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Las Salesas: Perfect day


Madrid’s Las Salesas district runs alongside Paseo de Recoletos, between Chueca and Salamanca in downtown Madrid. The two main streets in Las Salesas, Piamonte and Almirante, have become a magnet for art galleries, concept stores, international brands and fashion boutiques. This is a great area to pick up stylish clothes and jewellery as well as gourmet food and drink

Laura Edgecumbe-Ansdell ,

10am
Start the day with a delicious coffee at Cafe Gijón on Paseo de Recoletos. This legendary literary café stocks many books about the history of Madrid.

11am
Go sight-seeing along Paseo de Recoletos, where you will find the stunning Cibeles fountain designed by Ventura Rodríguez and the magnificent national library.

1pm
Stay on Paseo de Recoletos to enjoy an al fresco lunch on the spectacular terrace at the stylish Casa de America.

3pm
Make your way down Calle del Almirante and check out cool knitwear and t-shirts at Zadig & Voltaire, find trendy takes on the traditional Spanish espadrille at Cristina Castañer and discover elegant homewares at Homes in Heaven.

5pm
Head to the fantastic new San Antón gourmet food market on Calle Augusto Figueroa, where you can pick up Spanish specialities, enjoy exhibitions and events and relax with a copa de vino in the roof terrace café.

7pm
Explore the charming streets and plazas in the area. In Plaza de las Salesas you will find jewellery store Luxenter, there is a Marc Jacobs boutique on Marqués de la Ensenada and the Baccana boutique on Calle Piamonte stocks designer accessories.

9pm
Enjoy succulent seafood at El Bogavante de Almirante.

11pm
Finish your day at the British-owned Bristol Bar on Almirante, which serves the best gin cocktails in Madrid.

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