Originally a hunting ground, it became in the 19th and 20th centuries the district of the aristocracy and bourgeoisie who lived in this area of beautifully manicured tree-lined streets, boulevards, and majestic, noble buildings. Chamberí stands out for the stunning architecture of its old mansions and palaces, today occupied by embassies and important institutions.
This district boasts all kinds of services, good transportation, an array of restaurants and tapas bars, local markets, independent boutiques, charming museums, varied cultural attractions and picturesque public spaces. It is also a few minutes’ walk from other fashionable parts of the capital. One of the prettiest spaces to visit is the lovely and circular shaped Plaza de Olavide, Plaza de Chamberí, at the heart of the neighborhood, is another popular meeting-place, as is Plaza de Alonso Martínez.
The most exclusive and sought-after neighborhood in Chamberí is Almagro, with a distinctive Parisian flair, gorgeous architecture and beautiful streets like Zurbano, Fortuny, Monte Esquinza, or Fernando el Santo, where one could stroll along with much pleasure. This upper-end neighborhood boasts some of the most beautiful turn-of-the-century and Belle-epoque style buildings in Madrid. For those who want to stay in an elegant neighborhood in the city center, Almagro is the place for you.
In recent years Chamberí has become a hotspot for trendy restaurants, fine dining and traditional tapas bars where locals gather. If you are a food lover, you will enjoy the district’s gastronomic offerings, being Ponzano street the epicentre of this experience with an enticing array of places to drink and dine. For grocery shopping and a quick lunch, visit Mercado de Chamberí, one of Madrid’s traditional neighborhood markets where you can find a wide variety of high-quality products.
museums and cultural venues
Teatros del Canal
Chamberí’s old station of 1919, closed in 1969, which has been turned into an interpretation centre.
The Centro district boasts four Michelin star restaurants: