The Alternative Guide To Madrid

The Alternative Guide To Madrid

Madrid is one of my favourite cities. I lived in a town just outside the city on my year abroad, and travelled into Madrid countless times. I feel like i’ve ‘been there done that’ with most of the major attractions the city has to offer. So when I revisited Madrid on holiday this month. I was eager to find some of the more hidden gems the city has to offer…

  1. Palacio de Cristal

My first hidden gem is in the not so hidden ‘Parque de Retiro’. The park is one of my favourite places to go. I love that once you’re inside, you almost forget you are in a city at all. The ‘Palacio de Cristal’ is located slightly off the main walkway overlooking a stunning lake and fountain. The glass and metal structure is the perfect place to relax, away from the crowds of tourists in the main area in the park.


4. Malasaña

Malasaña is definitely my favourite area of Madrid. It’s just a short walk from the famous Gran Via. The barrio is filled with amazing vintage shops, coffee shops and bars.


5. Mercado de San Miguel

The historic indoor food market just off Plaza Mayor, has become one of the liveliest foodie spots in Madrid. Alongside stalls selling fresh produce are tapas bars offering a wide variety of treats, from paella to macarons.