Category: Madrid

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Hotel Ritz, Madrid – another name for luxury

Thankfully, some things never change.  In the case of Madrid’s Hotel Ritz, opened 12 years after the Paris branch in 1910, luxury still abounds: this place is as close to perfect as you can get.  The upholstery is plush, the staff…

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Chocolat, Madrid: churros and chocolate in Huertas

Yes, times are hard in Spain at the moment.  So hard that it can be tricky to fine a good dose of churros con chocolate (strips of fried dough served with a cup of thick chocolate for dipping) in the city centre….

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Madrid’s temple of vermouth: Bodegas Casas

‘Laterio’ is a big thing in Spain.  We’re talking bars, yes, but bars that specialize in preserves – usually seafood including treats like cockles, scallops, mussels and clams.  And, yes, we understand that going to a bar to eat canned goods…

Edificio Telefónica, Gran Vía

5 Madrid buildings with a secret history

Despite being a modern metropolis and home to over 3 million people, Madrid retains a sense of the Castillian town that grew into a bustling capital city.    Here are Gusto Guides’ picks of places in Madrid with a story…

Madrid plaza de Callao

Shopping in Madrid: the essential guide

Madrid is known for its tapas bars, art galleries and bullfighting, but increasing numbers of visitors are hitting up the Spanish capital in search of some of the best shopping in Europe.  From high-end labels to street markets and individual…


Circulo de Bellas Artes – art and cake in Madrid

Madrid’s Circulo de Bellas Artes tends to get lumped in with the city’s galleries by guidebooks and tour guides, but this stunning 19th century arts centre is much more than that. Consistently home to some of the most interesting exhibitions…

Bar Selva, Madrid

Bar Selva: budget luxury on Gran Via, Madrid

You know who your best friends are when you trust them to choose where to eat.  On our last visit to Madrid, the friend in question was writer and journalist Eduardo Laporte and, boy, did he choose well.  We asked for a…