Madrid’s Latest Hotspots by Yuli Linssen Kaminitz
Madrid is a great city to visit and the sunny weather makes it possible to enjoy it throughout the whole year. There are so many things to see and do in Madrid that a new visitor can get a bit overwhelmed at times.
Aside from the common tourist attractions which we can read about in every standard guidebook, what else is there to do?
We asked a few local people to recommend the nicest places to go have a drink (the drinking age is 18 here), enjoy dinner or breakfast, dance, and observe some great art.
Here is what they came up with:
1. “Casa Lucio” (Restaurant) – Cava Baja 35, Madrid
Begin your holiday in one of the most famous restaurants in town! Located in La Latina neighborhood, this hot spot is often visited by famous celebs from all around the world. The interior design of the “Casa Lucio” is quite traditional and super cozy. When you enter the restaurant you will feel as if you jumped in time to the 19th century! However, it is not the surroundings that attract all the new and old customers; it is the uncomplicated and oh so delicious menu! You simple must try some of their specialties (“Madrid-style callos” or the “huevos rotos”) and trust us: you won’t regret it!
2. “Buddha del Mar” (bar, lounge, restaurant and a club) – Ctra de la Coru, Madrid, 28040
This location is, without a doubt, the most trendy and glamorous club in Madrid at the moment. Breathtaking Asian décor, chic surroundings, brilliant sound system and the general atmosphere of pure freedom will all turn a standard evening to a truly magical event. Start your night with a light tapas meal and a fresh cocktail, put your feet up in the chill-out area and prepare yourself for an all night pumping party!
3.”The Avenue of Art” (galleries, museums) – El Paseo Del Prado, Madrid
After a long night of partying, you might want to relax a little and do something cultural. The avenue of art is located along a stunning, green boulevard right in the centre of the Madrid. You will be able to find some of the nicest art work from the world’s greatest artists such as Goya, Velázquez, El Greco and many more. Visit the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums — both display a large collection of masterpieces. If you plan your time sensibly, you can even make it to the Reina Sofía National Museum where one of the most amazing art exhibitions is proudly presented: The work of Picasso’s Guernica.
4. “The Penthouse” (Tapas and cocktail bar) – Plaza Santa Ana 14, Madrid 28012
There is no better spot in town than “The Penhouse” where you can just sit with a cold beer or a big glass of wine and watch the striking sunset. The luxury roof terrace has an overview of the whole city. It is very easy to comprehend why this place is so incredibly popular among so many people. “The Panthouse”décor is magnificent and well thought of: leather couches all around the deck, stylish white exterior and startling illumination. Make sure to reserve your table for an early drink and some small snacks and enjoy your night out while mingling with the beautiful people of Madrid!
5. “Marula Café” (bar, club) – Caños Viejos, 3 (corner with Bailén, 17), Madrid
End your vacation in the most appropriate way — with an amazing party! The Marula Café is a funky nightclub which offers a wide variety of music such as relaxing soul, cool jazz, uplifting Latin, pumping house and much more. Whenever you get tired from all the dancing, take a rest on the perfectly situated terrace just beneath the Puente de Segovia, the awe-inspiring bridge of Calle Bailen. This terrace offers striking panoramic views of the bridge’s sweeping arches.
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