Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 50
City to Go
Beyond the Prado
Madrid's Justicia neighborhood embodies
the soul of the city.
BY PAOLA SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLARA TUMA
GO FOR After visiting Madrid's
glorious plazas, monuments,
and museums, take some time
to delve into its quieter neighborhoods. The city's true soul is
revealed along its backstreets.
One worthwhile detour is
Justicia, home to some of the
trendiest recent openings in
town. Although Justicia's most
popular section is Chueca, a
colorful nightlife hub, there's
much more to discover in this
centrally located district than
bars and boîtes.
Clockwise from top left: Café Comercial's first floor, a cityscape at
dusk, Fismuler restaurant's grilled croaker with cabbage, the
Museo del Romanticismo, and Do Design's concept shop.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
The Supreme Court, which occupies a neoclassical eighteenthcentury convent, anchors the
neighborhood. Next door is
the Church of Santa Bárbara
(where King Ferdinand VI and
his wife, Bárbara de Braganza,
are buried). The Museo del
Romanticismo, in a former
mansion, houses a collection
of paintings, furnishings, and
objets d'art from the Romantic
period of the nineteenth century.
But Justicia's true charm lies in
its maze of narrow lanes dotted
with a mix of designer boutiques,
old-school cafés, and stylish restaurants helmed by top chefs.
EAT & DRINK Sit back in the palmtree-shaded interior courtyard
at Habanera (Calle de Génova
28) and watch the Instagram
celebrities stroll by. This
restaurant and cocktail lounge
inspired by colonial Cuba has
theatrical decor featuring bold
floral-patterned fabrics and
richly textured woods.
Fismuler (Calle de Sagasta 29)
may look Nordic (distressed