For the fourth instalment of our My City, My Story series, we land in the Spanish Capital of Madrid. We get the goss from Blogger Mirian, of what to do and where to go!
If you had to describe Madrid in three words what would they be?
Cheerful, dynamic and cosmopolitan.
What is the best thing about your city?
Madrid has many attractions; t’s a city that never sleeps. There are thousands of things to do, places to visit, restaurants and museums for all tastes.
What is the one thing you always tell people about where you come from?
Madrid is a place you can not miss to visit.You can see the city in two days, but it takes a bit longer to get to know it well. mandatory stops in Madrid are: Gran Vía Street, Plaza de Callao, the Post Office building, Puerta de Alcalá, Retiro Park, the Almudena Cathedral, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, the district of Letters and Madrid River, Manzanares.
What are your top tips for a successful shopping trip at your local Primark?
Primark has so many cool collections which they renew constantly, so my top tip would be to buy a total look every season! I always wear clothes that are on trend. For example, this season the oversize denim jackets are a must, so I bought two different types. I love the pyjamas and I always end buying something in the home department, I love it.
What’s the best way to spend 24 hours in Madrid?
For breakfast I love traditional. Toast with tomato and serrano ham, for this I really recommend the Ham Museum. Although if you are looking for somewhere fancy, I recommend Le Pain Quotidien or Federal Café.
Then we are ready to start the day with a visit to a museum or exhibition. We continue with a walk through the centre, around the famous Plaza Mayor, where we can have a drink sitting in one of its many terraces. And since we're already in the area, we eat in the lovely San Miguel Market, they have the best Spanish tapas, so you fully indulge in the famous Mediterranean diet.
To continue with the day, I propose the Retiro Park, where we can walk through its beautiful gardens, visit the Crystal Palace, take a boat ride on the lake or just take a nap in the shade of the trees. The best place to enjoy the sunset is from the terrace of El Circulo de Bellas Artes. There are panoramic views over the city and an exquisite atmosphere. For dinner I can think of several places but I would choose Habanera or Perrachica. They both have a delicious menu with a nice atmosphere.
What city are you yet to visit, but would love to see?
I would love to visit Amsterdam, I can imagine myself walking along the many canals, having breakfast in one of its cozy cafés or simply taking a bike ride through the city.
For more on Mirian check back on our website to read her love letter to Madrid, a vlog that captures the essence of the capital and daily updates from her working week wardrobe!