We don’t consider ourselves city lovers, but we absolutely fell in love with this city! From its history and its culture to the shopping and the food, Madrid is one of our all time favorite vacation locations!
We were only there for about five days but within that time we were able to explore some of the top attractions and eat at some of the most delicious restaurants.
Founded in 1725 by Jean Botin, Sobrino de Botin is well known for being one of the oldest restaurants still in operation today. The restaurant’s speciality ‘cochinillo asado’ (suckling pig roast) are mentioned in the closing pages of Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises. Its other signature dish, Sopa de Ajo (an egg, poached in chicken broth, and laced with sherry and garlic), is a delectable pick-me-up for Madrileño revellers. You may want to check this place out a taste some of the delicious dishes passed down from generation to generation.
This popular Mexican joint is located at the corner of Calle de la Abada and Calle de la Salud… Each tako is made with slow-cooked, pulled meat (pork, chicken, beef, and chorizo). Some are garnished with fresh herbs such as cilantro while others are topped with fresh fruits and veggies such as pineapples and onions. Squeeze a bit of lime and squirt a dash of hot sauce, if you’d like, then grab an ice cold Corona to enjoy!
If you’re lucky enough to stubble upon this place like we did, you’re in for a real treat. The moment you walk into Cortezo Yatai Market, it’s as if you’ve opened a portable to Asia itself. The Yatai Market is a new addition to Madrid’s foodie scene. This market unites several Asian vendors under one roof. You can grab ramen from one place, sushi from another, bao, pad thai, you name it. They have it all!
I, unfortunately, did not get the pleasure of enjoying this scenic beauty. I have heard wonderful things about things about this park and seen gorgeous pictures. If you have the time, think about exploring this free attraction and seeing all of its historic charm. If you plan on visiting in the Summer, consider going early in the morning or late in the evening; the sun is pretty killer in the afternoon. Bring a water bottle!
If you’re a true Real Madrid fan, you’d be a fool not to check out their stadium! Unfortunately for us, we were vacationing during their off-season, but none-the-less we grabbed tickets for their self-guided stadium tour. Although you can’t physically step foot on the field, you can step inside their dugout and sit in their amazingly comfortable chairs! They also have a pretty fancy locker room that includes a giant hot tub. The tour also includes a walk through of their grand trophy hall! At the end, you can visit the gift store and pick out a little something for yourself. They have a variety of items from jerseys, of course, shot glasses, wallets, socks, watches, and more!
This wonderful plaza is located in the heart of Madrid. At night, Puerta del Sol is filled with the locals, performers, entertainers, and street vendors. This nightlife is thriving until about 2:00 AM, so I wouldn’t recommend getting hotel accommodations too close. However, all of the delicious restaurants are within walking distance of this plaza, as well as their renowned supermarket, San Miguel Market (see below).