Madrid for pleasure seekers

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For demanding palates, for those who’re fond of sensuous luxury, for those seeking the occasional treat… Madrid offers experiences and venues that make a difference.

Foodies

Madrid boasts an ever-growing, ever-evolving culinary offering. Traditional restaurants include Botín (the world’s oldest restaurant), Lhardy (serving legendary stews), Casa Lucio (whose fried eggs and French fries draw celebrities and royals form all over the world), Viridiana (Gabriel García Márquez’s choice in town) and Zalacaín.

For the more adventurous, there’s a long list of Michelin-starred restaurants, including DiverXO, run by chef David Muñoz – a trend-setter in the city.

Those with a sweet tooth should probably head for Casa Mira (where they sell some of the finest turrones or nougats), La Violeta (making the delicate violet candy that King Alfonso XIII was so fond of) or the Madrid shop of Catalan confectioner Oriol Balaguer, who’s also the man behind the refurbished version of La Duquesita.

Experiences in international cuisine are delivered at Kabuki and 99 Sushi Bar. For a taste of Latin America, Punto MX and Astrid & Gaston are great choices.

If you’re looking for the best ingredients for a homemade meal, here are a few ideas: fish from Pescaderías Coruñesas, olive oil from La Chinata or Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero, and fruit and vegetables from the traditional El Anón Cubano or the lovely Frutería Vázquez, in Barrio de Salamanca, where you may bump into a celebrity or two.

Over the past few years, the city has seen a rebirth of traditional market halls with a modern, creative twist. Their stalls offer freshly made snacks and meals. Among them we can mention the handsome San Miguel Market, the innovative San Ildefonso, the recently rehabilitated Barceló and San Antón, in the heart of Chueca, and the iconic La Paz, a fine example of nineteenth-century cast iron architecture.

Out for a drink

Madrid is home to some of the most renowned cocktail bars in the world. Museo Chicote, for instance, has been celebrated as the best bar in Europe on several occasions. Among its patrons we can find Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner and Bette Davis. The elegant Del Diego takes cocktails very seriously, making them with great art. The American-style bar Josealfredo is always crowded; people enjoy its decadent atmosphere.

Where to rest in luxury

In Madrid you can stay in hotels where the service is flawless and the atmosphere, posh. To the classic choices – the Ritz, the Westin Palace, the Wellington, the InterContinental or the Villa Magna –, we should add more modern, less crowded options like the Silken Puerta América, the Orfila, the AC Santo Mauro, the Hesperia, the Eurostars Madrid Tower, the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques or the Barceló Torre de Madrid.

 

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Spend the night in the lap of luxury in one of Madrid's fabulous five-star hotels.

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