I confess. I love Madrid. Every visit back to Madrid is an adventure. It is like going home and exploring a new city all at once. Old memories are re-lived, and new memories are made.
Madrid deserves repeat visits. The first visit will often give just enough time to visit the sites and get a taste of the local food and culture. Subsequent visits to Madrid give the opportunity to truly appreciate what makes Madrid such a dynamic city.
5 reasons Madrid will keep you going back for more
1.) Impressive Architecture and Spaces – you can wander the streets for days and continue to be amazed. Here are some favourites: Plaza Mayor, the local markets, especially Mercado San Anton, the Retiro Park, Gran Via, and the Royal Palace.
2.) Rich Arts and Cultural Scene – From art, to fashion, design and theatre, the talent that exists in this city is truly amazing. The most well known museum, the Prado, is at the top of the list for art aficionados. For design and fashion lovers, Mercado Fuencarral is the place to go, as are the small boutiques with up and coming designers that can be found in the Chueca neighbourhood. An evening of theatre will delight – you will watch world class flamenco or ballet (or maybe a combination!) on the historic stage of the Royal Theatre.
3.) Endless Shopping – In Madrid the best shopping happens on the streets. There are neighbourhoods for different styles and price ranges. Shop near Serrano for more exclusive finds, or on Calle Fuencarral for more unique designs or vintage pieces. Sol is also a great area to shop in for more mainstream brands, virtually every brand has a store in this area.
4.) A Gastronomic Experience – Admittedly, it has taken me a while to warm up to the Spanish food scene. It turns out the cuisine is quite vast and it can take time to find your sweet spot. It really comes down to appreciating tradition and the simple flavour profiles that are made from the freshest of ingredients. What was a lukewarm appreciation has turned into a love of mine. I can’t get enough of this cuisine and always look forward to try new dishes. Madrid has some truly brilliant chefs and restaurants. A few favorites include the high-end Diverxo, Lamucca for cocktails and dinner, and Lateral for afternoon tapas.
5.) Nightlife – The night life in Madrid deserves a whole post on its own. There is so much to do that even a year in Madrid did not cover all the bars and night clubs! There are so many amazing spaces – from the trendy rooftop bar of the ME hotel, Penthouse, to the well known jazz bar, El Junco, and to the local neighbourhood bars where you can get cañas (beers) and sangria. If you make it past 2am then more options open up and a visit to one of the well-known nightclubs is a must – Fortuny, Gabana, and 69 Petalos are favorites.