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Out & About

Eclectic Madrid

Madrid, often considered a historic city, actually has a lot more to offer than elegant buildings, Goya paintings, and the traditional potato and egg omelet. The streets of Madrid are brimming with surprises and trendy hot spots. Ranging from contemporary artists in residence to cozy concept stores to sweet churros served with hot chocolate, the Spanish capital is possibly one of Europe’s most eclectic cities.

A neoclassical city, Madrid has a lot more to offer than elegant buildings, Goya paintings and omelets. With contemporary artists in residence, trendy concept stores, and sweet chocolate churros, just to name a few attractions, the Spanish capital is definitely an eclectic city.

Gourmet shopping

Chocolatería Ginés

Oh, the delights of those small morsels of deep fried dough that are dipped in unctuous chocolate. Everything about churros is truly decadent. And Chocolatería San Ginés, one of the oldest chocolate makers in Madrid, has been serving churros since 1894! Talk about tradition. The chocolate shop may seem like a tourist trap (and they even have a shop in Tokyo), but it’ll be worth your while. The space is big and there’s a friendly atmosphere. And, of course, the churros are simply fantastic.

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Sleep

Hotel Urso, hotel and spa

Located in an early 20th century palace, Hotel Urso is the epitome of eclectic Madrid. The building’s classical style contrasts with the modern interiors that have a New York feel. The rooms are light and airy, with all the usual modern conveniences. A sign of the times, the hotel has even partnered with Tesla to offer universal chargers for electric vehicles. And when it comes to food, the hotel is spot on: The Conservatory is a quaint setting to have breakfast, while the restaurant, Media Ración, offers an incredible choice of traditional dishes served in Madrid-sized portions. The idea is to mix, match and share while sipping a red vermouth or even a tinto de verano, a typical Madrid drink similar to sangria. 

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Shopping

Do design, concept store

A vintage space with rustic touches, brick walls that are painted white, and wooden furniture. Do Design could very well be a Scandinavian shop, but this cozy concept store definitely has a Spanish feel. After all, the modular displays were designed by the local designer Juan Ruiz-Rivas. Carefully chosen furniture, stationery and decorative objects fill the space, as if each piece had been perfectly curated. Fashion items as well as accessories line the walls the way they would in someone’s home. You won’t be able to leave without splurging on a Mark’s notebook or a Steve Mono bag. 

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Eat

El Coque, restaurant

After decades in Humanes, south of the capital, restaurant El Coque has moved its twoEl Coque, restaurant After decades in Humanes, a town south of the capital, the El Coque restaurant has moved its two Michelin stars to the very center of Madrid. The space, designed by Jean Porsche, is almost twice as big, yet the service and attention to detail is still close to perfection. What’s original here is how you taste Mario Sandoval’s imaginative dishes. You start at the bar with a cocktail and light snacks, then walk to the huge cellar, stacked with over 3,000 bottles, where Diego Sandoval, the sommelier, takes you through the vast selection of wines. Next, you head through the kitchens to meet Mario and his team before you enter the dining room to settle down for a culinary experience. Choosing between two tasting menus, Q17 and Q17+, is not easy. But if you opt for the latter menu, you’ll be savoring twelve separate dishes and as many wines, including a 2006 vintage Dom Pérignon. It’s a culinary rollercoaster.

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Visit

Museo Nacional del Prado, museum

The Museo Nacional del Prado is a Madrid classic. It is one of the most visited art galleries in the world, with noteworthy works of art by renowned artists like Velázquez, Goya and El Greco. Aside from the permanent exhibitions, the Prado Museum also features numerous and compelling temporary exhibits. The museum celebrates its bicentenary in 2019, which promises an exciting program in the coming months.

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Sip

Salmon Guru, bar

First things first: the name. Salmon Guru is a fantastic name for an experimental cocktail bar. For some reason, star mixologist Diego Cabrera absolutely wanted the bar to be called Salmon. “Guru” is the name of the Indian restaurant that previously occupied the location. Old and new, eclectic and fun, just like the neon interiors and extensive cocktail menu. The bartenders at Salmon Guru are not simple subordinates: their role is to inspire, create and experiment. There is even the possibility of renting out part of the bar for a short time so you can enjoy a private bartending experience.

salmonguru.es

 

Visit

La Casa Encendida, cultural center

Culture meets solidarity at La Casa Encendida, a new type of space for artistic expression. The building, located in the southern part of town, offers a wide array of possibilities and events including exhibitions, screenings, talks, concerts and performances. Everything revolves around the four principal themes: the arts, solidarity, the environment and education. This includes its enormous library and creative laboratory. Even the Café and Solidarity Ecoshop respect sustainable and humanitarian values by selling fair trade goods and locally sourced produce.

lacasaencendida.es