5. Stuff your Face at a Converted Market
The last few years have seen tvva culinary resurgence in Madrid’s food scene, with a flowering of combination markets/food courts which have taken over the evenings. Grab a caña—that’s a small glass of beer—and weave among the stall, picking out phenomenal tapas and new-wave treats, from classic jamón iberico to freshly shucked oysters or flash-fried shrimp. Check out the original market, the Mercado de San Miguel (Plaza de San Miguel, Madrid, (+34) 915-424-936), with its fantastic wrought iron architecture. Or try the light and airy Mercado San Antón (24B Calle de Augusto Figueroa, Madrid, (+34) 913-300-730), with it’s fantastic rooftop terrace that’s perfect for a sundowner. In the evening, head to Platea (5-7 Calle de Goya, Madrid, (+34) 915-770-025), housed in a huge converted cinema, for some top-quality food—at a price. Make sure to grab a cocktail right at the top of the building, overlooking the entire room.