A Weekend in Madrid

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Perfect for a weekend escape in Europe, you can make sure you will experience Spain's vibe punctuated by delicious tapas and sangria, all that in a vibrant city. It is maybe not the best city in Spain to feel the history of the country, but you will still find in Madrid very impressive monuments and gorgeous parks.

We got the best recommendations that you will discover here from Spanish friends who know Madrid very well, so you can be sure they come from insiders.

Madrid in a few words

Tapas, good restaurants, sangria, late lunch, late dinner, cool bars, Malasaña, the Royal Palace, El Retiro Park, pretty streets, music everywhere, cool people.

Madrid Wander List - where to go

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Pleasure for the eyes, for the ears, for the taste, and some funs in the programs of your Madrid Wander list.


As always: only the gems, nothing more.

Note that the area of Malasaña, in the center of the city, is where you will find most of the cool places in Madrid.



Madrid restaurants: pleasures for the taste

You can find, I'm sure, tens (hundreds) of delicious food places in Madrid. But here are the gems, personally tested and approved.

Breakfast in Madrid

You will walk a lot while visiting Madrid, so you need to perfectly start your day with a nice breakfast: HanSo Café is a cool hipster-ish coffee shop with good pastries and coffee that should nicely wake you up.

Lunch in Madrid

  • For your first day, while wandering in the streets of Malasaña, you have to taste good tapas in a cool outdoor terrace/backyard. For that, la Tita Rivera will enchant you.

  • If you are more around El Retiro Park or the Prado Museum, just go to Il Travolo Verde, where a very limited menu will ensure you a delicious meal directly imported from local farmers. You will appreciate the interior that will make you feel in Alice in Wonderland while heading to their bathroom.

Dinner in Madrid

Want to be mind-blown? Go to La Pescadería where you can be sure that no matter you'll order, it will excellent and well presented while you'll be admiring their awesome decoration. Their tapas are particularly delicious.

Be prepared to walk to discover all the small streets of Madrid

Madrid bars and live music

Looking for a cool bar? Areia will make you feel you are at the beach, with a decoration full of wood, tropical plants, couches and even swings around the tables. You will even have flowers floating in your cocktails.

Want to get some blues? Go to La Coquette, where local blues bands play in a small cave under the vaults. Sunday evenings are the best.

Madrid pleasures for the eyes

You will find them in your tourist guide, but it's still worth mentioning them: El Retiro park is sumptuous, the Royal Palace is impressive, and the Prado Museum will fulfill the artist inside you (make sure to catch Goya's paintings).

El Retiro Park is beautiful. Perfect for a quick nap in the grass.

View over the Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Have you ever been to Madrid? What is your favorite thing in the city?

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