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Madrid was highly rated for food by 556 guests from the United States!

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Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Madrid start with?

John
John, United States of America

26 days ago Report

Thyssen museum is in a class of it's own. The unique chronological ordering of art makes innovators stand out amongst there peers. Oh yeah Reina Sofia and Pardo is nothing to sneeze at either. Amazing collection of art in this city!

Why do you recommend Madrid for food?

Francisco
Francisco, The Philippines

15 hours ago Report

Good markets like Mercado San Miguel, Mercado San Anton and Mercado de la Paz. Great outlets like Gourmet Experience at El Corte Ingles. Excellent restaurants and bars. And the prices are reasonable compared to major cities all over the world. Everything is accesible by public transportation or even by foot.

How can you enjoy the sights in Madrid while avoiding the crowds?

Anonymous, Unknown location

13 days ago Report

Open top bus gives a good overview. Everything is near the city center. Queen Sophie museum was fantastic.

What did you discover about the museums in Madrid that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Alexandra
Alexandra, Russia

12 days ago Report

Советую тем, кто собирается путешествовать по Испании прочитать Г.В. Мортона "Прогулки по Испании. От Пиренеев до Гибралтара". Там есть многое из того, что не найдешь в путеводителе.

Is there more to shopping in Madrid than just brand-name stores?

Dr. Anita
Dr. Anita, Malaysia

13 days ago Report

Yes, lots of hidden gems. Especially in alleys of Sol. Loved Ortega surroundings, lots of designer brands there. Good prices, when compared to rest of Europe.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Madrid?

David
David, The United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

Don't expect to eat in any independant eatery at tea time (they shut at 4pm open again after eight!!)
For cheap lager and free tapas, huge plates of it, the youngsters have sussed out Tiger bar.
For American, English and other breakfasts the café on the corner of Calle Dr Cortez was great, but their huge dunking donut things and a thick chocolate to dip it in are a more authentic Madrid breakfast, and only 2.5 euros!!!.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Madrid.

David
David, The United Kingdom

25 days ago Report

Shops specialise in what they sell, rather than try to compete and sell everything.
It gives you the best options and staff who really know their game.

And if your luggage allowance can take it the Rastro area turns into a huge and fabulous boot sale on Sunday mornings...other peoples (spanish) junk is irresistible?!

What's the best way to make the most of Madrid by foot?

Anonymous, Unknown location

17 days ago Report

Take the hop-on-hop-off bus, ticket for 2 days (second day is much cheper). First, take the whole round trip to feel the city and get the tourists' information (better you bring with you good earphones for that). Don't start at Sol station because it's too crowded. Then go on with the bus to your point of interest. Hop off, take a walk, then get back to the bus and take the next one. This way you manage to get many short walks in your preferred areas. You may ask your hotel's reception for recommendations as well. They all have a very convenient small maps for free. Use them.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Anonymous, Unknown location

17 days ago Report

Don't go to any of the "eat as much as you can". It was the only tourist trap we encountered. North to Plaza Mayor street you'll find very good and fancy restaurants. South to this street you will find great othentic Spanish and south American restaurants and a little bit further you'll find real othentic and very good chinese restaurants.

What is it in Madrid that makes history come to life?

Peter
Peter, The United Kingdom

23 days ago Report

Madrid, like quite a few other European cities, is an old world city. The Spanish empire was at its greatest from around the end of the 15th century until the end of the 19th century. During this period Spain was one of the richest countries in the world. This history, and the wealth that this period brought to Spain, can be seen in Madrid from the Royal Palace to the beguiling Plaza Mayor.

What makes Madrid one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Derek
Derek, Ireland

23 days ago Report

It is a beautiful city that is easy to walk around.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Madrid?

Peter
Peter, The United Kingdom

23 days ago Report

Madrid is one of the best cities on earth for a night out. Whether you're looking for hard core dance clubs that stay open until the sun comes up, or Jazz clubs playing classic old swing, Madrid has got it all. Certain areas of the city are known for different music scenes, so making sure that the area that you have chosen caters to your taste, and your budget, yes Salamanca, I do mean you!, will help when it comes to going out.

Why do people recommend Madrid for the parks?

Kristina
Kristina, Canada

9 days ago Report

There is a huge park (Retiro Park) within the city that is really nice to walk through. Many locals jog and workout in the park. There are things to see in the park such as the Crystal Palace (giant greenhouse), fountains, a lake that people take small boats into, food venues and monuments.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Madrid has to offer?

Sheena
Sheena, The United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

Go to Mercado de San Marino, located just off Plaza Mayor. You'll need to go there a couple of times unless you have a massive appetite! Try sampling desserts from any of the many local cafes and try the tapas bars.

What makes the people from Madrid so friendly? Tell us your story.

Anonymous, Unknown location

3 days ago Report

For a capital city, I was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices in shops and restaurants, and the friendly service. This sets Madrid apart from certain other European capitals I could mention. In fact, apart from being more hectic than some other Spanish cities (other than Barcelona), you could say that Madrid doesn't feel like a capital at all.

What did you enjoy most about bar hopping in Madrid?

Deborah
Deborah, Australia

14 days ago Report

Everyone bar hops or tapas hops - different bars have different speciality and so makes it so tasty and exciting to keep changing.
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Was it cheap, fast, or easy to use? What made it so simple to get around in Madrid?

Eric
Eric, Canada

21 days ago Report

There's an information desk at the airport Metro station where they can help you decide if you'd benefit from a multi-day tourist pass. There are automatic ticket vending machines in the Metro stations that make it easy to buy the right fare (once you know where you're going!).

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Madrid?

Sheena
Sheena, The United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

The entertainment at the Plaza Mayor and surrounds (individual entertainers) were incredible. Waking up to music at the Plaza - violins, guitar, accordion. Excellent. The flea market was an experience, Calle Cava Baja for the tapas bars and cocktail bars was excellent, the Grad Via for shopping, Mercado de San Miguel for sampling the extraordinary cuisine...

Tell us what you really thought about the art in Madrid?

Neva
Neva, Australia

16 days ago Report

It's an interesting town, far more ordered and clean than I expected. The museums and galleries are first class. The downside is the crowds in the streets. I felt like a fish swimming upstream. And I couldn't get into a restaurant for lunch for 3 days and ate at the hotel for dinner. The queues were epic. A day trip to El Escorial was an antidote to the bustle of Madrid.

Why do people say Madrid can be seen best by foot?

Mauricio
Mauricio, United States of America

1 day ago Report

Because their is no other way, Madrid is an old city, made for foot traffic, cars are an afterthought and not practical.
You can reach almost anywhere using any combination of bus, metro, light rail and lots of walking.

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