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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

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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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 

We want to set you up for success, here are the top four things you will need to get once you move to Madrid.

You have temporarily “borrowed” everyone’s luggage, have used every empty box you could find in your recycling, and have completed a thorough clearing of your wardrobe – it’s official, you are moving my friend.

Once you arrive we are sure you will have a whirlwind of emotions – you will be nervous, excited, frustrated, interested, and everything else you could think of. It is important to start off by saying that patience is key. Time cannot be of the essence when it comes to Spanish bureaucracy.

This guide was created with you in mind, in the order that we believe you will need to follow when you arrive to Madrid. 

Metro Card (Abono)

Madrid is a great city to get around, its public transport system is considered one of the best in the world. With electric bikes available in every corner, extensive bus routes and the metro being the second-longest in Europe and sixth-longest in the world we truly have it all. Over 300 stations and 12 colourful metro lines located perfectly in all important junctions of Madrid you will surely be able to explore the city comfortably. 

Without a metro card registered to your name you will find yourself at a ticket machine (located in every metro) paying 12 euros for 10 single tickets. The first time you do this, the machine will charge you an extra 2-3 euros because it is providing you with a re-usable plastic card that you will use to refill every time your tickets run out. There are always metro service workers there to assist you incase you need any help.

For your first few days in Madrid this temporary card will work, but if you plan on getting around without worrying about how many trips you have left we recommend booking an appointment to get your very own “abono”.

To complete this process you will need:

  • A standard passport sized photo
  • An original copy of either your, EU ID, Spanish residency card, or passport
  • Schedule an appointment by clicking here 

It is important to know that this card will cost a one time fee of € 5. It will take approximately 10 minutes or less to complete the necessary paperwork and have the card ready for use. Once you leave the Metro office you can go to one of the ticket machines, put through your card and pay 30 days worth of unlimited transport. 

There are two zones of Madrid which you would need to choose from.  Zone A is considered the city “center”, while Zone B the outskirts of Madrid. 

In terms of monthly pricing it goes as follows:

  • Youth Tickets: (7 – 25 years old) pay  €20 / month and have access to Zone A & B
  • Standard Tickets: (26 – 64 years old) pay €54.60 / month in Zone A and € 63.70 / month in Zone B
  • Senior Tickets: (65+) pay €3.30 and have access to Zone A & B

We have a huge tip for those moving to or will be living in Madrid from September – December 2022! 

The Government of Spain recently announced a price reduction for subscriptions. Meaning from September 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022, the 30-day regular subscription will be the following:

  • Youth Tickets: (7 – 25 years old) will cost €10
  • Standard Tickets: (26 – 64 years old) will cost €27.30
  • Senior Tickets: (65+) will cost €1.15

So if you are thinking about creating your metro card in August 2022, it may be best to purchase the 10-trip pass and hold off until September 1st to pay for your 30-day subscription to take advantage of this discount!  

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Empadronamiento

The certificate of “empadronamiento” (also known as padrón) is an official registry that indicates where you live which every resident of a municipal area, whether Spanish or foreigner must legally have. It is advised to do this within your first month of being in Spain as you will most likely need to present it in various administrative occasions. We recommend applying for this certification before getting your NIE. 

To complete this process you will need:

  • To fill out the application form here
  • A valid passport and copy for each member you are registering
  • Provide proof of address
  • To schedule the appointment here by selecting “Padrón” in the category and then “Certificatido de empadronamiento”
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NIE – Identification 

A NIE is “Número de identidad de extranjero” meaning a Foreigner Identity Number, not to be confused with a tax identification number. A NIE is linked to your residence card and to your social security in Spain. If you plan to live in Spain more than three months it is a requirement for you to obtain this card. 

Whether you are an EU citizen or NON-EU citizen this card is required by law. You cannot apply for the NIE online, it must be done in person, but are encouraged to prebook your appointments before your arrival to Spain. 

To complete this process you will need:

City Life Madrid has provided an intricate step-by-step guide as well, to help you obtain your NIE and have even provided a direct link to a consulting company experienced with this application process.

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Banking

Having a Spanish bank account is not a legal requirement, but if you plan on living in Spain it would be extremely beneficial to your finances to avoid conversion fees and commission from your credit card.

There are 2 types of bank accounts in Spain:

  • a residents account (for people who live in Spain)
  • a non-residents account (for people who live abroad)

It is important to keep in mind that although the non-residents’ account is easier to open, a resident’s bank account can give you more flexibility.

To complete this process you will need:

  • Proof of identity (Passport)
  • Your NIE
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of employment status (student card or employment contract) 

There are a handful of banks that do not require a NIE number to open an account such as LaCaixa, Bankinter, Santander and Sabadell

Banks are typically open from 8:30 – 14:30 Monday – Friday to assist you in opening your new account. 


After you have completed all of this you will be ready to relax on a terrace with a well deserved vermouth or
caña while basking in the Spanish sun from all your hard work. 

 

 

The information on this blog post could change, it is always advisable to look on official government websites for updated versions. 

 

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With the help of our community, we have highlighted a few specialty coffee shops you must visit if you live in Madrid.

Since 2010, the restaurant and bar industry has grown 25% in this beautiful city, and with more than 9,800 + places to choose from we understand why you may have a hard time finding that perfect place to sit down and have a relaxing cup of café con leche.

Golda

Golda, is relatively new to the neighborhood, having just opened in January 2022 they are already known for their unique pastries (babka), filling smoothies, and homemade cakes that change daily and crumble in your mouth. This modern cafe is pet-friendly, paired with great wifi and staff that’s service does not go unnoticed! 

If you are staying for lunch, you may find yourself pairing their natural wine selection with more savoring flavors, like falafel, baba ganoush, or shakshuka. 

Location: Calle de Orellana, 19
Metro Nearby: Line 4 – Colón

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Wilko

Located in the heart of Chamberí with a love for coffee and good vibes, Wilko opened in March 2022. Their specialty cheesecake, incredible peanut butter cookie, double choc peanut butter cookie, or lemon poppy cake paired with an iced latte are taking over the neighborhood. 

But they offer more than just coffee, with breakfast dishes that will make your Sunday better there is no going wrong – cornbread with bacon, avocado, and maple syrup, sourdough toast with scrambled eggs, salmon, avocado, halloumi cheese, and candied tomatoes… the list goes on. 

Just recently they presented their Asian dish containing sushi rice, edamame, marinated salmon, chives, sesame seeds, shiitake, nori seaweed, radish, and kimchi mayo and we can confirm that the presentation lives up to the taste. Found only a 10 minute walk from our Madrid Mellado Coliving building! 

Location: Calle de Fernández de los Ríos, 40
Metro Nearby: Line 2 – Quevedo 

Top Five Specialty Coffee Shops in Madrid

Yasemin & Tuncel Café

A coffee shop known for its charm, character, and kind owners. Yasemin from Sweden and Tuncel from Istanbul have created their menu with inspiration from the roots of their homeland. With fresh coffee roasted by them and Swedish cakes that are in high demand – their little shop is a great success. 

Yasemin & Tuncel Café  have gluten-free desserts (almond and apple pie) and traditional börek (Middle Eastern and Central Asian pie made of a thin flaky dough such as filo with a variety of fillings), their menu is truly vast. 

By supplying power outlets at each table, comfortable seating, and a quiet atmosphere, you could find yourself in this relaxing ambiance for hours. 

Location: Calle de Fernández de los Ríos, 14
Metro Nearby: Line 2 – Quevedo

Coffee Shops in Madrid

Dot Cafe

Their unique interior design and even how they serve the food differentiates them, but their story is what keeps people coming back. 

Dot Cafe supports small local businesses within their very own neighbourhood – from elements of their menu, the mugs, plates, bowls they use, and the graphic design of their brand identity are all elements that showcase a true community. 

With plenty of vegan options available, and very fair-priced breakfast options ranging from 1,5 – 3 euros such as warm ham and cheese croissants, fresh sponge cakes, and a rich toast with tomato and olive oil, there is something for everyone to choose. 

Location: Calle de Eugenio Sellés, 6
Metro: Line 3 – Delicias 

Top 5 Mejores Cafés Madrid

Bite Me Cafe 

The vegan donut shop in Madrid has new flavors every week! Having started in their apartment 5 years ago, owners have come a long way and the menu continues to flourish. Bite Me Cafe uses savoury ingredients that are so tasty, you will question if it’s vegan.

Not a fan of donuts? Don’t worry there are plenty of sweets to choose from (cinnamon roll, super cookies, power balls…) and bagel sandwiches (like their Breakfast bagel –  American style with tofu-egg, cheddar, bacon, and Sriracha Mayo sauce, as well as a little green: tomato, pickles, and onion pickled by them, avocado and Batavia lettuce) that will blow you away. Located only a 13 minute walk from our new Atocha Madrid Coliving building

Location: Plaza de la Beata María Ana de Jesús, 2
Metro: Line 3 – Delicias

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Misión Café

Located a mere 5 steps away from our Madrid Malasaña Coliving you will find Misión Café – where their coffee from Hola Coffee Roasters is light and has sweet flavourful notes that were surely satisfy your senses. 

A genuine 5 star experience all around – from the service, the atmosphere and the vast selection of food. If you are questioning what you should order, consider – the homemade cookies, the avocado and labneh toast, or the tiramisu cream filled croissant fresh from the oven (you won’t be disappointed)!

Location: Calle de los Reyes, 5, Local Izquierdo
Metro: Line 2 – Noviciado

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Urban Campus expands into Tetuán, the Cuatro Caminos Coliving building will have 31 studios and will be located just a ten-minute walk from the Azca financial center. This will be the second investment in coliving for Batipart in Spain, which will operate Urban Campus

Madrid, June 15th, 2022.- Urban Campus will operate its fifth coliving building in Madrid, and the second for Batipart. The first operator of complete coliving buildings in Spain thus establishes itself in Madrid, increasing its offer in the capital. The new project, Urban Campus Cuatro Caminos is located in the district of Tetuán, in the Cuatro Caminos neighborhood and just a 10-minute walk from the financial center of Azca, the most avant-garde in the capital.

The family investment group, Batipart, once again trusts Urban Campus as the operator of its next coliving, after the agreement for the company’s first new-build coliving in Valencia, which is already under construction and will receive its first tenants in 2023.

For Urban Campus, Tetuán is one of the most attractive districts. It offers many opportunities due to its proximity to Azca, the Four Towers, and the Paseo de la Castellana.

Urban Campus Cuatro Caminos, which has an elegant facade, will have an area of ​​around 1,200 square meters in which there will be room for 31 studios, almost all with a private balcony, 11 one-bedroom apartments, and 20 in a two-bedroom cluster format with a kitchen and large shared lounge. The building will have different common areas like a gym, a coworking, a community kitchen, a meeting or events area, and an outdoor area with a corrala-style patio, common in old buildings in the city, evoquing the most traditional Madrilian character. Urban Campus expects to welcome the first tenants in October 2022.

For Casilda Mulliez, Head of Business Development for Spain at Urban Campus, “our fifth coliving in Madrid strengthens our presence in the capital. We are firm defenders of booming areas, having already begun in Valencia, and once again confirming our position in Madrid with our expansion into Tetuán.”

For Martin Fauchille, Director of Acquisitions Spain and Portugal “After the success of our alliance with Urban Campus, we want to continue with our expansion in the main cities of Spain and Portugal, where we see a growing demand from young professionals for this type of offer.”

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Summertime in Madrid – the sun’s out and the streets are bustling. There’s no better time to be in the city!

There are so many ways to make the most of summer here, whether it’s swimming in a rooftop pool, taking a day trip, or relaxing in a terrace bar.

But, really, there’s nothing better than brunch – pancakes and mimosas go down as a real treat at this time of year!

With so many amazing restaurants in Madrid, maybe it’s a little overwhelming trying to decide where to go for your next brunch date.

Don’t worry – our wonderful Urban Campus Community has you covered, with over 20 of their favorite recommendations you HAVE to try this summer.

1 Ambu Coffee (Calle del Pez 36)

AMBU  are all about specialty coffee and good vibes.

They really know their stuff – they even have a coffee school with experiences, courses, and workshops on how to create your own barista-style drinks.

A trendy spot that’s less than a 5-minute walk from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, they have a great choice of food too – we’re talking grilled cheese, sandwiches, toasts (with avocado, tomato, or serrano ham), and a great selection of pastries.

2. Arquibar (Travesía del Conde Duque 5)

Another one less than a 5 minutes from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, Arquibar actually started life as an architecture studio.

Eventually transformed into a ‘bar with charm’, it’s a lovely brunch spot with music and aesthetics from the 30s.

Whether you fancy sipping on coffee or cocktails, digging into fresh fruit, pastries, cheese or tortilla, this is the place for you. They even have a brinner (breakfast meets dinner) menu!

3. Brunch Club Cafe (Calle Barco 15)

Cozy and modern, Brunch Club Cafe is a great place for fresh food.

From yogurt to wraps, salads to croissants, it has plenty of healthy and not-so-healthy options for you to try.

Wash it all down with a classic mimosa, and it’s a winning combination if you ask us!

Just 10 minutes from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, it’s a real favorite among our Community.

4. Carmencita (San Vicente Ferrer 51)

Arguably one of the most popular brunch spots in Malasaña, Carmencita  brings American brunch to Spain.

No worries if you don’t eat meat or dairy – there are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, even gluten-free options here.

With healthy food like fresh juice and classic egg dishes, and treats like Bloody Marys, French toast, burgers and homemade cakes, there really is something for everyone.

It’s only a 5 minute walk from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, but if you’d rather eat in, you can always order their food on Just Eat or Uber Eats.

Carmencita is also located at Calle Sombrerería 6 – just 15 minutes from our Urban Campus Atocha Madrid Coliving .

5. EatMyTrip (Calle de Manuela Malasaña 17)

With a creative menu full of ‘epic fusion flavors’, EatMyTrip  do brunch differently.

Expect classic dishes with a twist. Think eggs Benedict with Panang coconut curry sauce, pavlova pancakes, and strawberry cheesecake French toast.

If you just fancy coffee and cake, that’s no problem. Or, bottomless brunch, with unlimited cocktails? Yes, please!

Their light, airy restaurant is only 10 minutes from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving. And, the best part? You can eat brunch all day – the kitchen’s open until 23:30 Thursday to Sunday.

EatMyTrip are also located on Calle de la Morería 11, and they have a restaurant in Barcelona too.

6. Federal Café (Pl. de las Comendadoras 9)

With a large menu, great atmosphere and plenty of outdoor seating, Federal Café is a winning choice this summer.

Even better, it’s only 5 minutes from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving. Roll out of bed and you’ll be enjoying fresh cake in no time.

Inside, it has clean décor and large tables for working or group brunches, and when it comes to food, it’s got everything from eggs to salads and avocado toast. You can’t go wrong!

Federal Café are also located on Plaza del Conde de Barajas 3, and they have restaurants in Barcelona, Valencia, Sitges and Girona.

7. Frutas Prohibidas (Calle Conde Duque 26)

A vegan restaurant with a super creative menu, Frutas Prohibidas is just a stone’s throw from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving – it’s only 10 minutes to walk.

They work with local artisans and suppliers, and they use Bio ingredients wherever they can, so everything they serve looks good, tastes good and does good.

We’re talking vegan versions of all the brunch classics – toast, eggs, pancakes, and more – so meat-eaters and vegetarians are sure to love it too.

The restaurant itself is so light, and it’s an incredibly welcoming environment. What more could you want from a fab brunch spot?

8. La Bicicleta Café (Plaza San Ildefonso 9)

If you’re a fan of cycling and love coffee, La Bicicleta Café is for you.

The ride from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving is only 5 minutes (10 to walk), and you can even keep your bike inside if you forget to bring a lock.

Whether you’re after porridge or eggs, burgers or cakes, their fresh, seasonal food, eco-friendly coffee and incredible cocktails make it a brunch spot that’s pretty hard to beat.

You’ll love its cozy atmosphere, and the large tables make it great for coworking too.

La Bicicleta Café is also located at Calle de Galileo 39. With a peaceful garden and terrace, you’ll find it in the Teatro Galileo – 10 minutes from our Urban Campus Mellado Madrid Coliving .

9. La Desayunería (Calle Barbieri 4)

Let’s be honest. When it comes to brunch, no one does it quite like the Americans. That’s where La Desayuneria comes in.

Inspired by trips to the US, their pancakes are a must-have. And, there are so many options! We’re talking classic banana and Nutella, to ones with bacon and egg. There are even pancake versions of cakes! Red velvet, banoffee, Tiramisu – you name it.

Complete with a shake or mimosa, it’ll make a brunch unlike any other.

Of course, the menu covers sandwiches, omelets, and more, with plenty of vegan options, so it’s great to have on your doorstep – our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving is just 15 minutes away.

La Desayuneria is also located on Calle Ayala 46, and they have restaurants in Leganés, Barcelona and Málaga too.

10. Lamucca (Plaza Carlos Cambronero 4)

Lamucca  has nine different locations in Madrid, and Lamucca de Pez is only a 10-minute walk from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving.

A stylish restaurant all about pizza, burgers, and nachos, their brunch menu has everything from oats to yogurt, eggs to toast, and a great choice of natural juice to top it off.

Why not indulge yourself a little with their breakfast burger and a mimosa, or one of the 9 different beers that they have on tap?

Big believers in dishing up high-quality food with a low impact on the environment, it’s a winning brunch spot for everyone, with plenty of vegan options too.

11. La Rollerie (Calle Guzmán el Bueno 105)

Found in one of the most traditional areas of Madrid,  La Rollerie  is just 5 minutes from our Urban Campus Mellado Madrid Coliving.

Step inside and you’ll see what makes it unique – it’s the warm atmosphere, the comfortable décor and the incredible balcony of flowers.

When it comes to the food, you’d best be ready for choice, with set breakfasts from around the world (English, French, Mexican…), and brunches too (Nordic, New York or Iberian). They have cinnamon rolls, yogurt and plenty of creative egg dishes… The list goes on.

La Rollerie has another 4 locations in Madrid, one at Calle Carrera de San Jerónimo 26 just outside our Urban Campus Jerónimo Coworking. They also have restaurants in Valencia, Boadilla del Monte and Alcalá de Henares.

12. Natif Coffee & Kitchen (Calle Santa Teresa 2)

Great aesthetic, great atmosphere, great décor.

From our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, it takes only 15 minutes to get to Natif’s  cozy restaurant, and it’ll quickly become a new favorite.

A space inspired by nature, its modern, earthy design is so welcoming, it’ll help you feel super comfortable and relaxed.

Coffee and pastries are their speciality, but the menu covers recipes from all over the world – think Nordic toast, shakshuka, croissants and focaccia. There’s plenty for everyone here!

13. Ojalá (Calle San Andrés)

Only 10 minutes from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, Ojalá  is epic. Their basement is an indoor beach! Sand on the floor, beach bar, funky lights – the full works!

There’s ‘normal’ seating upstairs as well, if you’d rather not get sand in your shoes, but this space is just as wonderful, with lots of hanging plants and plenty more of that funky lighting.

You can even take a table outside to enjoy your meal in the square.

You’ll be just as impressed with the food, whether you pick the world mix breakfast, NY deli dish, eggs, pancakes or homemade cakes, with juice, smoothies or beer to wash it all down.

14. Osom (Calle Santa Teresa 2)

osom  is all about transparency, so they’ve created an organic menu, a sustainable space and a welcoming community.

Their food is fresh, healthy and seasonal without any additives, and they really do have something for everyone, with gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, keto and paleo options.

From chia pudding to overnight oats and pancakes to toasts, it all goes down perfectly with a cup of their specialty coffee.

Just take a 15 minute stroll from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, and you’ll stumble right into their stylish coffee house.

15. Perrachica (Calle Eloy Gonzalo 10)

Another one for those at our Urban Campus Mellado Madrid Coliving, Perrachica  is a large restaurant with high-quality food and traditional flavors – and it’s only 15 minutes away.

You’ll love the fresh, tropical feel, and there’s plenty of space with its glass-covered terrace, tables with a view, two bars, and sit-down areas for lunch and dinner.

It’s the menu that’ll keep you coming back though.

Of course, there’s the classic eggs Benedict, homemade pancakes and avocado toast, but it’s the Crêpe Suzette and cream-filled croissant that’ll become a real favorite.

16. Pum Pum Café (Calle Tribulete 6)

Fresh food and great design – that’s Pum Pum Café .

Just 15 minutes from our Urban Campus Atocha Madrid Coliving, the décor has a stylish, industrial feel that’s softened by all the plants to create a super cozy space.

With a brunch menu including eggs, granola and croissants, and a general menu with sandwiches, salads, focaccia and more, there’s so much to choose from.

But, it’s the cakes and sweet treats that you really have to try. They’re so good that Pum Pum also has a bakery! You can find it at Calle Esgrima 1.

17. Religion Coffee (María de Molina 24)

Bringing together healthy food and good vibes, Religion  is a stylish coffee house on the edge of the Barrio de Salamanca neighborhood.

It’s a bit of a walk from us – around 35 minutes from our Urban Campus Mellado Madrid Coliving – but you’ll be well rewarded with specialty coffee and a great brunch menu.

In terms of food, they have everything from granola to pancakes, bagels to smoothie bowls and – of course – eggs, while they have drinks like smoothies, juices and craft beer.

A friendly space with a great atmosphere, it has everything you need from a winning brunch spot, and more.

18. Sala de Despiece (Ponzano 11)

If you don’t mind having a bit of a late brunch, Sala de Despiece  opens at 13:00 on weekends and it’s truly unique.

Known for being incredibly creative, it’s decorated like a cutting room and the menu is hand-written, for an authentic touch.

A culinary theater experience, chefs put together the innovative tapas dishes right behind the bar where you sit, and where the seasonal ingredients are set out on display.

The amazing food combinations nod to traditional Chamberí tapas but have real flair that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else.

A 20-minute walk from our Urban Campus Mellado Madrid Coliving, it’s one you have to try.

19. Superchulo (Manuela Malasaña 11)

Serving up rainbow food, Superchulo’s  motto is ‘count colors not calories’.

With a menu that’s healthy, sustainable and – of course – colorful, they use no chemicals or processed foods.

Whether you come for the açaí bowls and smoothies, or brioche and craft beer, they don’t have a microwave or deep fryer, so you know it’s all fresh and really good for you.

With plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, this trendy restaurant is just a 15-minute walk from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving.

20. Zenith (Calle Valverde 28)

Talk about an Instagrammer’s dream! Zenith  is a modern restaurant with an industrial style that goes perfectly with their fab brunch menu.

They have everything from banana bread to Oreo French toast and nachos, fresh juice to healthy shots and classic cocktails. What more could you ask for?

It’s only 10 minutes from our Urban Campus Malasaña Madrid Coliving, but you always order from Uber Eats if you don’t fancy the walk.

Zenith also has restaurants in Portugal and Barcelona.

Get to know Atocha our new Coliving in Madrid!

So, you’ve just arrived in Madrid.

(Hi there! It’s great to see you!)

All it takes is a left turn out of Atocha train station, and a right at Calle del Áncora, then voilà! You’re here, at our brand new Coliving space.

Super close to the station, and right in the heart of Madrid, Atocha is a big up-and-coming area, so it’s a great place to be right now.

It’s beautiful, full of tree-lined streets, and there’s plenty going on.

Atocha restaurants and bars

What better way to meet – and get to know – your fellow Colivers than over a beer and good food?

Luckily, Calle del Áncora is full of bars, cafés and restaurants with great food and drinks.

Sésamo, for example. It’s a wonderful coffeehouse with fresh salads and tasty smoothies. They even have burgers, if you fancy treating yourself a little.

If it’s a bit later in the evening, why not try La Tarara? With delicious snacks and tapas, this charming tavern has around thirty different vermouths you can taste. Yes, thirty!

Prefer cocktails? Head to Havana-inspired Coppelia Madrid instead. They have unbeatable Cuban sandwiches and sometimes live music as well.

Or, if you’re more into craft beer and tacos, Spoiler Bar is the place to be. They even have an Escape Room – what a great icebreaker for you and your new fellow Colivers!

Spoiler Bar
Coppelia
Sésamo
Coppelia
La tarara

Attractions near Atocha

So, you’re all settled into your room, studio or apartment, and it’s time to take a look around the city.

It’s probably best to start at the attractions.

We’re lucky enough to have one of the world’s biggest modern art museums right on our doorstep – Reina Sofía.

Specializing in 20th-century pieces, it mainly shows Spanish art, with incredible collections by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.

They often have temporary exhibitions as well, so make sure you check out their website to see what’s showing at the moment.

You could spend hours taking everything in, but make sure you leave enough time to visit Museo del Prado too.

It only takes 20 minutes to walk there from Urban Campus, Atocha, and it’s well worth it – it’s one of the world’s most prestigious art museums, with a mind-blowing collection of European art.

With paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, there are around 1,300 pieces on display at once, including Velázquez’s masterpiece ‘Las Meninas’.

Museo del Prado
Museo Reina Sofía

Sightseeing near Atocha

While you’re visiting Museo del Prado, make sure you take a stroll down Paseo del Prado as well – Europe’s first tree-lined urban promenade.

Dating back to the 16th century, it was created as a space where people could enjoy nature inside the city. The trees are now hundreds of years old!

This boulevard is closely linked to El Retiro Park nowadays – they share the title ‘Landscape of Light’, and the area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2021.

The park is a beautiful space in itself. It’s huge, filled with statues, monuments and fountains – there’s a Forest of Remembrance too, for the victims of the 2004 terror attacks in Madrid.

If you enjoy a day out in the open, you’ll love wandering through its landscaped gardens and renting a boat to paddle on the ponds.

Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro
Parque del Retiro

Atocha train station

Of course, we couldn’t talk about Atocha without mentioning the train station.

It’s just around the corner from Urban Campus, Atocha – it only takes 15 minutes to walk there – and it’ll make all the difference to your stay.

With hundreds of thousands of passengers using it every single day, there’s a reason they call it ‘a gateway to the rest of Europe’!

Just think – there are countless day trips you could go on and so many weekend getaways.

You’ll never have a dull moment with your fellow Colivers in Atocha.

 

Atocha
Atocha