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  • Now's the time to visit Spain's capital.

  • After nearly a decade of economic crisis Madrid is growing again.

  • And you can feel this confidence in the central district of Justica.

  • Its streets teem with restaurants and boutique shops, supplying cakes, coffee and cocktails

  • to trendy locals and visitors alike.

  • Welcome to Justicia, Madrid

  • Tucked just north of Madrid's city center is Justica.

  • In just a few years this area has evolved into one of the city's trendiest districts.

  • Spain has only recently recovered from a long and painful recession which gripped the country

  • from 2008 to 2014.

  • At its height unemployment was above 26 percent, while youth unemployment was above 55 percent.

  • Spain's economy is now growing, and the effect of this hardship in Justica has not been the

  • mass closure of independent stores, but instead a flight to buy and support local business.

  • This is DoDesign, a store which captures that spirit of creativity and community.

  • The shop collaborates with emerging artists and designers, constantly shifting its collection.

  • Here you'll find fashion, interior and jewelry brands you've never heard of before.

  • Surviving Spain's recession has forced businesses to think differently.

  • This is Macera TallerBar and you first thing you'll notice is that all the bottles of liquor

  • are their own handwritten brands.

  • During the recession cocktails were one thing people cut down on. The owners of Macera had

  • an idea.

  • They bought unbranded liquor and infused it themselves. Making every cocktail 7 euros.

  • It's now one of Madrid's coolest bars with some very exciting flavors.

  • Think rum infused with cinnamon and orange and gin with rosemary and thyme.

  • One Spanish dining tradition that has shown no signs of being under threat,

  • despite recent trends, is churros.

  • The deep fried, sugar coated snack is best enjoyed with a hot chocolate.

  • Just to top off your sugar hit.

  • Churros are traditionally eaten for breakfast. This is Churreria Santa Teresa, one of the

  • oldest churros bars in the neighborhood.

  • It opens at 5.30 in the morning, making it popular with a post nightclub crowd.

  • If you're feeling guilty about your churros hit, fitness guru to the stars Tracy Anderson

  • has opened up her only non-U.S. based studio here in Madrid.

  • Her workouts are a blend of dance-cardio and weights. The rooms are heated and music is

  • blasted at club levels. Get ready to sweat.

  • Now it's time of dinner and you're spoiled for choice. Justica is jam-packed with

  • little hip restaurants.

  • This is Celso Y Manolo. Run by two brothers, it's charming and intimate.

  • It serves contemporary Spanish food with an expert eye for detail.

  • Their specialty dish is based around a huge tomato from northern Spain.

  • It's served with avocado, mango, papaya, red onion, olive oil and fresh herbs.

  • And finally, you can't come to Madrid without seeing some flamenco.

  • Touristy restaurant-cum-theatres monopolise the flamenco scene but you can be more adventurous

  • Casa Patas has been a focal point

  • of Madrid's flamenco scene since the mid 80's

  • and still attracts some of the best artists from around the country.

Now's the time to visit Spain's capital.

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After a Crisis, Madrid is Booming Again

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/20
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