When we travel we’re always looking to see something different. Attractions that you don’t always find inside most travel guides. Here are our five travel tips for Madrid that we think are unique, and unlikely to be found on most travel blogs.
Madrid surprised us in many ways, especially due to the amount of artistic and cultural places we discovered and loved. People often describe Madrid as a big city and it surely is the largest in Spain, but it didn’t feel huge to us and we found it very easy to navigate and discover on foot.
There are some districts of Madrid that we enjoyed the most like Lavapiés for its multicultural mixture of people and shops and La Latina for being one of the new trendy and hipster area.
We think that we have been lucky enough to meet incredibly nice people that have made our Madrid experience even more pleasant by telling us the right and best places to go to, where locals and themselves would go, that thankfully aren’t necessarily the touristic ones.
We enjoyed our experience in the city so much that we are more than happy to share with you some travel tips for Madrid on some of the places we’ve been to and that we would happily recommend.
1. La Tabacalera de Lavapiés
We discovered this building totally by chance and, after noticing that there was a free contemporary art exhibition inside, we simply walked in. Apparently La Tabacalera used to be a tobacco factory, it’s now a cultural space where various activities take place like art exhibitions, music performances, theater shows and other cultural practices.
We saw a very interesting exhibition called La tregua by Ángel Haro which is now finished. Don’t worry though, there is always something on at La Tabacalera
Address: Calle de Embajadores, 51, 28012 Madrid, Spain
2. Rayén Vegano
There’s no way we could complete a travel tips for Madrid guide without a least one vegan place!
This small and cozy casual eatery is a lovely place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner (on weekends only). Rayén is a well designed small restaurant that offers incredibly tasty vegan food made by using fresh organic ingredients sourced locally.
We had a delicious brunch, tried some alternative coffees made with rice and oat milk and enjoyed some homemade vegan food. Needless to say that we loved it and we’d recommend it to everybody, omnivores included.
Address: Calle Lope de Vega, 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain
3. El Mercado de Motores
If you are in Madrid the second weekend of the month and you want to see a very nice alternative to the famous flea market El Rastro, El Mercado de Motores is the place to go.
This quite unique market isn’t mentioned in any travel guides, and takes place in a former train station now used as a railway museum. It offers a lot of vintage and design items in a very nice setting and the entry is FREE.
Address: Museo del Ferrocarril, Paseo de las Delicias, 61, 28045 Madrid, Spain
4. Torres Blancas
This apartment building also known as White Towers is an amazing example of 60s architecture. Torres Blancas reminds me of something like a futuristic tree house. It is fascinating to imagine how exciting a construction like this must have been fifty years ago, it must have been considered something quite out of the ordinary.
Address: Av de América, 37, 28002 Madrid
5. Matadero Madrid
This incredibly well restored complex used to be an old municipal slaughterhouse now converted into an arts centers for both locals and tourists. Matadero Madrid hosts contemporary arts exhibitions, theater and cinema shows, music performances and other cultural activities that are constantly changing.
It’s free to access into the premises and wonder around to enjoy the lovely architectural site, there is a fee to join some activities and shows though. We loved its vibrant atmosphere and its architecture too, for us it’s a MUST see.
Address: Plaza de Legazpi, 8, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Enjoy Our Tips!
We really hope that you find at least one of our travel tips for Madrid useful on your upcoming trip to the city. Should you enjoy any of them then we’d love to have you return and give us YOUR review of the tip you chose to follow.
Also, should you discover a travel tip of your own then please come back and share it with us so we can check it out when we next visit too!
What did we miss in Madrid that you’d have suggested?