From museum hopping to plaza hopping, I definitely saw plenty of art and heritage culture in Madrid. Restaurants open later than usual as people start their days after good long rests. When getting off work, they would hop on over to watch a soccer game to relax. It is quite a getaway to experience this laid back culture over hustling all the time.
Day 2: Plaza Hopping
We encountered this secret garden cafe while starting our day from the central plaza. You get there by entering a boutique store and heading to the elevator in the back. The upper level is a more bougie restaurant serving brunches and other food. The lower level is where we went for just drinks. Chai latte is definitely a good pick there!
After walking around Plaza Mayor, we headed to Takos Al Pastor for lunch. We were warned that there are usually long waiting lines before the store even opens at 1pm, but the wait was pretty worth as each taco was only €1. Then we headed to San Miguel Market to have an after bite with tapas tasting.
Palacio Real De Madrid or Royal Palace was a great place to stroll around while listening street music.
We eneded our day at the Temple of Debod. It costs money to get into the center of the temple so we just enjoyed it on the side and stuck around the hill to catch the beautiful sunset. When night time hit, we were off to watch our first Real Madrid soccer game - it was definitely something to cross off on Madrid's bucket list.
Day 3: City Roaming
We started our day with getting a taste of Spanish cuisine.
Later we focused our day on roaming around the Buen Retiro park and the city itself.