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Best things to do in Madrid

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“One of the most important art museums in the world housing masterpieces from local and international artists, with a calendar of temporary exhibitions. ”
654 locals recommend
Seasonal eats in an modern space with an all-season terrace
“The contemporary arts center housed in a former historic hospital with an addition signed by French architect Jean Nouvel, that blends historic architecture and contemporary construction. Permanent collection with XIX-XXI art and temporary exhibits . Library, Bookstore, cafeteria. and gardens. Absolutely worth the visit. Check on free entrance days/hours.”
490 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An important private collection of masterpieces, now belonging to the state and shown in a recently renovated historic house. Also a good calendar of temporary exhibits and events from lectures, to films or seminars. Also guided and/private visits ”
333 locals recommend
Plaza
“A trip to the origins of the city. The Plaza Mayor in Madrid is one of the most emblematic points of the city, along with the Puerta del Sol, the Fuente de Cibeles or the Puerta de Alcalá.”
426 locals recommend
Flea Market
“The biggest flea market in whole Spain take place Sunday and holidays. Required visit on Sunday before going for some Tapas in La Latina area.”
288 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A not to miss landmark is the Vertical Garden of Caixaforum, designed by Patric Blanc.”
161 locals recommend
Art Museum
“(Metro Atocha - Linea 1) The museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20thcentury masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly, the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's painting Guernica.”
39 locals recommend
Plaza
“Wonderful neighborhood where famous writers lived during the Spanish Golden Age. Very lively with a lot of bars and restaurants.”
119 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A cultural center where you can have a coffee and do some laptop work (free wifi), there is also a rooftop area to enjoy a drink at. Just check times, as it is closed and/or has special events frequently. ”
135 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“In the mood for dancing? Teatro Kapital has 5 floors of music and is within walking distance. A very popular spot for a fun night out and club goers. ”
71 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“The oldest restaurant in the world, established in 1725, the Botin has lost none of its charm over the years. Try a dish from the huge variety of roasted meats, prepared in a traditional oak-burning oven.”
92 locals recommend
Market
“The perfect mix between a good old neighborhood market, not gentrified and still innovation. On sundays they have concerts or even salsa ! ”
93 locals recommend
Plaza
“Immigrants neighborhood with good ethnic food and trendy bars and restaurants”
89 locals recommend
Circus
“It's a great theater. Nice quality shows, and many of them with no Spanish language requirement. Like circus, magic, acrobatics shows, etc... Very affordable prices...”
51 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Casa Patas is a tavern-restaurante and flamenco tablao in the center of Madrid that is considered a standard in the world of Flamenco. This unique establishment combines a select gastronomic offer, basted on the excellent products and recipes of traditional Spanish cuisine with a varied program of prime live flamenco shows.”
75 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Love live Jazz? Café Central is the a place to go. In February 1991 WIRE magazine made a list of the best European jazz clubs and Café Central was in eighth place. Since 2002 the prestigious American jazz magazine Down Beat, published a list with the 100 places to listen to jazz in the world: it includes Café Central. In 2005 the Academy of Music awarded the Prize for the Diffusion of Music to the Central Café of Madrid. In 2016, the British newspaper The Guardian included Café Central in its list of 10 best jazz clubs in Europe. Drop by or better yet, make reservations as it fills up. It has served as a cultural platform for various activities, such as literary gatherings, meetings of photographers, illustrators and, above all, records have been recorded. ”
69 locals recommend