This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. So, I’ve decided to take a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer.
One of the perks of moving to a new city (and not working) is having the opportunity to explore.
Thanks to two bus tours, a free walking tour and countless hours of getting lost, I’ve had the chance to see A LOT of Madrid.
Here are a few of my favourite places and spaces in the Spanish capital:
Mercado San Miguel
The old saying All roads lead to Rome definitely holds true for us, but instead of Rome it’s the Mercado San Miguel. Anytime we are downtown we inevitably end up at Mercado San Miguel for late-afternoon/evening/late-night drinks and snacks. Always bustling, Mercado San Miguel is the perfect place to try new foods, sip on favourite beverages, and watch the world go by.
Parque El Retiro
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t you really should @PetiteAdventures 🙂 ) you’ll know that I recently professed that there’s no better place to spend a sunny weekend day than El Retiro Park in Madrid. And it’s a statement I stand by. At 1.4 square kilometers the park has everything – beautiful sculptures and monuments, a peaceful lake, and plenty of sunny grassy knolls perfect for picnicking and napping.
La Musa Latina
La Musa Latina is a restaurant/bar located in Madrid’s La Latina district, not too far from both Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Their creative and innovative approach to Spanish tapas is inspired; it also helps that the food is absolutely amazing and very decently priced.
Gourmet Express, El Corte Ingles Callao
El Corte Ingles Callao is a massive department store located in the centre of Madrid, just off Gran Via. The retail giant boasts eight floors of goods, apparel and really anything you can think of. But this isn’t why it is one of my favourite spaces. It’s the nineth floor, the Gourmet Express, that really is the highlight.
Beyond the racks of fine fares, luxury spices and wines fit for the king, you’ll find a patio and terrace that offer spectacular views of Madrid from downtown to the Palace to Malasaña and Argüelles. Grab a seat and a glass of wine and take in all of Madrid’s spectacular beauty.
J & J’s Books and Coffee
Home to one of the best intercambios in the city, J & J’s Books and Coffee is a used bookshop, café/bar, and unofficial home to many expats living in Madrid. A funky little space in Malasaña, J & J’s Books and Coffee is a great place to meet and chat with people from all over the world.
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