findings in Chueca, Madrid, by Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler

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Café Libertad 8

Calle Libertad, 8

“It’s Madrid’s epicenter of authorial music. A mythological stage where we’ve all performed. Julián, the owner, and Dani, at the bar, are old friends, whom I met when I arrived in Madrid, 20 years ago. I haven’t been able to get them to charge for my drinks in such a long time!”

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Mercado San Antón

Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24

“Its facade won’t catch your eye. But inside you’ll be surprised by a locale full of colors. There you can choose from 15 tomato varieties, enjoy the lively tapas bars on Saturday afternoons or buy fish and take it to the restaurant on the terrace where they’ll prepare it.”

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Plaza de Chueca

“It’s the heart of the neighborhood. Anyone who has a beer with lunch at the outdoor tables of Antigua Taberna Ángel Sierra on a Sunday will understand the verses I wrote for the song ‘Todos a Sus Puestos’ (off the album Amar la Trama, 2010).”

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El Cisne Azul

Calle de Gravina, 19

“This is one of my favorite restaurants in Madrid. The house specialty are mushrooms. It has only six tables and a counter. They don’t accept reservations or credit cards. The owners take care of the details.”
 

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Librería Panta Rhei

Calle Hernán Cortés, 7

 “A precious bookstore, dedicated mainly to the visual arts. It has incredible books, and the owners, Ingrid and Lilo, are always attentive when attending to customers.”

Photos José Puertas