Inspired by maoam’s thread from yesterday, looking to gather intelligence from the DiS collective on an upcoming trip to Madrid. I’m heading there this week for a couple of days and know nothing about the place, or Spain in general, and can’t see a previous thread.
Things I like doing:
Very into contemporary art these days, so any recommendations on museums or galleries I should check out would be appreciated
I spend a lot of time walking around cities when I’m on holiday, up to 20 miles per day (I’m not exaggerating). Pretty much spend all my time doing these kind of urban hikes, and then go to galleries when I’m tired. The combination of exhaustion and arty stimulation really works for me. So any non-obvious neighborhoods I should aim for? In particular interested to see any parts of the city which have different communities from around the world. Also just very interested in atmosphere and ‘vibe’.
Always interested to know what the hipster neighborhoods are, if such a thing exists in Spain
They might not exist, but audiophile listening bars and that kind of thing always rock my world, if I can ever find them
also, anywhere I can get a coffee and get my laptop out to read for an hour or two would be appreciated. in some places that’s really easy to find (Berlin, the US), but in other places it just doesn’t seem to be the done thing (France, in my experience).
Lovely city. Much prefer it to overrated Barcelona (much cheaper also).
For art, obviously the Prado is the daddy - although it’s primarily modern rather than contemporary art. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is also great but similarly more first half 20th century art.
Great city for urban walking. Parque de Retiro is the main city centre one. Casa De Campo you can do some actual proper hiking in should you wish - can be a bit sketchy after dark though. The whole city is amazing for walking and stopping off places - every side street will have multiple bars/cafes/restaurants. To your question, pretty much everywhere will be fine with you stopping off and reading/internetting/whatever - places are designed to be more like chilled out living rooms rather than in/out businesses.
My favourite bookshop in Madrid is Ocho v Medio - speciality cinema bookstore. Also features a coffee shop conveniently
that’s very close to what i was after, a nice place with a good soundsystem where i can drink and listen to some tunes. thanks, never would have found that otherwise. thanks also for the tip on Usera, I’ll make a beeline for that