48 hours in Madrid

Where to stay

Only You Boutique Hotel occupies a 19th century palacio in the trendy Salesas neighborhood. Opt for one of the property’s Fabulofts, spacious attic rooms with exposed wood-beamed ceilings, or the Blue Suite which includes a sprawling blue-and-white terrace overlooking lively Barquillo Street.

Hotel Urso is a luxurious five-star retreat near the sophisticated Malasaña district. The elegant rooms and suites feature hardwood floors and a farmhouse-chic design aesthetic. The on-site restaurant, Media Ración by Cuenllas, ranks highly among locals (known as Madrileños). 

The decor at 7 Islas is inspired by the laid-back Canary Islands, with volcanic rock accents and neutral hues. House-distilled spirits and tropical beverages made from local fruit are the highlights at the hotel’s 7 Craft Bar.

Day 1

Federal Café infuses Mediterranean ingredients into wholesome Australian breakfasts (the name is a reference to a small town in New South Wales). Their outpost in Conde Duque serves morning fare, like oven-baked free-range eggs with fresh cheese and the Green Tommy smoothie with apple, cucumber, and chia seeds, all day.

Choose your adventure:

Refuel at Celicioso, a gluten-free bakery that also serves nutritious savory dishes like grilled toast with sunflower seed tapenade and arugula salad with pomegranate dressing.

Make a dinner reservation at elevated tapas restaurant Sala de Despiece in the Chamberí district. Anticipate small farm- and sea-to-table dishes like octopus with chimichurri and beef tartare. 

Day 2

Make your way to breakfast at Zenith Brunch and Cocktails. Go for the shakshuka or a Brazilian-style tapioca pancake with toppings like avocado, mushrooms, and vegan cheese.

For lunch, graze at Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid’s first gourmet market. Many of the stalls serve signature dishes from Michelin-starred chefs, like Rodrigo de la Calle’s paella. After, check out Mercado de Vallehermoso, Spain’s only permanent farmers market, which hosts butchers, bakers, and brewers.

The traditional cuisine of Central Spain has inspired many of Madrid’s most ambitious new restaurants. Ferreteria by Ego, housed in a former hardware store, celebrates this heritage with dishes like garlic shrimp, octopus and potatoes, and thinly-sliced Iberico ham. The apothecary-style dining room nods to the building’s history by incorporating details like salvaged wooden cabinets into the decor. 

Embrace Spain’s current obsession with Mexican liquor at Mezcal Lab. Conclude your final evening with a bracing strawberry-jalapeño margarita.