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Guidebook for Madrid

Food Scene
Simply my favorite place in town for cañas and tapas. It's cheap, the beer is good, so is the wine and the waiters are really friendly. You'll find it crowded: it's normal, but if you wait for a few minutes you'll get a table. Great tostas (slices of bread with stuff over it).
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La Chilostra
1 Calle de la Cabeza
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Simply my favorite place in town for cañas and tapas. It's cheap, the beer is good, so is the wine and the waiters are really friendly. You'll find it crowded: it's normal, but if you wait for a few minutes you'll get a table. Great tostas (slices of bread with stuff over it).
Lots of Spanish dishes for a reasonable price. Lunch menu around 12€ is really worth it. In front of the cathedral and two minute walk from the royal palace. An excellent choice if you are walking near the oldtown (Austrias) and want to have a good meal.
Taberna Rayuela
8 C/ Morería
Lots of Spanish dishes for a reasonable price. Lunch menu around 12€ is really worth it. In front of the cathedral and two minute walk from the royal palace. An excellent choice if you are walking near the oldtown (Austrias) and want to have a good meal.
Probably the nicest place to eat in Plaza de la Paja, one of the most beautiful spots in La Latina (don't miss the small romantic garden near it, Jardín del Príncipe de Anglona). On weekdays the menu costs around 12€ and includes an eclectic choice of food, mixing Spanish, French and Italian dishes. Everything is wonderfully cooked and the bistro is really quiet and adequate for a romantic evening. In the night it becomes a little bit more expensive.
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Naia
3 Plaza de la Paja
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Probably the nicest place to eat in Plaza de la Paja, one of the most beautiful spots in La Latina (don't miss the small romantic garden near it, Jardín del Príncipe de Anglona). On weekdays the menu costs around 12€ and includes an eclectic choice of food, mixing Spanish, French and Italian dishes. Everything is wonderfully cooked and the bistro is really quiet and adequate for a romantic evening. In the night it becomes a little bit more expensive.
If you've got 30€ to spend and want to enjoy a really good dinner, this is your place. Simply one of the best restaurants in Madrid, although it's not as popular as other big names. This is the place I'd go for a romantic dinner, an anniversary or some kind of small celebration. They serve mostly Catalonian food, in big dishes and perfectly cooked, but their biggest attraction is their huge wine menu. If you need any advice with wine, they'll be happy to help. They know their business.
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Matritum
17 C/ Cava Alta
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If you've got 30€ to spend and want to enjoy a really good dinner, this is your place. Simply one of the best restaurants in Madrid, although it's not as popular as other big names. This is the place I'd go for a romantic dinner, an anniversary or some kind of small celebration. They serve mostly Catalonian food, in big dishes and perfectly cooked, but their biggest attraction is their huge wine menu. If you need any advice with wine, they'll be happy to help. They know their business.
Good pricing, interesting and wide wine offer and really good tapas and raciones. A fine place for ordering a few dishes to share with friends. It's normally crowded, but they have some extra tables downstairs, so give it a try.
Taberna LA CONCHA
7 Cava Baja
Good pricing, interesting and wide wine offer and really good tapas and raciones. A fine place for ordering a few dishes to share with friends. It's normally crowded, but they have some extra tables downstairs, so give it a try.
Interesting restaurant very close to the apartment (about three minutes walking, beside Mercado de la Cebada) that offers a variety of pinchos and rations of typically Spanish food, but always with a creative and original detail. It looks small but there's room downstairs. It's one of the few places open for lunch in the first days of the week in this area. You can book a table through internet and the price for some rations to share, something to drink and a dessert is about 12-15€ per person.
Cbada Bar Restaurant Madrid
3 Calle de la Cebada
Interesting restaurant very close to the apartment (about three minutes walking, beside Mercado de la Cebada) that offers a variety of pinchos and rations of typically Spanish food, but always with a creative and original detail. It looks small but there's room downstairs. It's one of the few places open for lunch in the first days of the week in this area. You can book a table through internet and the price for some rations to share, something to drink and a dessert is about 12-15€ per person.
Lavapiés is the most multicultural neighbourhood in the city centre. It's pretty cheap and it takes 10 minutes to get there on feet from here. The most popular bars are along Argumosa. Amongst them, Automático is my favorite: they serve some of the best croquetas in town and the best salmorejo (a cold tomato soup typical from Córdoba) in town. It's crowded, but waiting is absolutely worth it.
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Bar AUTOMÁTICO
17 Calle Argumosa
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Lavapiés is the most multicultural neighbourhood in the city centre. It's pretty cheap and it takes 10 minutes to get there on feet from here. The most popular bars are along Argumosa. Amongst them, Automático is my favorite: they serve some of the best croquetas in town and the best salmorejo (a cold tomato soup typical from Córdoba) in town. It's crowded, but waiting is absolutely worth it.
It used to be Lavapies' food market, and it still has some food shops where you can good quality fresh food. But it holds more than ten small pubs, restaurants and wine shops very cheap and suitable to share food with friends. Unfortunately it closes early, at 20:00, except for Fridays, when it's open til 23:00. A really good place to taste different kinds of foods, wine and beer.
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Mercado de San Fernando
41 Calle de Embajadores
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It used to be Lavapies' food market, and it still has some food shops where you can good quality fresh food. But it holds more than ten small pubs, restaurants and wine shops very cheap and suitable to share food with friends. Unfortunately it closes early, at 20:00, except for Fridays, when it's open til 23:00. A really good place to taste different kinds of foods, wine and beer.
Simply the best Japanese restaurant that you will find in Madrid. And, also, the oldest one. The best dish is shabu-shabu
Restaurante Mikado
4 Calle del Pintor Juan Gris
Simply the best Japanese restaurant that you will find in Madrid. And, also, the oldest one. The best dish is shabu-shabu
The best hamburger that you will find in the city. This place has been there for decades and they know their stuff. Cheap and jammy. You'll love the peculiar decoration covering all the walls. You'll never anything similar. But careful: it's really busy on weekends. Very close to Santiago Bernabeu
Knight 'n' Squire (La Casa de las Hamburguesas)
9 Calle de Félix Boix
The best hamburger that you will find in the city. This place has been there for decades and they know their stuff. Cheap and jammy. You'll love the peculiar decoration covering all the walls. You'll never anything similar. But careful: it's really busy on weekends. Very close to Santiago Bernabeu
One of the best churrerías in town. This is the place where you have to go early in the morning to get some churros and porras for your breakfast. Only take away. Really typical
Churrería Santa Ana
7 Calle de Santa Ana
One of the best churrerías in town. This is the place where you have to go early in the morning to get some churros and porras for your breakfast. Only take away. Really typical
A great place to try typical food from Madrid. You have to be brave to eat some of the dishes, but everything is super genuine and very well cooked. Nothing here is vegetarian, sorry. Go with an empty stomach
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Restaurante Casa Amadeo los Caracoles
18 Plaza de Cascorro
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A great place to try typical food from Madrid. You have to be brave to eat some of the dishes, but everything is super genuine and very well cooked. Nothing here is vegetarian, sorry. Go with an empty stomach
Cheap, lovely and easy. I spend a lot of time having some beer and tapas with my friends. There's a lot of room to seat
La Lata Cascorro
1 Calle de Embajadores
Cheap, lovely and easy. I spend a lot of time having some beer and tapas with my friends. There's a lot of room to seat
Tiny place with great, cheap and simple food. Very popular among the locals
La Fantástica de Lavapiés
42 Calle de Embajadores
Tiny place with great, cheap and simple food. Very popular among the locals
All purpose bar, but quite popular among the locals for their breakfasts. Very close to the underground station.
Cervecería Lorena
3 Plaza de la Cebada
All purpose bar, but quite popular among the locals for their breakfasts. Very close to the underground station.
Top quality wine and typical Spanish tapas. Excellent selection of cheeses. Casual food for sharing and enjoying a good glass of wine
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Casa Gerardo
21 Calle Calatrava
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Top quality wine and typical Spanish tapas. Excellent selection of cheeses. Casual food for sharing and enjoying a good glass of wine
Drinks & Nightlife
Not too far from the fat, one of the few discos that open til late (6 in the morning) in the area. They play mostly indie and rock music. Not too big, but a nice place to dance. The audience is normally in their 30's.
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ContraClub
16 Calle de Bailén
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Not too far from the fat, one of the few discos that open til late (6 in the morning) in the area. They play mostly indie and rock music. Not too big, but a nice place to dance. The audience is normally in their 30's.
Live jazz music every night. A classic of the city. Normally busy, but central and close to Huertas, one of the most popular areas in the city. The music is always great
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Café Central
10 Plaza del Ángel
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Live jazz music every night. A classic of the city. Normally busy, but central and close to Huertas, one of the most popular areas in the city. The music is always great
Popular place to have a gin & tonic. A little bit crowded on weekends
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El Viajero
11 Plaza de la Cebada
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Popular place to have a gin & tonic. A little bit crowded on weekends
Parks & Nature
This is Madrid's most iconic park. If the weather is good, it's going to be crowded, but it's worth visiting. By the end of May it hosts, for two weeks, the largest book market in town. A perfect spot for a run or a walk
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Parque del Buen Retiro
7 Plaza de la Independencia
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This is Madrid's most iconic park. If the weather is good, it's going to be crowded, but it's worth visiting. By the end of May it hosts, for two weeks, the largest book market in town. A perfect spot for a run or a walk
It's in front of Museo del Prado and is much smaller than El Retiro. But this lovely park hosts old and rare trees, and many beautiful flower exhibitions.
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Real Jardín Botánico
2 Plaza de Murillo
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It's in front of Museo del Prado and is much smaller than El Retiro. But this lovely park hosts old and rare trees, and many beautiful flower exhibitions.
One of the most iconic parks in Madrid. A great place for a walk or a jog. Also appreciated by photographers and skaters.
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Madrid Río
S/N Puente de Toledo
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One of the most iconic parks in Madrid. A great place for a walk or a jog. Also appreciated by photographers and skaters.
Lovely tiny romantic garden. Entrance is free, but in winter it closes early. Beautiful sight of the Austrias neighborhood
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The Garden of the Prince of Anglona
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Lovely tiny romantic garden. Entrance is free, but in winter it closes early. Beautiful sight of the Austrias neighborhood
One of the most iconic sunsets in Madrid plus a real Egyptian temple that can be visited. Great to visit with kids
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Templo De Debod
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One of the most iconic sunsets in Madrid plus a real Egyptian temple that can be visited. Great to visit with kids
Arts & Culture
Sorolla is one of the most important Spanish painters of the 19th century. Although he spent most of his life in Valencia, he had a house in Madrid, which now hosts a national museum about his works. It's a little bit out of the itinerary, but really worth for people interested in art.
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Museo Sorolla
37 Paseo del General Martínez Campos
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Sorolla is one of the most important Spanish painters of the 19th century. Although he spent most of his life in Valencia, he had a house in Madrid, which now hosts a national museum about his works. It's a little bit out of the itinerary, but really worth for people interested in art.
Simply one of the most important art museums in the world. You haven't seen Madrid if you haven't been to El Prado. Most of Velazquez, Goya, Ribera and El Greco works are here.
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Museo del Prado
s/n Paseo del Prado
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Simply one of the most important art museums in the world. You haven't seen Madrid if you haven't been to El Prado. Most of Velazquez, Goya, Ribera and El Greco works are here.
This small church is a little bit far from the city center, but it's one of Madrid's hidden gems, as it hosts a complete set of frescoes painted by Francisco de Goya in very good condition. This is a must for anyone interested in Goya's work.
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Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida
5 Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida
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This small church is a little bit far from the city center, but it's one of Madrid's hidden gems, as it hosts a complete set of frescoes painted by Francisco de Goya in very good condition. This is a must for anyone interested in Goya's work.
Far from the city center, this national museum hosts an impressive collection of clothes from all the ages and styles. It's really interesting if you want to try something different.
Museo del Traje
2 Av. Juan de Herrera
Far from the city center, this national museum hosts an impressive collection of clothes from all the ages and styles. It's really interesting if you want to try something different.
Not far from the Royal Palace, but far less crowded. In my opinion, a better visit than the Royal Palace, but a similar visit. High society palace decently conserved and well curated.
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Museum Cerralbo
17 Calle Ventura Rodríguez
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Not far from the Royal Palace, but far less crowded. In my opinion, a better visit than the Royal Palace, but a similar visit. High society palace decently conserved and well curated.
Shopping
El Rastro is Madrid's most iconic fleamarkets. It's surrounded by vintage, second hand and antiquities shops. The street market takes place on Sunday mornings, but most of these shops are opened as well on weekdays
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El Rastro
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El Rastro is Madrid's most iconic fleamarkets. It's surrounded by vintage, second hand and antiquities shops. The street market takes place on Sunday mornings, but most of these shops are opened as well on weekdays
One of the traditional food markets in the area. It's 5 minutes walking from the flat and it's the perfect place to buy vegetables, fruit, fish and meat. That's where I buy my daily food. Now it's starting to include some places to eat.
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La Latina / Mercado de Cebada
s/n Plaza de la Cebada
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One of the traditional food markets in the area. It's 5 minutes walking from the flat and it's the perfect place to buy vegetables, fruit, fish and meat. That's where I buy my daily food. Now it's starting to include some places to eat.
Entertainment & Activities
This is the closest cinema to the flat. I like it because you can see the movies in their original language and they sell sweet popcorn. They also broadcast live plays, ballets and operas from all over the world
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Yelmo Cines
6 Calle del Dr Cortezo
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This is the closest cinema to the flat. I like it because you can see the movies in their original language and they sell sweet popcorn. They also broadcast live plays, ballets and operas from all over the world
Sightseeing
Large art gallery with temporary exhibitions. The best part of it is its rooftop, that gives access to one of the most stunning viewpoints in Madrid. You need to pay 4€ to access it, but it's totally worth it. There is a bar where you can have a drink while you enjoy the sunset over Gran Via
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Círculo De Bellas Artes
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Large art gallery with temporary exhibitions. The best part of it is its rooftop, that gives access to one of the most stunning viewpoints in Madrid. You need to pay 4€ to access it, but it's totally worth it. There is a bar where you can have a drink while you enjoy the sunset over Gran Via