Walking Madrid’s City Center
Published: March 2010
By Andrew Ferren
In the city center, this once-gritty passage is becoming a nexus of Spain’s new urban
In her compact shop,
German expat Marie Jennings offers bold and breezy
Margit Brandt silk dresses and vintage classics like 1980’s Givenchy, sourced from stylists
Counting DJ’s and bartenders among its owners, this casual corner bar is open all day,
helping Madrileños ease the transition from coffee to caipirinha.
With the no-fuss charm of a warehouse sale, Non Stop is where locals come
for an unparalleled selection of limited-edition sneakers by Adidas,
and Nike, among others.
Standouts at the bustling restaurant and pizzeria include the classic tomato, mozzarella, and
basil, as well as the “perico” (pear and jamón ibérico). In warm
weather, tables spill out onto the shaded plaza. Dinner for two $60.
Owners Cecilia Rius and Chavela Herrero
lead a design team
specializing in one-of-a-kind hats, tiaras, and other accent pieces, such as floral fabric
brooches, all arrayed in colorful displays along the walls.