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Restaurants & cafés

A wonderfully old-fashioned ice-cream parlour, with a terrace overlooking the Parque del Oeste. In contrast to its 1950s feel, some of its 40 own-made...

Paseo del Pintor Rosales 48


Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

By day dogs chase kids through table legs while their parents chat over mugs of herbal tea. By night the hip hop and jazz DJs attract a different crowd,...

C/Pez 18

Camping El Escorial


This luxury campsite, located in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama around 45 minutes from Madrid, is set in 40 hectares (99 acres) of grounds lined...

Ctra de Guadarrama a El Escorial



Kids and adults uncover the mysteries of science via hands-on interactive exhibits. The clik de los niños (three- to eight-year-olds), where processes can...

C/Pintor Velázquez s/n



Part zoo, part theme park, Faunia recreates the world's different ecosystems in a series of domes. Best of the bunch is the Amazon jungle house, which...

Avda de las Comunidades 28

Fescinal (Cine de Verano)


An open-air night-time venue in Parque de la Bombilla for catching double bills of mainstream films during the Veranos de la Villa festival, which takes...

Parque de la Bombilla

Gelati e Frullati

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Under Italian, ownership, this fabulous gelatería serves the best ice-cream in the city and probably the whole of Spain. Twelve flavours (which rotate...

Avda Felipe II 8



This well-equipped play centre is close to the Retiro and the Goya shopping area.

Avda de Felipe II 34


Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

If you associate burger bars with junk food, then think again. Home is the brainchild of a French Canadian restaurateur, who has created a carefully...

C/Espíritu Santo 12

IMAX Madrid


The hourly wildlife and scientific shows are only in Spanish, but the 3D and Omnimax presentations are awesome enough to be enjoyed by all children.


La Casa Encendida

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This exciting new multidisciplinary centre in a large neo-Mudéjar building was conceived as a space for cultural interchange. Spread over four floors, the...

Ronda de Valencia 2

Museo de Ciencias Naturales


The Natural Science Museum occupies two spaces in a huge building overlooking a sloping garden on the Castellana. Much of the north wing is given over to...

C/José Gutiérrez Abascal 2

Museo del Ferrocarril

Critics' choice

Housed in the elegant but disused Delicias station, with ironwork by Gustave Eiffel, Madrid's railway museum has an evocative collection of models, old...

Paseo de las Delicias 61

Open-air municipal pools

Critics' choice
Sport, health & fitness

Landlocked Madrid is stiflingly hot in the summer, so at weekends half the city seems to turn up at this beautiful leafy complex with three open-air pools...

Piscinas Casa de Campo

Palacio de Hielo

Attractions, Sport, health & fitness

The Ice Palace is a huge leisure complex dominated by a 1,800-square-metre ice rink. With a curling and skating school, a 24-lane bowling alley and a...

C/Silvano 77
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