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Madrid is a city that tantalizes the senses, offering a feast of unique culture for the eyes, a symphony for the ears and a culinary adventure for the taste buds. From Michelin-starred fine dining to enticing cocktails and lively events, the vibrant City of Madrid and its greater region offer a diverse range of dining, wineries, events and activities that will guarantee an unforgettable experience.

La Santoria

Fine Dining Delights

Madrid's culinary scene boasts an impressive collection of Michelin-starred restaurants that cater to even the most discerning of palates. For an artistically creative culinary journey featuring high-end Spanish cuisine, A’Barra and its Michelin star await just outside the city centre. Guests can choose their culinary adventure with an à la carte and tasting menu blending traditional cuisine with seasonal products, cutting-edge design and various seating options, from an elegant dining room to a gastronomic bar.

Another gem is Smoked Room, an exclusive 14-seat Japanese-style restaurant adorned with two Michelin stars. Each dish is flame-grilled to perfection and masterfully seasoned, delivering a unique and memorable dining experience.

Michelin-star Lúa, named after the Galician word for 'moon,' is led by Orense-born chef Manuel Dominguez, the son of traditional 'pulpeiros’ (octopus cooks). Here, contemporary cuisine with Celtic influences takes centre stage, with the a la carte and two tasting menus presented in a warm and rustic ambiance.

If you're a food enthusiast, make sure to reserve a table at these world-class establishments for a gastronomic experience like no other.


Traditional Spanish Fare

Along with Michelin-starred dining, Madrid also revels in its deep-rooted culinary traditions. Cocido Madrileño, a hearty stew featuring chickpeas, meats and vegetables, is a quintessential Madrid dish traditionally served in three courses. Casa Carola, a traditional taberna, serves a sumptuous cocido in an authentic setting.

Callos a la Madrileña is another beloved dish, made with stewed beef or chorizo tripe. The robust flavours of this dish reflect the Spanish love for bold and spicy cuisine. Head to a renowned restaurant like Zalacain to savour this classic delicacy.


Creative Cocktail Lounges

1862 Dry Bar

After indulging in Madrid's culinary delights, explore its thriving cocktail scene. The iconic 1862 Dry Bar serves up sophistication with its vast selection of classic and contemporary cocktails, paying tribute to the year when the first-ever book of cocktails was published by Jerry Thomas. For an eclectic experience, venture into La Santoria, an intimate speakeasy cocktail lounge defying convention with neon lights, an array of eclectic trinkets and rich cultural and religious symbolism. The menu depicts cocktails as “potions” that can reach your soul and elevate your life.

La Santoria

Wine Tasting Wonders

Surrounded by lush vineyards and winemaking regions, Madrid offers an array of attractions for wine lovers. Under 40 minutes’ drive from Madrid, Vinos Jeromín offers exquisite wine, tasting experiences and guided tours through the vineyards and cellars. For a whimsical, picturesque escape, consider visiting Bodega del Real Cortijo or Bodega del Nero.


Festivals and Events

Flea Market

Madrid's calendar is brimming with lively festivals and events that showcase the city's rich culture and zest for life. La Semana del Orgullo, Madrid's Pride Week known as MADO, is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBTQ+ celebrations in Europe. The city erupts in a riot of colour, music and love during the Pride Parade, which takes place in the charming Chueca neighbourhood. The atmosphere exudes inclusivity, acceptance and pure joy.

San Isidro Festival, Madrid's patron saint celebration, is a massive fiesta taking place around May 15. The city becomes a playground for locals and tourists, with events, concerts and parades taking over the streets. Don't miss the famous pilgrimage to San Isidro Park, where Madrileños gather to drink from the legendary "Fountain of the Seven Spouts" believed to have healing properties.

Those who enjoy shopping at markets should visit the El Rastro Flea Market that takes place every Sunday. Additionally, the Navacerrada Flea Market, located north of Madrid in the mountains, is a monthly flea market to find antiques and collectables.


Rooftop Bars and Restaurants

360° Rooftop Bar

To end your explorations on a high note, Madrid offers an assortment of rooftop bars and restaurants providing stunning panoramic views of the city. Set on the 27th floor of Hotel Riu Plaza España, the 360° Rooftop Bar offers unobstructed vistas and even features a glass balcony for adventurous visitors. Another must-visit is Ginkgo Sky Bar, located atop the VP Plaza España Design Hotel, with live music, an infinity pool, a tapas bar and mesmerizing views of the city including the Royal Palace.

With its seamless blend of tradition and modernity, Madrid serves up a dining and cultural experience like no other. From Michelin-star dining to traditional Spanish dishes, cocktail lounges to local wineries, festivals to rooftop bars, Madrid's appeal is bound to leave an unforgettable mark on your heart and taste buds.

Plan your trip to Madrid now.


This article was sponsored by Madrid Turismo by IFEMA MADRID

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