For Christmas 2012, my present for my love was a long weekend in Madrid, which we made happen on the first weekend of May. I’m so in love with this city and the architecture, people and above all, the food. I don’t think there’s many places where you can eat as well (and cheap!) as in Madrid.

Here’s a few snaps to give you an impression of our weekend, and down below my must-do’s and favorite places!

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My Madrid Favorites:


  • Museo del Prado
  • Botanic Garden
  • Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
  • Parque de Buen Retiro
  • Climb up Catedral de Nuestra Senora for perfect views on the palace and city
  • Shopping: Salamanca, Serrano
  • La Latina old quarter, buy original Espadrilles at “Hernanz”


  • La Terrazza de Casino (must-do!)
  • Tapas Bar “Estado Puro” at NH Hotel Paseo del Prado
  • Lunch when shopping in Salamanca: “José Luis” (try the “Tortilla de Patatas” (best in town) as well as the fried “Chipirones” (baby squid))
  • Astrid y Gastón, Peruvian elegant, amazing Pisco Sour
  • Snack: “Fast Good”
  • Lunch outside at Plaza de Paia (e.g. Naia Bistro)
  • Chocolateria San Ginés (original breakfast)
  • Lunch: Juana La Loca


  • Bars in Malasana, e.g. El Jardin Secreto
  • Rooftop Bar: Hotel de las Letras
  • Rooftop Bar: Hotel Urban
  • Ramses bar & club
  • Bar Cock
  • Bar hopping at Huertas quarter, e.g. The Penthouse
  • Afternoon drinks on Plaza de Oriente


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