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We travelled to Madrid for a foodie weekend away in search of the best relaxed tapas bars to Michelin Stair eateries – all recommended by travel experts who know the city like the back of their hand.
Where to stay
Blue Torito, Salamanca
This colourful home located in one of the liveliest parts of Madrid and uses patterns and textures to let out its character. From woven carpets to the textured headboards, it’s apparent that the hosts like playing with colour in the details. Blue Torito is bright, stylish and has access to a resident-only terrace with a pool to cool down after a day of sightseeing.
Salamanca is Madrid’s most glamorous and prestigious quarter. Usually associated with aristocratic façades, wide avenues and luxurious living which are atypical for Madrid’s cosy centre, the neighbourhood features niche museums, and designer boutiques along its ‘Golden Mile’.
The demanding clientele has made the food scene equally exclusive, and you’re likely to find quite a few Michelin-star restaurants in the area alongside relaxed tapas bars for those less willing to splash the cash.
Where to eat
Be spoilt for choice at upmarket food court Platea
Food markets are normally a relaxed affair but Platea isn’t it– this is a gastro leisure space with Michelin-starred chefs and musical performances on its main stage.
Visit Madrid’s gourmet experience at Ramón Freiza
A baroque dining room that features a master chef that loves to get creative–this is a treat for all senses.
Dine the Asturias way at El Paraguas
One of Salamanca’s most famous restaurants, El Paraguas cooks up the best of Austrian cuisine, accompanied by a fantastic wine and champagne selection.
Taste Galicia at Saraiba
A popular local hangout, Saraiba offers a superb dining experience inspired by Galician food — the wine selection is pretty impressive too
What to do
Get lost at Madrid’s archeological museum
With permanent and temporary exhibitions that showcase the latest discoveries from the Iberic peninsula and beyond, Madrid’s Archeological museum is a treat for the curious mind.
Take a stroll through Retiro Park
Enjoy the green serenity of Madrid’s central park. It’s filled with different parks and gardens, as well as Parterre Francé, which is believed to be Madrid’s oldest tree.