Neighborhood Guide: 8 Spots for Tapas in Chamberí

Patatas bravas - tapas chamberí

Just north of the city center, Chamberí is a residential refuge and home to some of Madrid’s best tapas bars.  When locals want to live in the city, but not “in the city,” many choose Chamberí. It’s the shortest distance you can travel from the center—just three metro stops north of Puerta del Sol—to get […]

8 Tapas Bars and Restaurants to Show You All That Lavapiés Is Made Of

Bodegas Lo Máximo is one of our favorite Lavapiés tapas bars.

If you want to understand Madrid—the real Madrid—the tapas bars of Lavapiés are a great place to start. Until recently Lavapiés was one of central Madrid’s most affordable neighborhoods. With its hilly streets and characteristic corralas (Madrid’s characteristic housing style where neighbors share an interior patio), throughout the 19th and 20th centuries Lavapiés attracted migrants […]

Autumn In The City: What To Do In Madrid In November 2019

Check out these options of what to do in Madrid in November!

This blog post was originally posted on November 14, 2016 and was updated October 2, 2019. It’s the calm before the holiday storm. Before you know it, Madrid will be all decked out for Christmas and Reyes. We love the festive winter atmosphere in the city, but the last few days of autumn are a […]

Embrace Autumn: What to do in Madrid in October 2019

One of our favorite options for what to do in Madrid in October is simply to relax and enjoy the great weather with drinks on a terrace.

This blog post was originally posted on November 2, 2016 and was updated September 5, 2019. Madrid bursts with colorful energy at the arrival of fall. After the summer crowds clear out and low season sets in, Madrid takes on a much more authentic vibe. Pleasantly sunny days and crisp, lively nights bring the best […]

5 Spots for Tapas in Chueca that Locals Love

Don't forget the vermouth when you go out for tapas in Chueca!

Going out for tapas in Chueca isn’t just a way to devour Madrid’s culture—it’s a way to honor the city’s history. Chueca’s tapas bar scene symbolizes what the neighborhood stands for: modernity, diversity, dedication to quality and continuous evolvement. In the 1970s, Chueca was considered a dangerous area that even the president of Madrid’s LGBTQ+ […]

The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Grocery Stores in Madrid

Ultramarinos are old-school grocery stores in Madrid, stocking almost anything you can think of.

Madrid is the capital of one of the healthiest countries in the world, which means that you’re spoiled for choice when shopping for food.  There are grocery stores, indoor and outdoor markets, fishmongers, charcuteries, butchers, bakeries, and delis everywhere. You can find everything you want just by stepping outside your front door and going for […]

Top Things to Do in Madrid in September

Art lovers visiting Madrid in September can't miss the Apertura event, in which dozens of galleries and museums across the city will inaugurate special exhibitions and host free events.

This blog post was originally posted on July 2, 2018 and was updated on August 6, 2019. While most places see September as the beginning of fall, here in Madrid summer fun is still in full swing. The city enjoys pleasantly warm temperatures, but not the scorching heat common in July and August. And as […]

5 Free Museums in Madrid You Should Check Out

When it comes to free museums in Madrid, you can't beat the Prado, which offers free entry for two hours every afternoon.

Not much can top an afternoon spent in one of Madrid’s many museums—except when that afternoon comes free! That’s right, Spain’s capital city is home to some of the most revered history and art museums in the world, and several of them also offer free entry for guests. So if you love the Prado but […]