There are hubs of culture, entertainment and fun in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Corners of the city where you can enjoy a brief escape from the fast pace of urban life, either alone or in great company. Among these restaurants, cafés, rooftop terraces, museums, hidden walkways are classics that have stood the test of time as well as fresh hot spots that have found their way quickly onto the scene. We’ve rounded up some of the most iconic places in town that you'll be itching to check out during your stay in Madrid for CCW 2020!
1. Enjoy art and markets at Matadero Madrid
Previously the city's old slaughterhouse, Matadero Madrid is now a modern cultural centre. Theatre, cinema, literature, concerts, festivals and markets all converge on the bank of the Manzanares in Matadero Madrid's Cineteca, Sala del Lector reading room, and Central del Diseño design centre.
2. Try food from around the globe at Mercado de Vallehermoso
Another great example of how traditional markets have been reinvented and have blossomed to serve up international cuisine. Tripea is one of the best market stalls to fill up on fusion cuisine in the whole of Madrid.
3. Grab a drink at Sala Equis, a former adult cinema
The last X-rated cinema ('sala x') in the city converted into a cocktail bar, though they kept the projector for special screenings. Don't miss the fab Saturday night ambience, and the fun cinema cycles.
4. Dine at DiverXO, Madrid's only three-Michelin-starred restaurant
The only restaurant in Madrid with three Michelin stars. With three Michelin stars and under the name of eccentric chef David Muñoz, DiverXO is one of the hottest restaurants in town.
5. Get the best views of the city from Círculo de Bellas Artes
One of the most complete cultural centres in the city, inside a spectacular building. Its famous rooftop terrace has become a favourite hang-out for locals and visitors, especially on summer evenings, when you're perfectly positioned to admire a gorgeous sunset.
6. Discover Spain's only Egyptian temple, the Templo de Debod
The only intact Egyptian temple in Spain, the Templo de Debod is an Egyptian structure that's more than 2,200 years old and dedicated to the gods Amon and Isis.
7. Watch the sunset from Cerro del Tío Pío
A park with one of the best panoramic views of Madrid, located in Puente de Vallecas it is one of the best places in town to watch day turn into evening.
8. Fill your boots at the Mercado de San Miguel
Madrid's most famous gastro market, Mercado de San Miguel was resurrected, with its original 1916 iron structure intact, and since then its interior has housed a heady mixture of aromas, flavours and sensations for all tastes.
9. See Picasso's 'Guernica' at the Reina Sofía museum
With 3.8 million visitors in 2017, the museum is the biggest tourist attraction in Madrid, mainly because on one of the walls in room 206 hangs the most famous Spanish painting of the 20th century.
10. Be moved by opera at the Teatro Real
A classic theatre dedicated mainly to the most iconic operas in the country.one of the most beautiful and emblematic buildings in Madrid. As well as being a temple for opera, zarzuela and ballet, the Teatro Real has been a hugely symbolic building for the city's culture ever since its construction over two centuries ago.