I finally made it to Madrid last summer. Finally, after so many trips to Spain. Madrid is not a touristy city – so your time here will be spent on great food, drinks and conversation. I fit right in!
Only You – I don’t know what’s behind the name choice (I sadly don’t love it), but the hotel is as stylish as it can possibly get. If you don’t stay there, go to the bar / lounge there. You don’t want to miss this. Trust me. It’s located in Chueca – an area full of good places to eat and have a drink.
Calle Barquillo, 21, 28004 Madrid / +34 910 05 22 22
Hotel de Las Letras – simple and elegant, centrally located. Book a room with a private jacuzzi – it’s how I spent the siesta hours and I suggest you to the same! May now have been taken over by a chain, but worth checking out. The Rooftop Bar is pretty cool on a warm evening!
Calle Gran Vía, 11, 28013 Madrid / +34 915 23 79 80
COMIDA / SALUD!
Ten Con Ten – dress up to match the cool cozy (but somewhat formal) atmosphere at this Salamanca restaurant. The food is honestly to die for.
Calle de Ayala, 6, 28001 Madrid / +34 915 75 92 54
Bar Tomate – more relaxed atmosphere than Ten Con Ten, but equally amazing food.
Calle de Fernando El Santo, 26, 28046 Madrid / +34 917 02 38 70
Pan de Lujo – modern, perhaps a bit wacky. Good Spanish cuisine, with a large yellow rubber duck in the dining room. Fun, no?
Calle de Jorge Juan, 20, 28001 Madrid / +34 914 36 11 00
Hotel ME Melia Rooftop – stunning views and fun atmosphere, perfect for a sunset drink. Stick around until the late hours for a busier and louder time!
Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid 28012 / +34 917 01 60 00
Clarita – well located and surrounded by a number of other good restaurants. Currently trending in Madrid…!
Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 19, 28004 Madrid / +34 915 22 80 70
Bon Vivant & Co – casual cafe / lunch spot. Tucked away in a residential (central) part of Madrid.
Calle San Gregorio, 8, 28004 Madrid / +34 917 04 82 86
Los Gallos – I have yet to try it, but it comes highly recommended by a local friend. It’s a typically Spaniard restaurant with a great rooftop.
Calle Puigcerdà, 4, 28001 Madrid / +34 914 31 06 47
Lateral – where. to. eat. tapas.
Plaza de la Castellana 42, 28001, Madrid / +34 915 75 25 53
Mercado de San Miguel – go on an empty stomach and work your way around the tapas/pinxtos stands. Delicious.
Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005, Madrid / +34 915 42 49 36
Mercado San Anton – another foodie heaven with a rooftop! Don’t miss!
Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, 28004 Madrid / +34 913 30 07 30
Plaza Mayor – for a few photo snaps. The restaurants are way too touristy so don’t waste a precious meal on them, but a nice outdoor refreshment spot to take in the beauty of the buildings in the plaza.
Museo Nacional del Prado – let’s get cultural and check out some historically important art!
Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid / +34 913 30 28 00
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – national museum of 20th century art.
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid / +34 917 74 10 00
Got a few extra days in Madrid and want to see more of Castilla La Mancha? Take a fast train to Toledo. A wonderful perched village / town with some stunning vistas. Worth a day trip (don’t try to stay overnight – your time is better spent back in Madrid, trust me).
This trip to Madrid was followed by Mallorca and Barcelona. Stay tuned to get tips on Barcelona, plus proof that Mallorca is more than the ‘Palma Mallorca’ reputation you see on the telly!