Considered to be the financial hub of the Spanish capital, AZCA is dominated by some of the most notable buildings and skyscrapers in Madrid. It’s a business area – and a mecca for shoppers. Restaurants and coffee houses, fashion retailers, accessories stores and shopping centres set the pace here.
The busy commercial complex called ‘Complejo AZCA’ lies to the north of the city centre, enclosed by Paseo de la Castellana and Orense, Raimundo Fernández Villaverde and General Perón streets. It was designed in 1957 by architect Antonio Perpiñá, who embarked on a project to redevelop this part of the city following the plan of the Rockefeller Center in New York. The project was approved in 1964 and work began a few years later, in an area that was away from congested downtown Madrid.
Together with the Cuatro Torres Business Area, in Chamartín, this modern business district boasts some of the tallest and most futuristic tower blocks of Madrid: Torre Picasso, Torre Europa or the current headquarters of the BBVA bank. Besides skyscrapers, AZCA has a multi-level maze of underground streets that are negotiated by thousands of people every day – workers and visitors alike.
Fashion & accessories
In AZCA, the variety of stores is superb and there’s no shortage of shopping opportunities: clothes, accessories, shoes, jewellery, home décor… anything you can imagine. Many fashion chains have an outlet in or around Calle Orense (Zara, Mango, Promod, H&M, Springfield, Sfera, etc.). On Calle General Perón, you’ll come across less known brands like La Compañía Fantástica, or others you must have visited more than once: Purificación García, Roberto Verino, Geox, Sebago, NAF NAF, Benetton, Adolfo Domínguez, Bimba & Lola… They’re all under a single roof at Moda Shopping, offering from cosmetics and jewellery to gifts and chocolates.
Tech is all-important to the thousands of executives and clerks who work in AZCA. This is why stores in this segment abound in the area.
One of the exits of the Nuevos Ministerios tube station gives direct access to El Corte Inglés. The department store here stands out for its top-end global brand spaces (Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci) selling men’s and women’s wear and accessories.
Food & drink
AZCA is teeming with places to have lunch, grab a bite or just take a cup of coffee. They come in various styles and offer special menus at reasonable prices.
Despite being a business area, AZCA is quite noisy at weekends, its cocktail lounges, nightclubs and outdoor hotel bars gathering merrymakers till the small hours.
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