Two-minute city guide: Madrid
Where to stay, eat, sleep, drink and visit
The Mercado de San Miguel is well worth a visit for its name and history
Dear Madrid Hotel is located at the end of Grand Via, has street-views from all bedrooms and a roof-top plunge pool and bar that are the perfect place to write “Dear mom” on your postcard (dearhotelmadrid.com, from €95 a night).
Clothes-line sardines at Chiringuito Del Señor Martin (chiringuitosrmartin.es), ramen at Chuka (chukaramenbar.com), tomato tartare at the bar in Laredo (tabernalaredo.com), pimiento pardon in Casa Toni and spend Sunday at Asturianos (yelp.ie/biz/asturianos-madrid). Then savour the museums. All of them.
Sherry in La Venencia, not far from Plaza Santa Ana (Calle de Echegaray 7). Yes, Hemingway drank here too but you wouldn’t know it.
The Segway tour. Yes, the streets are too narrow, too cobbled and too unforgiving. And any restaurant on Grand Via (sorry).