Looking to experience Madrid through a local’s perspective? Consult a local blogger!
Madrid is constantly growing and changing. If you want an authentic experience in the city, forget about your outdated guidebook or you’ll be missing out. A guidebook can’t tell you about upcoming local concerts and markets, or where to find the latest pop-up shop. Relying on a guidebook means not knowing about the new organic bakery everyone loves, or the temporary exhibit that opened a few weeks ago.
How can you find out about the great things happening in this bustling city? One word: blogs! Visit the top Madrid blogs in English and get all the insider tips you’ll need to make the most of your time in Madrid.
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A Bit of Everything
Though it’s less than a year old, Naked Madrid has quickly become one of the best ‘go to’ blogs for the latest events going on in the city. You’ll find articles on restaurant and bar recommendations, information on day trips and other fun suggestions. Articles can also be divided by the various neighborhoods of Madrid, a great feature for those who are new to the city.
I hope you’re not too hungry because one visit to Spanish Sabores will have your mouth watering. Written by Lauren, an American expat in Madrid (and co-founder of Devour Spain!), Spanish Sabores features restaurants reviews from all over the city. If you’re looking for a delicious meal make sure to check out her recommendations.
Delicious jamón Ibérico is one of many delights to be enjoyed on a tour from Spanish Sabors creator, Lauren
Hop on over to Spain Revealed to learn more about Spanish cuisine culture. There, James explains some important things all Madrid visitors should know: how to order a tapas, what a menu del día is (and where to find one!) and how to tip in Madrid. After you’ve completed your reading, put it into practice and head over to one of James’ recommended establishments. James is also a co-founder of Devour Spain Food Tours and as an expert in Spanish history, he designed our ever popular Tapas, Taverns and History Tour!
Budget Friendly Options
Cheap in Madrid
A great resource for those on a budget, Cheap in Madrid provides articles on how to have fun in the city without breaking the bank. Topics covered include how to get into Madrid museums for free, free things to do during the holidays and information on the various markets in Madrid. Visiting Madrid during a weekend? Check out Cheap in Madrid’s weekend guide, a list of all the cool (and inexpensive) things happening in Madrid.
The Spanish Perspective
My Little Madrid
Written by a Madrid native, My Little Madrid is a wonderful resource for finding ways to enjoy the city besides eating your way through it. (Not that there is anything wrong with that!) While there are articles on restaurants, My Little Madrid offers much more than that. Peruse through her articles to learn about the best vintage shops, where to paint your own tableware and how to keep fit in Madrid.
The stunning view over the town hall in Madrid, an experience local bloggers almost always recommend Photo Credit: Miguel Diaz
The Expat Experience
Founded by Anna Bitanga in 2012, ¡Vaya Madrid! focuses on writing articles about the experiences and observances of foreigners in Madrid. This blog is aimed at foreigners who want to get off the sidelines, and immerse themselves in the Spanish way of life. Interjected between articles on topics like culture and style, you’ll find gorgeous photo essays depicting this wonderful city.
Do you have any insider tips about Madrid? Did we miss any awesome Madrid blogs in English?
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