Discover our neighbourhood guide to Barrio de Salamanca in Madrid
The sophisticated Barrio de Salamanca area in the Spanish capital offers visitors charming streets, luxury shopping and chic restaurants with the best chefs in Spain. In this guide we take a look at the main attractions of Barrio de Salamanca, including the Parque del Buen Retiro and must-visit shops on Calle de Serrano
Parque del Buen Retiro
Parque del Buen Retiro is Madrid’s most famous park and where many locals enjoy an evening stroll as they watch the sun go down. Rent a boat and paddle around the artificial lake before heading to the park’s main attraction, the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) building.
This is one of the most instagrammable attractions in Madrid and it’s not hard to see why. The stunning structure is made almost entirely of glass and the sight of the sunlight playing on the walls is simply magical. Palacio de Cristal also hosts art exhibitions, which change seasonally, so you always have a reason to come back.
Make sure you visit La Rosalenda, the park’s rose garden. In spring, visitors can see over 4,000 blooming roses in various colours and sizes. Locals say La Rosalenda is the site of many marriage proposals and it is one of the most romantic spots in Madrid.
Calle de Serrano
Madrid’s residents are among the most well-turned-out in the world. Locals know how to dress to impress and Italian men should take note, as gentlemen in Madrid are a serious threat to their status in the style stakes.
Calle de Serrano is the main shopping destination for fashionable Spaniards and international visitors. It is home to many international boutiques, local designer brands and the flagships of Spanish high-street giants such as Zara and Mango. El Corte Inglés, the largest Spanish department store chain, has two stores nearby. Its Calle de Serrano 70 location is dedicated to womenswear and beauty, while the store at Calle de Serrano 52 is home to menswear. Here, you can shop brands such as Tom Ford, Hackett London, Paul Smith and Punto Blanco.
When it comes to luxury shopping, Calle de Serrano has a great selection of Spanish and international brands. Boutiques from leading labels can be found here, including top names such as Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton and Kenzo. For luxury Spanish goods head to Adolfo Dominguez, one of Queen Letizia of Spain’s favourite labels, or discover renowned brand Loewe or the eclectic designs of Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada.
After a day of shopping in Madrid, visit the Global Blue Lounge at 83 Calle de Claudio Coello. Here, you can relax with complimentary magazines and free Wi-Fi, and enjoy exclusive service from Global Blue’s experienced multilingual team.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit a gastronomic jungle paradise and enjoy dishes from all over the world – from Brazil to Japan – Restaurante Amazonico is the perfect choice for you. The jungle-themed interior has a warm tropical vibe and the exotic menu has made the eatery a popular destination among Spanish celebrities and socialites. You might even spot Cristiano Ronaldo and other Real Madrid football players on your night out here. After dinner, check out the jazz bar downstairs.
Restaurante Amazonico, Calle Jorge Juan 20, 28001 Madrid, +34 91 515 4332
Madrid’s nightlife has something to offer everyone. If you fancy mixing with the locals, put on your dancing shoes and head to La Flaca. Here you’ll find Spanish rhythms, live music, friendly atmosphere and a great selection of cocktails – everything you need to dance the night away.
La Flaca, Calle de Velázquez 94, 28006 Madrid, +34 61 057 7575