Six Month Retrospective: Favourite Places and Space in Madrid


This week marks six months since we left Canada and moved to Madrid. So, I’ve decided to take a quick break from the regularly scheduled travel programming to take a look back at the last six months – the adventures we’ve been on, the places we’ve seen, the foods we’ve eaten, and to look ahead at what the next six months has to offer.

One of the perks of moving to a new city (and not working) is having the opportunity to explore.

Thanks to two bus tours, a free walking tour and countless hours of getting lost, I’ve had the chance to see A LOT of Madrid.

Here are a few of my favourite places and spaces in the Spanish capital:

Mercado San Miguel


Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

The old saying All roads lead to Rome definitely holds true for us, but instead of Rome it’s the Mercado San Miguel. Anytime we are downtown we inevitably end up at Mercado San Miguel for late-afternoon/evening/late-night drinks and snacks. Always bustling, Mercado San Miguel is the perfect place to try new foods, sip on favourite beverages, and watch the world go by.


Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Parque El Retiro


Photo courtesy of Pixabay

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t you really should @PetiteAdventures 🙂 ) you’ll know that I recently professed that there’s no better place to spend a sunny weekend day than El Retiro Park in Madrid. And it’s a statement I stand by. At 1.4 square kilometers the park has everything – beautiful sculptures and monuments, a peaceful lake, and plenty of sunny grassy knolls perfect for picnicking and napping.

Download the GPSmyCity app and let this guide help you explore the Best of Madrid.

La Musa Latina


Photo courtesy of La Musa Facebook page

La Musa Latina is a restaurant/bar located in Madrid’s La Latina district, not too far from both Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Their creative and innovative approach to Spanish tapas is inspired; it also helps that the food is absolutely amazing and very decently priced.


Photo courtesy of La Musa Facebook page

Gourmet Express, El Corte Ingles Callao

El Corte Ingles Callao is a massive department store located in the centre of Madrid, just off Gran Via. The retail giant boasts eight floors of goods, apparel and really anything you can think of. But this isn’t why it is one of my favourite spaces. It’s the nineth floor, the Gourmet Express, that really is the highlight.

Beyond the racks of fine fares, luxury spices and wines fit for the king, you’ll find a patio and terrace that offer spectacular views of Madrid from downtown to the Palace to Malasaña and Argüelles. Grab a seat and a glass of wine and take in all of Madrid’s spectacular beauty.

J & J’s Books and Coffee

Home to one of the best intercambios in the city, J & J’s Books and Coffee is a used bookshop, café/bar, and unofficial home to many expats living in Madrid. A funky little space in Malasaña, J & J’s Books and Coffee is a great place to meet and chat with people from all over the world.


Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Download the GPSmyCity app and let this guide help you explore the Best of Madrid.



Please Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. All thoughts, feelings and opinions shared on this blog and in this post are my own.

4 thoughts on “Six Month Retrospective: Favourite Places and Space in Madrid

  1. Samantha | There She Goes Again says:

    Aw man, I miss Madrid! I studied there for four months, and had a blast exploring the city (it’s too often too overshadowed by Barcelona!). Have you been on the ski lift ride over Casa de Campo yet? It’s a fun little activity and you get a nice view of Madrid as a whole.


I love hearing from you. Share your thoughts, feelings and reactions!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s