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How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Madrid

Discover the best hotels, restaurants, and things to do with Travel + Leisure's Madrid travel guide.

Meena Thiruvengadam is a lifelong traveler and veteran journalist who has visited more than 50 countries across six continents. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal , Departures , TripSavvy , and other publications.

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There's far more to Madrid than bullfighting, flamenco, and tapas, though you'll certainly find all three in the Spanish capital. Named one of the best cities to visit in Europe by Travel + Leisure readers and one of the best places to travel by T+L editors in 2023, there's a little something for everyone in this incredible city.

Art lovers can spend the day strolling around Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art, where three of the world's biggest museums meet. History buffs will love the city's gorgeous architecture and historic landmarks, including the oldest restaurant in the world and an Egyptian temple. (Yes, it's actually Egyptian.) And you can't go wrong with the booming food scene here — it's made Madrid one of Europe's best food cities.

Madrid offers so much to do that you may want to embrace the tradition of a midday siesta. The city's bars and clubs tend to hit their stride after midnight, so an afternoon nap may be just the fuel you need to transition from a day of sightseeing to a night of music and dance.

Rosewood Villa Magna

T+L readers voted the 154-room Rosewood Villa Magna the best hotel in Madrid in recent years, highlighting its central downtown location, modern elegance, and incredible wellness offerings. Each spa offering is individualized and combines ancient Iberian practices with newer innovation. For example, guests can sign up for the "El Retiro" Sense Journey, which starts with a guided power walk in the park and ends with a leg and foot massage.

Four Seasons Hotel Madrid

The Four Seasons Madrid , voted one of the best hotels in Madrid in 2023 by T+L readers, combines seven historic buildings to create a luxury enclave in the heart of the city. The hotel is the Four Seasons brand's first in Spain and sits just steps away from luxury shopping along the famous Gran Via. Plus, there's a rooftop terrace, a pool, and a four-level spa.

The Principal Madrid Hotel

This intimate boutique hotel boasts just 76 rooms, but its rooftop terrace offers some of the best views in the city. The property is located along the Gran Via, and its restaurant, Ático, is helmed by chef Ramón Freixa of the Michelin two-starred Ramón Freixa Madrid . "Guests can relax together in the cozy bar area or indulge in the spa when they need to unwind," T+L contributor Stacey Leasca previously reported .

Sleep'n Atocha

The centrally located Sleep'n Atocha isn't just good for your wallet, it's good for the environment. The hotel has been a carbon-neutral facility since 2019 and has committed to environmentally friendly practices like recycling, purchasing products with a low environmental impact, and using toxic-free cleaning products. Its whimsical design and excellent location make this affordable gem a must-stay in the capital city.

Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid

Located in a 19th-century palace, Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid combines modern design with classic Spanish-style architecture in a 45-room hotel. Guests can dine at the Younique Arts Club, where food and art intersect — both national and international artists host exhibitions in the space.

Puerta del Sol

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Located in the heart of Madrid, Puerta del Sol is one of the city's best-known and busiest public squares. It's home to the famous clock whose bells mark the beginning of the Spanish New Year. "Look for the marker in the middle of the plaza that marks Spain's Kilometer 0," Jamie Ditaranto, T+L contributor, recommended . "This is the starting point for all the major roads that leave Madrid and head toward all corners of the country."

Museo Nacional del Prado

The Museo Nacional de Prado is Spain's main national art museum. It "houses some of the most emblematic artworks of Spain, including Francisco de Goya’s 'Black Paintings' and Valásquez’s 'Las Meninas,'" Jamie Ditaranto previously reported .   Along with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo Reina Sofía, the Prado forms Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art. The museum was founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819 and includes works of art from Spain and beyond.

Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is among the largest and most opulent palaces in Europe, boasting more than 1.45 million square feet of space spread over 3,418 rooms. Guests can spot paintings by famous artists like Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez in the opulent rooms. Stop in to see the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet and, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, catch the changing of the Royal Guard.

Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles is the public square home to the iconic Cibeles Fountain, which was built in 1782. This spot is surrounded by four pieces of legendary Spanish architecture, including the former post office that now serves as Madrid City Hall.

Temple of Debod

An Egyptian temple may be the last thing you would expect to find in Madrid, but that's exactly what the Temple of Debod is. This Egyptian temple traces its history to the 2nd century B.C. It was given to Spain by the Egyptians and moved to Madrid, where it was rebuilt stone by stone and opened as a tourist site in 1972. If you're looking to soak in a gorgeous Madrid sunset, this is one of the best places to do it.

Read More: 30 Best Things to Do in Madrid, From Palace Tours to Flamenco Shows

Gran Via is a nearly mile-long retail paradise where shoppers can expect to find a mix of luxury boutiques and mainstream brands nestled among some of the city's architectural gems. Retailers along the Gran Via include H&M, the Real Madrid Official Store, the Atletico Madrid Official Store, and the largest Huawei store in Europe.

Operational since 1740, El Rastro is an open-air market that sells everything and anything — from knick-knacks and antiques to clothing and furniture. It's open every Sunday and on public holidays and is located on Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores. "The market can get very crowded," Stacey Leasca previously noted , "but if you're feeling overwhelmed, you can step off to one of the shops lining the street behind the stalls to find a little space."

Mercado San Miguel

Mercado de San Miguel opened as a wholesale food market more than 100 years ago. Today, it's the place to sample everything from Iberian ham to fresh fish and tapas from more than 20 stands serving up delicious Spanish food.

Chocolateria San Gines

Chocolateria San Gines is a short walk from Puerta del Sol and is one of the most popular places in town to grab churros. The intimate cafe traces its history back to 1864 when it began developing its reputation as an after-theater dessert spot. It's tucked behind one of Madrid's oldest churches and serves up its signature dark hot chocolate and churros around the clock.

If you're looking for a memorable dinner, you'll want to reserve at DiverXo . The recipient of three Michelin stars , the restaurant is helmed by chef Dabix Muñoz. "The collision of ingredients sounded more like a word-association game than a recipe," Matt Goulding, a food journalist living in Spain, described in the July 2023 issue of T+L . "But [my] first bite left no room for doubt." A dinner ticket here starts at $380 per person. The restaurant is usually booked solid, but their website opens new reservation slots every day at midnight for the date 90 days in the future.

Casa Botin was founded in 1725 and is recognized by  Guinness World Records as the oldest continuously operating restaurant on Earth. Its signature dishes include suckling pig and roasted lamb, but its menu is full of chicken, veal, and seafood platters, too. Stop in for dinner, or take a tour of Casa Botin's dining rooms, cellar, and underground tunnels. The tour is about $87 and includes a set lunch or dinner menu.

Corral de la Morería

Corral de la Moreria is the place to experience flamenco in Madrid. This venue has been hosting live flamenco shows since 1956 and has performances every night of the week. And if it's dinner and a show you're after, there may be no better place. Coral de la Moreria has a Michelin-starred restaurant on-site. Guests over the years have included Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Che Guevara, and Demi Moore.

Madrid's food scene isn't a Spanish-only affair. Peruvian chef Roberto Martínez Foronda combines Peruvian and Southeast Asian ingredients and flavors at his restaurant, Tripea, which opened in 2017. “The fusion boom in Madrid created so much bad food,” Foronda told T+L in the July 2023 issue . “But we’ve cut through the fat, and what’s left is mostly excellent.” For a little more than $53, guests can try Foronda's eight-course tasting menu.

Read More: How Madrid Became One of Europe's Best Food Cities

Madrid is a city that sizzles during the summer, with temperatures that can soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Brave the heat for Madrid's take on Pride, which starts each year in late June and runs through early July. What used to be a small celebration in the late 1970s has since grown into one of the largest celebrations of LGBTQ+ pride in Europe.

For better weather, fewer crowds, and more affordable prices, try visiting during the fall or spring. The days are sunny, and you'll be able to celebrate events like the San Isidro Festival, held each year in May, and the  Autumn Festival  (or Feria del Otoño), held in October or November. "[The Autumn Festival draws] acts from all over the world, from opera and ballet to theater and indie music," Stacey Leasca, a T+L contributing editor, previously reported .

Read More : The Best Time to Visit Spain for Great Weather and Famous Festivals

Madrid-Barajas Airport is in northeast Madrid and services most major airlines. Passengers can fly directly to and from many major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

There are direct routes from Madrid Atocha Railway Station to Barcelona on both the Alta Velocidad Española and Ouigo train lines.

Las Austrias : Known as the heart of old Madrid, Las Austrias is home to palaces, churches, and monasteries built as early as the 16th century. It's where you'll find Plaza Mayor, as well as the Royal Palace and Corral de la Morería.

Las Letras : This lively neighborhood known as the Literary Quarter is a book lover's paradise. This is where you'll find the former homes of icons of the Spanish Golden Age, including Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. The streets here are narrow and car traffic is limited.

Chueca : This is the heart of Madrid's LGBTQ+ community. It's a lively area filled with bars, cafes, and shops — and at the center of Madrid's iconic Pride celebration each year

Malasana : One of the city's hippest neighborhoods, Malasana is known for vintage shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques. This historic area is also where you'll find live music and clubs.

Trains: Madrid's metro system runs from the Madrid-Barajas Airport through downtown and to the suburbs. Fares are based on a zone system with prices determined by the distance traveled, and passengers will need a Public Transport Card  to travel. Transportation cards can hold 10 single tickets and two 10-journey tickets at a time. Download the Metro de Madrid app to see train maps, waiting times, and information on fares, passes, and more. The underground is currently working to improve accessibility at stations throughout the city and is working to make 84 percent of its stations accessible by 2028.

Buses: For anywhere Madrid's dozen or so metro and light rail lines can't take you, the city operates a fleet of more than 2,000 buses. Those buses run over 200 routes and serve more than 10,000 stops from 6 a.m to 11:30 p,m. (Note that some buses run on different schedules. Check run times before you leave your hotel.)

Taxis: Taxis are typically white with a diagonal red band on their front doors. They can be found at taxi stands throughout Madrid, hailed by raising an arm, or called through several ride-share apps.

Ride service: Uber is available in Madrid, as well as Cabify and Bolt.

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Of course, a day and a half is a fraction of the time to properly explore the city. Like all of the "36 Hours" series, this gives a general overview from which one could build a longer itinerary or plan a short stopover.

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Thanks for posting. I had wanted to visit the Monastery of Las Descalzas Reales in 2017, but entry was a bit more complicated at the time - at least as I recall.

Ahhhh… Madrid. Hemingway said it all- “To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. Appointments with a friend are habitually made for after midnight at the cafe.” I recall ending a Tapas Tour that concluded well after midnight. Walking back to our hotel in Puerta Del Sol was magical. Madrid was “waking up.”

The photo of Guernica was exactly what we experienced. Very young children sitting on the floor observing. Always wondered if they understood the meaning? We enjoyed the Royal Palace as well. We also took a walking tour that included Hemingway’s haunts. Thank you for sharing this article. We spent 4 nights and this was a nice way to reminisce.

I enjoy reading these. I never seem to get much from the main article (I would not seek out a giant breakfast featuring eggs benedict in Madrid, for example), but the comments posted by readers have tons of interesting tidbits, stories, and suggestions. Like the one posted to this article describing life in Madrid during Franco's time vs. now.

Thanks for the link!

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Madrid travel guide

Where to stay, food and drink.

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Richard Mellor

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Friday January 12 2024, 17:07pm

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Art, food and nightlife scenes are Madrid’s biggest draws : it has a world-class glut of galleries, hosting works by old masters; a tapas scene to die for; and — so the legend goes — more bars or bodegas than anywhere else on earth.

Chief temptations aside, what’s next? Spain’s capital ranks among Europe’s leafiest cities courtesy of an array of ornate parks and escapist gardens. It’s one of the continent’s sunniest too, enjoying more cloudless days per year than almost any other city.

The Madrileño architecture executes a similar charm offensive. There’s no landmark structure here, but you can expect medieval mansions, 19th-century palaces and flamboyant Belle Époque confections. Keep an eye out for apartments on focal Plaza Mayor — a sudden aperture after Centro’s dense lanes, and always abuzz with energy — or the elegant clock tower crowning sister square Puerta del Sol.

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Madrid’s fabled gallery scene is most well known for its “Golden Triangle of Art”, comprising the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza , the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the immense Prado Museum . Collectively, the trio tick off Velázquez and Goya, contemporary Spanish greats including Picasso and Dalí, assorted Flemish or Italian masters and a mix of modern icons.

You’ll find fewer leading lights at Real Madrid’s home ground, the towering Santiago Bernabéu Stadium , but it remains well worth visiting — with or without Beckham et al.

More into shopping than football? Department stores line main street Gran Vía, but Madrid’s most influential fashion boutiques cluster in the ritzy Salamanca barrio. South of Plaza Mayor, ancient quarter La Latina is where El Rastro, the biggest flea market, takes place every Sunday.

Madrid’s many parks stand by whenever rest is required. Handily close to the Prado is El Retiro, which fuses formal gardens with wide grassy spaces. Alternatively, if you — or more likely, the kids — still have energy to burn, make for the northeastern suburbs and Parque Warner’s movie-themed thrills and spills.

Madrid’s most influential fashion boutiques cluster in the ritzy Salamanca barrio

Hotels , hostels and homestays are spread liberally across the city, with options for every budget in almost every barrio. As always, however, certain areas will suit certain needs.

Salamanca impresses luxury travellers by accompanying its jewellery and shoe stores with exclusive, opulent hotels. Equally good for lavish getaways is the treelined Paseo del Prado . Across its namesake park, the Retiro neighbourhood is quiet yet still central, making it appealing for families. So too is Chamberí, a once-traditional northern quarter that’s gently gotten cool — courtesy of little designer shops and modish tapas bars — of late.

North of Gran Vía, Madrid’s chief thoroughfare, are the two most alternative and gregarious barrios: westerly Malasaña and Chueca , home of Madrid Pride. Stay here if on-trend vegan eats, people-watching or great nightlife are important to you. Hip hostels and design hotels abound.

Centro also has lots of budget stays. For more of a genuine neighbourhood vibe, choose southerly La Latina or Lavapiés. Multicultural and rather bohemian, the latter’s narrow streets specialise in accomplished street art — with walking tours offering a good introduction.

Occupying a covered iron-and-glass hall that hosted Madrid’s original food market, stalls at the rebooted Mercado de San Miguel sell artisan hams, oysters, paella or croquettes. Very popular are banderillas — snack-tastic skewers usually involving olives and peppers.

Elsewhere, between such specialist examples of regional Spanish cooking as Galician marisquerías (seafood bars), the trademark local dish is a warming, meaty chickpea stew called cocido madrileño. Tapas-wise, aim to try a bocadillo de calamares — a battered-squid baguette.

Several of Spain’s top chefs — Oscar Velasco, Ramón Freixa, Paco Roncero — operate flagship restaurants in Madrid. If you’re budgeting, try Asian-Med fusion “street food” by acclaimed chef David Muñoz at StreetXO, part of a scenic food court atop the Corte Inglés department store. More traditional is Sobrino de Botín — the world’s oldest restaurant, ­according to Guinness World Records — which has been operating from the same La Latina spot since 1725.

Non-stop marcha (partying) is the unofficial motto of Madrid nights. Though Malasaña, Chueca and Lavapiés are its best barrios for bar action, the city’s cocktail strongholds tend to be central — such as Gran Vía’s pioneering, art deco Museo Chicote — or in the literary quarter Las Letras.

Top chefs Oscar Velasco, Ramón Freixa and Paco Roncero operate flagship restaurants in Madrid

Adjoining two of Madrid’s lesser-visited art stops are a pair of similarly overlooked gardens. One is beside La Latina’s grandly domed Basilica of San Francisco el Grande. Go inside and you’ll find yet more of Goya’s gloomy works; veer around to the left and a dahlia-dotted viewpoint over the city offers heaps more cheer. Up in Chamberí, inside an enchanting old mansion, a museum showcases works by Joaquín Sorolla. A champion of light-focused Luminist paintings, he also designed its surrounding, prettily pastoral jardín.

Madrid is within striking distance of a number of other sightseeing hotspots.Half an hour away by direct trains are Segovia, with its colossal Roman aqueduct and Disney-esque castle, and former hilltown capital Toledo, immortalised by El Greco. Then there’s El Escorial , a royal family residence-cum-monastery-cum mausoleum, and La Granja’s mountain-set Palacio Real. Also a royal palace, it pairs one of the world’s most-prized tapestry collections with parkland featuring mythological fountains.

Know before you go

Spain  uses the euro. For around 15 of them you’ll get a ten-ticket pass — loaded on to complimentary Tarjeta Multi smartcards — for Madrid’s bus and metro networks. The 11-line metro is very comprehensive. When venturing to a busy area or market, stay mindful of pickpockets and phone-grabbers.

This being Spain, food is commonly eaten later than Brits are used to. Most bars and restaurants open earlier to accommodate tourists, but if you crave some authentic bustle, aim to have lunch, usually the biggest meal of the day, from 2pm, and then dinner no earlier than 9pm.

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London, Japan and Arizona came out top of the newspaper’s annual list of must-visit destinations

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This year’s edition focuses on the question of why we travel, highlighting food, culture, adventure and natural beauty as four of the main elements that drive us to see the world. As such, the places they’ve chosen aim to offer some or all of those elements  –  plus a whole lot more.

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Madrid Rivals Miami as a Haven for Latin Americans and Their Money

Turmoil and a political swing to the left have brought an influx of prominent and affluent exiles from the region to the Spanish capital in recent years.

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MADRID — Antonio Ledezma, a former mayor of Caracas, jokes that he sometimes forgets that Madrid is not the capital of Venezuela, from where he escaped five years ago.

“Whenever I walk around or take a bus, I probably bump into two or three other Venezuelans,” he said of the Spanish capital. “It’s a bit strange, but this sometimes feels to me just like Sabana Grande,” he added, referring to one of the main boulevards of Caracas.

While people from Latin America have long sought work in Spain — often in low-wage jobs as cleaners, waiters or on construction sites — turmoil in the region in recent years has brought an influx of prominent and affluent exiles. Now, the Spanish capital is rivaling Miami as a haven for Latin Americans — and often for their money, too, according to the new arrivals and others catering to them.

Mr. Ledezma and several other high-profile opposition politicians from Venezuela have landed in Madrid after fleeing the repressive government of President Nicolás Maduro . Other wealthy Latin Americans have also begun shifting their money out of countries where voters have recently elected left-wing presidents , including Mexico in 2018, Peru last year and most recently Chile, where Gabriel Boric took office in March as the country’s youngest president. Mr. Boric has pledged to make Chilean society more egalitarian.

The response in Spain seems to have been to roll out the red carpet. When Mr. Ledezma arrived in Madrid in November 2017, he was welcomed by the prime minister of Spain at the time, Mariano Rajoy, who immediately offered him Spanish citizenship. Mr. Ledezma turned down the offer, but many other Latin Americans, particularly the rich, are applying for or have received Spanish citizenship. Some received a so-called golden visa that Spain has been granting in return for spending at least 500,000 euros, or about $550,000, on a property.

Spain allows Latin Americans to apply for citizenship after two years of legal residency, which is shorter than the normal 10-year residency requirement for other nationalities, or the five years for refugees.

“Spain has really been very generous with Venezuelans, opening its doors wide open and giving them plenty of ways to get a legal residency here,” said Jorge Neri, a Venezuelan who has a media company in Madrid.

For wealthy Latin Americans, he noted, Madrid has also recently offered better investment opportunities than Miami. “I think Madrid has been consolidating itself above Miami, also because the prices in Miami have just been skyrocketing,” he said.

Gilberto Carrasquero, a Venezuelan business consultant, is one of many Latin Americans who have sold a property in Miami and bought one in Madrid — in his case, an apartment in the Salamanca neighborhood, where Venezuelan and Mexican property developers have snapped up and refurbished entire buildings.

“When Venezuela plunged into crisis and we started to leave, it seemed that the natural place to flock to was Miami, which is exactly what I did, but in truth Madrid now feels a lot more like home to me,” said Mr. Carrasquero, who is applying for Spanish citizenship.

There are now about 200,000 Venezuelans officially registered in Spain, but experts say that the real number is significantly higher because Spain’s national statistics do not include those who are not officially domiciled or who entered the country illegally. About a quarter of Latin American migration to Spain is illegal, according to a study published in 2020.

Venezuelans have become the main new settlers in Spain, with their number again rising more than 50 percent in 2020, despite a tight pandemic travel lockdown, according to the Spanish government .

But Mr. Neri said that he was also now seeing more people from other Latin American countries, many worried about “leftist politics” sweeping the region. Colombia could become the latest to swing in that direction, with a presidential election in May in which the front-runner is Gustavo Petro, a leftist former mayor of the capital, Bogotá. Mr. Petro has a clear message for the rich: Pay more tax.

Bruna Denegri Iglesias, a Peruvian real estate agent who has lived in Madrid for 18 years, said that her Peruvian clientele had increased more than fivefold since July, when the left-winger Pedro Castillo was elected president.

“There are people who see Madrid as an emergency landing, so they want to buy a €1 million apartment immediately, get residency and then possibly move into something better and bigger if they end up really spending most of their time here,” she said. Peruvians now account for at least 80 percent of her customers, she said, while in the past, “there were months when I would not get a single call from Peru.”

The pandemic significantly limited mobility, but the recent removal of travel restrictions has allowed many privileged Latin Americans to return to a multiple-home lifestyle, with Madrid among their staging posts.

Dani Levinas , an Argentine who chairs the board of the Phillips Collection, a Washington art museum, splits his time between the American capital, Miami and Madrid, where he bought an apartment six years ago.

Mr. Levinas said that he first considered living in Madrid after attending Arco, an art fair that gathers many Latin American artists and collectors. “Personally, the lifestyle and culture of Madrid make me now feel a lot more comfortable than in Miami,” he said. “In Madrid, I live near eight theaters, so I can see a different performance every week without taking a single taxi — and this kind of opportunity just doesn’t exist in Miami.”

Latin Americans have also quickly expanded their business footprint in Madrid. They have bought commercial real estate and hotels, including the five-star Rosewood Villa Magna, which reopened last October after an overhaul financed by its Mexican owners . Some entrepreneurs are also bringing their own Latin American staff to Madrid.

Even though Spain has struggled with high joblessness, its government has also acknowledged that hundreds of thousands of new migrants are needed every year to offset the country’s aging population and avoid labor shortages in some key sectors.

In January, César Figari opened his third Peruvian restaurant in the Spanish capital. He employs 45 people — all from Latin America. More than half are fellow Peruvians, including nine for whom Mr. Figari rents an apartment, after sponsoring their Spanish work visas. Increasingly, he said, his clientele also comes from Latin America.

“I wanted to make more people in Madrid discover Peruvian cuisine, but I’m now also instead serving many people who need no introduction to our gastronomy,” he said.

In March 2021, Milagros Visintin, 27, and her partner left Buenos Aires for Madrid, where she found a job with the Spanish subsidiary of Metro, a German retailer, having previously worked for Walmart in Argentina.

Over the past year, eight friends from her university graduation year have also moved to Madrid. The financial problems of Argentina, including the falling value of its currency , have meant that “the numbers no longer add up if you want a corporate career” there, Ms. Visintin said. She also welcomes Madrid’s comparatively low crime rate. “As a woman, I would now never take public transport at night in Buenos Aires,” she said.

Mr. Ledezma, the former Caracas mayor, said that he was still determined to help oust Mr. Maduro, the Venezuelan president, but that he was also now eager to help less-privileged Venezuelans settle in Madrid.

“Of course, I’ve felt very welcomed in Madrid, but the issue is whether the Venezuelans who ride bikes to deliver food here are also doing just fine,” he said. “As long as I’m here, I also want to show solidarity toward those for whom this migration has really been a huge struggle.”

Raphael Minder  covers Spain and Portugal, based in Madrid. He previously worked for Bloomberg News in Switzerland and for the Financial Times in Paris, Brussels, Sydney and finally Hong Kong. More about Raphael Minder

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The best time to visit Madrid is in the fall (September to November) or spring (March to May), when balmy temps blow through the city, making it come alive. But if you don't mind layering up or experiencing a toned down Madrid, visit in the winter when hotels reduce their rates. Peak tourist season is summer – despite nearly unbearable heat – but many Madrileños close up shop this time of year (especially in August) and take vacations themselves.

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21 Best Restaurants in Madrid

By Benjamin Kemper

21 Best Restaurants in Madrid

A couple decades ago, the best restaurants in Madrid were white-tablecloth institutions that carved whole turbots tableside and decanted back-vintage Riojas with old-world panache. Those timeless stalwarts are still alive and kicking—we're looking at you, Sylkar and Casa Hortensia —but there's a culinary revolution underfoot. Recent waves of immigration and internationally trained chefs have imbued the local food scene with novel ingredients and cooking techniques. Take, for instance, La Tasquería, a nueva cocina spot specializing in offal: No Madrileño could've predicted that a restaurant with stewed tripe and fried pig face would earn a Michelin star and become one of the city's most sought-after reservations. From envelope-pushing gastro-meccas to cobwebbed tabernas, Chinese hotpot restaurants to Asturian cider halls, Madrid is an ever-expanding ecosystem of cuisines and cultures waiting to be gobbled up. These are the best restaurants in Madrid.

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Spain Madrid Restaurant Restaurante Sacha

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Sacha, a twinkly candlelit bistro blissfully removed from the busy center, is the ultimate date-night spot with dim lighting and white tablecloths. At first glance, the menu seems simple—early-spring options might include cardoons with salt cod, lamb chops with garlic shoots, or, plainly, lentils. But don't be fooled: The execution is consistently flawless. Don't miss house specialties like the decadent faux lasagna layered with uni. Strike up a conversation with Sacha, the larger-than-life owner, and you might never leave. He and his staff make you feel like you're at an intimate dinner party among friends.

Saddle Madrid

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Madrid has establishments where food gets the sci-fi treatment —a centrifuged this, a spherified that—yet a dwindling number of restaurants offering Old World European luxuries like foie gras, caviar, and roasted rack of lamb. Enter Saddle, a restaurant so unabashedly classic (bread carts! leatherback menus! ambient jazz!) that it feels, ironically, fresh. This is an ambitious restaurant with a laser-focused kitchen that understands nostalgia as well as it does service and culinary technique. 

Dos Cielos Madrid by Hermanos Torres

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Awash with creams, taupes, and earth tones, Dos Cielos' subdued décor belies an ambitious Spanish-fusion menu with punchy, concentrated flavors that'll make you ooh and aah. Sure, it's technically a hotel restaurant, enveloped by the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques , but with the Michelin-starred Torres brothers (Sergio and Javier) calling the shots, it's anything but safe or bland. Most dishes in the eight-course tasting are vegetable- and seafood-centric; depending on what's in season, you might be treated to delicate peas in Iberian ham broth, king crab dumplings, or oven-roasted John Dory.

El Cisne Azul Madrid

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Ask local food writers and chefs where to try the city's best wild mushrooms, and they'll invariably point you to El Cisne Azul, an unsuspecting hole-in-the-wall in Chueca. A mycologist's paradise, the restaurant sources prime seasonal mushrooms, from crinkly morels to mustard-yellow chanterelles to toadstool-like amanitas. Try them a la plancha, anointed with nothing more than olive oil and a flick of crunchy salt, or folded into scrambled eggs. Goat cheese and foie gras are optional—and arguably life-changing—add-ons. A selection of cheeses and simple grilled meats rounds out the menu.

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Meat hooks, styrofoam butcher containers, and black-and-yellow barricade tape define the décor, which could be summed up as high-fashion abattoir. A zany gastro-temple to nose-to-tail dining, Sala de Despiece jump-started the Chamberí neighborhood's culinary revolution. The market-driven menu spotlights Spain's finest seasonal ingredients such as sweet Tudela artichokes, blistered green piparras, and red tuna from the Murcian coast. Expect table-side pyrotechnics, deconstructed classics, and DIY dishes, like the pancetta "Rolex" smeared with foie and truffle purée and furled into a one-bite epiphany.

Spain Madrid Restaurant Casa Dani

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Casa Dani is the kind of no-frills neighborhood bar where napkins litter the floor, cafés con leche (more on coffee in Spain here ) come in half-pint glasses, and servers holler orders through the kitchen window. In other words, it's the last place you'd expect to find the city's most exquisite tortilla española: Spanish potato omelet. The kitchen averages 400 a day, cracking 2,000 eggs and frying 1,700 pounds of potatoes in the process. One bite of the still-warm omelet—a holy trinity of oil-poached potatoes, caramelized onions, and oozy egg—and you'll understand why the dish is in such high demand.

Cruz Blanca de Vallecas Madrid

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Commanding a waitlist longer than most of Madrid's Michelin-starred restaurants—bank on at least three months—Cruz Blanca de Vallecas is a modest tavern on the outskirts of town. It's also the improbable home of Madrid's most iconic dish: cocido madrileño, a boiled dinner of chickpeas, vegetables, and assorted sausages and meats. Chef Antonio Cosmen's rendition is downright transcendent, with creamy garbanzo beans from Arévalo—he buys the town's entire crop—smoky chorizo, and a jamón-scented broth so rich it jellifies at room temperature. (Another famed version can be found at Sylkar .)

Spain Madrid Restaurant Corral de la Morería

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A legendary flamenco nightclub in the heart of Madrid's tourist-swarmed center might be the last place you'd expect to find Michelin-starred dining, but at Corral de la Morería, there's as much art on the plate as there is onstage. The menu—modern Spanish with winks of Andalusia—consists of dishes like wild sea bass draped with spring onions and Ibérico bacon and shatteringly crisp Catalan flatbread topped with garlicky late-summer vegetables.

Spain Madrid Restaurant El Paraguas

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You'll feel expensive entering El Paraguas, a low-ceilinged parlor with cushy velvet chairs, ironed white linens, and fresh-cut flowers. The Asturian (where the town of Cudillero lies) fine dining menu reads like a paean to minimalist cooking with seasonal, and often local, ingredients like baby artichokes, white asparagus, pheasant, and milk-fed lamb. Seafood lovers shouldn't miss the cocochas de merluza, pleasingly gelatinous hake cheeks crowned with a runny egg yolk. The hushed, well-appointed restaurant lends itself nicely to formal occasions like business dinners and family celebrations.

Roostiq Madrid

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There's lots to say about Roostiq, the sleek fire-cooking hotspot in Chueca district, but “pork cracklings and Champagne” might be enough: This wham-bam combo has had local food writers drooling since the restaurant's 2018 inception. But Roostiq isn't just another tapas spot with a viral dish or two; it's a new breed of restaurant, an asador (Spanish barbecue house) redefined for the 21st century that's all about the fuego, which you can smell the moment you walk through the door.

Spain Madrid Restaurant La Tasqueria

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Heads, kidneys, tongues, and other innards define the menu at La Tasquería, a newcomer whose name is a play on the words “tasca” (pub) and “casquería” (offal shop). Once ubiquitous on working-class dinner tables across Spain—yet virtually vanished from the culinary zeitgeist today—organ meats have a new champion in Javi Estévez, whose dishes like fried lambs' ears and braised rabbit tongues with snails are creating fans out of even the most squeamish eaters.

Casa Benigna Madrid

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You're at the whim of chef-owner Norberto Jorge at Casa Benigna—and, trust us, that's a good thing. You can start your low-carb diet mañana; the rice dishes, cooked over open flame to al dente perfection in copper pans are a revelation even to seasoned paella lovers. Whether you opt for the traditional Valencian, brimming with romano beans and succulent rabbit; the arroz negro, briny with fresh squid ink; or some other rice dish, save room for the the caramelized socarrat—Spain's answer to tahdig —stuck to the bottom of the pan.

El Rincón de Jaén

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All that's missing from El Rincón de Jaén I, an Andalusian fever dream, are twirling flamenco dancers. Under the gaze of a gigantic bull head, Barrio Salamanca denizens snack on tapas with toothpicks and toss back sherries and ice-cold half-pints. There are seasonal vegetables a la plancha drizzled with olive oil, nose-to-tail mains—don't miss the crispy lamb sweetbreads—and oven-roasted fish showered with parsley. The city's most sublime light lunch might be the ensalada de ventresca: peeled tomato, shaved onion, and flaked tuna belly, all sluiced with good olive oil and sherry vinegar.

Spain Madrid Restaurant Angelita Madrid

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Don't be fooled by Angelita's tourist-jammed location a block from Gran Vía ; this wine-centric destination restaurant would be packed even if it were on the outskirts of town. Year-round deliveries from the owner's family farm put the vegetable dishes an echelon above the rest. You may think you know pisto, Spain's answer to ratatouille served in taverns across central Spain, but you've never had it like this, crowned with a perky orange yolk and confettied with fried egg white “dust.” Nor will you find a more succulent Iberian pig sirloin than the one at Angelita's.

MO de Movimiento Madrid

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The pizzas here are a must, made with stone-ground Castilian flours, Riojan vegetables, and Galician cheese. They get their signature chew from a novel leavening agent: wild yeast “waters” that the Sardinian pizzaiolo concocts using leftover fruit from the kitchen. Simple seasonal salads, roasted vegetable dishes, and roast meats round out the Mediterranean menu. Distinctive drinks include alcohol-free tipples, like small-batch sodas, and low-intervention Spanish wines, like single-estate Valencian rosé. Boasting one of Madrid's largest courtyards, Mo is a no-brainer pick for groups of all sizes. Mo is a venture focused on sustainability and economic justice: it's staffed in large part by at-risk youth, refugees, and other marginalized folks.

Bodegas El Maño Madrid

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A tapas bar is usually known for one or two specialties, but here, nearly every dish is worth visiting for. Kickstart your salivary glands with a gilda—a Basque brochette stacked with a anchovies, olives, and pickled hot peppers that will make you pucker—before tearing into retro Madrileño mains like fried pig ear soaked in spicy brava sauce and meatballs served alongside a mound of hand-cut fries. The burst-in-your-mouth chocolate croquetas are the dessert menu's sleeper hit. Vermouth on draft and eclectic yet affordable Spanish wines by the glass are wonderful sidekicks to whatever you're eating. Make El Maño a stop on a longer tapas crawl or settle in for a full meal: This is no-frills taberna dining at its finest.

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It might as well be 1970, the year the García family opened Sylkar on a sleepy side street in Chamberí: Chorizo links hang behind the bar, demitasse spoons clink onto saucers, and white-clad waiters scurry between tables of raucous regulars, cracking jokes and over-pouring wine. At the kitchen window, Alfredo, the owner, holds court from a barstool, greeting guests while leafing through the sports section of El País. He glances up occasionally to call out orders to the veteran cooks frying croquettes and flipping tortillas from muscle memory.

Spain Madrid Restaurant DiverXo

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Chef David Muñoz is determined to make DiverXO the “best restaurant in the world”—his words, not ours—and according to some critics, he's well on his way to achieving that goal. His tasting menus, aptly called canvases, entail Jackson Pollock–style sauce splatters, pluming dry ice towers, and inventive Asian-inflected dishes (think: naan orbs covered in truffle shavings and acidulated parmesan) that border on art. It's the stuff culinary dreams are made of.

Fayer Madrid

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Stick to old-school Spanish restaurants in Madrid, and you're bound to tire of the stodgy stews, fried seafood, and umpteen pork preparations that keep the siesta tradition alive. Fayer and Argentine-Israeli menu are the antidotes to that heavy eating. If this is your first Argentine-Israeli meal, you're in for a treat. Whet your appetite with hot, za'atar-dusted pita dipped into beet hummus or baba ghanouj, enriched with top-shelf Israeli tahini. Or mix and match cuisines by throwing a couple of juicy Argentine beef empanadas into the mezze spread. 

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Madrid's Chinese population tripled between 2015 and 2017, and that surge has been a boon to the international food scene; case in point, Casa Lafu. In the split-level dining room, outfitted with pleasing rice paper lamps and velvet chairs, Madrid natives and Chinese expats unite over hot pot dishes cooked tableside in bubbling cauldrons of stock. The menu also includes an encyclopedic variety of made-to-order dishes hailing from every corner of China. Sate your Sichuan cravings with chili oil wontons before gobbling up some Cantonese-style dim sum, or Shanghainese roast duck.

Casa Hortensia Restaurante  Sidrería Madrid

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Hidden up six flights of stairs in an unremarkable apartment building, Casa Hortensia teleports you to the cider houses of Asturias, the misty northern region on the Cantabrian coast that Anthony Bourdain called the most “extraordinary place” he'd ever visited. The menu reads like a highlight reel of Asturian cuisine. There's cachopo, fried beef cutlets with a molten ham-and-cheese center; chorizo links braised in cider; fresh seafood platters; and—the restaurant's specialty—fabada, Spain's answer to cassoulet enriched with pork belly and smoky blood sausage.

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We are thrilled to announce that the International desk is opening an official bureau in Spain. Even more thrilling is the announcement that our new Madrid bureau chief will be Nicholas Casey.

Spain is one of the most important stories in Europe. We were on the ground across Spain during this year’s deadly spread of the coronavirus. We closely covered the 2017 independence referendum and upheaval in Catalonia, while chronicling the broader economic and political gyrations that have shaken the country for more than a decade. Spain is also more than a European story; it remains interconnected with Latin America and northern Africa in ways that provide exciting, cross-regional coverage possibilities.

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Nick joined The Times in 2015 after working at The Wall Street Journal. He did a brief turn on Metro before taking on one of our most challenging assignments as Caracas bureau chief. He immediately hit the road, crossing Venezuela town by town, discovering how a once-affluent country was disintegrating under the authoritarian leadership of Nicolás Maduro.

Nick defied a government ban on reporting from the nation’s collapsing hospitals , finding doctors who had to operate on bloody tables and wash their hands with bottles of seltzer because they had no running water. He discovered that mental institutions, lacking enough medications, were kicking out thousands of psychiatric patients , while the patients who remained were often stripped naked or tied to chairs.

Nick wrote about educated professionals who were so desperate to make ends meet that they abandoned their jobs in cities to work in illegal pit mines in the jungle. He also followed Venezuelan migrants fleeing in rickety boats to neighboring islands like Curaçao in search of food. His stunning stories earned him a Polk award in his first year of reporting for The Times.

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Eight mistakes not to make when you travel to New York

Visiting the top of skyscrapers on a cloudy day, ignoring free activities, underestimating the climate and focusing your attention on manhattan alone are just a few of the slip-ups committed by tourists on their first trip to the big apple.

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New York is one of the most fascinating, dynamic and multicultural cities in the world. Although it can be expensive, it’s a destination that every traveler should have on their list due to the huge variety in attractions that characterize its five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. These days, it’s one of the most-visited cities on the planet and according to New York City Tourism + Conventions, the Big Apple ’s official tourism promotion organization, in 2023 it received an estimated 60 million tourists, of which I was one.

On my first trips to the city I made more than one mistake, like visiting the Brooklyn Bridge on a day so windy that a gust splintered my umbrella, and the night I decided to go from the airport to my hotel on the subway. To avoid the same things from happening to you, I made a list of common errors, with recommendations that will keep you from falling prey to these traveler’s woes.

Not planning your transportation from the airport to the city

To arrive in New York City , you have the choice of three airports: JFK, the largest; La Guardia, which is located in Queens; and Newark, in the neighboring state of New Jersey. Because of this, before you buy a flight, it’s important to look at which airport it lands in, and not base your decision solely on ticket prices. The best option for tourists is JFK, because of its connectivity with public transportation.

The mistake that many make is not keeping in mind how they’ll get from the airport to the city. If you land at JFK, the subway is always a good option, unless you’re arriving at night, at which time security is far from guaranteed. Taxis provide a quick alternative, but be careful with un-authorized cabs that offer their services at the airport’s doors. The best way to avoid them is to use apps like Lyft or Uber.

Another great option if you’re traveling in a group is private transportation. I recommend Luxury NY Limo, a business that offers luxury limousine, sedan and van services. Its rates begin at $105 and costs depend on the number of passengers, the airport they pick you up from and any extra services you wish to book.

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Not planning out your activities

The key to seeing New York lies in planning out effective itineraries based on distance, weather and the best schedule for visiting certain sites. To save money and time, tourist cards are an excellent option, because they allow you to see the city’s most popular attractions.

If you are staying for longer than three days, you should consider a tourist pass like the Sightseeing Day Pass or the New York Pass, which offers 160 attraction options such as the Empire State viewpoint, the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and the American Museum of Natural History, among others. There are different packages, and their prices depend on the number of attractions they include. If you decide to not get a tourist pass, it’s best to buy tickets for museums, viewpoints and attractions in advance, because during high season, lines can be quite long.

To move around the city easily, it’s important to plan out routes and know how long it will take you to get to each place. Consider walking short distances and use apps like Google Maps and Citymapper, which shows the best way to get from one point to another. Both offer offline maps so that you can navigate without worrying about your phone’s connection.

Not using the subway

The New York subway is one of the most efficient and economic transportation systems for travelers, but beginners can easily be intimidated by its intricate lines. It’s worth your time to learn how to get between stations, because you’ll save a lot of money on trips. One ticket costs around $2.75 per trip, and if your time in the city will be longer than three days, it’s best to get the Metro Card, which can be re-filled to cover more trips.

Each subway line has different kinds of trains, which are indicated by letters, numbers and colors. There are local trains, which stop in every station, and express trains, which only make stops in the most important stations. There are also directions as indicated by the word Uptown or Downtown. To get oriented, use Google Maps, download the New York Metro: MTA Map app — which has information on New York subway maps and service status — or the MYmta app, which can serve as a guide to the city’s subway and buses.

Eating every day in a restaurant

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The Big Apple has one of the most drool-worth culinary panoramas, and sampling restaurants’ best dishes is tempting, but doing that every day will top out any budget. Keep in mind: despite the city’s extensive, high-rated gastronomic offerings, there are also many establishments happy to offer poor quality service at high prices. To prevent all my money from going to food, whenever I travel to New York, I always plan for a few meals at inexpensive or moderately priced spots. You can always pick up food at delis, small stores that offer breakfast, sandwiches and snacks starting at $3. Other places with good food and below-average prices are: Chelsea Market, Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish, Essex Market, Eataly’s Italian delights, Chinatown and the famous burger chain Shake Shack.

Picking a far-flung hotel

The range of hotels on offer in New York is enormous, but also leans towards the expensive, so finding well-located and well-priced lodging can be a challenge. Although not all attractions are located in Manhattan, I think that it provides some of the best housing options due to its connectivity and easy access. Hotels where I’ve stayed in this area and that I recommend are: Yotel New York Times Square and The Pod 39 Hotel, which have exceptional locations and moderate prices.

If you’re traveling for the second or third time to the city of skyscrapers and want to decamp to less tourist-y areas, consider staying in neighborhoods like Queens or Brooklyn, where there are more economic hotel options. Before you make your reservation, check for the closest subway station or bus stop.

Not taking advantage of free activities

The city has the privilege of offering a multitude of excellent free activities. Consider cost-free things for your itinerary like spending an afternoon strolling through Little Island, a small public park with gardens, green spaces and panoramic views, or getting on the Staten Island ferry to admire the Statue of Liberty. Add to the list the Harry Potter store, which is a real museum, elevated park The High Life, the entrance to The Oculus or certain museums like the one dedicated to 9/11, which offers free access on Monday afternoons.

Buying tickets to viewpoints without checking the weather

The Edge, NY

New York is a city that is known for its many skyscraper tourist attractions, but also as a place that sees a lot of fog and sporadic rains. If you don’t want to be as disappointed as I was the first time I went to the Top of the Rock, it’s crucial to check the weather forecast before you buy tickets to any viewpoint to make sure that the day will be as clear as possible.

The Edge is on my list of top viewpoints because it’s an open-air skyscraper with one of the best views of the city and a glass triangle on which tourists can walk. Further down is the Summit, the Empire State Building, the One World Observatory and the Top of the Rock. Ticket prices depend on factors like time of day, but general access starts at around $40. The most practical plan is to get a tourist pass like the Sightseeing Day Pass, which includes access to various skyscrapers.

Giving Manhattan all your attention

Movies and series have given so much promotion to Manhattan that many tourists prioritize the borough over New York’s other areas. But this city is so much more than Times Square, Broadway and Central Park. If it’s your first time at the destination, my suggestion is to visit the most emblematic sites of Manhattan and to set aside two days in your itinerary to travel to the other boroughs.

Consider biking or walking over Brooklyn’s iconic bridge, taking a walk through the Dumbo and Williamsburg neighborhoods, strolling through Prospect Park and Coney Island. In the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop, you’ll find sites like the New York Botanical Garden, Yankee Stadium, The Bronx Museum and the Bronx Night Market. In Queens, standouts include Flushing Meadows, Rockaway Beach and MoMA PS1. Don’t forget about Staten Island, the borough that houses Snug Harbor, an enormous cultural center with museums, Neoclassical buildings and botanical gardens.

MoMA, NY

Lastly, since the New York climate can be volatile, it’s very important to always keep an eye on the weather, and even if you’re making the trip during the summer, make sure there’s a waterproof jacket and umbrella in your suitcase. Now pack your bags, because NYC is waiting! .

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