I mentioned back in February that I was thinking of putting together a guide to Madrid. It only took seven months, but I’ve finally put together a list of places that I liked going to eat, to have coffee, to be relaxed, to see art and to watch football. This is not even close to all the great things to do and see and eat in Madrid, rather they’re my favourite things that I discovered while I was there. For the most part, I’ve talked about all these places here before in various posts, but now they’re all in one post, with addresses and links for more information.
Calle León, 26
Pizza and books.
Chicago Hot Dogs
Calle de Hortaleza, 10
Hot dogs and tofu dogs.
Gau & Café
Calle Tribulete, 14 (4th floor)
Delicious lunch menus and a view of Madrid from the rooftop.
Calle San Vincente Ferrer, 57
The best English breakfast I had in Madrid, amazing coffee and delicious cocktails.
Calle de Atocha, 94
Delicious Korean food.
El Corte Inglés
Plaza de Callao, 2
Food court style restaurant and a great view of Madrid from the terrace.
Juana La Loca
Plaza de Puerta de Moros, No. 4
A little bit on the pricier side, considering the rest of the restaurants and cafes I have on this list, but treat yourself. Go.
Calle Fuencarral, 131
Huge variety of ice cream to choose from. Don’t be surprised if it takes you a while to decide!
Calle de la Palma, 49
Good coffee, delicious cakes and calming atmosphere.
Calle Augusto Figueroa, 31
A good place to stop for coffee and dessert.
Calle Guzmán el Bueno, 45
Stupidly good cupcakes. Just go in and try them all.
Calle de Espoz y Mina, 7
Irish pub close to Sol that has most major sporting events, decent burgers and is a good place to meet expats.
San Vincente Ferrer, 3
They have open mic nights on Thursdays. Most people don’t show up until around 11pm and they stay late.
Parque del Retiro
Plaza de la Independencia, 7
One of our favourite places to spend a sunny Saturday. Great for picnics, having coffee, long walks.
Atocha Train Station
Avenida de Barcelona
Lovely tropical forest in the centre with a pool of turtles. Also a place to stop for lunch.
Temple of Debod
Calle Ferraz, 1
Very popular, especially at sunset. Good place to have picnics in the afternoon as well.
My favourite time to visit was at Christmas, when all the lights were up and there was the Christmas market.
Palacio de Hielo
Calle Silvano, 77
We went for the skating, but there’s also lots of shops and several movie theatres.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Avenida de Concha Espina, 1
Let’s be real: probably my favourite place in all of Madrid. Do the tour, watch a match, have a drink at the café. (Honestly? Just watch football in Madrid. Even if it’s here. Or out here. Just do it.)
Calle Hernán Cortés, 14
They sell lovely shirts and bow ties and shoes. Definitely worth a look.
Calle de Atocha, 125
A seven level club that’s super popular with different types of music playing on each floor.
Calle Arenal, 11
Also another popular place people go on weekend nights.
Rock and Roll Radio Club (RRR)
Calle Barquillo, 44
Definitely a club for those of you who like rock and roll and the live performances are fun.
Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 26
Tucked out of the way and a little tight, but good music and a great terrace up top.
Calle de Campoamor, 3
Probably my favourite place to go out in Madrid, they play great music and the atmosphere is amazing!