Cool Things To Do in Madrid

Madrid isn't a major trendsetter like New York or London, but the city is rightly famous for its social atmosphere and simply knowing how to have a good time. So when it comes to the coolest things to do in Madrid, just follow the city's urban trail or join the crowds in the city's plazas and squares.

Our top pick, the Plaza del Dos de Mayo is a popular gathering place for the surrounding neighborhood's young and old. There you can scope out the laid-back local vibe and engage in some time-honored people watching. The square is ringed by restaurant and café tables in good weather and children come to play at the playground. Small groups of people often gather to sit and talk or drink near the statue in the middle of the historic square.

Follow the party people to our number two pick, the Plaza de Chueca. It's the hip place to see, be seen and meet friends before dispersing to nearby trendy shops, restaurants, and bars in Madrid's fashionable gay neighborhood.

Our number three pick, San Miguel market, is an uber-cool place for refreshing yourself with some Spanish tapas and drinks, while the posh Salamanca neighborhood, filled with designer shops and upscale restaurants, captured our attention for the number four spot.

Plaza del Dos de Mayo

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Plaza del Dos de Mayo

Historic events and popular bars... read more

Plaza de Chueca

Plaza de Chueca

Madrid's Gay Hot Spot... read more

Mercado de San Miguel (San Miguel Market)

Plaza de San Miguel
Plaza de San Miguel

Historic ironwork on the outside, gourmet food stalls on the inside... read more

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Barrio de Salamanca

Barrio de Salamanca
Near Maria de Molina and Serrano Streets

Madrid's most elegant neighbourhood... read more

Plaza de Santa Ana

Plaza de Santa Ana

A pleasant square with literary associations...
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Plaza de la Cebada

Plaza de la Cebada

Trendy bars and restaurants... read more

Casa Encendida (La)

Ronda Valencia 2

Art Lover's Haven... read more

Medina Mayrit

Calle Atocha, 14

Ultra relaxing spa experience... read more

Plaza de Lavapiés

Calle de la Fe

Multicultural area... read more

Palacio de Gaviria

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Calle del Arenal 9

Historical palace turned stylish nightclub...
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