It’s no secret that I absolutely love this city and after a year and a half, I managed to accumulate my 5 favorite places where you can find me on most weekends. Each of these places will forever hold a special place in my heart as it is where I’ve met amazing people, I was able to relax and self-reflect and most importantly just enjoy it. And here they are, in no particular order:
My 5 Favorite Places in Madrid
1. Desperate Literature
I could spend hours in this bookshop, browsing around, writing a poem on their typewriter, attending one of their events or taking a shot of whiskey with a deliberately purchased ‘boozey book’ (seriously, try it). And it got even better when I found that they also have a bookstore in Santorini (the place that will forever hold my soul and never give it back until I move there).
I remember sitting here and catching up to Celebrity Big Brother (yeah I’m guilty, but come on, Katie Hopkins AND Perez Hilton locked up in a house together?!) while eating a cake and drinking my mint tea almost every Saturday after my Spanish lessons. Fantastic cakes (amazing cheesecake!!) and beautiful customer service. I’ll forever love Celicioso. Oh and if the name didn’t give it away, it’s completely gluten free and they have vegan options.
3. Jardines Sabatini
Jardines Sabatini was my frontyard for about 7 months and I absolutely loved it. This little charming park was my running route, my makeout spot and a place where I’d come to write, think, and listen do the beautiful man playing his violin every weekend. The sunsets here were magical – nothing like Santorini, but hey, I’ll take it!
Yep, the entire neighborhood. Malasaña is like the hippy barrio you just wish you could live in (and I am living here!). So many hidden bookshops, stores, cafes and cheap deals. Some of my favorite places include Lolo Polos natural ice cream, La Bicicleta, every ‘fruteria’, Ojala, the entire Calle del Pez street and Calle de Fuencarral.
Where do I even start with Retiro. I used to come here after my Spanish lessons and just chill for hours until it was time to go home. Some of my favorite areas are the one most people don’t have the chance to explore as they are hidden within the park, such as the rose garden or the place I like to describe as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ where I sometimes still go to practice yoga. This park holds so much character – you will end up striking a conversation with random people (sometimes annoyingly), whether it be Mormons (who will make you read out loud a paragraph from the Bible!) or old people (does happen). Without a doubt, at least in my eyes, the best park in the world. <3