Madrid has a lot to offer! From amazing food, to great cultural opportunities, Latino nights out, and strolling in the parks, it has it all!
Where to stay?
- Hotel NH Madrid Lagasca: this 4-star hotel is in the famous Salamanca area, the luxury and designer shops’ district. It is ideally located in the city, close from the centre and the main attractions, yet in a quiet area. It is only a 15-minute walk from the Retiro park, where you can enjoy the sun and escape from the city! PS: they have the most comfortable beds ever!
- Other famous hotels in Madrid include the Hotel Ritz Madrid, Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques, Only You Hotel Atocha, and URSO Hotel & Spa.
Where to eat?
Madrid is a real goldmine when it comes to food. You would need years to visit all the incredible hidden gems it has! But if you have to choose, here are some suggestions:
- Café Federal: this is THE place for a Sunday brunch. There is no need to book, and they have an amazing menu! You can even enjoy your food on the terrace, making the most of Madrid’s everlasting sun.
- Cacao Restobar: located near the Anton Martín metro station, this South-American bar and restaurant is held by the nicest group of friends. The food is just incredible (especially their tequeños), and their cocktails are the best in the city.
- Ana La Santa: this restaurant is a bit more on the expensive side, even though Madrid is very affordable, and is on Plaza Santa Ana. It is divided into different atmospheres, which makes it very cosy, while maintaining a chic feel. The food is very tasty, and lots of work goes into it. A party for your taste buds!
- Chocolatería San Ginés: visiting Madrid and not having a Chocolate con churros at San Ginés would not make the experience complete! Expect a queue, but it will definitely be worth it! Where else would you be able to dip pastries into luxurious chocolate, if not there?
- Zara: this restaurant is in the Chueca area, and serves truly authentic Cuban food! The owners are really friendly and you are guaranteed a genuine experience!
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What to visit?
- Museo Nacional del Prado: this museum is to Madrid what the Louvre is to Paris: a must-see! Consider saving a whole day for the visit, or spread the different museum floors over several days. It is definitely worth it! Small tip: there are free access time slots!
- Retiro Park: this park is to Madrid what Central Park is to New-York! Everybody gathers there at the weekend to exercise, sunbathe, play music, attend a festival, have a picnic, or just stroll around. It’s a real breath of fresh air during the hot summer months!
- Casa de Campo lake: an alternative to Retiro park. The perfect place to relax by the water and enjoy Madrid’s endless sunny days. Have fun on the boats, or just enjoy a drink at one of the surrounding restaurants and bars. Metro stop: Lago.
- Madrid Teleférico: a cable car in the city? Absolutely! See Madrid from a bird’s eye view, from Argüelles into Casa de Campo park. A unique attraction enabling you to observe many of the capital’s famous sights.
- Flamenco - La Cueva de Lola : Now what would be a trip to Spain without a flamenco show? Enjoy a 3-course meal, or just a glass of wine, while appreciating an authentic flamenco experience. The artistic cast includes performers of a national level. The value for money is the best in the city!
Where to shop?
- The Rastro: this market takes place every Sunday in the streets of La Latina district. It’s a must-see! You can find anything from clothes and food, to CDs, antiques, shoes, and souvenirs. Get there early because it gets packed quite quickly! Beware of pickpockets.
- Gran Vía and Fuencarral: these are THE shopping streets in Madrid. Gran Vía is one of the city’s main arteries and one of its most iconic avenues. You will find all your favourite brands, discover new ones, and get to see the city’s famous buildings.
Where to go out?
Madrid offers endless possibilities for nights out, whatever the occasion or preference. And as they say in Madrid, if you come home before 6 a.m., you probably did not have that great of a night! Here are a few recommendations:
- Azúcar: if you like Latin dances, you will love this place. All the Latinos and Latin enthusiasts gather every week, whether to join dance classes or dance until the sun comes out. People are all there to enjoy themselves, have the best time, and the atmosphere is just amazing.
- Platea: this is also one of Madrid’s go-to places, located in the chic Salamanca district. This indoor venue offers various tapas restaurants, bars, and great quality music shows which makes it very special. It is Europe’s largest gastronomic leisure centre. It is recommended to get there quite early, as there aren’t many seating options.
- Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes: One of the best views in Madrid! Enjoy a drink while watching the sunset, an incredible moment overlooking the city! If you can avoid going there on the weekend, you will skip the queue. It’s much calmer in the week, and you’ll will have the spectacular view for yourself!