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.
Last fall, Madrid got the memo: food trucks are awesome. And they’re even more awesome when clustered together for one big festival. Having seen the gastronomic light, a new event was born: MadEat.
If it’s your first visit to Madrid, you’ll probably spend your tourism time wandering around the streets of the city’s center, in the neighborhoods that surround Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, and perhaps even farther afield in the posh shopping district of Salamanca. But there are so many more areas that you’ll want to discover — some just steps away; others a little bit more of a journey. Should you be looking to get past the typical sightseeing, and maybe even a little closer to Madrid and its culture, then these are some great areas in which you can do that.
Madrid (and the rest of Spain) is known for its late dinners and late nights, but that doesn’t mean that the city doesn’t offer up some pretty delicious breakfasts. So before you hit the pavement to discover the Spanish capital, here are a handful of places in Madrid where you’ll want to fill your belly first.
The truth is that Madrid day-trip options are bountiful. With the capital situated in the middle of the country, you can head in literally any direction, and wind up in some sweet town or another. But when it comes to how easy it is to get there, and the pay-off once you arrive, not all destinations are created equally. Fortunately, the country’s brilliantly efficient high-speed train – called the AVE –makes a handful of day-trip options a whole lot more convenient, and some even possible when they wouldn’t be otherwise. So with that in mind, grab your Madrid itinerary and carve out some time to visit one of these cities.