For those of you that are visiting Madrid this summer, here you have a little guide with nice places to visit in the city. Restaurants (mainly), shops, and art exhibitions:
Casa Mono (37 Tutor)
It’s one of my favourite restaurants in Madrid. It’s great to have lunch or dinner, or just meet some friends to have a drink in the open area. The decoration of the place is fantastic, full of interesting details and different, without resulting too baroque. It’s inspired in the New York avant-gardes, and it was designed by Lázaro Rosa Violan. From the menu, I recommend the tomato salad (just tomato, the best), the tempura, and the mushrooms cream.
La Gabinoteca (Fernández de la Hoz 53)
I love this restaurant, I go very often. It’s from the owners of ‘Las Tortillas de Gabino’ y ‘La Ancha’, also in Madrid. The plates are small (but enough) dishes of traditional gastronomy with an original twist. You can’t miss the egg and potato with truffle, the ensaladilla, and the braised beef cheeks. The decoration and architecture of the place is also really special.
Tartan Roof (Círculo de Bellas Artes, Alcalá 42)
I loved Tartan, so this new edition at the Círculo de Bellas Artes roof must be awesome too. I haven’t had the chance to go yet, and it seems that it’s quite difficult to book a table. Tartán is one of the restaurants of the chef Javier Muñoz-Calero, also owner of Muñoca (good) and Perrito Faldero.
Aspen (Plaza de La Moraleja)
This one is quite far of the centre of the city, but if you happen to be in the area, Aspen is one of the nicest places to eat and have dinner at their big terrace. Victoria Beckham used to go here when she lived in Madrid (their house, with David Beckham, was in this neighbourhood). Next to Aspen you’ll find El Cacique, La Máquina… All of them are really nice restaurants.
Asiana Next Door (Travesía de San Mateo, 4)
Fusion gastronomy of asian and peruvian food. Really unique dishes and quite good, I highly recommend it. The chef is Jaime Renedo, who decided to open a more affordable version of Asiana (that shares the same kitchen with Asiana Next Door). The gourmet menu costs €35.
Petra Mora (Ayala 21)
It’s not a restaurant, but almost. It’s a gourmet store founded by the creators of Bimba & Lola. It’s impossible to visit it without buying something. I’d take everything. The products are really good (from the cookies mix to the egg spaghetti) and the packaging design is awesome, it imitates the vintage style. On this post you can know more about the shop. You’ll find at their website a section with recipes using their products. That toast with tuna and tomato looks so amazing…
Sushi Shop (Serrano 1, and Génova 23)
You probably know this place. Sushi Shop is a sushi restaurant (obviously) to eat there or take away (they also do home delivery). I’ve been there very often lately. Good price and quality.
The Patio (Hortaleza, 87)
On this post you’ll find more info about The Patio, the pop-up store with fashion labels, decoration items and original stuff that will be opened until October. Shop and restaurant.
One of the best things in summer are summer cinemas. For watching the latest releases or enjoy old classics on the big screen. In Madrid Confidencial (a really nice website with lots of interesting plans to do in Madrid) you’ll find a map with all the summer cinemas in Madrid.
My Little Momó (Lagasca 3)
Manicure and pedicure treatments at the cutest salon. Perfect ambient. Reservation required.
Calle Jorge Juan
A very nice place to walk. There are lots of shops and many cool restaurants. Check this post for more info about the Jorge Juan area.
Salvador Dalí exhibition at Museo Reina Sofía (Santa Isabel, 52)
Magnificent collection of Dalí’s works (there’s almost every piece, except for sculptures). It’s perfect to know the work of the artist in a thorough way. I’d advise you to get the tickets on the internet, because the queues are everlasting, and go at an anti-tourist time as it gets quite crowded (and there’s nothing worse that visiting an exhibition waiting for the people to move from painting to painting, or admiring a painting and people passing in between). (picture credit)
Exhibition about Camille Pissarro at Museo Thyssen (Paseo del Prado, 8)
Monographic of the work of one of the most important artists of Impressionism, with oil paintings that portray landscapes mainly.
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