If it’s Sunday, don’t miss El Rastro, one of the world’s most famous flea markets, open from 10am to 3pm between La Latina metro, Puerta de Toledo and Glorieta de Embajadores. El Rastro offers everything from second-hand books and curiosities to serious art. If the market is closed, you can still find great vintage clothes and furniture stores. Try Underground for original 70s trousers and maxi-dresses – very this season – and El Transformista for cool retro furniture design classics.
Make a pilgrimage to the magnificent Reina Sofia contemporary art museum and prepare to be awed by Picasso’s Guernica masterpiece.
Lunch at the Museo Reina Sofia’s super-stylish Arola Madrid restaurant, which offers new takes on traditional tapas created by the world-famous chef Sergi Arola. The staff uniforms were designed by uber-trendy David Delfin, so the restaurant combines some of the best epicurean and design delights Spain has to offer.
Head to Mercado Puerta de Toledo, one of the most elegant shopping malls in Madrid. Once a 19th-century fish market, it’s now a chic shopping emporium where you can pick up everything from designer clothes to antiques. Comb through the treasures at Aldaba and discover fine antique porcelain and furniture.
Make your way down Carrera de San Jerónimo. This street boasts the densest concentration of art studios, crafts shops and home decor outlets in the capital, so you are sure to find the perfect souvenir. Pop into Europa20 and check out some of the latest in contemporary interior design.
Make a trip to the Teatro Circo Price, originally opened by the English acrobat Thomas Price in 1880. It’s now a spectacular modern auditorium where you can see a range of breathtaking, avant-garde circus performances.
Head to a flamenco bar for some of Madrid’s best traditional music. The Candela bar is renowned for its jam sessions, while Casa Patas offers great traditional Spanish fare alongside its shows.