Where to find the best underground & ‘indie’ art Madrid?

indie art in madrid

Travelleres interested in the ‘indie’ art Madrid panorama, may now discover on their own unique places that exhibit emergent & underground artworks.

This is the list of locations/areas you shouldn’t miss in town.

  1. La Tabacalera de Embajadores.
  2. La Neomudejar.
  3. Lavapies neighborhood.
  4. Matadero Madrid.
  5. Conde Duque, contemporary art space.
  6. Malasaña district.

Top 6 off the beaten places to enjoy the ‘indie’ art Madrid

Now that we mentioned what we consider as must-visit spots, let’s give you some insider details about them!

Please note that all of them, but La Neomudejar offer free admission.

1-. A former tobacco factory in the side of Embajadores square.

First place that we would suggest you to visit is a 16,000 sq. meters building which currently hosts the best street art Madrid.


The main reason is because the artists, whether local, national or international have NO restrictions on what to paint.

Here you’ll see artworks refering & criticizing capitalism & dictatorships (among other things).

La Tabacalera is located in Calle Embajadores, 53.

There are several workshops where to practice DIY artistic techniques. Are you interested in learning in a community space?

Access is granted to workshop’s members during week days from 6.00PM to 11.00PM, while general audience may visit the space during the weekends.

2-. Madrid’s railway warehouse turned into an avant-garde center.

La Neomudejar is a unique space in town. Ever heard of it?

Although it looks like an almost derelict building, LA NEO offers monthly Brut art, visual art and urban art exhibitions.

It’s located in Calle Antonio Nebrija, just 5 minutes walking distance from Atocha RENFE station.

As an avant-garde center, it hosts artistic residencies at its second floor. La Neomudejar offers the opportunity to visitors to interact with local artists.

Entry fee is 4€ for students/groups and 5€ for general audiences.

3-. The street art Madrid around Lavapies metro station.

Lavapies is well-known because of its corralas (XVII century’s housing style), but it has recently acquired popularity because of the visitors’ alternative lifestyle.

To observe the best street art in the area, you should visit:

  • CALLE Lavapies, an urban art festival.
  • Esta es una Plaza, Madrid’s most beautiful urban garden.
  • Embajadores street around ‘Casino de la Reina’ park.
  • The contemporary art galleries in Calle Doctor Fourquet.
  • Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid’s most famous modern art space.

4-. The new perspective of an old slaughter house.

Matadero is considered by many as one of the TOP places for contemporary & ‘indie’ art in Madrid.

It had a completely different use that what it receives now, and these are the workshops/exhibitions/activities in which you may participate.

  • Readers’ club.
  • Design market.
  • Contemporary theatre.
  • Artists’ residencies.
  • Cinema sessions.

How to get there?

The nearest metro station is called Legazpi, but you should know that there is a great cycle path that would take you straight to Matadero from Madrid’s city center.

Matadero, former slaughter's house

5-. Conde Duque, contemporary art space.

This is a cultural center managed by Madrid’s city council.

Over the past 8 years, there have been monthly artistic exhibitions where artists from different countries have showcased their artwork and made it visible to the general audience.

Conde Duque is located in Calle Conde Duque, 11 and these are the activities where you could take part:

  • Live performance.
  • Visual arts.
  • Dance.
  • Contemporary art installations.

6-. Malasaña neighborhood, hipster & modern style.

The area around Plaza dos de Mayo is considered by many as Madrid’s most hipster area.

There is an urban art festival which takes place yearly, decorating the metal shutters, windows and facades of many businesses.

You may observe the best art Madrid around the following streets:

  • Plaza Dos de Mayo.
  • Calle Antonio Grilo
  • Calle San Dimas
  • Calle de la Galeria de Robles
  • Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo.

Where could you buy art in Madrid (prints)?

Those art lovers, who cannot afford (like us) to buy XXX.000€ artworks, may now purchase affordable prints painted by emergent artists.

Where could you buy them? Check out these places!

– La Causa Galeria (Calle Jesús del Valle, 27)

A young couple designed a meeting point for the indie & contemporary art in Madrid. La Causa is the cornerstone of a diverse exhibition program where artists from the worlds of urban art, illustration, drawing, and other disciplines meet.

The location is organized into two spaces: a modulable exhibition space and a shop of original and serial graphic work by contemporary artists.

Great artworks at an affordable price!

– Los artistas del Barrio shop (The artists from da’ hood)

It is an artistic platform which will offer you the opportunity to meet new coming local artists.

Their most important event opens the studio of artists from all around Madrid city center, and recently they opened a shop where to buy prints and other great stuff.

Our opinion about the art Madrid.

Cooltourspain is a young project. We were born in 2016, and it has been since then that we have contributed to the art Madrid in such an specific way.

We run street art tours & graffiti workshops for art enthusiasts.

This fact could allow us to give our impression on the current artistic scene.

We believe that there should exist more opportunities for emergent artists. We are not talking about festivals and/or galleries, but the creation of graffiti walls in each neighborhood that allows young people to create in a legal way in the streets.

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