48 Hours In: Madrid

If you are planning to visit Madrid (or are fortunate enough to already live there) however you’re seeking more non-traditional tips and alternative spots to visit, look no further than our glowing recommendations below.  From shopping to eating and spas galore, we’ve got some great hidden gems we can’t wait to share.

SHOPPING:

In Madrid there are a plethora of small boutiques that stock a variety of beautiful and intricate garments so if you’re one of those people that cringes at the site of spotting someone across the street wearing the same thing as you, it’s the small shops along the streets of Claudio Coello, Jorge Juan & Villanueva in the Salamanca district that are meant for you.

For  fresh, contemporary and innovative buyers, one of the most interesting stores is Yube (Fernando VI, 23). You will be able to find some of the best international brands such as Vanessa Bruno, See by Chloé, Woolrich, Moncler, Attic & Barn and Filippa K.  However, if you like to follow trends but you also think minimalism is the “must” and “less is more” you should stop by Popi&Hafner (C/ Lope de Vega 3), a very young but promising Spanish fashion brand.  It is the best place for women who love to feel feminine, elegant and sensual

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Another boutique named NAC (Génova, 18) offers a distinguished selection of the best national and international designers throughout their inventory. With their incredibly decorated space and the enticing clothing in it, it’ll be hard to leave empty handed.

If living alternative is your lifestyle of choice, shop the cool and unique clothes at the storefront, David Christian (Almirante, 18). Maria Roca offers an extended selection of custom clothing to wear during the day or at night.  In fact it’s her cocktail dresses, golden belts and palazzo pants in unique fabrics that are her specialty.

RESTAURANTS:

Ten con Ten (Ayala,6) is one of the most fashionable restaurants in town.  A great spot for people watching while simultaneously having a great lunch or dinner.  Definitely make sure to swing by with some friends to have a snack or a drink, a delicious cocktail prepared by his recognized barman, and of course taste their amazing menu.

The Sexto (Fernando VI, 6) offers an extensive menu of Mediterranean and market cuisine, with fresh, homemade dishes. A perfect place to go have breakfast, lunch, dinner or for an afterwork drink with friends.

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BEAUTY SPOTS:

Le Petit Salon (Almagro, 15) is a charming beauty center created by Elena Comes in a true Parisian boudoir style. Since their doors first opened, it has become one of the top spots for many beauty addicts and celebrities alike.  My Little Momó (Lagasca, 3) is known for their manicure and pedicure treatments at the cutest salon with the soothing and ideal ambience one looks for in a spa.

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But if you just want to spend a cozy evening at home because it’s cold outside, flowers and plants are the perfect way to add beauty and warmth to your living room. Verde Pimienta is a deliciously laid floristry shop that brings the exquisite world of floristry closer to the public by delivering high-end, trendsetting floral designs.

Julia Urgel is a journalist and producer based in Madrid who contributes to a multitude of magazines -Rolling Stone, Yo Dona, Gentleman, Icon and Marie Claire- writing about fashion, celebrities and beauty. With a MBA in fashion (and a future PhD in fashion too) she is a university proffesor at University Villanueva, teaching Fashion Journalism. You can follow her on twitter @julia_urgel

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