1. Mercado de San Miguel
A definite must when in Madrid is a visit to the Mercado de San Miguel for the freshest food and drinks available. The markets are fully enclosed with many stalls and surrounded by great restaurants and tapas joints. A great place for a snack, or to create a picnic. Try some of the local favourites such as the calamari sandwich from the Calamares booth or enjoy a wide variety of cheeses and decadent pastries whilst socialising with the locals drinking vino, cerveza or sangria.
2. Museo de Jamon
The Museo de Jamon is a chain restaurant in town that specializes in ham with great prices for lunch and dinner. When you walk in you’ll find legs of ham hanging all over the room in a great bistro type setup. Different things to try are the paella, croissants, meat rolls, and bread and cheese platters.
3. El Tigre
El Tigre bar is your true Spanish affair with massive plates of tapas food, half of which is all over the floor (this proves it’s a good place in Spain) and animal heads on the walls. The venue is always busy as it has the cheapest tapas in town!
4. Cervecerria El Diaro
Cervecerria El Diaro is a buzzing restaurant set for tourists and locals to mix and socialize freely in this Spanish set atmosphere while listening to traditional music. Here you can try some delicious tapas and paella along with some cheap jugs of sangria.
5. La Fragua de Vulcano
La Fragua de Vulcano is a great bar with a fun vibe and flamenco music. Some delicacies you can try are the tender falling off the bone oxtail, tasty seafood paella, or different types of tapas.
1. El Chapandaz
A funky bar in the city, Chapandaz is one of a kind with its interestingly designed rooms. Inside you’ll find the bar looks like a cave with stalactites dropping down from the ceiling and rocks projecting through the roof and walls. The awesome thing about this bar is the special cocktail called ‘Panthers Milk’. Once brewed, the cocktail comes flowing out of a stalactite into your glass.
Pacha is a funky nightclub that has been operating for 30 years. The venue is as popular today as it was back then with its gorgeous people dancing to chart topping music.
Kapital is a popular club, also known as the ‘Godzilla’ to locals as it is a huge venue and usually the people head off into the night afterwards still partying. The club covers 7 levels of a building with 11 bars inside and different rooms to suit everyone to have fun such as a karaoke room, an R&B room, commercial house, a Spanish pop room, a cinema, roof top cocktails bar and the best; a Golden Oldies room.
4. New Garamond
New Garamond is one of the largest clubs in Europe and is known as the local club for Spanish dancing, partying and drinking. There are VIP rooms playing Spanish house music and have a glamorous cocktail menu. This is where Spain and Madrid's beautiful come to party. Make sure to dress to impress to get inside.
5. Sala El Sol
Sala El Soul is an alternative club playing music such as hip hop, electro funk and also the main stream bands such as Snow Patrol, The Strokes and The Shins.