Madrid—The Beating Heart of Spain

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Madrid

 

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The third most populous city in the European Union, Madrid boasts an old-world elegance that is rare, yet prevalent in so much of the city, from its gardens, such as Casa de Campo, which is several times the size of Central Park, to its impressive museums, including the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. The city’s smattering of old-fashioned restaurants and deliriously fun nightclubs live up to the hype about Spanish nightlife, and there are an array of events during spring and summer. In mid-May, the annual San Isidro festival kicks off a citywide celebration, the town plays host to the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament, and famous matadors descend on the city to fight at Las Ventas, Spain’s largest and most revered bullfighting ring.

Casa de Madrid. A small, charming and unique hotel right next to the opera, the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. Calle de Arrieta, 2.

El Landó. A personal favorite of the king, this restaurant is reminiscent of what Spain once was—the waiters wear white uniforms, the décor is all woodwork and wall sconces. The meat entrees and stews are excellent. Plaza Gabriel Miró, 8.

Museo Chicote. For after-dinner drinks, follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and Ava Gardner to this 1930s bar on the Gran Vía, a Spanish version of Broadway. Gran Vía, 12.

Madrid bars

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Bar Tomate. A cool place with a simple design that serves good food all day and plays music at night. Calle de Fernando El Santo, 26.

Luzi Bombón. This modern brasserie is the ideal place to go on the weekend. Try the oysters and the royal crab as starters. Paseo de la Castellana, 35.

Válgame Dios. At night, this bar and cafe in Chueca is always full of Madrid scenesters and movie stars. Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 43; 34-91-701-0341

 

Madrid nightlife

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