I really, really do. Out of all the cities we visited, Madrid was the one that stole my heart. I loved everything about the city– the food (tapas and wine all day please!), the narrow streets, the PEOPLE! I don’t know what it was but everyone in Madrid was BEAUTIFUL and I’m talking both men and women! I think what I also loved about Madrid was it was more of a relaxed vacation whereas Barcelona was just back to back to back activities without a minute to rest.
If you haven’t read my post about Lisbon, which is where we spent our first two days, you can check it out here. After Lisbon, we took a quick flight to Madrid and went straight to Martina Cocina for brunch! The food was delicious!! We were incredibly lucky it was Sunday because La Latina is the place to be at on Sundays in old Madrid. There’s an adorable market set up where you can browse through and shop for unique souvenirs/gifts plus there’s tons of amazing restaurants in the area! It’s incredibly charming and even more fun at night! Our Airbnb was only a few minutes away from La Latina so we actually came back here later Sunday night for some tapas and wine. We ate dinner at Juana La Loca and oh my lord the food was INCREDIBLE. You definitely have to head there and order the huevos rotos and tortilla de patatas– they’re to die for!
After brunch, we were set for a Segway tour around Madrid and Retiro Park. It was actually my first time on a Segway– it took me a couple of minutes to get the hang of it but after that I was pro!! I highly recommend doing a Segway tour of Madrid– you really get to see all the main spots (and some hidden gems) within 2 hours and you’re not at all exhausted from it. I couldn’t have imagined walking all of that in one day! Our tour guide was phenomenal and told us a bunch of facts and funny stories along the way. Super fun and a great way to see most of Madrid! 🙂
[full_width]On Monday, we spent most of our time at Retiro Park and exploring all the beauty in it! It’s basically Madrid’s version of Central Park! It’s one of Madrid’s largest park and you can definitely spend a good few hours here if you want to. Don’t forget to check out the Palacio de Cristal while you’re in the park too, such a beautiful glass structure! After the park, we spent the rest of the day shopping around in Gran Via. There’s tons of different theatres and shops like Zara, H&M, Primark and all that good stuff there! We ended up eating lunch at 100 Montaditos which from what I learned, you can find this restaurant at almost every corner!! It’s their version of Starbucks, hah! 100 Montaditos is delicious and definitely appears to be a staple of cheap dining in Spain! Super delicious and affordable! 🙂 [/full_width]
If you want to shop some more, you can check out Chueca which is about a 10 minute walk from Gran Via. You can find more shops there and most are affordable too.
At night, we went to Mercado De San Miguel which is basically a food market with tons of different options for you to try! The food was delicious and you can find dirt cheap wine there too for like 3 euros! Be prepared to bring cash (or use the ATM machine right outside) as most places inside take cash! Everyone told us to visit Chocolatería San Ginés for the most amazing chocolate churros ever. It was a short walk from the San Miguel market so after we ate dinner, we dove right into chocolate churros and they were the best I’ve had in my entire life. This place is a must if you’re in Madrid– A MUST!
[/full_width] [full_width]We spent our last day in Madrid on Tuesday doing a few touristy things including visiting Plaza Mayor (the food there is just OK– I would go somewhere else to eat!) and did a tour inside the The Palacio Real (Royal Palace of Madrid). I would say to expect to spend a good 1.5 hours at the Palace and definitely do the tour– it’s beautiful inside and super cheap to get tickets. We didn’t spend all that much time at Plaza Mayor– but it was nice to take a few photos there! Brunch was taken place at a restaurant called La Rollerie and yes, this is another MUST visit food spot in Madrid! I had the Mexican brunch menu and I heavily recommend getting this one. The coffee there was amazing too and the prices were pretty affordable compared to most other places!
[full_width]My husband and I ventured out and did a few photoshoots that I needed to complete for upcoming campaigns while the couple we were with went and shopped some more! We met them up for dinner later at a burger joint called The Good Burger. It was very, very good. We tried going to a pub to watch the Real Madrid game but it got so packed and we couldn’t secure a table so we had to leave. People are serious about soccer in Europe!
We ended our last night in Madrid going from bar to bar in La Latina and our favorite bar so far was this little spot called Hopper. It was such a cute find in Madrid, you have to go there if you want delicious drinks! It was super cozy and comfortable inside and it was one of the few places we went to where they served us water for free. Yup, everywhere else charged an annoying amount for water– so not used to that at all! I loved the lively atmosphere and the decor too. For drinks, ask someone for “TINTOS”– you won’t regret it.
There you go! That’s everything we did in Madrid including what we saw and what we ate! You can shop 3 of my outfits down below per usual! Chat soon, loves! <3[/full_width]
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