50 things to do in Madrid

With something for everyone, from the touristy to the traditional, a list of must-do’s whilst your in Madrid.

Food and Drink:

  1. Grab a coffee at ‘Café del Art’
  2. Sit down for Tapas and a Sangría
  3. Try the ‘Bocadillo de Calamares’ at ‘El Brilliante’
  4. Go to a Rooftop bar
  5. Head over to Lavapiés for a curry
  6. Stop off at ‘Mercado de San Miguel’ – grab some wine and tapas
  7. Try the churros at ‘San Gines’, the oldest churro cafe is Madrid (it opened in 1894!)
  8. Try the best Tortilla in Madrid at ‘Casa Dani’
  9. Go for drinks and tapas on ‘Calle Cava Baja’
  10. Grab a drink at Sala Equis – a former adult film cinema
  11. Head to one of the many ‘Mercado’s’ for fresh fruit and veg
  12. Visit the oldest restuarant in the world, the ‘Sobrino de Botín’
  13. Take part in Bottellón
  14. Try 1€ tacos at ‘Takos al Pastor’
  15. Have a seafood paella
  16. Have a cerveza
  17. Head to lively neighbourhood of ‘La Latina’ for drinks

Sightseeing and exploring:

  1. Visit the ‘Reina Sofia’ museum
  2. Go to El Rastro on a Sunday
  3. Visit Templo de Debod
  4. Visit ‘Plaza de Cibeles’
  5. Go vintage shopping in Malasaña
  6. Sit, or have a meal, in Plaza Mayor
  7. Visit ‘El Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza’
  8. Buy tickets for the “Museo Nacional Del Prado’ (free entry with student ID!)
  9. Go to the Amusement Park
  10. Take a picture with the Madrid sign by the river
  11. Catch a Real Madrid game at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
  12. Watch a Flamenco show
  13. Go to a Spanish dance class
  14. Try out the Museum of Illusions
  15. Walk down Gran Vía
  16. Visit the ‘Palacio Real de Madrid’
  17. Explore the exhibitions at ‘El Matadero’
  18. Rent a scooter and tour Madrid
  19. Sit in any square and listen to people play instruments and sing
  20. Take a walk down Puerta del Sol
  21. Go to Parque Europa
  22. Sunbathe!


  1. Visit ‘Parque de Retiro’
  2. Explore Casa de Campo
  3. Get a bus to the mountains
  4. Take a walk through Parque del Oeste
  5. Visit the ‘Palacio de Cristal’
  6. Stroll through ‘El Capricho’ Park
  7. Watch the sunset for ‘Parque del Cerro del Tío Pío’
  8. Rent a boat out on the lake in ‘Parque de Retiro’
  9. Ride the teleferico cable cars over ‘Casa de Campo’.
  10. Walk down alongside the ‘Manzanares’ River
  11. Visit the Tropical Garden at Atocha Station

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