Madrid – a relentlessly traditional city that sticks to its old habits like they’ll be gone tomorrow – is changing.

While traditional tabernas still drag their devout regulars through the door for a beer and a plate of green olives, people from all over the world are moving here and bringing their food, music and electric culture with them.

People seen as outsiders are occupying abandoned spaces and turning forgotten corners of Madrid into a canvas for something new, encouraging us to walk around overlooked areas with our heads up and eyes wide open.

The difference between the oldest and youngest generation is huge. The elders were young adults during an archaic dictatorship that stunted Spain by decades and whose effects can still be felt, whereas Spain’s young adults today have gone through the deepest-cutting financial crisis in living memory and sceptically seek comfort in promise for change.

As Madrid makes up for lost time, however, some of its most fascinating parts are being overlooked because they’re seen as old, poor or dangerous. The objective of this blog is to dispel these myths, encourage you to dig deeper, and explore the humble Madrid that inspired the creation of this blog.

Let each one of our articles form your pocket guide to Madrid’s beautiful no-frills bars, immigrant eateries, hidden gems and untold stories.


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