Madrid is a stunning, modern European city, known for it’s beautiful parks, art collections and elegant architecture. Whether you’re a history buff, an art connoisseur, or a lover of food and drink, Madrid holds something perfect for every visitor. Here is our ultimate Madrid city guide; taking you to the best sights, the best food spots, and of course, the best places to drink great beer!
Where to find the best beers…
La Ardosa is our first pick of beer joints on our Madrid city guide. A quirky little spot for cask beers and European bottles, they serve up some fantastic bar nibbles. Too. And this is one of the most multicultural joints in town, pulling in travellers from all corners of the globe. The House Of Beer is another cracking spot. They have a great bottle selection, and the taps showcase a constant rotation of guest pours. And for an awesome selection of bottles and draught, Irreale is an absolute must-visit venue. This is a haven for any modern beer fan, and staff are always ready to help you taste and choose. Minimal decor and bright lighting make this a really chilled out spot to sink a few beers.
Top locally brewed beers to look out for…
If you’re searching for a real ‘hipster’ brewery in Madrid, look no further than Mad Brewing Co. They brew up a small range of classic styles, from Pales to IPA. They also serve up some very generous food portions to go with the brews. Described by many as a real hidden gem, you must pay them a visit. Pop down to Brew Wild Pizza Bar and check out the La Quince beers available. Their motto is ‘Brew Wild’, and La Quince are fast becoming favourites in the area. Their bar is a collaborative effort between brewery, bottle shop and expert pizza-makers. They serve up some of the best beers Spain has to offer, with classic Sicilian pizzas, a match made in heaven. And lastly, look out for La Virgen, who take the best traditions of brewing and bring them into the modern age. You’ll find their beers in pubs across the city, and you can also book onto a tour of their brewing facilities.
Our Madrid city guide to great eats…
If you’re a fan of street food, check out Tuk Tuk Asian Street Food, Madrid’s answer to a South East Asian adventure. They have a few spots in the city, and they serve up the best Bao in town. They also have a selection of noodles, soups and rice bowls. For authentic Tapas, look no further than El Mercado De San Miguel. This old covered market provides a really chilled out space in which to enjoy some quality tapas and fantastic wine, all at incredibly reasonable prices. If your budget stretches to something a little more upmarket, Santceloni is a great spot to try some seasonal Michelin starred food. There is an extensive wine list, and the wooden interiors make for an intimate and cosy dining experience.
The best sights in Madrid
Last but certainly not least on our Madrid city guide are our top sights to visit. If you’re into history and architecture, The Royal Palace of Madrid is a must-visit spot. Here you’ll find a calendar of exhibitions and concerts, as well as beautiful gardens and an exquisite library. Bullfighting has played an important part in the cultural history of Spain, and Las Ventas is a famous bullring. Seating over 20,000 people, this is a place of architectural interest. Well worth a visit, even for those who aren’t interested in the sport. There is a museum here that takes you through the history of bullfighting in Spain, and whilst this is a little scary, it’s certainly an interesting subject. And lastly, we recommend a visit to The Fountain Of Neptune. The fountain is a tribute to Greek legend Neptune, and features a stunning statue of him riding a shell chariot. A great spot to enjoy in the sunshine, take a nice cold beer and enjoy a good stroll.
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