As a local of the amazing Madrid, I have the pleasure of being able to discover more and more every day. It’s such a shame that many foreigners don’t enjoy my city as much as they could, due to the fact that many go to the typical places that appear in any guide of Madrid, but we all know that in every city there is something else that makes it special. Those are the hidden gems. I’ve chosen five gems that not even all locals know about and that everyone should visit for sure!
Tabacalera - Promoción del arte
La Tabacalera is my favourite gem, no doubt. In a few words I’d say that it is like an alternative art museum but with an extra something special. It used to be a tobacco factory, but now it has been converted into a unique place where you can enjoy a huge variety of modern street art over the walls and outside, that personally make me feel free and inspired whenever I go. There are many free activities that any of you can attend such as concerts, dance classes, even photography courses.
Where: Embajadores Price: Free! Opening times: Tuesday – Friday: 12 am - 8 pm Weekends and festives: 11 am - 8 pm
Mercado de San Fernando
Although the most well-known market is ´San Miguel’, I prefer San Fernando as it has a friendlier atmosphere and is more catered to the locals so you will be sure to find delicious and well-priced cuisine. I love that in Madrid there is a great mix of people from all over the globe, and this is well-represented in this international market, as we can get to eat the typical food from a nice variety of countries. This market suits perfectly for anyone, no matter where the people are from or their age.
Where: Lavapiés Price: drinks: 2-5 euros, tapas: 2-8 euros, platos: + 7 euros Opening times: Monday: 9 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm Friday and Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Chamberi’s ghost station
This old metro station allows its visitors to go back in time to feel the atmosphere of Anden 0 from the 19th Century. Every detail is kept as it used to be when the station was in working order and it is certainly a much recommended visit as you don’t get to see a ghost station in many cities!
Where: Chamberí Price: Free! Opening times: Thursday: 10 am – 1 pm Friday: 11 am – 7 pm Weekends: 11 am – 3 pm
Parque del Oeste
I know that Parque del Retiro is the most popular one, but Parque del Oeste is certainly very underrated. Its grandeur is impressive and it’s a place where you can relax laying in the grass with your friends. It’s one of the few locations in Madrid where you can enjoy nature at its finest with beautiful trees and even river and ponds.
Where: Moncloa Price: Free! Opening times: 24/7
A modern, chic bar that has been recently opened. Arguably an outstanding place inside one of the most well-known museums in Madrid, Museo Reina Sofía, where there’s a variety of delicious food during the day and different sessions of good music every night. Nubel is a very pleasant and friendly place that’s definitely worth visiting even though the price goes up in comparison with the previous gems.
Where: Reina Sofia Museum Price: breakfast: 3’50 euros, menu of the day: 14 euros, cocktails: 10 euros Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wendesday, Sunday: 9 am - 1 am Thursday: 9 am - 2 am Friday and Saturday: 9 am – 2, 30 am
There's always a few more hidden gems in Madrid waiting to be discovered, so why not book Jorge for a few hours and let him show you some more!