Friday, 23 July 2010

Madrid is the hottest place to be this summer - thanks to the World Cup!

Today I’m having a little break and I have a guest post from Yuli Linssen-Kaminitz at who makes some suggestions for cool things to do in Madrid, whether you live here or you’re just stopping by. I can tell you from personal experience that the rabo de toro (oxtail) and tomato salad in Casa Lucio, is to die for and that a friend recently spotted a well-known Spanish actor on the roof terrace at The Penthouse ;-)

Sunday 11th of July is a date which will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of Spaniards – as well as all the expats that have made Spain their home. For the first time in history the Spanish national football team won the World Cup. The Spanish team has a huge international following, and from the moment the tournament ended, fans, Hispano-philes and journalists from all over the globe rushed to get to Madrid and join in the celebrations and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Madrid de fiesta.

In light of this historic event, and the unique way of Madrileño way of celebrating in style, it’s easy to understand why Madrid is suddenly the hottest place to visit this summer. For those of you who are lucky enough to have scored some days off, here are some of the coolest Madrid hotspots for strolling, dining, drinking and partying!

1. “Casa Lucio” (Restaurant) - Cava Baja 35, Madrid:

Start your break in one of the most well known places in town. Located in the trendy La Latina neighborhood, this hot spot has been frequented by celebrities from all over the world. The decoration of the place is traditional and cosy - on entering the restaurant you’ll feel as if you jumped back in time to the 19th century. However, it is not the authentic decor that draws customers here time and again - it is the simple, yet delicious menu of traditional Spanish fayre. Try some of their house specialties, “Madrid-style callos” – in other words tripe - or the “huevos rotos” and you won’t be disappointed.

2. “Buddha del Mar” (bar, lounge, restaurant and a club) – Ctra de la Coruña, Madrid, 28040:

This is without a doubt the most fashionable and glamorous nightspot in Madrid at the moment. Breathtaking Asian décor, verdant surroundings, a brilliant sound system and a general ambience of liberty and luxury - will all make your evening a truly special one. Start the night with a light selection of tapas and a cocktail, rest a little in the chill-out area and prepare yourself for an all night pumping party!

3.”The Avenue of Art” (galleries, museums) - El Paseo Del Prado, Madrid:

After a long night of partying, you might feel the need for a spot of culture. The Paseo del Prado is a regal-looking, green boulevard right in the centre of the city and is home to some of the most famous galleries in the word. Visit the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums – which house priceless works of art by Goya, Velázquez, El Greco and many more. And, if you plan your time wisely, you can even make it to the Reina Sofía National Museum where you can see a plethora of more modern works such as Picasso's breathtaking masterpiece, Guernica.

4. “The Penthouse” (Tapas and cocktail bar) - Plaza Santa Ana 14, Madrid 28012:

There is no better place to sit with a cold beer or a good glass of red wine and watch the stunning sunset. This uber-chic roof terrace has views over the entire city and is located in one Madrid’s most upscale hotels. It is easy to understand why this spot is so incredibly popular - the décor is pure opulence - well appointed leather couches, lavish white exteriors and startling illumination. Reserve a table for an early drink and snacks, mingle with the beautiful people of Madrid and enjoy the moment. Carpe diem!

5. “Marula Café” (bar, club) - Caños Viejos, 3 (corner with Bailén, 17), Madrid:

The perfect end to your city-break is surely celebrating Madrid-style, which means partying in a big way. The Marula café is a funky nightclub which offers a wide variety of music- soul, jazz, Latin, house and much more. Once you've danced till you drop, take a rest on the perfectly located terrace - just beneath the Puente de Segovia—the awe-inspiring bridge on Calle Bailen—offering striking panoramic views of the bridge’s sweeping arches.


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