Madrid is the perfect city for foodies with all different types of budgets. If you want fancy fancy that causes a dent to your budget or fancy fancy that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet Madrid is the city that caters for all. During our short weekend Aftab and I ate some amazing food and I certainly put on more than 7 pounds in two days.
The food markets of Madrid
No trip to Madrid is complete without sampling the delights of the food markets in Madrid. The food markets offer a journey of glorious tapas on steroids. We managed to sample two of the main food markets, both of which I have been to before and both I would highly recommend.
San Miguel food market is one of my favourite food markets in the world. Now that is a bold statement but just take a look at this and you can just start to understand why.
The market is located just of Plaza Mayor and is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. The food market is made up of lots of stalls and the best way to enjoy and make the most of the market is to sample various things as you go around.
San Anton food market is the second food market I visited during my trip. It’s far less crowded and has less of a buzz, however you can still sample some amazing tapas.
Chocolateria San Gines
You cannot come all the way to Madrid and not eat chorrus especially when there is a world famous churros shop.
The chocholateria san gines is a must in Madrid. The only word of warning I would provide is you only need one of the above between two people any more than that is too much decadence in one go.
When you have a weekend break in a city there is a lot of pressure to find good restaurants to eat in. After all you generally only have two nights on which you can sample the cuisine in your chosen destination. Aftab and I were extremely fortunate to have Atico Restaurant in our hotel The Principal Madrid. I couldn’t highly recommend this restaurant enough, as it is run by Ramon Frexia who also has a two Michelin star restaurant in Madrid.
Taberna La Carmencita
The second restaurant, I take absolutely no credit for finding! Our wonderful concierge recommended this restaurant to us and also to half the other hotel guests. At first I was a bit sceptical but the meal was truly exceptional! I don’t get blown away so easily by food and this restaurant again highlights amazing food doesn’t have to be fancy fancy expensive! The atmosphere, décor and dishes in this restaurant epitomise Madrid and if I return to Madrid I certainly will be eating here again.
The Principal Madird
Madrid has plenty of hotel options for the discerning traveller, however for our weekend break we booked into The Principal Madrid.
The hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels which you all must know by now is one of my favourite hotel groups as I love boutique hotels and I love luxury hotels, so when you combine the two I am in heaven.
The Principal Madrid is perfectly located within walking distant of everything you will need to eat and see in Madrid. I had a slow and pleasant romance with the hotel and I cannot wait to share my review with you.
There is so much to do in Madrid, but not so much that you cannot comfortably fit it into a weekend. One of the reasons I was quite excited to go back to Madrid because it is such a hip city without trying to hard. Barcelona is Spain’s coolest city but Madrid is far hipper. It has a gentle swag of fun, sun and tapas that no other Spanish city can rival.
Plaza Mayor is a gorgeous and grand square in the centre of Madrid and is a must visit when you come. There are a few restaurants and bars (which you should avoid as they are tourist traps) in the square and plenty of tourists.
To take in the richness of the square I would highly recommend that you walk around the whole parameter.
Cathedral Nuestra Sra. De La Almudena
Everything about this Cathedral is perfect and stunning! One of my favourite things to do when I visit a cathedral is say a little prayer and this cathedral was so beautiful and calm.
Entry to the Cathedral is free however I would highly recommend making a donation.
Though I didn’t get the opportunity to go around Palacio Real on this trip, I did visit on my first trip to Madrid. The Palace is the Royal Palace of the Spanish Royal Palace and the inside of this large expansive palace is really stunning and a must visit.
Parque del Retiro
Everyone has a favourite park that they have visited and Parque Del Retiro is one of my favourite parks in Europe. The park is so beautiful and it has a beautiful lake as it’s centre piece. On my first ever trip to Madrid I didn’t get the opportunity to row away my heart in Madrid so I was over the moon when I got to try my hand at rowing on this weekend break.
This was my first time ever rowing ever ( I have done a million and one pedalos but not rowing) and I have to say rowing is hard work, really hard work. I found out that I am quite an assertive rower once I get going and lets just say poor Aftab got quite soaked. However once I got into the rhythm of it I found it easier and Aftab stopped getting drenched.
Edificio de Correos
You cannot miss this this large monument bang in the middle of Madrid. It used to be the old post office of Madrid but is now used as government chambers. Though we didn’t see it light up at night on this trip I did find this old Instagram picture from my last visit.
Isn’t it simply stunning at night?
Puerta de Alcala Gate
This large monument almost act as the gates to the Parque Del Retiro and you cannot miss the wonderful three imposing neo-classic arches. I haven’t really discussed the architecture of Madrid in this post, but this monument is reflective of the fact there is amazing architecture to be found everywhere in the city.
Have you been to Madrid before? Zoe x