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Plaza de San Miguel, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid is one of the best places to go for a little of everything local, or tapas-style shopping. They are always busy. Whether you are looking for ham or oysters, fresh fruits or desserts, coffee or wine, they have it...
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Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Founded in 1894 and set in the center of Madrid, not far from Puerta del Sol, San Ginés is a local favorite and a don’t-miss stop during any visit to the capital. No excuses; it never closes. Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid, 34/91-365- 6546 This...
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Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid, Spain
When in Madrid, I highly recommend to visit Circulo de Bellas Artes. The views from the rooftop of the Fine Arts Circle is breath taking. Buy a ticket at the reception, speed up to the roof and stand by the feet of Goddess Minerva. Highly...
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Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Madrid's multi-level Mercado San Anton is a sight to be seen. Rows of gorgeous produce, local specialties, Italian deli favorites, briny seafood and locally-farmed meats line the perimeter of each floor, each stall more enticing than the one...
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Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
After paying your patriotic fee of 10 Euro to enter the Royal Palace, you will notice the Almudena Cathedral beyond the courtyards gates. While I was too late in the day to be graced with the inner divinities of this structure I did in fact, get...
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Calle Badajoz, 31, 28931 Móstoles, Madrid, Spain
One of the biggest flea markets that I have ever been to is located in Madrid, Spain. El Rastro is an old neighborhood that is teeming with activity, but the place really comes alive on Sunday mornings for the weekly flea market. You can buy just...
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Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain
No trip to Madrid is complete without a tour of the Royal Palace, home to many of the kings and queens of Spain since the 1500s. Inside, every wall, ceiling, and floor either is a work of art, or hosts works of art. One room is made entirely of...
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Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, 75, 28006 Madrid, Spain
The family-run El Pescador is not only down-to-earth fun, but also a very good seafood restaurant, with great tapas and a smart choice of Albarino wines. Try a glass of Mercado San Miguel. —Alessia Antinori Jose Ortega y Gasset 75, 34/91-402-1290,...
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Watching flamenco artist Olga Pericet dance at Corral de la Morería in Madrid was an experience of extraordinary intensity. She was a rhapsody of exuberant motion; a piece of poetry that seemed to silence the room with the force of its emotion....
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Plaza de España, 28008 Madrid, Spain
If you visit Madrid, don't miss the famous Don Quixote and Sancho statues, located close to the Metro stop in Plaza de Espana. They are situated right in front of a fountain and early in the morning the water mirrors the statue—making it feel...
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Plaza Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Real Jardin Botanico, the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, is a peaceful place to get out of the city streets and stroll around in nature. Fountains and sculptures are scattered throughout the 5,500 species of living plants, trees and flowers....
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Calle del Arenal, 13, 28013 Madrid, Spain
San Gines in the happening Sol area of Madrid, Spain is a must-stop for dessert or late night snack. This long standing establishment serves only “churros and chocolate.” The churros are freshly baked warm 10-inch long, drizzled with sugar, and...
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Sol, Madrid, Spain
Wandering around the Plaza Mayor area in Madrid, I came across a small gelateria. Already full from a wine/tapas lunch with chocolate dipped churros for dessert, I still could not resist the smallest cone....it was huge! I had a choice of as many...
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28028 Madrid, Spain
A trip to Las Ventas is a must in Madrid. Tickets are available for those who wish to attend un corrido and tours are available for others who don't care for the bullfight. If you decide to watch this Spanish tradition in action, buy a seat and...
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Madrid, Spain
This tavern-based tapas bar in Madrid was founded in 1906 and fiercely carries out the tapas tradition. It has had many famous patrons, including Andy Warhol, and has a great wine selection as well as beers to go along with the famous garlic...
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Known for their Andalusian-style trout and asparagus, La Trucha tapas keep the locals coming back for more. The food is excellent (their omelet is absolutely amazing) and the place is always crowded with both locals and tourists, a good sign!
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Even now I'm craving their guilt-free collection of tapas-style breakfast miniatures. You can expect to find little croissants stuffed with jamon, light pastries topped with berries, and fresh squeezed orange juice. It's simple, inexpensive, and...
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Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Eat dinner like a conquistador at Restaurante Sobrino de Botin. The combination of its central location off Plaza Mayor and its claim to be the "Oldest Restaurant in the World" makes it charming and fun for family and friends. Make sure to put in...
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Calle Duque de Medinaceli, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I once heard that eating tapas while standing builds character. Going into a tiny dark tapas bar in Madrid and ordering parts of a pig that aren't normally consumed does too. Toni, owner and cook at Casa Toni in Madrid, sautées this...
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Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Renowned chef Paco Roncero re-interprets everyday Spanish food without crossing the line into pretentiousness at Estado Puro; here, flavor matters more than presentation and dishes are perfectly portioned. Patatas bravas, fried potatoes spiked...
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Calle de Alcalá, 39, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The Metropolis Building in Madrid claims dominance over the intersection of Calle de Alcalá and Gran Via. The topping sculpture of Phoenix and Ganymede, like an architectural hood ornament, keeps a watchful eye over the busy boulevards below.
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Calle de las Infantas, 23, 28004 Madrid, Spain
My local friend took me to El Tigre at the tail end of a night bar hopping in Madrid. Apparently when you order a beer they also give you a huge serving of tapas! We got there late and they were extra generous. It wasnt incredibly tasty but it was...
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Calle Alfolí, 11, 28280 Escorial (El), Madrid, Spain
Tapas in Madrid are usually eaten before lunch, at “vermut” or “aperitivo” time. This can be done before lunch or after work. Apart from eating the Madrid tapas and drinking sangria or beer, these bars are a good place to watch football games and...
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Calle del General Arrando, 26, 28010 Madrid, Spain

As for a great dinner venue, Bar Tomate in the Chamberi Neighbourhood, amazing simple and delicious food ...I highly reccomend the pollo! http://grupotragaluz.com/rest-tomate.php

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Sol, Madrid, Spain
La Descubierta was the perfect people watching place in Central Madrid. The surrounding streets where full of tourists but this carless alley seemed to be mostly locals. We stayed for hours; eating, drinking and watching people. It was perfect....
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Carrera de S. Jerónimo, 30, 28014 Madrid, Spain
My last full day in Madrid, I was walking around the city, exploring the winding side streets that stretch out from the center of Puerta del Sol. I was moving along at a relatively quick pace when I came upon a group of people lined up outside the...
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Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Anyone with an iota of interest in art will certainly visit the Prado while in Madrid. But be sure to save some time to visit another nearby museum, where there's something wonderful to see before you even get inside. Just a 5-minute walk down...
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Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Madrid's Prado Museum, home to Goya, Velazquez, Murillo, El Greco, and numerous other greats, has so much to see that just one visit isn't enough! If you have a few days in Madrid, drop into the museum in the afternoons (after 5pm) when there is...
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Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Life reflects art? The Reina Sofia museum in Madrid is home to Picasso's famous Guernica, and many works by other Spanish artists, including Miro and Dali. A fabulous place to discover the art, artists, and ideas of the 20th century.
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Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Stone by stone, second-century BC Debod Temple was reconstructed in Spain in an effort, called to action by UNESCO, to save its demise when the site was threatened by the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan. As a sign of gratitude for the help...
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Madrid, Spain
“There’s an old saying: ‘If you’re looking for something, go to Maravillas. If you don’t find it, it doesn’t exist.’ This is Madrid’s biggest covered market, one of the biggest in Europe.” - Alberto Fernández Bravo Murillo 122, 34/(0) 91-533-4030....
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28013 Madrid, Spain
Literally the heart of Madrid, Puerta del Sol was originally and east-facing gate to the city and today serves as a bustling transportation hub, with all roads fanning out from from it like rays of the sun. Look for the kilometre zero (Km. O)...
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Calle de Toledo, 18, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Alpargatas, or espadrilles, are a staple in every Spaniard's closet. The comfortable, light-weight, and versatile shoe is simple—rope, rubber, cloth. At Casa Hernanz they are handmade and come at a bargain ($5–$10 per pair) in over 40 colors. They...
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Calle de la Bola, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Dinner at El Mollete Taberna was my most memorable meal during a solo trip to Spain last year. This tiny Tapas bar is run by an amazing family and their passion for food and wine comes through in every bite. The family tucked me in at the bar, set...
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Calle Sta. Teresa, 8, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Breakfasts in Madrid are taken quickly: a cup of coffee and a plate of churros before one dashes off: it is if everyone is late for that all important meeting. But when Madrileños seek a more relaxed start to the day, they head to Olivia Te Cuida,...
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Calle Núñez de Arce, 3, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Aroubd te Writers Quarter in Madrid my favorite place for TAPAS in traditional taverns or Fine Food at the trendy Gastrobars. I like mix the food with a bit of history on this charming pedestrian quarter
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“Conceived as a model apartment building in the 1930s rationalist style, this place doesn’t look like much from the outside. But in the center, a patio is filled with trees and plants, like a secret cloister.” - Alberto Fernández Hilarión Eslava...
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Paseo de Moret, 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Parque de Oueste is a shady park toward the north of the city. The park is known for its rose gardens, as well as being home to the Temple of Debod, a gift for the Egyptian state in 1968. The overlook of the park offers beautiful views of the...
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Calle Reina, 16, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Despite its location in Chueca, to say nothing of its name, Bar Cock is not a gay bar. Rather, it is one of Madrid's oldest--and coolest--gin joints. Opened in 1921 by legendary barman Perico Chicote, it managed to stay open during the Civil War,...
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Madrid, Spain
In my travels, I've found no place better to view art than on the streets of Madrid. I don't mean the museums, although they're worth a visit, but rather, the graffiti and other street paintings. I'm not sure whether these would qualify as murals...
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Plaza Sta. Ana, 28012 Madrid, Spain
The beautiful blue roof of the ME Madrid glows down the rainy side street, just off the Plaza Santa Ana. This area is ground zero for great Tapas bars.
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Calle Echegaray, 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
They say Hemingway used to drink at La Venencia. If that’s true, you wouldn’t know it: there are no photos of Don Ernesto on its walls, no placards identifying Papa’s favorite table. La Venencia isn’t the kind of establishment to talk about its...
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Gran Vía, Madrid, Spain
(first of all ignore the address because that isn't it but the only option that I get) This small cafe is close to the metro stop Islas Filipinas and is my new favorite breakfast stop - two and a half euros for a cafe con leche, churros and a...
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Cmo. de Perales, 23, 28041 Madrid, Spain
I went to Madrid on business and discovered the new Madrid Rio ... opened in May 2011 and in an area alongside the Manzanares River and highway that was converted into 15km of parks, historical moments, outdoor concerts, & gardens. It's for sure...
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Calle de Modesto Lafuente, 64, 28003 Madrid, Spain
“Owned by the same people who own Sudestada, Chifa serves a kind of fusion of Chinese and Peruvian, with more emphasis on the former. The food is delicious, with really big flavors.” - Alberto Fernández Modesto Lafuente 64, 34/(0) 91-534-7566....
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Calle de Ponzano, 85, 28003 Madrid, Spain
"Sudestada looks like an Edward Hopper diner transported to the 21st century. Two Argentine guys own it, but the food is Southeast Asian. The cooking is ambitious, fresh, and full of flavor.” - Alberto Fernández Ponzano 85, 34/(0) 91-533- 4154....
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Calle de Fernández de los Ríos, 53, 28015 Madrid, Spain
“Servi is at least 40 years old, and for me, it’s number one for preserved foods in Madrid. It stocks anchovies, tins of white asparagus, all the delicacies Spaniards love.” - Alberto Fernández Fernández de los Ríos 53, 34/(0) 91-544-1475. This...
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Calle del Comandante Zorita, 46, 48, 28020 Madrid, Spain
“Elena Ochoa, the wife of Norman Foster, founded this publishing house for art, photography, and design books. It’s also a gallery for photography and architecture exhibitions.” - Alberto Fernández Comandante Zorita 46-48, 34/(0) 91-449-0961. This...
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Plaza de Canalejas, 6, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The longstanding Madrid candy shop La Violeta is home to a number of sweets and confectionery take-home gifts for the nostalgic traveler. Most well known are their "violetas," violet flavored purple candies. Expect a line and limited English on...
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Calle de la Cruz, 14, 28012 Madrid, Spain
One of the best things you can do in Madrid is go on a guided tapas crawl. If you don’t know much about Spain and/or don’t speak Spanish it’s best to have someone that knows what’s going on with you. Here are a few high notes from the crawl. My...
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Retiro, Madrid, Spain
The biggest park in the Spanish capital, Retiro is a great destination where you could spend the better part of your day. There is lots to do including renting a boat and rowing around the place. The park has lots of green areas where you can have...
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Palos de la Frontera, Madrid, Spain
This station is unlike any I've ever seen—there is a market among the trees, a pond of turtles, benches to unwind and a cute restaurant on the other side overlooking the scene. It's the perfect place for a family to explore for free. If you find...
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Calle Mayor, 59, 28013 Madrid, Spain
It is known as the Queen's Mother, as this pharmacy was in charge of the medicine of the Queen, María Cristina, in the Century XIX. However, the establishment has been at 59 Plaza Mayor since the end of the XVI Century. Reconstructed in 1913 by...
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Calle de Hermosilla, 2, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Dry Cosmopolitan Bar, the cocktail bar from Javier de las Muelas. It was eerie walking in as it was just me and Ricardo—nobody else in the place. I couldn't understand it; I heard it was always packed but maybe it was the holidays, lack of...
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Calle Torija, 7, 28013 Madrid, Spain
The best flamenco show of my life, without a doubt! Cafe Chinitas is a small venue with incredibly spirited and talented dancers. Come for the first show of the evening when the musicians and dancers are fresh. Heads Up: don’t bother with dinner,...
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Plaza de la Independencia, 4, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Easy to find and hard to leave, Ramses is modern but ultra comfortable. They managed to create a completely differente atmosphere in each room—from romantic dining to a bubbly champagne bar—but the outdoor lounge was my favorite. When traveling I...
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Calle de Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid, Spain
When only dancing the night away will do, you’ve come to the right city. Madrid hardly ever sleeps (except during working hours), and the capital parties well into the morning hours. So with all this energy and time, where should you head? To move...
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Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
The landscape of Plaza Mayor's artists—performers and painters—is ever-changing. New life is breathed into the corners by dancing goats, mimes, pianists, and the occasional traveling circus, but you can count on one thing: Madari will be there,...
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Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain
The train museum in Madrid is housed in an old railway station—one of the first in the city from the 1800s. The space is really amazing with about 50 trains from the late 1800s up til the 1960s—among the largest rail collections in Europe. One of...
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Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Casa Botin (also known as Sobrino de Botin) sits in the city center, near Plaza Mayor and Cava Baja, one of Madrid's busiest pedestrian streets for tapas and drinks. Founded in 1725, it is said by many to be the oldest restaurant in the world....
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28005, Calle de Toledo, 21, 28005 Madrid, Spain
El Rastro is overwhelming. As one of the largest outdoor flea markets in Europe, you're going to need a break at some point. Enter El Capricho Extremeño, a Sunday afternoon institution in Madrid. The line will be long, but it's part of the...
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Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain
No matter what the season, it's worthwhile to wander through the exquisite Retiro Park when you're in Madrid. Here you can find a tranquil escape from crowded streets and museums. The unrivaled architecture of Madrid is echoed here in the...
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Calle de Cervantes, 10, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Obviously most of the books that you find in Spain are written in the Spanish language (a no brainer, I know) but you can find lots of English ones too. Libros is a chain bookstore, much like Barnes & Noble back in the USA, and they always have a...
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Atocha, Madrid, Spain
This historic train depot is the heart of transit for Madrid. Serving local as well as high-speed AVE trains, it also plays a key role in the ever-expanding railways of Europe. I stumbled upon Madrid's first railway station, which was inaugurated...
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Calle de Manuela Malasaña, 33, 28004 Madrid, Spain
The neighborhood, or barrio, of Malasaña will keep you busy exploring its many shops, checking out the colorful street-art, and visiting some quirky bars. The boutiques here specialize in strange, designer, and vintage products with distinct...
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Calle Joaquín María López, 25 Bajo A, 28015 Madrid, Spain
“Liber Espacio is a bookstore with something for everyone. There’s storytelling for kids, and Latin American realist fiction for me. I love literature and Liber Espacio is like a dealer catering to my vices.” - Alberto Fernández Joaquín María...
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28012 Madrid, Spain
For local, authentic dining paired with a tour of the city's hidden gems take a cooking workshop from Rafaela. While just a tourist in Spain, I had no idea how much of a local I would feel like after touring and dining with her. The evening began...
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Calle de Alcalá, 15, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I just love going to The Casino, every time I walk through the doors, I can’t help but feel that I am a character in Alice in Wonderland’s tea party, except I’m not. I am in a private rooftop club in downtown Madrid, and that’s even more...
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Puente de Toledo, S/N, 28019 Madrid, Spain
Over the last several years, Madrid's river redevelopment has really come together. What used to be sludgy is now sparkling, with walkways and bridges intertwined along the river, with kids playing, people jogging and chatting. A great place to...
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Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I spotted this beautiful residential building while walking from the Prado Museum to Parque Buen Retiro in Madrid one morning. Were the residents recovering from a late night tapas crawl or were they up enjoying a cafe con leche?
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Calle de las Huertas, 18, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Casa Alberto is known for two things: it's one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid, and it serves the best vermouth in town—on tap. Vermouth isn't just an addition to a martini—the herbal, sweet, and spicy aperitif is perfect for sipping on its...
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Plaza de Platerías de Martínez, 1, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The evening of my arrival in Madrid I stumbled to an outdoor tapas restaurant on Calle las Huertas, across the street from the Prado, called La Tapería. I ordered vino tinto, a pequillo pepper stuffed with bacalao, and pan tomate con jamón. My...
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Calle Conde de Miranda, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
If you're in Madrid and in the mood for tapas, you might not know exactly where to go or what to taste. The Mercado San Miguel (metro Sol) takes away all that decision-making by providing you with a taste experience all under one roof. The old,...
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Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
In the middle of a fairly ordinary looking plaza en Cuitat Vella, savvy visitors can spot evidence of Barcelona's Roman history. Once a road with funerary monuments on either side, gradually the road was surrounded by the city. You can see the...
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Calle Cañizares, 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain
On a quiet evening in Madrid, on the Calle de los Cañizares, an intimate crowd of about fifty people waits in anticipation. The room is dim except for the lights that illuminate a small stage in the corner. Suddenly, a man lets out a long wail,...
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Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Don't miss Parque del Retiro—a stunning area complete with a lake, playgrounds, gardens, and fountains. It's the perfect public space where anyone can enjoy the day by taking a walk, playing a game, going on a boat ride, or exploring to your...
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Madrid, Spain
I’ve had a long relationship with Madrid—and it’s only gotten better (apart for the 11p.m. dinners, which I still haven’t gotten use to). This city started as a Moorish one called Magerit. It was rather provincial until 1561, when King Philip II...
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Calle de Velázquez, 57, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Awesome restaurant in Madrid - Lateral (on Calle Velazquez and also on Fuencarral)... A perfect Friday night took us to an outdoor table to share plate after plate of delicious tapas and cool goblets of cerveza! http://www.cadenalateral.com/
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Calle de Velázquez, 136, 28006 Madrid, Spain
After arriving in Madrid and dropping the bag off at my daughter's, it was time for food and I was beyond hungry so we went to the closest place - a store called VIPS which was located just around the corner. Its a nice little store and in the...
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Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain
Of course, when you go to Madrid, you'll have to stay up late into the lively night—matar la noche (kill the night), as they say... But if you can possibly wake up early one morning, the city's Parque del Retiro (sometimes also called "Parque del...
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Calle del León, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Cheese connoisseurs, welcome to heaven. Casa Gonzalez has been serving up the widest selection of queso (cheese) with an authentic flair for years. The wine list does not disappoint and somehow the service is always smiling, even when the bar is...
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Plaza de la Encarnación, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain
If the gastronomic delights of Spanish cuisine inevitably inspire you to try your hand at some of the dishes, then you should head to Alambique, a kitchen store in the old Chamartín neighborhood to find those Spanish kitchen essentials. Alambique’...
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Calle de la Cruz, 26, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Centrally located, as authentically flamenco as they come, just 30 mins of it per show (which leaves you wanting more), a great deal with a drink included, Torero is a new find I will be returning to in Madrid. Ole!
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Madrid, Spain
May 15 is one of Madrid's two patron saint festivals. All the chulapos and chulapas (that would be the local working class) come out in their checkered vests, form-fitting dresses with mutton sleeves, and curious headgear to dance the chotis and...
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I don't know what I expected from taking these shots on a street corner in Madrid but what I got was much more than I could have hoped for--the buildings' juxtaposed architecture was one thing, the sky capturing perfectly how surreal everything...
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Calle de Castelló, 8, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Retro designs are making a comeback, and while traveling in Madrid you'll find some amazing vintage pieces, large and small, to take home. Housed in a former garage, L.A.STUDIO's space combines modern and classic styles that may just inspire you...
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Glorieta Sar Don Juan de Borbon y Battermberg, 5, 28042 Madrid, Spain
Madrid's largest park, named after King Juan Carlos I, is a short metro ride from downtown, but from the moment you leave the station you feel as though you've been transported to a faraway land of fairy tales. Giant sculptures decorate the...
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Calle de Espronceda, 17, 28003 Madrid, Spain
Traditional and outstanding Spanish tapas and small plates at Sylkar in an urban and common Madrid neighborhood. Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette) is known as one of the best in the city, also order their croquettes and torrijas a specialty...
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Madrid, Spain
Iberico ham is everywhere (and in almost everything) in Spain. It's dense, salty and silky and these tiny bocadillos are best eaten standing up at an outside table and accompanied by a glass of Sangria. Have two. They're small.
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Plaza Sta. Ana, 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain
One thing that I love about Europe is how they honor their artists with public statues. This is one dedicated to the Spanish poet and located in the heart of the city in Plaza Santa Ana.
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Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n, 40003 Segovia, Spain
An hour outside of Madrid sits el Alcazar de Segovia, the castle that is rumored to have inspired Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World. Coming upon it at sunrise, this majestic hilltop fortress does not fail to impress. Many visitors head to...
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Calle de Embajadores, 51, 28012 Madrid, Spain
This is a former tobacco factory turned communal art haven. During the day, the atmosphere is tranquil and you are free to roam the many rooms and tunnels that connect the large property. Admire the walls, which are covered in life-size graffiti...
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Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
Distinguished by it's grand arcade and beautiful symmetry, Plaza Mayor has been used for everything from bull fight and executions to royal festivities over the years. Today the square is home to 3-story red and white residential buildings that...
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Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22, 28001 Madrid, Spain
I was walking the streets of Madrid when I came across the national library. The only problem was, I wasn't allowed in the part where they had books. The building itself on the outside was amazing. I particularly loved the lights on both sides of...
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Paseo de la Chopera, 14, 28045 Madrid, Spain
There's no shortage of architecturally-interesting museums and performance spaces in Spain but few come by their intrigue as honestly as Matadero Madrid (which was once the city's abattoir). Built in a neo-Moorish style, the sprawling center hosts...
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Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37, 28010 Madrid, Spain
The former house of Joaquín Sorolla is now a museum dedicated to his life. The walls of the house hold not only his own work but very personal mementos from his life, and even the art of his friends. These details make it feel as though Sorolla...
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Plaza Sta. Ana, 9, 28012 Madrid, Spain
I simply love Naturbier. The atmosphere is always warm, regardless of the weather; perhaps due to the delicious beers on tap—light (rubia) or dark (tostada) and the happy attitude of the staff. Calamari and Gazpacho always seem to be coming out of...
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Plaza del Azoguejo, 1, 40001 Segovia, Spain
The ancient city of Segovia is charming in every sense of the word. Wooden and stone houses line impossibly narrow winding streets, up the hills to the heart of the Roman Aqueduct. On your quest to see the Alcázar of Segovia and its spatial...
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Parque Tierno Galván, Av. del Planetario, 16, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Just outside the Planetarium in Madrid you can find quite a bit of graffiti, as well as homeless people living in the area under a bridge and makeshift shelters. The planetarium is up on a hill and not very far from the train museum.
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Calle Gran Vía, 72, 28013 Madrid, Spain
The Museum of Ham, Museo del Jamon has a hold on the heart of Madrid. The excellent prices, large spaces, and convenient hours of operation mean that the Museo is nearly always packed after working hours. Feel like a local, and push your way to...
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Along the Grand Via in downtown Madrid, you look up at the buildings, and one will make you feel like you're in Paris, then another like you're in New York. The architects were given a lot of freedom when it came to designing the buildings along...
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Plaza Sta. Ana, 15, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Arguably Madrid’s most well-known flamenco show, Villa Rosa puts on a wonderful performance nightly. If you are lucky enough to get a table near the stage it is unlikely you will have ever felt so alive during a dinner in your life. Instead of...
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Calle de Serrano, 61, 28006 Madrid, Spain
The ABC mall on Calle Serrano is a wonderfully social commercial center that sees flocks of Madrileños every day. Whether it’s to have a “quick” (no such thing in Spain!) cup of coffee or lunch at the delicious Viena Capellanes, the downtown...
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Paseo de la Chopera, 14, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Matadero, the former end-of-the-line for Spanish livestock, has been transformed into a lively artistic and cultural space. Built in 1911, the center was not only an abattoir, but a beautiful example of Spanish architecture—down to the detail in...
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Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Churros con chocolat have become my breakfast of choice when visiting Spain. The churros are fresh and doughy, and the chocolate is thin and light. Perfect breakfast combination!
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Plaza Mayor, 30, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Bathed in Christmas lights, the Casa Yustas beckons many a window shopper. The men’s hats alone are worth the venture into the store, but the surprises don’t stop there, from every corner a new and beautiful piece of art seems to jump out at you....
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Calle de Fuencarral, 45, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Mercado Fuencarral is a fresh and funky shopping center carrying brands like Paul Frank, Topman, and Ugly Shop. Fuencarral Street is home to many cool shops, but this two floor market takes it to another level. With stores spilling out into the...
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Paseo de la Castellana, 40, 28046 Madrid, Spain
On this road, next to a permanent sculpture exhibition under an over pass (ugly modern art in my opinion), you can find a few really nice bars and restaurants. The Spanish nachos were delightfully spicy and the beer was even better!
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Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain
This has got to be my favorite train in the Madrid train museum - its so retro yet also looks futuristic.
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Calle de la Victoria, 5, 28012 Madrid, Spain
About 6 months ago I had the opportunity to visit a good fried of mine in Madrid. He had lived there for almost 5 years and this was my second trip to La Madre Patria. If you know locals and wish to have a taste of Madrid in a night try "irse de...
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Calle Argensola, 27, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Vive la French tradition of cheese as dessert. Poncelet restaurant is one of the stinkiest spots in town to start or finish a meal; the menu revolves around cheese and your olfactory senses won’t let you forget it. Cheese aficionados will...
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Casa de Vacas, 28009 Madrid, Spain
Near the Alcala entrance of Retiro Park is Casa de Vacas (House of Cows,) a cultural center that offers daily art exhibitions. In the summer months, art is also displayed outdoors in the surrounding area amongst the trees, with a view of the...
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In the heart of Madrid lives Don Flamenco, one of the oldest names in Flamenco shoes. Aside from turning out hand crafted shoes that would make any ballerina jealous, The Don also sells traditional clothing, castanets, and all things related to...
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Calle Mayor, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain
What could be more enchanting than sitting over the Puerta de Sol in the heart of Madrid? Why, enjoying the view with a pastry and cafe con leche in hand, of course. Let Mallorquina’s hustle and bustle of the downstairs leave you feeling like a...
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Calle de Juana Doña, 28045 Madrid, Spain
This building, which looks run-down but I think is still used for something, is close to the Legaszpi Metro station. It has something of a prison motif about it, with some children thrown in for good measure. From what I'm told it was once a...
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Plaza Sta. Ana, 28012 Madrid, Spain
I don't remember the exact location of this beautiful and famous Cape shop, featuring Picasso in the window. It's near the Plaza Santa Ana. They were very expensive and gorgeous.
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Calle Lope de Vega, 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
For a healthy taste of Spanish produce, look no further than Rayen Vegano. Everything about the restaurant is artistic and nurtures the very homey feel of the space. From the walls, flowers hang in frames alongside outstanding photos taken by...
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Plaza Puerta del Sol, 12, 28013 Madrid, Spain
What is more romantic than an intricate and well-used Spanish fan? Fans are a highly personal item, and like perfume, one should only use the best they can find (or so my mother always said). For the royal minded there is only one choice, Casa de...
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Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
“We lunched up-stairs at Botin’s. It is one of the best restaurants in the world. We had roast young suckling pig and rioja alta…. I ate a very big meal and drank three bottles of rioja alta.” (Ernest Hemingway, “The Sun Also Rises”) When you have...
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Hidden underground on your way down to the Plaza de España parking garage, is a small Chinese restaurant I considered to be stellar Chinese cuisine at very affordable prices...
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Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Outside the national library you will see several statues of literary men of Spain. One of the best and most famous is Cervantes, who penned Don Quoxite after spending a spell as a prisoner by the Ottomans. There is also a statue in another part...
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Plaza Jesús, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Located near the Prado Museum, Calle de Jesús is a great area for tapas bar hopping in Madrid. Don't forget that most bars in the city will give you a free tapa when you order a drink (like a bowl of potato chips at La Dolores at number 4 or the...
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Calle Ventura Rodríguez, 17, 28008 Madrid, Spain
This late 19th century palace, once the home of collector Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, is now a wonderful, and very unusual, museum—and that is just what Enrique intended for it to be. The ornate mansion contains an impressive mixture of art...
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Madrid, Spain
Located in the armpit of Madrid'$ $hopping district. Watch out for back snatchets or pick pockets.
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Calle Fuencarral, 49, 28043 Madrid, Spain
Orio is a great place to grab a glass of wine after strolling Fuencarral. The staff is exceptionally cheerful and most speak English. Marcos the manager always seems to be there, and he makes it a point of charming each and every customer. Let him...
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Calle Isabel la Católica, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain
The small and narrow ceramic shop was just as I had remembered although I must admit I did not remember having been there before until I stepped inside its threshold and had a sense of déjà vu. (I don’t recall much from my first trip to Madrid...
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Plaza Emperador Carlos V, 10, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Sure, I hear you; what's so special about Dunkin Donuts?! Well look closely - the place is not Dunkin Donuts but Dunkin Coffee. Same thing, I know. And of course there is nothing special about Dunkin Donuts (or Coffee) except if you don't live in...
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Calle del Ave María, 43, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Off the square in Lavapies is the unassuming front of Viva Chapata; this place does not look like your typical vegan hangout, nor is it for vegetarians only! Once inside, the secrets come flowing off the walls: papers with handwritten specials...
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Cuesta San Vicente, 28008 Madrid, Spain
On the western side of Madrid, just below the royal palace, is a typical-looking European train station, but inside it’s not. The Estacion de Principe Pio was remodeled to incorporate all the metro and commuter rail stations, stacked up on top of...
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Calle de Alcalá, 237, 28028 Madrid, Spain
You don't have to condone bullfighting to appreciate the architecture of this 1929 example of neo-Mudejar design in Madrid. Seats nearly 24,000 spectators and is still in use today, most famously for the city's San Isidro festival in May.
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Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
The Parque del Buen Retiro is one of Madrid's iconic outdoor spots: acres and acres of green and shade--the city's beloved lung and playground... ...and several outdoor terrace-cafés dot the grounds for when you need a coffee, ice-cream, beer,...
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Moncloa, 28008 Madrid, Spain
A locals-only sunset spot just outside the exit of Metro Moncloa is wonderful vista of the golden hour in Madrid. Many people, young and old, bring beers to enjoy while chatting with friends and waiting for the street lights to flicker to life....
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Calle Divino Pastor, 30, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Do you like it raw? La Crucina is blowing the minds and mouths of Madrid at the moment with their inventive, flavorful and unique take on food. The only raw vegan restaurant in the city, Crucina is laying groundwork for many other imitation...
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Calle de la Palma, 49, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Though toma means "Take it" in Spanish, this cafe offers more than takeaway service. With a very intimate lounge, Toma's staff are able to interact with customers while showing off their impressive coffee knowledge as well as English. Homemade...
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Calle del León, 11, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Ad Hoc blends fashion and flowers seamlessly. When I entered the shop, intrigued by the stack of suitcases propping open the front door, I was greeted by the smile of Clara, the owner, who acknowledged me with an "hola" but did nothing to pressure...
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Like stepping into a harem, Kerala transports you away from Madrid and into the heart of Middle Eastern luxury. Recline against silk pillows, smoke shisha from towering glass water pipes while enjoying a hand crafted alcohol masterpiece. With over...
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Plaza de San Ildefonso, 9, 28004 Madrid, Spain
La Bicicleta is a fun and funky coffee shop, with a hipster meets digital nomad vibe. The perfect place to plug in and send a few emails to friends and family back home, write postcards or watch the world on wheels. A Bicycle cafe and workspace,...
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Avenida de América, 41, 28002 Madrid, Spain
The Hotel Silken Puerta America is a must-stay for architecture and design afficionados. Located near the Madrid Airport, it’s a difficult building to miss, what with 14 storeys painted in a rainbow of colors. It gets better. Inside, each floor is...
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Okendo Kalea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastián, or Donostia in the Basque language, is a Belle Époque resort town built around the Bay of La Concha. Stroll the cobblestone Old Town streets in search of cozy shops, the city’s oldest church (San Vicente) and celebrated restaurants...
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Calle del Payaso Fofó, 5, 28018 Madrid, Spain
Was hoping to get inside Estadio Vallecas, which is the home of Rayo Vallecano but alas, a stubborn gray haired man refused me passage, even after producing my international press pass. I did find some good food there however. I saw some nice...
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Calle de Goya, 87, 28001 Madrid, Spain
The high end department chain, El Corte Ingles carries all essentials and is a one stop shop for any items forgotten at home. Everyone in Spain knows El Corte Ingles to be a bit pricy, but with good reason: the staff, selection and hours of...
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Costanilla de San Andrés, 16, 28005 Madrid, Spain
An experiential restaurant, Viva la Vida is a popular choice for locals vegetarian and omnivorous alike. Come for the food—which is served buffet style and paid for by weight—but stay for the ambience. Whether you choose to eat in the Plaza...
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Sol, Madrid, Spain
Spain's streets are alive with the sound of music, and nowhere more than Madrid. This enchanting harpist can be typically be found on the street connecting Sol to Opera, but fret not if you don't find her - our streets are packed with talented...
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Carrera de S. Jerónimo, 28014 Madrid, Spain
There are a few magical moments between when the lights blink to life above your head, and the sun sets below the horizon, when it seems that Madrid is lit spherically. In the Winter, this is usually between 17:30 (don't forget we're on the 24...
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Calle Cava Baja, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Just south of Plaza Mayor, Calle Cava Baja is one of the most exciting streets for tapas in Madrid. You'll find one great bar right after another as you make your way down the street. Don't miss the pintxos bar Txakolina at number 26 and the bar...
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Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain
I went by the san miguel market for a quick look around but that quick looked dragged on, especially when I found this one stand that sold different ports and sherries. This particular one was a kind of vermouth that reminded me of noilly prat...
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Calle Álvarez de Baena, 4, 28006 Madrid, Spain
One of the most traditional restaurants in Madrid with lovely, attentive waitstaff, and ambiance that is reminiscent of old Madrid. Heavy curtains pulled to the side reveal massive oil paintings next to ornate gold carved light posts which stud...
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Torrelaguna, about 1 hour outside of Madrid. Small, quaint and incredible town
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Calle Carabanchel, 14, 28902 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
A 30-minute ride on the Cercanias will have you in the city of Getafe. In the winter months the main street, Carabanchel, is lined with Christmas markets, and in the summer the town turns inside-out, and the city lives on the sidewalks and benches...
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Calle del Payaso Fofó, s/n, 28018 Madrid, Spain
After a La Liga game the night before, I wanted to visit yet another stadium but could only see it from the outside. I guess they were still cleaning up the mess from the game the day before. But this is where Rayo Vallecano plays in the Spanish...
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Plaza de Ote, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Our simple little hotel had an amazing view of the square below which lit up gold as the sun went down.
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Calle Lope de Vega, 1, 28014 Madrid, Spain
What first caught my eye as I approached Que Ricoto was the owner, David, standing next to his cart of olive oils and greeting passersby. In a city as big as Madrid, it's rare to have these touches of personality. The wide selection of olive...
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Calle de Fuencarral, 122, 28010 Madrid, Spain
Like a moth to the flame, I was drawn to Kling while walking towards Sol. Hipster chic, preppy, and sexy intermingle seamlessly in the store, which is centered around a non-functioning antique popcorn machine. Everything about this place is sleek...
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An intellectual Madrileño classic, founded in 1887 The Cafe Comercial is directly above metro Bilbao, perfectly placed on the roundabout (Glorieta) with plentiful outdoor seating for those who want to watch the world walk by. Locals spend Sunday...
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Cuenca, Spain
Catch a fast train in Madrid and in less than 1 hour, you will be at Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Very much known for the Casas Colgadas, or Hanging Houses in English, suspended from sheer cliffs, this city has plenty to offer. From...
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Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, 28004 Madrid, Spain
At the end of the long day, Madrileños head to the rooftop terrace of La Cocina de San Anton for a mixed drink overlooking Madrid. The terrace is a wonderful place to people watch: grab a chair or, if you are quick, one of the couches which line...
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28005 Madrid, Spain
Madrid may already feel like a 24-hour-a-day party, but twice a year, the festivities get more intense during the city's patron saint celebrations. Of the two, the Fiesta de la Paloma, held from August 7-15 in the La Latina neighborhood, is the...
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28045 Madrid, Spain
I love bizarre and found some of it in Madrid. Behind the main train station are these two dolls heads that must be 7 feet high! These are much more interesting than the big head (and hand) at Les Halles in Paris.
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Av. Teresa de Calcuta, s/n, 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
True, Madrid has three professional soccer teams, but just south of the city (still accessible by Metro and about an hour from downtown) is the city of Getafe with a pretty decent La Liga team of its own, Getafe CF. The team goes by the nickname...
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Calle de la Princesa, 27, 28008 Madrid, Spain
I don't know how many Starbucks there are in Madrid, but I'm guessing around 50 or so. I walked into the one in the photo yesterday (not 100% sure the address is correct), looked at the menu and the prices and walked straight out. Don't get me...
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Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto, 67, 28005 Madrid, Spain
The Calderon Stadium, where Atletico plays, also houses a must-see museum. On display you'll find trophies won over the past 100 years, information on the team's history and a curious exhibit of old children's games. For someone who enjoys this...
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28045 Madrid, Spain
Close to the Spanish railway museum is the metro stop Arganzuela - Planetario, which is on the #6 line, the circular one. As the name suggests, there is also a planetarium close by. The main wall in the station has a bit of a worldly motif as...
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Plaza de Matute, 2, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Like walking into an eclectic antique store come to life, El Imperfecto is a melting pot of styles. But one thing is always consistent: the mojitos. El Mojito Imperfecto (different from the regular mojitos) is proclaimed the best in Madrid. When...
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Calle de la Princesa, 64, 28008 Madrid, Spain
Calzedonia is the name in luxe leggings in Madrid at the moment, and there’s no questioning why. Faux snake skin sits on the shelf next to metal studs, delicate lace, polka dots, and an assortment of daring fashions. An easily packed souvenir,...
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Calle Ferraz, 2, 28008 Madrid, Spain
The only bad thing about Club Allard is that you could walk right by it without noticing. This clandestine restaurant is not one of the flashiest from the outside, but prepare to be blown away before the end of the night. Everything about the...
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NH Eurobuilding, Calle de Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid, Spain
Madrid born and bred, DiverXO's owner David Muñoz, has taken the food scene by storm. His schooling in Asian cuisine melds with his Spanish roots and has given birth to fusion food from the artist’s soul. It's not uncommon to see smoked sardines...
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Calle del Barquillo, 45, 28004 Madrid, Spain
“The barber arrives at four,” said the store clerk in the thick framed eyeglasses popular these days. A cut, a shave, and perhaps a trim: the barber’s chair is one of the many ways you will leave Tenkey with a much improved appearance. The men’s...
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Paseo de Recoletos, 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
The past is very much a part of the present in Madrid. Storefronts advertise their incorporation dates on placards; shops hang posters from bygone eras; restaurants stamp their foundation dates on their sugar cubes. It is as if to say a place’s...
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Plaza de Sta. Barbara, 10, 28004 Madrid, Spain
We found Oishii Ramen on a cold and wet day. Notwithstanding the thermogenic effect of a warm bowl of soup, we could not pass up the potential of a pairing of Spanish pork with Japanese udon noodles. It seemed to me like an ethereal blend of the...
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Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
I spent an afternoon walking around the site of Templo de Debod, located in the heart of downtown Madrid. The solid stone structures were donated to Spain by Egypt in 1971, for the country's help with extracting artifacts in Nubia. When I arrived...
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Calle del Pez, 38, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Tucked among the madness that can be Madrid, this brand new café is a welcome reprieve. The modern decor, suspender-and-cap wearing baristas and simply delicious food quickly earned it a spot on my favorite cafés list! Pez Baker is smack dab in...
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Calle de las Huertas, 15, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Discovered this lovely, unassuming neighborhood restaurant near the apartment we stayed in, just past the train station. Excellent salads, grilled veggies & fried eggplant for starters but the main event is the paella. There is a wide variety of...
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Plaza Puerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid, Spain
To start your new year off right, look no further than the heart of Spain, Kilometer 0, in the Puerta del Sol (Door of the Sun). The tree (this year sponsored by the national lottery) will be lit, and December 30 is when the locals come out, 12...
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Calle del Príncipe de Vergara, 87, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Fans of film, take note: DormirdCine is ready to accommodate your quirky cinematic and adventurous sleep needs. Room names run the gamut from Kill Bill to Woody Allen and anything in between. Check out their website to see if your favorite film is...
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Av. de Pío XII, 34, 28016 Madrid, Spain
One Olive Tree, One Skylight, One glass walled stainless steel kitchen. El Chaflán is one of the hottest restaurants in the city at the moment, and with good reason. With a gourmet take on everyday dishes, chef Juan Pablo Felipe is making this...
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Plaza Cristino Martos, 2, 28015 Madrid, Spain
Walking into MÜR Cafe feels like walking into a friend’s house - provided your friends have wonderful taste and full wait staff. The whitewashed walls, sofa seating, and faux fireplace come together in a setting that is truly the epitome of an...
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Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Standing at the top of Plaza Cascorro looking down over the buzzing madness of Sunday morning's El Rastro market in Madrid, it's hard not to feel like a pirate about to dive into a newly-discovered cave of treasures. Tents overflowing with the...
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Paseo de la Florida, 24, 28008 Madrid, Spain
During my year abroad in Madrid I found a new appreciation for chinese food. Before leaving to Spain, I wouldn't say I was very fond of chinese cuisine. But after my first time at Nuevo siglo I was hooked! I obviously indulged in Spanish cuisine...
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Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 9, 28004 Madrid, Spain
In the heart of Malasaña, this place is sure to grab your attention. It’s a Greek restaurant and market with captivating interior design and wooden accents visible to passersby. Sometimes, they cut up Greek empanadas and set them on the big, open...
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Bulevardi Nënë Tereza, Prishtinë
I recently returned from a consulting assignment in Kosovo. Kosovo became independent in 2008. It is a young country with the youngest population in Europe. The promenade is a car-free zone, similar to the numerous paseos in Madrid, where people...
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Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Frequented by Madrilenos and foreigners alike, El Real Jardin Botanico is a lovely place to take a meditative morning stroll. Schoolchildren and elderly couples filter in and out of the exquisite rows of native and foreign flora. A trip to the...