Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.


La Finca de Susana

The queues outside this modern Spanish restaurant every evening testify to its popularity despite its no reservation policy. The simple menu lists an exceptional range of fish and rice dishes at surprisingly affordable and often unbeatable prices.

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 View Map ... C/ Arlaban 4, Madrid, Spain
La Viuda Blanca

An uber-trendy restaurant housed in an even trendier hotel, La Viuda Blanca justifies its hype. A delicious Mediterranean meal can turn into a solid party session when the DJ starts and the venue becomes a velvet-rope bar. Despite the vibe being chilled industrial warehouse, the service is attentive rather than airy and patrons immediately feel relaxed.

 View Map ... C/ Campomanes 6, Madrid, Spain
Midnight Rose

The glamorous Midnight Rose ground floor restaurant and lounge bar attracts a trendy crowd. Posh tapas, prepared by a chef who formerly trained at El Bulli, are served in the slick dining room. Midnight Rose is swish, ritzy and ultra cool.

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 View Map ... Plaza Santa Ana 14, Madrid, Spain

Pandelujo brings Spanish fusion to Madrid’s fashionistas. In the centre of the Salamanca district, this trendy restaurant innovatively uses traditional ingredients to create contemporary dishes. The dining space, a former bakery, is refreshingly bold especially table-side views of the reflecting pool illuminated by light boxes.

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 View Map ... Calle Jorge Juan 20, Madrid, Spain

With uber-stylish design and outstanding cuisine, Santceloni is worthy of its quickly earned Michelin star. Delicious ingredients from the best sources are stylishly reinvented and are presented with meticulous attention to detail. Whilst the a la carte menu is long and mouth-watering, an equally exciting option is to dabble in the 10-course tasting menu. You won’t be disappointed.

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 View Map ... Paseo Castellana 57, Madrid, Spain

what we think

Madrid offers a vibrancy and energy of its own. It is Europe’s highest, greenest and sunniest capital with lush parks and world class museums. Sleep is enjoyed as a mid-afternoon siesta as at night time the city buzzes with overflowing tapas bars and plazas filled with live music. After the heat of the day, the dry warmth of the night makes an alfresco lifestyle essential. In addition to the famous sights, you will enjoy getting lost in one of Madrid’s many quirky local neighbourhoods where you’ll find anything from flamenco shows to graffiti-sprayed tapas bars – there’s always something to discover around the next corner.