It’s summer time around Plaza de Juan Pujol and Calle Espíritu Santo and the 30-something-degree heat is proving tough conditions for trendy beards and skinny sweaty fixie riders. Everywhere I look it’s all cleavage and leg and armpit. This area of Malasaña serves a clientele of hip fashionistas oozing authenticity and creativity with their MacBook in one arm and French bulldog in the other, eyeballing….well, other French bulldogs.

Two drinks on a table at Ojalá in Malasaña, Madrid.

Inside Vacaciones, a cafe in Malasaña

Facade of a second hand bookstore in Malasaña Calle San Vicente Ferrer in Malasaña