To watch a Real Madrid match in Madrid is a football fanatic’s holy grail. In fact, you don’t even have to really like football to have a blast. The “real” in Real Madrid stands for royal. And in Madrid, they might as well be royalty. Secure tickets for a match at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano first, and plan around that. The restaurants in the Spanish capital are some of the most exciting in the world. Take, for instance, Platea Madrid, the food hall to end all food halls, or Ten con Ten, which is the kind of tapas bar that the ones back home aspire to be. As for hotels, go slick and modern at Dear Hotel or full-on palatial opulence at AC Santo Mauro. You’re in Madrid: There’s really no going wrong.
Tracy Anderson Method
Calle Fernando VI, 10, Salamanca
Goop staffers religiously sweat it out at Tracy Anderson’s Brentwood Studio—or at home via the streaming service— and the fitness guru has just opened her first studio outside the United States. The newly renovated LaMarca building in Madrid’s Barrio de Justicia neighborhood is the TA Method’s latest home. Like Anderson’s other state-of-the-art studios, the Spanish iteration doesn’t skimp on the details and you’ll find the Iso-Kinetic bands, the Super G floor, and the signature humidity familiar to regulars as well as a tight edit of fitness apparel and accessories.
5 Carrer de la Ciutat, Gothic Quarter
Technically they serve food here-and don't misunderstand, it's great: Pulled pork that's been smoked for 14 hours and chicken curry sandwiches as well as healthy options, like sweet mango salad and homemade gazpacho. But that's not really why you come. You come for the coffee-cold brew, nitro cold brew, aeropress, and a whole bunch of other coffee options that are fantastic, if somewhat intimidating. Fair warning: eat something, too. A place that takes its coffee this seriously means your caffeine intake will make you think you can leap tall buildings in a single bound. (You can't.)
337 Carrer de Còrsega, Vila de Gràcia
Not many restaurant menus come with their own legend-purple for soy, beige for gluten, etc. But Tia Santa not only comes with a legend for navigating its menu, it comes with an incredibly thorough one. (Celery is green, mustard is yellow, and vegetarian dishes that can be adapted for vegans is denoted with two leaves in gradations of green. You get the idea.) In case it's not apparent, the restaurant, which translates loosely to "holy aunt," puts a premium on all things sustainable, organic, and healthy. But-to mix a metaphor-that's all just the icing. The real reason to come is that that, in a city of jamon this and queso that, the food is as unexpected as it is delicious.
Delitto e Castigo
Calle de Claudio Coello 69, Salamanca
Delitto e Castigo is considered one of the most superior fashion emporiums in the world—with racks brimming with everything from McQueen to Givenchy, in a dramatically lit, architectural space—this accolade is is well deserved.
Le Marché Aux Puces
Calle de Fernando VI 2, Centro
Aside from expertly tailored clothing (predominantly for guys), Le Marché Aux Puces offers an assortment of beautiful coffee table books and accessories, all housed in an imposing, dizzyingly beautiful former bookstore. A dream for the male sartorialist expect everything from Balenciaga to Dior clothes-wise with a stellar selection of all the additional accoutrements—ties, foulards, cufflinks—required to be stylishly suited and booted head-to-toe.
Madrid is renowned for her museums and despite the city’s classical overtones, street art—which oftentimes acts as visual commentary of the civic, political, and cultural overtones of a society—is alive and well with Boa Mistura—a multidisciplinary art collective. Made up of five creatives—friends since their teens when they would graffiti their neighborhood—their art, so decidedly in the public realm is intended to make a statement, to be community building, and to disrupt the notion that graffiti is vandalism. A guide can steward you through many of their large-scale murals that dot the city. More of their work is to be found in places as disparate as the favelas of Brazil and the Venice Biennale.
Ten con Ten
Calle de Ayala 6, Salamanca
Ten Con Ten, the opposite of a dive-y drop-in, is a lively, totally modern sit-down spot that serves classic tapas with a modern edge (and interestingly, some pasta dishes). No need to reserve, plenty of tables are left open for walk-ins which contributes to the convivial vibe that is never stuffy
Calle Cava Baja 35, Centro
Walking through the heavy-wood, tavern-style entryway to this eatery is akin to stepping into the Madrid of yesteryear—the plates are monogrammed, the waiters are suited-up, and the clientele spans politicians, locals, eccentrics, and the occasional royal. Casa Lucio is an olive oil soaked slice of the old-world, traditional yet incredibly refined with a classic menu of gastronomical favorites to match. Try the huevos estrellados—crispy, salty fried potatoes topped with broken runny eggs and be sure to linger over your desert for the all-important sobremesa (loosely translated as post-dinner debate and conversation) that keeps Madrileños firmly planted the table until the early hours.
Soho House Barcelona
4 Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, Las Ramblas
We love the stylish, shabby-chic touches and conveniences that are a Soho House signature and the 18th century building and harbor views don’t hurt either.
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