On the one hand, the classic clichés of the Spanish capital. On the other, the creative proposals moving the city
To eat and drink
Casa del AbueloThis traditional tapas house dates from 1906. When it’s time to eat, do as locals do: order a little of everything and have some tinto de verano, the official beverage on hot days.Calle de la Victoria, 12
The regions of Chueca and Malasaña have revitalized, modern and cheap markets. San Antón (Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B) and San Ildefonso (Calle de Fuencarral, 57), which features a club atmosphere, with a DJ and cava sangria, are can’t-miss stops.
Go to the elegant neighborhood of Salamanca to try the tasting menu with almost 20 courses at Ramon Freixa, which holds two Michelin stars (Calle de Claudio Coello, 67). The extremely modern Ramses.Life (Plaza de la Independencia, 4) was designed by Philippe Starck and offers Oriental cuisine.
Casa de Diego
A treasure in the capital, this shop sells the famous fans for the Spanish summer. What makes it so special? Everything is handmade and prices range from a few to thousands of euros. Puerta del Sol, 12
Back in Chueca, several stores sell authorial pieces. This one, a kind of brick-and-mortar Pinterest, offers clothes, accessories, kitchen utensils, and engravings.Calle Fernando VI, 13
One of the coolest places in Malasaña, this bar is owned by cocktail maker Narciso Bermejo, who creates drinks and chats with customers to propose personalized cocktails.Calle San Mateo, 21
Corral de la Morería
On a traditional Spanish night out, most tourists want to see a flamenco show. This venue dates from the 1950s and features a tavern atmosphere, with snug tables and a small stage.Calle de la Moreria, 17
The centuries-old Prado Museum (Paseo del Prado, s/n) is home to Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, but the Reina Sofía (Calle de Santa Isabel, 52) has the greatest postcard of all: Picasso's impressive Guernica.
The minimalist Casado Santapau (Calle Piamonte, 10) is one of the dozens of institutions that are members of the Asociación de Galerías de Arte. Other spaces that display the work of young artists can be found on Calle del Doctor Fourquet, a street in the predominately immigrant neighborhood of Lavapiés.