Café Acuarela

Cafe in Malasaña & Chueca

A few steps up the hill from Plaza de Chueca, this longtime centrepiece of gay Madrid – a huge statue of a nude male angel guards the doorway – is an agreeable, dimly lit salon decorated with, among other things, religious icons. It’s ideal for quiet conversation and catching the weekend buzz as people plan their forays into the more clamorous clubs in the vicinity.