spain's golden metropolis
Combining a rich cultural and historical heritage with a bohemian edge, Madrid’s charm is boundless. It is a city that has an unharnessed spring to its step, as it develops as a hotbed for contemporary creativity whilst staying true to its customs. Its diverse and unique ‘barrios’, from the hipster Malasaña- the mecca of quirky cafés and underground culture- to Barrio de las Letras- showcasing the finest hallmarks of the Spanish Golden age- make up the centre that is easy to navigate.
Countless bars that come to life at night are the perfect contrast to the more relaxed daytime activities of moseying through its winding backstreets and impressive art museums- most notably the prestigious Prado. The phenomenon of the rooftop and ‘terrazas’ during the summer months celebrate the leisurely pace of life and the conviviality of sampling traditional tapas and sangria in the madrileño heat, whilst the green lungs of the Retiro park, home to the resplendent Crystal Palace, offer respite from the hustle and bustle of its urbanities. A city that ought not to be shunned in favor of Barcelona’s stature, Madrid’s allure stems from its refusal to conform to the mainstream tourist trail and its understated authenticity. It is a city that knows how to live.
Small and pretty coffee shop in Madrid’s artsy Malasaña serving up brunch, delicious cakes and cooling iced coffees.
With incredible views of the towering Catedral de la Almudena, Terraza Atenas bar is a tranquil oasis in the middle of an otherwise busy and touristy area of Madrid.
Madrid boasts frozen yoghurt and ice cream parlours on just about every street corner. But this one-of-a-kind pastel-pop rincón in the heart of Malasaña offers frozen sweet treats with a sophisticated (and super healthy!) twist.
Olivia Te Cuida is a homely and stylish café in the the stylish Salamanca district of Madrid. Equipped with an array of magazines for browsing, the café is the perfect place for relaxing whilst munching on delicious seasonal food.
Born out of a passion for cycling, this La Bicicleta Cycling Café (-come-bar) combines good food, drink, music and art all in the name of the trusty old two wheel ride.
Just a couple of blocks from the busier, slightly grungier part of Malasaña in central Madrid, the oh-so-elegant 1862 Dry Bar is an establishment founded on a solid knowledge of and passion for cocktail culture.
The rejuvenation and collectivisation of a derelict tobacco factory has created a vibrant hub of social art and politics at the centre of this Madrileño community.
Cocktails are not hard to come by in Madrid. But cocktails that are both affordable and delicious at the same time are another story… However, with an extensive €6 cocktail menu, Espacio Quoncor Café satiates all one’s cocktail desires.