Celebrities, Sangria and Reina Sofia in Madrid

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There’s more to Madrid than tapas and Iberico ham. Here’s the rundown on one of the chicest hotels, the best place to get churros with chocolate, and where to get a drink on one of the city’s famed terraces.

Hotel URSO Madrid
Located in the heart of Madrid, but tucked away from the crowds of tourists, this five-star boutique hotel combines stylish furnishings with excellent service. The old elevator transports guests back to another time.
Mejía Lequerica, 8
+34 914 44 44 58

Ultramarinos Quintin
Gastronomy enthusiasts will love this charming eatery in the Salamanca neighborhood, which is said to attract several Spanish celebrities. With dishes like squid ink cannelloni and cod croquettes, this restaurant highlights the very best of Spanish cuisine.
Calle Jorge Juan, 17
+34 917 86 46 24

This restaurant combines the very best of Latin and Spanish cuisine, elevating dishes with modern touches. The classic tortilla espanola gets the truffle treatment, and the Cubano sandwich also gets an update. The lush foliage and floral decor makes you feel like you’re in a swanky eatery in Cuba circa 1930.
Calle de Génova, 28
+34 917 37 20 17

Maestro Churrero
You can’t go to Spain without having one of the country’s national treasures: chocolate con churro, and Maestro Churrero serves up some of the best. The churros are freshly deep fried, so they’re warm and fluffy on the inside and crisp and crunchy on the outside. Dunk them in the warm, rich chocolate sauce and you’ll find yourself in heaven. This place is great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Plaza Jacinto Benavente, 2
+34 913 69 24 06

Rooftop bars are all the rage in Madrid, so why not head to this hip rooftop bar, located atop a 17th-century building-turned-library, at sunset to drink Sangria and to soak in the warm atmosphere al fresco.
C/ Tribulete 14, 4ª Planta
Edificio Escuelas Pias (UNED)
+34 915 28 25 94

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
See one of Spain’s national treasures, Pablo Picasso’s famed 1937 Guernica painting, which was painted as a statement against the Nazi bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, and has remained a global symbol for peace. The museum also has works by Spain’s most famed artists, like Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
+34 917 74 10 00