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.
Go sight-seeing along Paseo de Recoletos, where you will find the stunning Cibeles fountain designed by Ventura Rodríguez and the magnificent national library.
Stay on Paseo de Recoletos to enjoy an al fresco lunch on the spectacular terrace at the stylish Casa de America.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy succulent seafood at El Bogavante de Almirante.
Finish your day at the British-owned Bristol Bar on Almirante, which serves the best gin cocktails in Madrid.