Now’s the time to visit Spain’s capital.
After nearly a decade of economic crisis Madrid
is growing again.
And you can feel this confidence in the central
district of Justica.
Its streets teem with restaurants and boutique
shops, supplying cakes, coffee and cocktails
to trendy locals and visitors alike.
Welcome to Justicia, Madrid
Tucked just north of Madrid’s city center
In just a few years this area has evolved
into one of the city’s trendiest districts.
Spain has only recently recovered from a long
and painful recession which gripped the country
from 2008 to 2014.
At its height unemployment was above 26 percent,
while youth unemployment was above 55 percent.
Spain’s economy is now growing, and the effect
of this hardship in Justica has not been the
mass closure of independent stores, but instead
a flight to buy and support local business.
This is DoDesign, a store which captures that
spirit of creativity and community.
The shop collaborates with emerging artists
and designers, constantly shifting its collection.
Here you’ll find fashion, interior and
jewelry brands you’ve never heard of before.
Surviving Spain’s recession has forced businesses
to think differently.
This is Macera TallerBar and you first thing
you’ll notice is that all the bottles of liquor
are their own handwritten brands.
During the recession cocktails were one thing
people cut down on. The owners of Macera had
They bought unbranded liquor and infused it
themselves. Making every cocktail 7 euros.
It’s now one of Madrid’s coolest bars
with some very exciting flavors.
Think rum infused with cinnamon and orange and
gin with rosemary and thyme.
One Spanish dining tradition that has shown
no signs of being under threat,
despite recent trends, is churros.
The deep fried, sugar coated snack is best
enjoyed with a hot chocolate.
Just to top off your sugar hit.
Churros are traditionally eaten for breakfast.
This is Churreria Santa Teresa, one of the
oldest churros bars in the neighborhood.
It opens at 5.30 in the morning, making it popular with
a post nightclub crowd.
If you’re feeling guilty about your churros
hit, fitness guru to the stars Tracy Anderson
has opened up her only non-U.S. based studio
here in Madrid.
Her workouts are a blend of dance-cardio and
weights. The rooms are heated and music is
blasted at club levels. Get ready to sweat.
Now it’s time of dinner and you’re spoiled
for choice. Justica is jam-packed with
little hip restaurants.
This is Celso Y Manolo. Run by two brothers,
it’s charming and intimate.
It serves contemporary Spanish food with an
expert eye for detail.
Their specialty dish is based around a
huge tomato from northern Spain.
It’s served with avocado, mango, papaya,
red onion, olive oil and fresh herbs.
And finally, you can’t come to Madrid without
seeing some flamenco.
Touristy restaurant-cum-theatres monopolise
the flamenco scene but you can be more adventurous
Casa Patas has been a focal point
of Madrid’s flamenco scene since the mid 80’s
and still attracts some of the best artists from around the country.