How To Experience Madrid Like A Local

With its beautiful architecture, lively culture, and delicious cuisine, few cities can compare to the wonders that can be found in Madrid. And while locations like the Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park, and Royal Palace usually top visitors’ bucket list, often times it’s the lesser-known spots that create the richest experiences.

In the spirit of channelling our inner wanderlust, we set out to discover the best places in Madrid that fly under the radar. Read on to discover our picks for some of the best things to do, see, and eat in Madrid – and experience the city like a true Madrileño.


For couples: Madrid is actually surrounded by vineyards – some of which are just a bus or train ride away. You and your significant other can take a day trip to the Vinos de Madrid, which includes three different subsections. There are plenty of tour options for each area.

For business travellers: If you’re in Madrid on business be sure to check out Google Campus Madrid, a collaborative space made for everyone from entrepreneurs to freelancers. You can sign up for free access and use it as a makeshift office during your travels. There’s also an onsite café if you prefer a more laid-back vibe to get work done.

For families: Upgrade your usual family bonding with a trip to El Pardo – a lesser-known royal palace located on the outskirts of the city. The palace was once home to the Habsburgs, the Bourbons, and Francisco Franco, so it has a unique mix of architectural styles and periods of Spanish history.

For anyone on a budget: If you want to immerse yourself in Madrid’s arts and culture without killing your budget, plan a visit to Matadero Madrid, a creative arts and exhibition centre. There are tons of different events each day – including plays, musical performances, poetry readings, and movie screenings – and entrance to the complex and most exhibitions is free.


For couples: There’s no better way to soak in a new city than with a spectacular view of its skyline. Cerro del Tío Pío offers a view of the city as well as the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range. Head to the park right before sunset to spend a romantic evening with your favourite person.

For business travellers: After your meetings, venture out to the rooftop at Circulo de Bellas Artes and sip on a cocktail while taking in one of the best views in the city. Whether you’re with co-workers or treating yourself to a solo night out, be sure to make it in time for sunset and then enjoy the lit-up view of some of Madrid’s most impressive buildings.

For families: El Bosque Encantado is a botanical garden with more than 300 green sculptures. The garden has picnic areas with chairs and tables, making it the perfect way to spend the day as a family.

For anyone on a budget: You may have read about or been recommended the Mercado de San Miguel, but for a more authentic market experience, spend a morning or afternoon at Mercado de San Anton. You’ll still get the drool-worthy spread of fresh produce and handmade breads, but with less tourists and crowds to get in your way.


For couples: Dinner at Ultramarinos Quintin in the Salamanca neighbourhood is a fabulous option. It’s located on the tree-lined Jorge Juan Street. The restaurant itself also boasts lovely décor, and the menu features modern takes on classic Spanish cuisine.

For business travellers: At La Candela Resto you don’t just get fantastic food, you get a truly unique dining experience. The restaurant offers three different multi-course options, all of which include superb service and extravagant table presentation. If you’re looking to have a meal with clients or anyone you want to impress, this eatery will not disappoint.

For families: At El Jardin Secreto de Salvador Bachiller guests dine in a beautiful garden atmosphere, which provides great entertainment for anyone with young children. The menu features delicious Spanish cuisine with something for every palate.

For anyone on a budget: When you need some cheap and tasty eats in Madrid, all you need to do is head underground the Plaza de España. There you’ll find Zhou Yulong, one of the city’s best Chinese restaurants and best-kept secrets. You also might be met with a line, but it moves quickly and is definitely worth the wait – try the pulled noodle soup or some dumplings.


When you’re deciding where to stay during your time in Madrid, you can’t go wrong with TRYP by Wyndham hotel. They have 11 locations all across the city – so whether you prefer to be right in the middle of the action near Gran Vía and Plaza de España, or in the trendy Atocha neighbourhood, TRYP by Wyndham has got you covered.

Source: Mashable