It is said that from crisis comes creation. This saying can definitely be applied to Spain’s capital city, Madrid. Hit hard by the financial crash of 2007, unemployment soared rendering many financially insecure. 10 years on and fortunes are changing; in recent years unemployment has fallen dramatically and on the streets things are looking up.
Much like Shoreditch in the early 2000’s, the vibe around the suburb Tribunal is run down but ready for anything. Dilapidated buildings have been re-plastered and whitewashed, with original features like parquet floors and fireplaces brought back to prominence. Smoothie bars and cocktail bars intertwine with vintage stores selling vinyl, clothes, and an optional latte.
Fresh young businesses are abundant. Pop ups now stand where disused warehouses once stood to showcase Madrid’s bohemian creative talent for all to see.
Like many Mediterranean countries food is of huge importance. A restaurant can be found on every street corner selling local delicacies like calamari baguettes, Spanish omelette and tapas. It is impossible not to be hungry with fantastic smells filling the air. Supermarkets are rare and smaller local stores specialise in mainly one type of produce. A reflection of the Spanish slower pace of life, with time to go from shop to shop, collecting ingredients for the evening’s dinner.
Style and Culture
Madrid's fashion scene is slowly emerging, catching up with other major cities like Paris and New York. While many of it’s designers have been well known on a national level, Spanish fashion is beginning to move towards international fame with brands such as Jorge Vázquez, Roberto Verino, Sita Murt and Miss Garcia appearing on the high street.
Madrid is a very interesting city for shopping. International brands mix with local shops opened until very late (normally from 10 am to 10 pm), where you can find almost everything: clothing, shoes, food, wines, and souvenirs... from very different styles, at very different prices. But Similar to most European cities, popular high street brands can still be found dominating the city centre with smaller boutiques and bohemian stores further afield.