Where To Eat, Play, And Stay In Madrid
A comprehensive travel guide and a collection of tips for visiting the Spanish capital, from our local experts at 84 Rooms.
Where to shop
- El Rastro – flea market on Sunday for antiques and vintage finds. Pl. de Cascorro
- Llop – the founder of this shop collaborates with artists to create limited-edition apparel and home décor collections. San Pedro 9, local 4. Barrio De las Letras
- Ivorypress Art + Books publishing house, gallery, bookshop, and events hub. was opened by curator Elena Ochoa Foster. The store, built by her husband, British architect Norman Foster, is centred around design and photography titles and hosts exhibitions, talks, and gatherings, such as a monthly artists’ book club.C. del Aviador Zorita, 48
- Tado – Sylvie Fiachetti of Tado handpicks unique pieces from artists and makers throughout Spain – hands-down gorgeous! Calle de Echegaray, 31
- While the Panic bakery (Calle Conde Duque, 13, Centro) next door brings artisanal bread into focus, the Queseria Cultivo is all about artisanal cheeses from Spain and beyond. Conde Duque 15
- Casa Hernanz has been selling hand-stitched espadrilles since 1845. C. de Toledo Casa González & González – step inside these doors and enjoy the charm as well as their collection of traditional household objects. C. de Pelayo, 68. ©Javier López- Doriga
- The Concrete Company in Barrio de las Letras, the literary quarter, creates bespoke and ready-to-wear jeans using durable denim sourced from Japan by owner Fernando García de la Calera. Cam. de Manzanares, 29
- Javier S. Medina – A talented artist and restorer in Madrid, making mirrors and unique fiber animal heads. C. el Escorial, 28
- MALEZA – a hat workshop formed by Myrte Sara Huyts and Javier Reta, in which they are designing and making hats one by one using wooden hat blocks. They create limited edition, bespoke, and one-of-a-kind genderless hats in felt and vegetable fibers, such as hemp and baobab straw. They are always looking for new stories that give meaning to forms and vice versa, which is why they understand headgear not only as the manufacture of a garment but as a creative act that goes beyond mere functionality. It's open by appointment only.
Worth getting out of bed for
- Buen Retiro Park. A royal retreat until the 19th-century, the city's main park. It's simply where locals gravitate for a dose of the outdoors. Plaza de la Independencia, 7, Retiro
- Centro de Arte Reina Sofía C. de Sta. Isabel, 52
What to do
- Corral de la Moreria is the world’s most famous and prestigious flamenco tablao. C/ Morería, 17
- Hammam al Andalus The communal baths and tea room (the mint tea here is kind of legendary) are unisex, so you’re welcome to chill out in the company of your friends between treatments—so long as you keep to the strict no-talking rule. C. de Atocha, 14
Where to eat
- Opened in 1969 O'pazo was one of the first restaurants in Madrid to be awarded a Michelin star—the old-school seafood spot. C. Reina Mercedes, 20
- Three-Michelin-star DiverXO NH Eurobuilding, C. del Padre Damián, 23
- The two-star Coque C. del Marqués del Riscal, 11
- Bibo P.º de la Castellana, 52
- El Perro y La Galleta Barceló Street, 5
- Mo de Movimiento is a venture focused on sustainability and economic justice. C. de Espronceda, 34 ©Machado-Muñoz
After dinner drinks & dancing
- Club Matador this members-only club is really Madrid's version of Soho House. C. de Jorge Juan, 5
- Azotea del Círculo rooftop bar is actually located on top of the Fine Arts Building.
- Bar Cock Opened in 1921and is one of the oldest in the city. In the '70s, it was famously a hangout for Madrid's creatives. C. de la Reina, 16
Where to stay
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