While seeing a Verdi opera at the Teatro Real or Picasso’s famed Guernica are two ways to experience art in Madrid, the city’s chefs also elevate new cuisine to an art form—or some might even say a science. Inside Madrid’s eclectic restaurants, like El Chaflan, DiverXo, or Coque, culinary alchemists mix flavors in new and inventive ways that inspire all of the senses. Similarly, a crop of stylish new gastrobars, like Estado Puro and Le Cabrera, are putting a fresh spin on traditional specialties.
Just north of Madrid’s historic center, the renovated Salamanca district is the place to go for high-end fashion streets like Serrano and Goya. Locals call this strip the “Golden Mile” for its ultra-glamorous shops and luxury boutiques carrying top Spanish and international designers, including Adolfo Dominguez, Amaya Arzuaga, Prada, and Manolo Blahnik. It’s also the neighborhood for upmarket jewelers, like Suarez, Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari.