MADRID for a weekend Best places to visit

SHOPPING: Madrid's best shops, from local markets to smart boutiques, chosen by our resident expert, Annie Bennett. There are lots of little independent shops left in Madrid, despite the relentless spread of chain stores. For El Corte Inglés department store, Zara, Mango, Camper and other Spanish brands, trawl Calle Preciados by Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía. For funky boutiques, head to Calle Fuencarral just north of the Gran Vía, and veer off into the neighbouring areas of Chueca and Malasaña. Calle Augusto Figueroa is lined with outlet shoe shops.The smartest shops are in the Salamanca district, particularly Serrano, Goya, Lagasca, Claudio Coello and Ortega y Gasset streets ( Travel Destinations)

FOOD: When asked what they consider a typical Madrid dish, many people instantly think of the famous Spanish omelette. With so many places offering the delicious tortilla, it can be difficult to know where to find a really good version of it. Best places are listed on this website (Yummiest places for tortilla)

MUSEUMS: If you're an art fan, you've come to the right place. Madrid is practically bursting at the seams with museums and galleries where you can get your fix. From Spain's most important collection of paintings in the Prado to the top spot for contemporary art par excellence that is the Reina Sofia, the Spanish capital is home to many of the greatest pieces of art by the most important artists in history. So that you don't miss anything, we've picked out the best of the best of Madrid's museums for you to visit during your time in the city. (Museums to visit)


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