Coffee is a big thing in Spain. Whether taken with toast at breakfast, after lunch over ice or in the afternoon as a post-siesta pick-me-up, it’s an integral part of the local culture. But what’s it like, and where best to sample it? Here’s what you’ll need to know before you decide to caffeinate in Madrid.
One walk around Madrid’s busy streets and you’ll no doubt come across a giant store with the words El Corte Inglés emblazoned in green on it. This is Spain’s largest department store, and, for the most part, not unlike those that you’ve probably encountered back home. Except there’s one big awesome difference: the Gourmet Experience.
The emblem of Madrid is the first hint you’re in a city that loves food. You’ll find the symbol — a bear rising up on its hind legs to reach the fruit of a berry tree — everywhere. And fittingly, the famed bear statue in the Puerta del Sol is the meeting point for the Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Madrid so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Madrid!
Ask any local what they love most about Madrid during the warmer seasons, and their answer will most likely be the outdoor terrazas. What are those, you ask? They are the seating areas in plazas, along sidewalks and even on rooftops, where you can sip on a drink or dine on tapas. If you’re […]
Of all the cities in the world, Madrid may very well be the easiest one to get around. That’s because it’s packed with ultra simple-to-navigate transportation options, and also because of its convenient layout. So if you’re planning to come to Spain’s capital, here are the best ways to go about tackling the city.
During your visit to Madrid, you probably plan to tour the Royal Palace, take a stroll through Plaza Mayor and hopefully even check out a flamenco show. But something else should most definitely top your list of things to do — and that’s to eat, and eat a lot. From tapas to treats and traditional markets, here are the top foodie experiences you won’t want to miss in the Spanish capital.
The location is Plaza de Colón, where the world’s largest Spanish flag undulates above you, and, to the south, a giant timeworn building dominates the skyline. This commanding structure is home to the National Archeology Museum of Spain (and also the National Library, but we’ll save that discussion for another day), and is a place that you’ll want to explore during your visit to Madrid.
Madrid’s sights aren’t limited to royal palaces and balcony-filled plazas. The city is in fact covered with notable and historic establishments that, though usually tiny, provide an intriguing look into the past via the locales themselves as well as their time-tested products. From restaurants to bakeries, shoe shops and more, here are a handful of some of Madrid’s favorite over-century-old places of business.
Tapas are a lovely, savory, magically delicious way to fill you up for a Spanish meal. But you know what they’re missing? Sugar – lots of sugar. Enter Madrid’s most typical sweets and the traditional spots where you can try them. Located right in the heart of the city center, these locales will satiate your craving for both culture and something dulce.