The thriving health scene in Madrid is guaranteed to exceed your expectations, with cold-pressed juice bars, stunning rooftop gardens and unexpected hidden gems serving delicious and nourishing dishes!
So if you’re travelling to the Spanish capital and in search of the city’s healthy hotspots and must-see sites, here’s everything you need to know…
Calle de Génova 25 / Calle Serrano 98 / Calle Augusto Figueroa 28 / Calle Velázquez 39
For the health-conscious foodies seeking vegan options, head to Fit Food for your fix, whether you’re after a nutrient-dense superfood smoothie bowl with every topping imaginable, a matcha-turmeric latte with cashew milk and agave nectar, or a cold-pressed green juice. Be sure to pick up some nutritious snacks for later too, from raw almond cookies to cacao energy balls.
Order: Açaí Peanut Butter Power Bowl – a vibrant purple blend of frozen açai, banana, peanut butter and cacao powder, topped with nutty granola, fresh fruit and desiccated coconut.
Plaza de la Comendadores 9 (Malasaña)
This Australian-inspired restaurant is bright and spacious with large interior windows, perfect for people-watching. The décor is modern with communal tables and each dish is very much “Instagrammable”. Be sure to arrive early to avoid the queue, especially on weekends – but the wait in line is worth every second!
Order: Shakshuka – baked eggs with spicy tomato sauce in a piping hot iron skillet
Calle Tribulete 6 (Lavapiés)
Set among the stunning traditional Spanish district of Lavapiés, Pum Pum’s star feature is its 4-course brunch (it’s just 10 Euros!) The exposed brick walls create a cosy yet chic atmosphere and each dish is presented flawlessly. The unique flavoured breads such as pistachio zucchini bread never fail to impress, and you’re guaranteed a selection of Aussies, Americans and Europeans in this international foodie hub.
Order: The Weekend Brunch Special will leave you full for hours, featuring granola with yoghurt, fresh fruit, a perfectly poached egg on avocado toast, pastry, orange juice and exceptional coffee!
Calle del Pez 20 (Malasaña)
Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Malasaña, this edgy café is like something out of Shoreditch or Brixton. The friendly baristas know how to make the perfect speciality coffees, from Matcha to Red Velvet Lattes with oat milk.
Order: Matcha Waffles with caramel sauce
Plaza de la Independencia, 7
Stroll, jog or cycle through Madrid’s most beautiful park. You can also hire a rowing boat on the lake.
Gran Via / Calle Serrano
Who said shopping isn’t exercise? Be sure to hit the shops for a little Spanish fashion and a lot of international influence, whether it’s the hustle and bustle of Gran Via (often compared to London’s Oxford Street), or the chic designer shops on Calle Serrano in the Salamanca neighbourhood (similar vibe to Chelsea).
Start in Sol, which is right in the heart of the city and within walking distance of all the cultural landmarks, from the main square at Plaza Mayor to the royal palace: Palacio Real.
Calle de Alcalá, 42
Head straight to the rooftop bar of this stunning emblematic building – which also boasts exhibitions, a cinema, theatre, library and restaurant – and admire the most spectacular panoramic views the city has to offer.
Paseo del Prado
No trip to Madrid would be complete without a visit to this highly renowned art gallery, which holds one of the largest art collections in the world. Alternatively, if modern art is your jam, then be sure to check out the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum https://www.museothyssen.org/en .
Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores
Every Sunday, the most popular open air flea market in Spain sells antique objects, first and second-hand clothing, jewellery and all sorts of unexpected treasures. Keep your belongings very close as the area is known for pickpocketing!