Lists: Roaming around Madrid in Spring

With only a few days, a lot can be done to explore Madrid, the capital of Spain. I recently visited Madrid for work and with the few hours in between, I was able to enjoy the beauty Madrid has to offer. The following are recommendations for enjoying Madrid on short notice.

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Uniquely Madrid

It’s always good to know a few things before heading to a foreign place. With Madrid, it’s no different. Here are a few tips I picked up along the way:

  • Spanish, please. Knowing a few phrases in Spanish can go a long way. Luckily, I was traveling with locals and a few friends who had a good grasp of the language which meant easier going conversations.
  • Tapas, churros, ham, and cheese, please. For our foodie friends, Madrid can be just as exciting as Barcelona with Spain staples at nearly every corner. Be sure to try a staple at least once during your stay.

 

Grab a bite and more to eat at various Mercados

Sometimes, it’s just simply hard to pick one restaurant so why not go somewhere that’ll offer you multiple choices? Mercado de San Miguel is Instagram heaven. Take your pick of tapas, seafood, sweets, and alcohol. Further north is Mercado de San Anton which is a little less lively as it includes more grocery, day-to-day living stalls. Head to Mercado de San Ildefonso for the perfect in between of lively but not too hectic international food stalls.

 

Go for a speedy meal at 100 Montaditos

If you’re down for tapas on a budget, 100 Monstaditos is your go-to. While it’s not the finest of dining, it’s great if you’re in a bind for time or your wallet. From drinks to all kinds of little sandwiches, get carb heaven in your stomach and get going with your day. There are many located throughout the city.

 

Stroll through El Retiro park

With the sun shining, how can one resist taking a stroll in the park right in the center of the city? While it looks massive on the map, it’s relatively easy to walk through pretty quickly. In the center includes a lake, the Crystal Palace, and many more smaller attractions. It’s a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Get your zero waste essentials at Unpacked

Calle de Narváez, 28, 28009 Madrid, Spain | www.unpackedshop.es | +34 910 44 41 01

Seriously, from stainless steel straws, personal items, to food, Unpacked has everything you need to live a zero waste lifestyle as easy as possible. Just don’t forget to bring a reusable bag, otherwise, you’ll be stuffing your pockets or holding your items throughout the rest of your day.

 

Get your dessert fix at Chocolat Madrid

Calle de Sta. Maria, 30, 28014 Madrid, Spain | www.chocolatmadrid.com | +34 914 29 45 65

 

The perfect place to sit down and enjoy a variety of churros con chocolate, sponge cakes, cookies, coffee, tea and more. While there are a ton of other great places to get your sweet fix, this place is great to sit down for a conversation with your friends while you enjoy all the sweets being offered.

 

Go vintage shopping and mural hunting at Embajadores neighborhood

It’s always fun to see what a new city has to offer simply by going through different alleys and neighborhoods. Embajadores is no different. Stop by 28 Vintage for all your vintage needs. Stroll through the alleys and remember to look up as you’ll never know when you’ll spot fun art around the city.

 

Feel Time Square vibes via costume characters roaming around Puerta del Sol

I mean, I didn’t mean to seek this out specifically. However, if you’ve ever gotten a kick out of the costumed characters posing for photographs in exchange for a tip in Times Square, you can do the same in Puerta del Sol. The accuracy of the costumes, however, may be an entirely different conversation.

 

Next time around…

Of course, it’s impossible to do everything in a few days. The next time I’m in Madrid, I’d love to:

  • Visit the Prado Museum
  • Experience the hipster neighborhood, La Mansana.

 

For your next visit…

 

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