13 Must Visit Places In Madrid

From staying at Hotel Wellington to partying at The Penthouse to eating at Sobrino de Botín, Madrid is must-see. 

May 4, 2014

To Stay

1. ME Madrid Reina Victoria

This stylish, boutique hotel is the place to stay in the Spanish capital. Located in the pedestrian heart of city, it also has a great in-house restaurant and rooms with rooftop terraces (and hot tubs). If you don’t believe us, ask regular guests Leo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Cindy Crawford. Details: visit melia.com

2. Hotel Wellington

Located in Madrid’s upmarket Salamanca district, this five-star property as a short stroll from both the city’s business district and its swanky boutique shops. Details: hotel-wellington.com

3. The Westin Palace

A towering stately landmark, the Palace is one of Madrid’s most elegant buildings. Based right next door to the city’s big three art and culture museums, check in here to stay in style. Details: visit westinpalacemadrid.com  

To Go Out

4. Bar Central

This small jazz bar would not look out of place in Brooklyn. Small tables are crammed together, in a friendly and intimate fashion where live musicians have played every night of the week for 30 years. Details: visit cafecentralmadrid.com

5. Museo Chicote

Madrid’s most famous cocktail bar, is also one of its most popular. Decked out, 1930s-style art deco decor, Museo Chicote, is said to have been visited by Ernest Hemingway, Grace Kelly, Sofia Loren, and Frank Sinatra. Details: museo-chicote.com

6. The Penthouse

Open only in the summer months, this trendy rooftop bar has great views of the city and is a favourite with style-savvy Madrilenos. At night it comes into its own: luminous in the moonlight, romantic and achingly glamorous. 

To eat

7. Ana La Santa restaurant

The modern, wooden interior and sophisticated and friendly vibe, helps make this newly refurbished tapas restaurant one of the city’s most popular evening spots. Details: visit restauranteanalasanta.com

8. Sergi Arola Gastro

This two-Michelin starred restaurant run by the talented Sergi Arola specialises in refined Spanish cuisine. The menus change with the seasons, so expect new and inventive dishes. It’s pricey, but worth every penny. Details: visit sergiarola.es

9. Sobrino de Botín

Founded in 1725, it is officially the world’s oldest restaurant – they even have the certificate to prove it. Nearly three hundred years since it first opened its doors, the small three-story restaurant still serves up some classic Spanish meat-heavy favourites. Details: visit botin.es 

10. Kabuki

In a city overrun with tapas menus, Japanese restaurant Kabuki is a great place to go for something a little different. Head chef Ricardo Sanz ensures this restaurant incorporates Spanish products with traditional Japanese dishes, creating creations such as the quail’s egg sushi with white truffle. Details: visit restauranteka-buki.com 

To Do

11. Plaza Toros de las Ventas

The bull has a great cultural significance in Spain, and is one of the few country’s that still hold popular bullfighting events. The capital’s Toros de las Ventas is Spain’s largest and most important venue, with a packed schedule starting this month and running until October. Details: visit lasventastour.com

12. Reina Sofia

It would be amiss of you to visit Madrid, and not go and see the art works of the country’s most famous artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. The Reina Sofia (Queen Sofia) museum is dedicated to 20th Century art and is housed in one of the city’s most impressive modern buildings. Details: visit museoreinasofia.es

13. Plaza Mayor

As touristy as it comes, but you simply can’t miss Plaza Mayor. The square is not only the central point of the city, but it is also its heartbeat. The architecture –with frescos on the buildings – in the space are impressive as anything you’ll see and it also is the meeting point for parties, rallies and festivals. Details: visit esmadrid.com