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.
Hotel Urso, hotel and spa
Do design, concept store
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.
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.
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.
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.