"A view from Madrid to the sky, and in the sky, a balcony from which to see Madrid."
Madrid is the political, economic and cultural heart of
This lively capital is addictive. On the same day you can see
Las Meninas and Guernica, go to a bullfight, and eat hotcakes (churros). This place is, as locals say, "very cool" (muy chulo).
*Ricardo Martín Herrero. cromavista
Shopping is a necessary pleasure and for many years now my favorite route is from Fuencarral Street to the Gran Via and the streets of Chueca, Barquillo, Prim and Almirante.
Madrid has everything in the way of eateries. It’s impossible to summarize all the good places to eat, but here are my essential places.
San Miguel Market: A dazzling market. This traditional Madrid market next to the Plaza Mayor has been converted into a gourmet market with stalls where you can shop, drink and eat everything of the highest quality. It is a memorable experience. https://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/ Plaza de San Miguel s/n. 28005 Madrid.
Home Burguer: Quality is what makes Home Burger unique. They use organic and fresh ingredients that not only make their hamburgers healthy but incomparably tasty. https://www.homeburgerbar.com. C/Espíritu santo 12. 28004 Madrid.
El Almendro: This tapa place is always crowded with locals who live in the La Latina neighborhood. People queue to get a table here. The homemade chips with fried eggs and ham pieces (huevos rotos) are excellent. Highly recommend. C/El Almendro 13. 28005 Madrid (Zona: Cava Baja, Latina)
El Quinto Vino: No fewer than 300 wines, by the glass or bottle, are on offer at this wine bar and Andalusian tavern. There are two rooms where you can sit or stand at the bar and try these excellent wines accompanied by tasty servings of house specialties such as homemade croquettes or Russian salad (ensaladilla rusa). https://www.elquintovino.com/. c/Hernani 48. 28020 Madrid
Lhardy: Barely a couple of hundred meters away from the Spanish Parliament sits what many consider the grande dame of Madrid restaurants. Founded in 1839, Lhardy is one of the few places to still serve
cocido madrileño (a chickpea, pork, chicken, beef and vegetables stew) with silverplate cutlery. Downstairs in the shop, a variety of delicacies, from hot consommé in a samovar to fantastic croquettes and savory pastries are available. https://www.lhardy.com/. c/Carrera de san Jerónimo 8. 28014 Madrid
Casa Mingo: A fantastic place. There are posters on the walls that expressly prohibit singing. The menu is short and offers a crisp, juicy chicken, salad and the best cider..
https://www.casamingo.es/. Paseo de la Florida 34. 28008
Cafés and tearooms:
Living in London: This is a little piece of London in Madrid. This tearoom is in the purest retro-London style of tearooms, which is unique to Madrid. https://www.livinginlondon.es. C/Santa Engracia 4. 28010 Madrid
Under the Dome of Hotel
Westin El Palace: Treat yourself to a coffee in the heart of Madrid under the spectacular stained glass dome of this iconic 5-star hotel. The Westin Palace is proud of its elegant and serene atmosphere that is amenable to both for business and pleasure. https://www.westinpalacemadrid.com/. Plaza de Las Cortes 7. 28014 Madrid.
Madrid is the only city where you will find a traffic jam at four in the morning caused by people out wanting to enjoy themselves.
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Mate Oscar: Located on the eighth floor of the hotel from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets in the capital. https://oscar.room-matehotels.com. Plaza Vázquez de Mella 12. 28004 Madrid
The Best Desserts:
La Mallorquina: Impossible to stay here without tasting a few things. The best cakes and the best pastries in Madrid, yet cheap. In the heart of the city at the crossroads of Calle Mayor and Puerta del Sol, this cafe has been serving Madrilenos for more than a century. Calle Mayor 2. 28013 Madrid. https://www.la-mallorquina.net/
My Cakes and Pops. The
best American-flavored sweets may be ordered here. Artistic and decorative cakes.
Madrid’s “Broadway” is located in the Gran Via. Consult https://www.lacla.es for a theater reviews blog highlighting the best and worst of the plays showing in Madrid.