Madrid through a designer's lens

The SoHo of New York, the Wynwood of Miami, the…San Francisco of…San Francisco? Malasaña, one of Madrid’s most happening neighbourhoods where you can find anything from a popsicle shop to a bar decked-out in 20’s style furniture.

On the narrow cobblestone streets you’ll see a variety of businesses created by young entrepreneurs who have found a way to make a living off their passion. The creativity is overflowing on these streets — so much so that I was inspired to design a few website concepts for some of my favourite places. MyLasaña—read “my lasagna”—is my way of giving back to these exciting local businesses that have inspired me throughout my past 4 years in Madrid.

Toma Café, Inarguably The Best Coffee In Madrid.

What I love about this place is that there are no frills or gimmicks. Just coffee. Tucked away on La Palma street, Toma Café is a small spot where you can work or chill while enjoying some quality coffee. It’s also cycle friendly, so you can bring your bike inside while you enjoy your morning brew.  Photo cred: Toma Café

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Consuela. Just Sneakers.

Looking to buy some new kicks? You can’t go wrong with Consuela, a corner shoe store where you can find the latest sneakers from Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Vans, etc. What’s cool about Consuela is that they ONLY sell sneakers.

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Peluquería Urbano. The Barber Shop.

I was lured into this place by the 10 euro cut sign hanging in the window, but little did I know I was walking inside one of Madrid’s most iconic barber shops. Getting your hair cut here is an experience. You’ll leave with a great cut and everything you need to know about La Liga. Photo cred: Mellado

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Alce Shop. Hipster Threads.

Down the street from Pelquería Urbano is Alce Shop, a small clothing store for men where you can find products from Herschell, Fjall Raven, Brixton or local made brands like Barqet. It’s an awesome space to check out, even if you’re not looking to buy anything.

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