After checking into your hotel, head out for dinner at Mercado de San Antón in the lively district of Chueca. The Mercado de San Antòn is a large multi-storey food market in which you’ll find a number of amazing places to eat, such as La Imperial which serves delicious calamari, and La Casa del Bacalao which is great for beer and tapas.
Start your Saturday with a delicious breakfast at Café Federal in Malasaña. On a warm day get a window seat as the floor-to-ceiling windows are opened fully so that you can sit out in the sunshine. Café Federal has a variety of healthy breakfast options, such as avocado and poached eggs on toast, all made with fresh, organic local ingredients. The coffee is also lovely here. From breakfast, wander down the pretty streets of Malasaña and do some vintage shopping or browse the many lovely little boutiques this area has to offer.
Spend your afternoon exploring Madrid’s sights. There are many to choose from such as El Prado, Madrid’s largest art gallery; the Reina Sofia, home to Picasso’s famous work, the Guernica; the Royal Palace of Madrid; and the beautiful Plaza Mayor.
Stop for lunch at Hummuseria (above), a cosy hummus bar serving the most delicious light bites and tapas. Alternatively head to Casa Labra for the best croquetas in Madrid. If you’re more in the mood for a sweet afternoon treat, get churros from Chocolateria San Gines behind the Plaza Mayor (above).
Kick off your Saturday night in Madrid with cocktails at Círculo de Bellas Artes, a rooftop bar with the most beautiful views over the city (above). Either stay here for dinner or move onto the colourful and lively La Mordida in Sol for incredible Mexican food. The nachos, fajitas and frozen margaritas are particularly good here.
Go for a leisurely brunch at one of Madrid’s many lovely little cafés, such as Pum Pum Café (below) in Lavapies. At Pum Pum you can order full brunches for a really reasonable price, which come with delicious healthy dishes such as avocado on toast with a tahini-based sauce, eggs, fresh orange juice and fresh baked goods. If you’re looking for a more indulgent brunch however, go to Panela & Co (below), a New York-style café in Barrio Salamanca, serving classic breakfast dishes like eggs Benedict, along with tasty pastries, pancakes, waffles and bagels – there’s something for everyone here.
Finish off your wonderful weekend in Madrid with a stroll around one of the city’s beautiful parks. The Buen Retiro park (below), which belonged to the royal family in the 19th Century, is a great spot for a Sunday stroll. You could also hire a rowing boat and row around the lake in the middle of the park, or wander around the Palacio de Cristal, a beautiful glass building that used to house exotic plants but now puts on small temporary art exhibitions.
Madrid is a wonderful city with a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. It’s great to visit at any time of the year and will always leave you wishing you had stayed longer!