For its 50th anniversary Time Out magazine ran a poll to see what its readers considered to be the “coolest neighbourhood in the world”
The idea was to find what readers considered to be the most vibrant and chic neighbourhood in all the world’s major cities. And they have a winner right here in Spain: Embajadores, in Madrid.
Located just to the south of the central Puerta del Sol, Embajadores took the prize thanks to its “bustling cultural life,” its multi-cultural nature (focused in Lavapiés), the murals painted on its walls, the effervescence of squares like Tirso de Molina, and its major cultural centres, such as the Tabacalera and La Casa Encendida, all of which, the magazine says, stand out “like transatlantic vessels run ashore in the middle of the city.”
“Embajadores is living proof of how this city is transforming, marching toward the future without renouncing its past,” the magazine says it is a global benchmark when it comes to leisure in an urban environment.
For some time now Embajadores has been attracting tourists, new residents and migrants. The neighbourhood is currently fashionable, but that is not necessarily a positive thing for the people who live there. Another trendy area Lavapiés, has seen the sharpest rises in Madrid rents, driven in many cases by online accommodation sites such as AirBnB.
Barcelona’s Sant Antoni neighbourhood also featured on the list with Time Out calling it “a rarity worth cherishing.”