Guidebook for Madrid

Lua & Carlos
Lua & Carlos
Guidebook for Madrid

Drinks & Nightlife

This is my sister Eva's cafe. Come here for a nice coffee or a tea while you listen to good music, and then have some dinner and off to Tupperware for a good night out!
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Picnic
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This is my sister Eva's cafe. Come here for a nice coffee or a tea while you listen to good music, and then have some dinner and off to Tupperware for a good night out!
This place has very good Flamenco
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Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco
15 Calle de Echegaray
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This place has very good Flamenco
This is another good place for flamenco. It's a more modern take on Flamenco, the younger version of it. All the streets surrounding this area have a great night life vibe to them!
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El Juglar
37 C. de Lavapiés
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This is another good place for flamenco. It's a more modern take on Flamenco, the younger version of it. All the streets surrounding this area have a great night life vibe to them!
This is our other nightclub. Open Tues to Fri from 5pm to 3:00 am and Sat and Sun from 13:00 to 03:30. Come for a drink and good music.
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This is our other nightclub. Open Tues to Fri from 5pm to 3:00 am and Sat and Sun from 13:00 to 03:30. Come for a drink and good music.
This is one of the best live jazz bars in Madrid, it's real close to Santa Ana, so you can have some tapas there and then stroll towards this small club for a good dose of Jazz.
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Café Central
10 Pl. del Ángel
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This is one of the best live jazz bars in Madrid, it's real close to Santa Ana, so you can have some tapas there and then stroll towards this small club for a good dose of Jazz.
This is another cool live jazz bar. Lookout for any flamenco jazz shows, they are usually amazing. If you ever see that Jorge Pardo is playing there, we highly recommend it.
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Clamores
14 C. de Alburquerque
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This is another cool live jazz bar. Lookout for any flamenco jazz shows, they are usually amazing. If you ever see that Jorge Pardo is playing there, we highly recommend it.

Food Scene

An incredible old market renovated into a modern but great market with a supermarket in the basement, a market in the ground floor and 2 upper levels of tapas and drinks. Don't forget the rooftop bar!
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Mercado de San Antón
24 C. de Augusto Figueroa
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An incredible old market renovated into a modern but great market with a supermarket in the basement, a market in the ground floor and 2 upper levels of tapas and drinks. Don't forget the rooftop bar!
Similar to Mercado de San Anton, but perhaps a little more sophisticated. Both are great but different. This one is "prettier" on the outside perhaps, but the other one has a rooftop! Visit both!
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Mercado San Miguel
s/n Pl. de San Miguel
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Similar to Mercado de San Anton, but perhaps a little more sophisticated. Both are great but different. This one is "prettier" on the outside perhaps, but the other one has a rooftop! Visit both!
You can only have cod "croquettes" here, but they are amazing. Order a wine or a "caña" (a small beer) and have a "croqueta de bacalao" and you'll have an amazing mid-morning snack to keep you going.
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Casa Labra
12 C. de Tetuán
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You can only have cod "croquettes" here, but they are amazing. Order a wine or a "caña" (a small beer) and have a "croqueta de bacalao" and you'll have an amazing mid-morning snack to keep you going.
This is a cool place to get "pintxos", the equivalent to tapas in the North of Spain. You take as many as you want and keep the toothpics on your plate. They'll count them to see what to charge you!
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Orio Madrid Fuencarral
49 Calle de Fuencarral
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This is a cool place to get "pintxos", the equivalent to tapas in the North of Spain. You take as many as you want and keep the toothpics on your plate. They'll count them to see what to charge you!
Plaza Santa Ana and all the streets surrounding it (called el barrio de Huertas) like Calle Cadiz, Calle Barcelona, Calle Echegaray, etc have great places for tapas.
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Plaza de Santa Ana
2 Plaza de Sta. Ana
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Plaza Santa Ana and all the streets surrounding it (called el barrio de Huertas) like Calle Cadiz, Calle Barcelona, Calle Echegaray, etc have great places for tapas.
This is a good place for eating Jamón Serrano, which you must before you leave Spain
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Museo del Jamón
72 C/ Gran Vía
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This is a good place for eating Jamón Serrano, which you must before you leave Spain
All along this street there are many good places to eat.
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Cava de San Miguel
Cava de San Miguel
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All along this street there are many good places to eat.
This is a great place for Spanish food, but all along thie street and all the others surrounding it have great food. Go where you see the most people!
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Casa Lucio
35 C. de la Cava Baja
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This is a great place for Spanish food, but all along thie street and all the others surrounding it have great food. Go where you see the most people!
This place is super good for Spanish seafood Northern style! Ask for a Mariscada (assortment of seafood), or Pulpo a la Gallega, Pimientos de Padrón (peppers, some are spicy some aren't!), Empanada...
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Ribeira do Miño
1 Calle de Sta. Brígida
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This place is super good for Spanish seafood Northern style! Ask for a Mariscada (assortment of seafood), or Pulpo a la Gallega, Pimientos de Padrón (peppers, some are spicy some aren't!), Empanada...
This place has excellent tapas and raciones (larger variations on tapas)!
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Jota Batela
23 Calle de Silva
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This place has excellent tapas and raciones (larger variations on tapas)!

Everything Else

An Egyptian monument on the top of a hill, from where you can see the sunset and a large part of Southern Madrid.
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Temple of Debod
1 C. de Ferraz
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An Egyptian monument on the top of a hill, from where you can see the sunset and a large part of Southern Madrid.
This Cathedral is amazing, and a little further along the street you can watch the sunset!
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Catedral de la Almudena
10 C. de Bailén
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This Cathedral is amazing, and a little further along the street you can watch the sunset!
This area is full of good places to eat and it has the Rastro, a sunday second hand market, starts early in the morning and then people stay on for pre-lunch tapas.
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Restaurante La Malaje
10 Pl. de la Paja
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This area is full of good places to eat and it has the Rastro, a sunday second hand market, starts early in the morning and then people stay on for pre-lunch tapas.
This is the gay-friendly area in Madrid. Lots of great restaurants and bars.
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Chueca station
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This is the gay-friendly area in Madrid. Lots of great restaurants and bars.
This plaza has many outdoor cafes and it is the place where the Spaniards fought and won Napoleon Bonaparte. The neighbourhood of Malasaña, where our house is and full restaurants, bars and cafes.
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Plaza del Dos de Mayo
Plaza del Dos de Mayo
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This plaza has many outdoor cafes and it is the place where the Spaniards fought and won Napoleon Bonaparte. The neighbourhood of Malasaña, where our house is and full restaurants, bars and cafes.
Good bread and pastries
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Le Pain Quotidien
26 C. del Poeta Joan Maragall
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Good bread and pastries

Essentials

On this corner (calle del Pez w/ calle Jesus del Valle) there is a small corner shop with most everything you'll need (water, milk, cereal, etc...)
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Iglesia de San Antonio de Los Alemanes
22 C. de la Puebla
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On this corner (calle del Pez w/ calle Jesus del Valle) there is a small corner shop with most everything you'll need (water, milk, cereal, etc...)
On the corner (not where this sign is on this map!) of Corredera baja de San Pablo w/ Calle de La Puebla, there is a good vegetable and fruit store, with a grocery shop next to it closer to home.
Calle de la Puebla
Calle de la Puebla
On the corner (not where this sign is on this map!) of Corredera baja de San Pablo w/ Calle de La Puebla, there is a good vegetable and fruit store, with a grocery shop next to it closer to home.
It is actually now a little more on the actual square itself than what you see on the map. Fresh produce, seafood, meat, the best in the area! Opens 9am-2pm and 5pm to 8pm.
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Mercado de Barceló
6 C. de Barceló
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It is actually now a little more on the actual square itself than what you see on the map. Fresh produce, seafood, meat, the best in the area! Opens 9am-2pm and 5pm to 8pm.

Shopping

All along this section of La Gran Via, all the way down to Plaza España (to the left) is full of stores (Zara, H&M, Blanco, Mango, Fnac, El Corte Inglés, etc).
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Gran Vía
Calle Gran Vía
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All along this section of La Gran Via, all the way down to Plaza España (to the left) is full of stores (Zara, H&M, Blanco, Mango, Fnac, El Corte Inglés, etc).
This is THE THE THE place to get GREAT jamón to take back to your countries! They vacuum seal it (ideal for taking back to the US) and it has the best jamón in the whole of Madrid, & other cold cuts
López Pascual
13 Corre. Baja de San Pablo
This is THE THE THE place to get GREAT jamón to take back to your countries! They vacuum seal it (ideal for taking back to the US) and it has the best jamón in the whole of Madrid, & other cold cuts
This is the exact location of the Rastro Sunday Market, but it spills over to all the streets surrounding it!
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El Rastro
Plaza del General Vara de Rey
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This is the exact location of the Rastro Sunday Market, but it spills over to all the streets surrounding it!
This street and the all the ones around it are full of stores.
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Bershka
25 C/ Gran Vía
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This street and the all the ones around it are full of stores.
This street is a pedestrian walkway and it has all kinds of stores and cafes. Also walk around the smaller streets.
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Calle del Arenal
Calle del Arenal
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This street is a pedestrian walkway and it has all kinds of stores and cafes. Also walk around the smaller streets.

Sightseeing

This place has a small entrance fee (I think 2€) but it has a lovely cafe, two or more exhibition galleries and you can take the elevator to the rooftop for an amazing view of Madrid!
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Círculo de Bellas Artes
42 C. de Alcalá
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This place has a small entrance fee (I think 2€) but it has a lovely cafe, two or more exhibition galleries and you can take the elevator to the rooftop for an amazing view of Madrid!
Try to get close to it, you'll see the bullet holes from the Spanish Civil War. And you'll find the Retiro park right in front, which is beautiful!
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Durval Puerta De Alcala
12 C. de Salustiano Olózaga
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Try to get close to it, you'll see the bullet holes from the Spanish Civil War. And you'll find the Retiro park right in front, which is beautiful!
This is beautiful, you have to see it. It's one of the oldest plazas in Madrid. You can have a caña (small beer) on one of the outdoor cafes. A little touristy, but it has to be done!
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Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor
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This is beautiful, you have to see it. It's one of the oldest plazas in Madrid. You can have a caña (small beer) on one of the outdoor cafes. A little touristy, but it has to be done!
This is a nice dainty plaza, with a good few cafes.
Hostal Matute
This is a nice dainty plaza, with a good few cafes.

Arts & Culture

This is the famous Museo del Prado, not to be missed! Also try to get to see the botanical gardens, just outside it, the best shade in all of Madrid for a hot summer's day!
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Prado National Museum
23 Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón
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This is the famous Museo del Prado, not to be missed! Also try to get to see the botanical gardens, just outside it, the best shade in all of Madrid for a hot summer's day!
Another great museum, it has amazing temporary exhibits. And right behind it a place called Hub Madrid, which has exhibitions and conferences on ecology.
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CaixaForum Madrid
36 P.º del Prado
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Another great museum, it has amazing temporary exhibits. And right behind it a place called Hub Madrid, which has exhibitions and conferences on ecology.
This is the National Opera House of Spain. Beautiful building with tours inside. Behind it is the Plaza de Oriente, which you shouldn't miss, with the Jardines and the Royal Palace.
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Teatro Real
s/n Pl. de Isabel II
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This is the National Opera House of Spain. Beautiful building with tours inside. Behind it is the Plaza de Oriente, which you shouldn't miss, with the Jardines and the Royal Palace.
This is a beautiful, small and very old theatre! The plays are usually great, and they also have live music by well known indie artists there, which you can enjoy if you don't speak Spanish.
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Teatro Lara
15 Corre. Baja de San Pablo
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This is a beautiful, small and very old theatre! The plays are usually great, and they also have live music by well known indie artists there, which you can enjoy if you don't speak Spanish.