Best Things to Do in Madrid

February 10, 2023
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There’s no shortage of things to do when in Madrid.

From hammam baths to flamenco shows, these are the must-try nightlife activities you have to experience.

Here’s your essential guide to the best things to do when the sun goes down in Madrid.

Watch a flamenco show at Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco

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Be awestruck by renowned flamenco dancers and Spanish guitar masters at Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco.

Founded in 1994, Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco has become one of Madrid’s most prominent cultural symbols. Showcasing a genuine passion for flamenco, this spot has been acknowledged by fellow veterans like Enrique Morente and Antonio Carmona.

Flamenco programs typically start in the evening, but you can give your taste buds a real treat with a Spanish feast an hour before the show.

When it comes to audience, flamenco devotees and curious tourists are filling the theater’s space.

Shop until you drop at Gran Via

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Next up on our list (and your bucket list, too) of things to do in Madrid at night is doing a shopping spree on Gran Via’s streets.

Attracting more than 10 million people every year, this ritzy boulevard is the go-to spot for fashion lovers. Its seemingly never-ending rows of shops bring the best of both worlds – you get international high-end brands like Loewe and retail brands, such as ZARA.

With a rich history spanning over 100 years, Gran Via has undergone multiple changes. With more pedestrian-friendly areas and fewer cars, you’ll have an enjoyable night out strolling around from one shop to another.

Everybody who has a soft spot for fashion or wants to visit Champs-Elysées’ Spanish version will roam Gran Via’s streets.

Explore the culinary scene at Platea Madrid

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Get a taste of Madrid’s authentic lifestyle by diving into Platea Madrid, a gourmet space located in central Plaza de Colón.

A former cinema, this high-end market features a red-curtained stage where cabaret shows and dance performances take place. 

At Platea Madrid, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From the Italian cuisine of Fortino to exquisite Peruvian dishes at Kinua, there’s a lot to explore in one night – maybe even more than one’s stomach can handle. 

Your wallet should be prepared too. This is not your average traditional market – Platea is a ritzy gastronomical space where Michelin-star chefs are in charge of your next meal. This place brings tourists who want to splurge on their next meal and Madrid’s elite together.

Go bar-hopping in Malasaña

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Looking for something that will be worth telling your grandkids one day? Embark on a boozy adventure in the alternative Malasaña.

This cultural hub has morphed into a hotspot brimming with quirky bars. Start off with El Penta, an emblematic watering hole of the Movida movement in the 1980s.

Another bar you shouldn’t miss is Fábrica Maravillas, a visually-striking brewpub that crafts beers specifically for the funky crowds of Malasaña.

Malasaña’s boho-chic bars have attracted fellow hipsters and indie kids from all over the world.

Do a nighttime wellness session at Hammam Al Andalus

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Giving another dimension to wellness, Hammam Al Andalus connects you with you inner nature.

With massages, rituals, and Arab baths, the spa centre cleanses your body with water and steam. But this is no traditional thermal spa. Hammam is the oriental version of a sauna and induces a state of deep relaxation, as well as eliminating toxins.

One of the best places to indulge in this wellness session is at Hammam Al Andalus, a Madrid spa complex open during late-night hours.

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