5 special places in Madrid I can’t wait to visit again
It’s been a tough couple of months since we last were able to move freely around here in Madrid. Two months since we could do what we wanted and when we wanted to.
The lockdown has brought a strange everyday-situation to the Spanish capital – and the rest of the world for that matter. And the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us all what we might have been taking for granted back when life was “normal”.
I’m sure we all have people and family we can’t wait to see again, outdoor activities we miss and places we’re looking forward to returning to once it’s possible.
I have a lot of places that are special to me here in Madrid and I have hand-picked five of my absolute favourites here…
Parque del Retiro
When you live in a big city green can be a rare colour, and for me, the city’s parks have always been highly valued – and certainly not less now as I’m not able to go. The big star in Madrid is Parque del Retiro that normally offers areas full of life but also quiet corners to find peace for yourself.
It’s the capital’s version of Central Park in New York and the perfect place to escape the buzzing streets when needed. I can’t wait to return with a good book and my camera as soon as possble.
La Ciudad Invisible
La Ciudad Invisible has been one of my favourite cafés in Madrid since the first time I lived in the city back in 2013. It’s a sustainably focused and travel-themed café with a welcoming vibe in a highly atmospheric local. A place to cosy-up and find inspiration just around the corner from downtown’s busy shopping streets.
Besides coffee, they offer a range of drinks, sweet treats and light dishes, and a big draw to locals is the ever-changing art on the walls as well as their numerous events being held on-site. Combine this with shelves stacked with new and second-hand travel books for sale and you’ve got yourself a winning concept.
Unfortunately, the current Corona-crisis has been tough for the business and they’ve found themselves in need to launch a fundraising campaign in their fight to survive. I really hope they do, and like me, you can help them out with any amount right HERE
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You might have heard about the famous bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris? And if you love that one, I’m sure you’ll fall for Desperate Literature here in Madrid. In fact, the passionate owners worked at the famous Parisian book paradise for years before they brought a lot of its spirit to Madrid – but in its own right.
It’s a tiny but intimate and very special little shop with lots of English-language literature lined-up between shelves of raw bricks, an old typewriter, a chess-board and special editions of some of the great classics.
I love dropping in and browsing aimlessly from time to time and more than ever, we’re all in need of literature for desperate times. As of 4th May, the shop has been opening for appointments, which you can make through their website.
Café del Art
These days, many cafés with a strong passion for specialty coffee seem to be set in raw, minimalistic and urban-style locals – as to show they’ve 100% focused on their products. But what if you can have the best of both worlds? Top-quality coffee and a ton of atmosphere to hide from the world in. That place is Café del Art in Madrid.
Pick your favourite seat and admire the warm and creative interior while you pick your coffee and brewing method. And don’t miss the incredible art pieces on the walls, like the huge coffee map of the world done only with BIC pen! This place is addictive and I can’t wait for my next cuppa there once it’s possible.
Unlike the famous Retiro, the relatively new and long-stretched Madrid Río park along the Manzanares River is mostly frequented by locals, although some tourists have also discovered its pleasures. It’s a favourite weekend go-to for many friends and families whether they come to get active, just hang out or celebrate a kids birthday.
The river and the park is just a 15-minute walk from my home, but far enough that I haven’t been able (allowed) to go there for a couple of months – and I can’t wait to take my rollerskates for a spin along the path between runners, cyclists and strollers.
What places are you looking forward to visit in your city?
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