About

Welcome to Madrid No Frills, run by Leah Pattem, the founder and editor of the Madrid-based grassroots publication that platforms the under-reported narrative.

This publication was initially created to fill a gap: to give a voice to all those wonderful places, people and stories that all other Madrid blogs ignored. I started off by fighting for those little old bars and restaurants that were about to be gentrified out of existence, but as my audience grew, I realised I had the influence to do so much more.

We (my collaborators and I) now challenge the status quo on discrimination, exploitation, poverty, historic memory and even the Covid-19 crisis. We tell hidden truths through human stories and inform thousands of people about topics that the mainstream media won’t. This platform is powerful enough to make a visible difference to Madrid, and I have proof.

Madrid No Frills now has a social media following of over 22,000 people, reaches 25,000 readers per month, has gone viral twice – and, I have never paid for advertising. This blog has been featured by the BBC, Condé Nast Traveller and Architectural Digest, as well as Spanish publications El País, Yorokobu, Público, and The Local.

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