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Peluquería Vallejo

At this century-old barbershop, clients used to be entertained with a glass of brandy and a cigar. 


Little has changed in this Madrid salon in over a century. Founded by Basilio Vallejo Abad in 1908, this hairdressing institution on Santa Isabel Street used to cater to travelers arriving at Atocha Train Station and still does pretty much so to this day (though you may need to make an online reservation if you want a trim). Heads and beards as illustrious as those of Nobel Prize winner Ramón y Cajal were shaved in barber chair.

Many are those who visit the salon do so just to photograph the tiles on the façade. The tiles are from Talavera de la Reina, Toledo and have been designated as being of historical-artistic interest. They depict two haircutting scenes, which include American-style armchairs in a traditional hairdressers background.

Equipment from the 1920s is still in use inside the salon, including razors. armchairs and cash registers. The collection of old objects and memorabilia they have is so important that the salon is actually a small hairdressing museum as well.

Know Before You Go

Metro: stop Antón Martín (líne 1) is the closest one to Peluquería Vallejo which is, almost literally, across the street from Cine Doré.

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