We arrived on a Thursday afternoon. The first thing we did was make our way through Retiro park as we were only a five minute walk away. The gardens are immaculate and I can only imagine how beautiful they are in Spring and Summer.
We then walked to the Museum del Prado. Tickets are free from 6pm if you're willing to queue for about 15-20 minutes. They have a fantastic collection of El Greco. Some notable paintings to look out for include:
We met our friends at their hotel on Saturday morning and headed out for breakfast to El Perro y la Galetta. This is an adorable little place with great decor! Lovely coffee and pastries. If you want a taste for local, have the Spanish omelette.
For lunch, we stopped off at the incredible Mercado de San Antón. We ate lemon calamari, octopus tentacles with potatoes and paprika, croquettes and my favourite, huevos rotos! The Brabante beer was really refreshing too.
We strolled around the city stopping off at the palace and the Almudena Cathedral.
For dinner, our friend took us to Couzapin. The hake was absolutely delicious!
Locals in Madrid eat dinner really late. Most places only open at 8pm for dinner service so be prepared to stay out late. We finished up dinner just after midnight. After heading to a gin bar and some dancing in the centre of the city, we ended up at 2am drinking coffee and snacking on churros at the famous Chocolateria San Ginés