While Plaza Mayor, Sol and Parque Retiro will never get old, you might have already gone there so many times that you’re in need of a change of scenery. If you want to take a break from the Retiro paddle boats (aren’t your arms sore by now?) and your other usual spots, have no fear! We’re here yet again to save the day, and provide you with the hidden gems that Madrid has to offer. That way, you can show all your friends the #trendy spots you’ve found (how cool are you!?)
- Ojalá, planta baja
Hopefully you’ve heard of this restaurant by now (and that you understand my joke, but if not, Google Translate exists for a reason) …but have you seen its transformation into a beach bar? The bottom floor of the restaurant is transformed into a beachside getaway, with sand, lights and an all-around great ambiance. Overall, it’ll make you feel like you’re living it up in the middle of June, regardless of whatever real weather awaits you outside.
- New Town Market
If you’re a fan of shopping, then I already know you’re a fan of pop-up shops. Check out this cool and hidden gem, New Town Market, on Calle Princesa; there’s a huge selection of clothes, jewelry and shoes to select from. And if you’re just in the mood to browse, the ambiance and decorations alone are reason enough to go explore. Expand your knowledge of Madrid (and closet space) and go check it out!
- Dosde Market
Surely you’ve heard of El Rastro, but if you’re into a less-crowded scene, then clear your schedule for Saturday mornings. Located in the heart of Malasaña (Plaza del Dos de Mayo), this flea market sells books, records, pins, clothes, shoes and a mixture of other things at a great price for bartering and exchanging. Enjoy live music as well, and as it’s located in a great location, you’re surrounded by a million places to stop and get a drink, snack, or both.
- El Bosque Encantado
Did someone say Magical Forest? On a milder winter day, we recommend checking out this botanical garden that contains sculptures and plants that’ll leave you speechless (who knew plants could be so fun?) Don’t let the winter weather get you down; get out of the house and be the best tour guide ever by showing your friends this great spot.
- The Oldest Restaurant…in the World.
Step away from the McDonald’s! You’d be lying to yourself if you didn’t think it amazing that you happen to be in the city with the world’s oldest restaurant, Sobrino de Botín. Founded in 1725, the restaurant is not only about 50 years older than the United States; it also is famous for its famous and authentic Spanish food that everyone should try. Located right near the Plaza Mayor, you can head over there easily and brag to all your friends just how #cultured you are.
There you have it; five new spots to become the best tour guide ever! And speaking of Hidden Gems, check out our upcoming trip to Cádiz–known as one of Spain’s best hidden treasures. Enjoy the exploring!