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Areia

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Once an Irish bar, Areia has been transformed beyond recognition into a chill-out space that has all the angles covered: by day it's somewhere to get lunch...

C/Hortaleza 92

Bar El 2 De

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Bars & pubs

This is the emblematic Malasaña hang-out, packed at weekends and drowsily mellow in the afternoons, with a tiled bar and engraved mirrors, nicotine-stained...

C/Velarde 24

Bodegas la Ardosa

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Restaurants & cafés

A tiny local bar with a lovely old tiled exterior (confusingly marked No.58) and walls lined with bottles of wine. There are especially good patatas bravas...

C/Santa Engracia 70

Café de Oriente

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Restaurants & cafés

The belle époque interior is entirely fake yet entirely convincing, making this one of the most peaceful and elegant spots to flick through the newspapers...

Plaza de Oriente 2
Tags: Café

Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes

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Restaurants & cafés

A quintessential point of reference in the city's café society, the Bellas Artes is utterly elegant. Under new ownership, it is now free to enter at...

C/Alcalá 42

Café Gijón

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Restaurants & cafés

Still charming after all these years, this is Madrid's definitive literary café, open since 1888. It still holds poetry tertulias on Monday nights, and...

Paseo de Recoletos 21

Café Isadora

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Bars & pubs

An elegant shrine to Isadora Duncan, with a chequered floor, marble-topped tables and an eerie collection of prints of 'that scarf', alongside frequently...

C/Divino Pastor 14

Café Manuela

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Bars & pubs

Stacked to the rafters with board games, Café Manuela has been a hive of activity since the Movida days. Its handsome art nouveau decor and conveniently...

C/San Vicente Ferrer 29
Tags: Bar

Café Populart

Critics' choice
Music

Escape from the beer-crawl route that is Huertas by slipping into this superb jazz club. There's no cover charge, but the drinks are a bit pricey. A strong...

C/Huertas 22
Tags: Jazz
Free

Casa Alberto

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

One of the city's most evocative old tabernas, hung with oil paintings and presided over by a septuagenarian. It still has its old zinc bar complete with...

C/Huertas 18

Casa do Compañeiro

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Restaurants & cafés

A tiny jewel among tapas bars, with wonderful tiling inside and out. The tapas are mainly from Galicia, with lots of octopus, gammon, pig's ear and, of...

C/San Vicente Ferrer 44

Casa Lucio

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Restaurants & cafés

A restaurant unsurpassed by any other in Madrid for its famous patrons: King Juan Carlos, Bill Clinton and Penélope Cruz among them. This is the place of...

C/Cava Baja 35

Centro Cultural Conde Duque

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Attractions

Housed in a former barracks, built in the 18th century for Philip V's guard by Pedro de Ribera, the magnificently restored Conde Duque is a multipurpose...

C/Conde Duque 11
Free

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Critics' choice
Attractions

The Círculo de Bellas Artes occupies a superb building, designed by Antonio Palacios and completed in 1926. It is a key player in every aspect of the Madrid...

C/Alcalá 42 & C/Marqués de Casa Riera 2

Convento de las Carboneras

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Shops

The Carboneras nuns make a selection of speciality cakes and biscuits including mantecados, yemas and almond biscuits. As this is a closed convent you buy...

Plaza Conde de Miranda 3
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