Alejandra Navarro Basanta’s Guide to Madrid
Where to Shop
Concept store in Madrid that mixes fashion with art. Every time you visit this place, it’s a unique experience as they are constantly changing their artists and interior decoration.
This store combines aesthetic vibes with luxury items. I visit this place regulary to see what’s new and to receive new inspiration.
Located in the neighborhood of Malasaña, the nearest metro is Noviciado from where you can walk in a few minutes.
C/ San Andrés, 3, 28004 Madrid @amenmadrid
Where to Stay
Exclusive hotel which offers a Basque cuisine restaurant, rooftop cocktail bar, spa, bowling alley as well as a space to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. This hotel is an icon for Madrid since it’s Hedonism in its purest form, perfect for a quiet coffee in the center of Madrid.
Bless Hotel is located on Velázquez street, in the middle of the Salamanca neighborhood. If you go by subway, jump off at the Velázquez station which is the closest one.
TIPS! Their croissants is a must, they’re insanely good!
C. de Velázquez, 62, 28001 Madrid
Where to Get Cultural
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid
This garden is located in the centre of Madrid and offers an opportunity of unique silence and calmness in the city center. Experience the most diverse collection of flowers, plants and trees since this is a home of both botanists and researchers.
Plaza de Murillo, 2 28014 Madrid
HOW TO GET THERE
It’s placed next to Atocha station, which is the closest metro station. From there you can walk for 5 minutes.
The full entrance fee is 6€ including a visit to the garden and Villanueva Pavilion Exhibitions, or a single ticket for 4€ which includes a visit to the garden. Admission is free for children under 18 years old. It takes about one hour to complete the walk through the garden.
Where to Eat
Run run run
Run Run Run is a café that offers healthy and un-processed food, made by seasonal ingredients produced from local suppliers. Since the café has changing rooms and showers, this is the perfect place to end your cycling or running tour though the city.
TIPS! Enjoy their delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes such as Banana Bread, Avocado Bagels, Carnitas Taco or Pumpkin Risotto.
Café Run Run Run
Pl. de Juan Zorrilla, 1, 28003 Madrid
Where to Workout
This spinning studio comes originally from Mexico and opened their first studio in Madrid about one year ago. Their sessions combines 45 minutes of exercise, including push ups and weights on the bike. Everything is done in the dark which actually makes is much more powerful and fun, almost like a disco.
C. de Fernando VI, 23, 28004 Madrid