertinente

L’impertinente auto-proclaims themselves as a “Pony-club” instead of a coffees shop. It is even visible in their entrance and Instagram “The only Pony-club in Lille that sells cakes!”

If you understand and speak French, they also have a lot of funny sentences inside their coffee cups, they are often puns, based on French proverbs. 

This trendy shop has two locations in Lille, however, you can also order their pastries and many other items directly from their website. 

Location: 9 Bd Papin

The Most Specialized: Briocherie Sylvana 

If you love the comforting smell of a homemade brioche that just came out from the oven, this is the place to be. Briocherie Sylvana offer’s a large choice of salted and sweet brioches, tasty babkas, and gourmet breads.  

Location: 24 Bd Victor Hugo

The Oldest: Meert 

Mentioned in all the touristic guides of the world, Meert 1677 is the oldest coffee shop in Lille. It is its luxury service and delicious vanilla fine waffles that made the reputation of the house. We will warn you that you will most definitely have to wait in a queue with the tourists, but this is worth it. 

Location:  25-27 Rue Esquermoise

The best things to do in the Cuatro Caminos neighborhood (belonging to the district of Tetuán) focusing on Ponzano and Azca, is known for being in one of the most diversified locations in the city. If you are looking to move into the area and to our brand new coliving in Calle Topete, here are some of our best recommendations to better enjoy your new neighborhood.

Calle Ponzano
You will have to remember this, it is one of the most well-known trendy streets of Madrid, Pozano is only a mere 10-minute walk from our Cuatro Caminos Madrid Coliving.

It is here where you will be doing the act of “Tapeo” – to go around the bars drinking and eating snacks and “Tardeo” – meeting up with friends to catch up for some drinks before dusk – both are definitely the most active Spanish pass times we have in Madrid. It is called the “gastro-cool” street in Madrid and even has its own hashtag #ponzaning. Therefore, it is a foodie’s place to be due to its wide array of options. There is always something happening in the late hours, any day of the week. 

Where to eat in Ponzano: 

Claxon Bar

If you are looking for impeccable service, juicy yet crispy torreznos (fried bacon bites), and great ambiance this is the place for you. Claxon Bar serves typical Spanish dishes with an innovative touch. The bar is quite small, but that is what makes it so unique. 

Sala de Despiece

A restaurant that serves its meals differently. After ordering, the waiters will bring your meal to the table and prepare it in front of you for the ultimate experience. The lovely staff at Sala de Despiece take the time to explain each ingredient and complete the plating perfectly. It is a bit more expensive than other restaurants on the street, however, you will not get a service like this anywhere in Madrid. 

Location:  C. de Ponzano, 11

Toque de Sal 

With its elegant surroundings, Toque de Sal suits many tastes. Described to have the authentic Madrid atmosphere that everyone is looking for. The steak tartar, along with the duck confit rolls are their main highlight. The restaurant is again very small, as is its terrace but very cozy. 

Location: C. de Ponzano, 46

La Máquina Chamberí

A friendly place to be, La Máquina Chamberí is known for its homemade croquetas and great energy. Their portions are very generous considering their meal are mainly tapas. They offer a true Spanish ambiance that everyone can appreciate. 

Location: C. de Ponzano, 41

To go out in Ponzano: 

Marabú 

Elegant restaurant by day, secret club by night. Enjoy a spectacular dinner show before midnight and then stay for the party until the late hours. Marabú is a very creative place to be, with different shows every night and two bars available meaning it will surely be a night to remember. 

Location: C. de Ponzano, 37

 

Papaya Destilados Artesanales

Papaya Destilados has every flavor of gin you can possibly think of. Their collection may intrigue people to visit their space, but it is the craft of the bartenders that will keep them coming back. If you are open to trying new drinks, let your server know, and get ready to enjoy a spectacular spirit. 

Location: C. de Ponzano, 32

La Lianta 

The name says it all, La Lianta is the perfect spot to start off your Friday or Saturday night with a good group of friends. We recommend going at the beginning of the night simply because it can get very busy, but that is what makes it so lively. The decor is on point, it will definitely become your typical go-to spot for an ‘after’ in Ponzano. 

Location: C. de Ponzano, 10

Azca 
Azca is known as the financial district of Madrid, located in the north of the city, only a 15-minute walk from our new coliving. There are establishments of all types in the area, from boutiques, and restaurants, to clubs for the best “after work” spots.

Where to eat in Azca

D Cool 

A chic restaurant with a lot of personality. D Cool’s main protagonists are their ingredients. Looking for a dish you know you can enjoy? Try their Crispy Artichoke Chips with Alioli Emulsion, they will leave you wanting more. 

Location: Calle de Modesto Lafuente, 82

El Capataz

El Capataz is a hidden non-touristy spot of Azca with a beautiful entrance that will surely grasp your attention. Known for their delicious typical Spanish breakfast,  the quality of their service, as well as the staff’s attention to detail – you will appreciate the price for the overall value and experience. 

Location: C. de Orense, 10, 12 bajos

Where to go out in Azca

Bicai 

If it’s Thursday and you just finished work, this is the place to be. Bicai has great atmosphere, music, and people of all industries are there to let loose and get ready for the weekend. If you stay close to the right side of the main bar, you will be located near the main kitchen, where appetizers are served fresh for all who attend – a prime spot if you have not yet had dinner. 

Location:  Pl. de Carlos Trías Bertrán, s / n

Posh Club

There is always a line, but that’s what makes it the place to go in the Azca neighborhood. It is very important you have correct legal documentation as they take it very seriously prior to entering Posh Club. They do have a dress code as well so it’s time to get fancy! It usually starts to get busy around 12 – 1 AM and the music is always the best hits. Do not worry, the drinks are priced very well considering the location. It is also important to mention that the staff such as the doormen and bartenders are always very kind. 

Location: C. de Orense, 18

Do you have more recommendations in Cuatro Caminos? Share them with us! 

Our third coliving building, Atocha Madrid Coliving will be opening on September 5, 2022. With 2,800sqm available for rooms, studios, and apartments, an entire floor of common areas, including a coworking space, gym, lounge, swimming pool, and more, as well as, four terraces it is an incredible residence, to say the least. 

After 2 years with no opening, the launch of a new residence is a good opportunity to reflect on our path.

We have come a long way since starting in 2016. Within our first year, we focused on convincing real estate professionals that coliving was an opportunity. We knew that there was a need for communities in residential buildings and had a vision of what it meant to take advantage of each sqm in our spaces. In 2018 we opened our very first residence. Over time, it proved not only that there was a genuine market for coliving, but that the experience we proposed made sense for tenants.

When the world took a turn in 2020, we adapted by strengthening our brand and diversifying our target to reach 50% national and 50% international tenants. We also accelerated the development of our technology for operation, so that our team could focus on the human relationship with our tenants. These shifts helped us in two ways; residents were happier and stayed longer, which we truly believe allowed for even more genuine connections to be made in our spaces.

With the current all-time high occupancy in all our residences, the pandemic certainly has confirmed that our model is resilient and successful. It also confirmed that the need for a new residential experience is growing in our society.

We have numerous opportunities on the rise. We have been working on several openings simultaneously, closing residential management agreements, and most importantly, building partnerships that have propelled us even further throughout the years. 

We are extremely grateful, excited, and ready to open Atocha Madrid Coliving’s doors in less than one week. Thank you to each individual that was involved in the process, without you it would have not been possible.

Thinking about moving to Madrid or more specifically, Atocha? We put together Atocha’s top 5 best brunch spots that will push you to make that big move! 

With our new building opening on September 5th, we thought it would be perfect to highlight the top 5 brunch spots you should visit in Atocha!

Sésamo

Looking for a great place to eat just outside your new coliving? You must visit Sésamo, located a whole 1-minute walk from your new home! You will not be disappointed with the choices they have to offer (plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well)!

There are three different types of cheesecakes that are waiting to be explored and the portions are tremendous, which you can enjoy from inside the restaurant or outside in their covered terrace.

We must also highlight their staff, no matter how busy, they are extremely polite and provide fast service which is much appreciated.

Location: C/ del Áncora, 26
Metro Nearby: Line 3 – Palos de la Frontera

Carmencita Brunch Lavapiés

Located a 13-minute walk from our Atocha Madrid Coliving we discovered Mimosas for 1€ so could this be the perfect brunch spot? You have to go to find out!

Known for their eggs Benedict and generous servings Carmencita Brunch truly has the best atmosphere and yes they are pet-friendly! They offer plenty of dairy alternative milk for those who need them too.

The restaurant only has 10 tables so make sure to book in advance, it has no outdoor seating available but that shouldn’t take away from the experience! 

Location: C. de la Sombrerería, 6

Metro Nearby: Line 3 – Lavapiés 

 

Pum Pum Café

Famous in Madrid, Pum Pum Café is known for its creative rustic space and the feasts they serve every morning. They offer a brunch menu for 10 euros that includes: coffee, croissant, eggs Benedict, and yogurt (with oats and fruits) that will truly get your day started on the right foot. 

Only a beautiful 15-minute walk from Atocha’s new Coliving, you cannot go wrong! 

Location: C. de Tribulete, 6, 28012 Madrid

Metro Nearby: Line 3 – Lavapiés

Scarlett

Scarlett – real food and specialty coffee just an 11-minute walk from our Atocha Coliving. You can order an array of delicious food from fluffy pancakes, fruity açaí bowls, crunchy avocado toast, rich cinnamon rial and more the list is endless. Scarlett prides itself on healthy choices so there will not be an issue to find your vegan & gluten-free options! 

Location: Pl. del Emperador Carlos V, 10

Metro Nearby: Line 1 – Estación Del Arte

Bite Me Café

We recently spoke about Bite Me Café in our Specialty Coffee Shops you must visit if you live in Madrid blog post a few short weeks ago.

By walking through Paseo de las Delicias you will arrive in approximately 11-minutes to Bite Me and be able to savour their vegan junk food! They have a vast array of Donuts that will awaken your senses and make you feel less guilty for enjoying them because of the ingredients they have. 

Not a fan of donuts? They have pesto bagels, super cookies, and power balls to choose from! Enjoy the location, environment, and beautifully decorated desserts while you are there!

Location: Pl. de la Beata María Ana de Jesús, 2
Metro Nearby: Line 3 – Delicias or line 6 – Arganzuela-Planetario