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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seasonal eats in an modern space with an all-season terrace
“Top contemporary art museum in Madrid. Always featuring interesting activities and concerts ”
  • 499 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Matadero is a cultural center with lots of activities, theater, cinema, food, art exhibitions, etc.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A cultural center where you can have a coffee and do some laptop work (free wifi), there is also a rooftop area to enjoy a drink at. Just check times, as it is closed and/or has special events frequently. ”
  • 135 locals recommend
Market
“The perfect mix between a good old neighborhood market, not gentrified and still innovation. On sundays they have concerts or even salsa ! ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Circus
“It's a great theater. Nice quality shows, and many of them with no Spanish language requirement. Like circus, magic, acrobatics shows, etc... Very affordable prices...”
  • 51 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Edificio de la antigua Fábrica de Tabacos gestionado por el Ministerio, dividido en dos áreas: 1.Tabacalera Promoción del Arte, dedicado a las artes visuales. 2.Centro Social Autogestionado La Tabacalera de Lavapiés, centro cultural con una programación variopinta: talleres de artesanía, cine, música africana, etc. Parada obligatoria para los amantes del arte urbano./ Building of the old Tobacco Factory managed by the Ministry, divided into two areas: 1.Tabacalera Promotion of Art, dedicated to the visual arts. 2. Self-managed Social Center La Tabacalera de Lavapiés, cultural center with a variety of programming: workshops, cinema, music, etc. Mandatory stop for lovers of urban art.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Museum
“"Mercado de motores" (Engines Market). At the old train museum each 2nd weekend you can find a curious "second-hand" market, with old and rare objects to buy for a suitable price. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Eclectic home cooking dishes, a mix of tastes from everywhere, run by for an English and an Spaniard chef. Midday menu all week for a good price. At night they only serve "raciones" (plates of food to share). Cocina casera ecléctica, una mezcla de sabores de todas partes, atendida por un inglés y un chef español. Menú del mediodía toda la semana por un buen precio. Por la noche solo sirven "raciones" (platos de comida para compartir).”
  • 39 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Muy cerca de Atocha. Camareros amables. Todos sus platos muy ricos y de muy buena calidad. Recomendable el salmorejo, sus croquetas variadas, los callos y las patatas de la abuela. El trato muy bueno, pero eso sí ir pronto porque se llena mucho. --- Very close to Atocha. Friendly waiters All its very rich and very good quality dishes. Recommended the salmorejo, its varied croquettes, the tripe and potatoes of the grandmother. The treatment is very good, but that does go soon because it gets very busy.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Event Space
“Tabacalera is a self-organized social center that promotes the direct participation of citizenship in managing the public domain. It is a space for theatre, music, dance, painting, conferences, etc”
  • 19 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
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“ A chic restaurant that offers excellent market cuisine made using the best seasonal products. It´s at the Reina Sofia Museum. Price: Medium”
  • 19 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A 10 min de centro comercial plaza rio. Starbucks, KFC, Five Guys, Restaurante Buffet Chino, Tiendas de ropa, Alcampo.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Route
“Situado en el barrio de Lavapiés (El Soho de Madrid) tomar una buena bebida con su tapa y conocer el lugar mas multicultural de Madrid merece la pena. Además los Domingos se instala el famoso rastro madrileño. Located in the Lavapies (Soho Madrid) take a good drink with the cap and make the most multicultural place in Madrid worth. Besides Sundays the famous Rastro is installed.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Train Station
“Here is the main train station for all of the city. You can go to any place outside of Madrid with this effective transportation method.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Trend tapas place in a trend street. Recommendation: huevos con trufas (eggs with truffle).”
  • 22 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“It is an ex slaughterhouse that was reformed into a cultural center. You can find expositions, concerts, and many other thing in this place... It is huge.”
  • 16 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Eclectic home cooking dishes, a mix of tastes from everywhere, run by for an English and an Spaniard chef. Midday menu all week for a good price. At night they only serve "raciones" (plates of food to share). Cocina casera ecléctica, una mezcla de sabores de todas partes, atendida por un inglés y un chef español. Menú del mediodía toda la semana por un buen precio. Por la noche solo sirven "raciones" (platos de comida para compartir).”
  • 39 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Muy cerca de Atocha. Camareros amables. Todos sus platos muy ricos y de muy buena calidad. Recomendable el salmorejo, sus croquetas variadas, los callos y las patatas de la abuela. El trato muy bueno, pero eso sí ir pronto porque se llena mucho. --- Very close to Atocha. Friendly waiters All its very rich and very good quality dishes. Recommended the salmorejo, its varied croquettes, the tripe and potatoes of the grandmother. The treatment is very good, but that does go soon because it gets very busy.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
“ A chic restaurant that offers excellent market cuisine made using the best seasonal products. It´s at the Reina Sofia Museum. Price: Medium”
  • 19 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Trend tapas place in a trend street. Recommendation: huevos con trufas (eggs with truffle).”
  • 22 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Used to be a bookstore with coffeshop. Nowasays is a coffeshop with some used books. Great coffee.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place for breakfast before exploring the city. They have yummy combos for €5 (coffee, orange juice, croissant). They also open for lunch and dinner (tapas, wines, beers, meats). They also have weekly daily menu (at a reduced price).”
  • 13 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Galician food in Madrid. Restaurant with food from one of the best regions (gastronomy speaking) of the Spain. Musts: Tortilla de patatas (spanish omelette) , pulpo a feira (octopus), pimientos de padrón (green peppers)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Tipical basque Tasca, where you can drink wine and eat good dishes for good prices. Must: Tortilla de Bacalao, Flamenquín de jamón y setas...”
  • 8 locals recommend

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