What to do in Madrid this Summer

June 18, 2018
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The weather is wonderful, you've got more free time and the city at your feet. So you wonder: how to make the most of it? Worry no more, I've got you covered. Today I'm telling you the best places to be in Madrid this summer.

If you follow the blog, you know that I'm obsessed with eating al fresco. It's my favorite summer time activity and I've been waiting for months to do it again so imagine how excited I am! Most of my suggestions below involve eating out so if you are a foodie this post is perfect for you.

Let's get down to business, shall we?
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summer madrid mama campo restaurant healthy food madrid olavide
summer madrid mama campo restaurant healthy food madrid olavide
summer madrid mama campo restaurant healthy food madrid olavide
Eat light and healthy at Mama Campo
With high temps traditional hearty meals like cocido madrileño are not an option anymore. Mama Campo offers healthy delicious food made with ingredients bought from local farmers. Sustainability is their main goal, which can be seen in the wooden furniture and organic products. Next door you'll find La Cantina where they have healthy organic tapas and a similar decor. Mama Campo is located at Plaza Olavide, a favorite among locals to hang out on sunny days and a great place for people watching.
Nice to Meet You restaurant Madrid views terraza 360º dear hotel summer
Nice to Meet You restaurant Madrid views terraza 360º dear hotel summer
Nice to Meet You restaurant Madrid views terraza 360º dear hotel summer
Nice to Meet You restaurant Madrid views terraza 360º dear hotel summer
Nice to Meet You restaurant Madrid views terraza 360º dear hotel summer
Lunch with a view
Nice to Meet you is the rooftop restaurant in Dear Hotel located in bustling Gran Via. This place has a 360º panoramic view of Madrid, from here you can see landmarks like Plaza de España and Palacio Real. The food is as good as the views -look at that scrumptious salad, perfect brioche bun and the cheesecake, yum!- but the restaurant manager was the rudest we've ever encountered which totally spoiled our meal.travel guide madrid summer mercado motores market museum railway ferrocarril
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travel guide madrid summer mercado motores market museum railway ferrocarril food truck
travel guide madrid summer mercado motores market museum railway ferrocarril
travel guide madrid summer mercado motores market museum railway ferrocarril
travel guide madrid summer mercado motores market museum railway ferrocarril
Get your engine started at Mercado de Motores
In this railway museum you can see the evolution of train engines through history while looking for vintage treasures or buying gourmet food in the cutest market. You can also grab a bite at one of the food trucks outside or in a period carriage inside. The entrance is free.summer madrid ice-cream gelato
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream!
Summer wouldn't be the same without milkshakes and ice-cream. For mouth-watering creamy Italian gelato, da Roma is the place to go. Their secret is using fresh milk and the best ingredients. It's located in Santa Engracia, a long street full of great restaurants and bars. If the gelato leaves you wanting for more, they have styrofoam containers to take your favorite ice-cream home.

What's your favorite summer activity?
xo Cristina

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37 comments

  1. These photos got me all hungry for a fresh, hearty meal! Hope you're able to enjoy some this summer :)
    ~Lor

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  2. From your beautiful photos I know I want to eat in Madrid

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  3. Your pics are gorgeous!!! I love Madrid ! It's one of my favorite cities and there's just so much to do! I didn't visit any of the place you mention here!!! But I'm planning anothe trip to Madrid so I'll make sure to cross these ones off the list this time :)

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  4. What an awesome summer vacation. The food alone makes me want to book my trip to Madrid.

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  5. Wowza! Looks absolutely amazing!

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  6. Al the dining options have me itching for some al fresco dining myself!!

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  7. This would be an amazing vacay! The bright colors and food look absolutely delish!

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  8. Oh wow! This looks like such an amazing trip! Hope I find myself in Madrid one day!

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  9. These places look spectacular and the food they offer looks amazing! I love to eat and my hubby loves al fresco! So he normally drinks while I eat - works out great! Lol 😂 I still haven't been to Madrid but with all of your travel posts I so want to go!

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  10. It's easily one of the most beautiful cities out there that you can't run out of things to do and enjoy. Your photos are amazing dear, and that yellow dress looks sooo adorable on you!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  11. Ah! My husband and I went to Madrid a year and a half ago and it was hands down my favorite place to visit. I wish we'd had this guide when we went!

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  12. Amanda KanashiroJune 19, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    I'd never really thought about Madrid, but it looks fabulous! There are so many things to do. It looks like you could easily spend a couple of weeks and still want to stay longer!

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  13. Kelleyn RothaermelJune 19, 2018 at 11:39 PM

    Oh man! I totally missed out! I thought Spain had the worst food ever and now you are proving me wrong. You need to make a list, so that the next time I can eat right.

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  14. The food (especially that salad) looks incredible, so it's a bummer they were to rude there. I'd love to visit Madrid, but I think I'd gain 20 pounds (judging by all the yummy food pics you've posted)!

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  15. Heather CastilloJune 20, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    I've heard Madrid is so beautiful and by the looks of your pictures, I'd have to agree. I hope we can go there one day.

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  16. I would love to go to Madrid! I'm adding it to my bucket list!!

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  17. I have never been to Madrid, looks like a nice place to visit. yummy photos.
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  18. The food and the scenary look absolutely beautiful! I am definitely going to visit there one day!

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  19. Nice to Meet You has such a light interior, I love it!

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  20. You're making me more and more excited about visiting in August! #MondayEscapes

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  21. I would LOVE to visit Madrid this summer - or any summer really! Living through you and these amazing photos!

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  22. So gorgeous! One day Des. One day.

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  23. Madrid does have such a fabulous food culture, love to hear recommendations from a local too! I'm always a sucker for street food carts and love the look of trying a few tastes there! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles

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  24. great outfit! I was in Madrid in winter years ago, it looks great in summer:) #farawayfiles

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  25. I would love to get to go here! That gelato is just screaming my name! ;)

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  26. You look so cute in that yellow dress, it's perfect for exploring Madrid! I visited Spain a few years ago and had to choose between Madrid and Barcelona. I picked the latter, but I can see that I missed out on some great stuff by not going to Madrid. #FarawayFiles

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  27. Next time you must come to Madrid!

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  28. All of these sound so delicious!

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  29. I love eating al fresco too. What a wonderful list of eateries - the food looks incredible too! Thanks for linking #citytripping

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  30. I hope you can visit some day, Maureen :)

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  31. Great ideas Cristina & beautiful photos! 💗

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  32. These all look such delicious places to eat. Eating al fresco is one of the joys of summer. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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  33. Your pictures make this look so magical. I wish I was in Madrid this summer too!

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  34. Wow Madrid looks beautiful, all of the food looks so delicious, I would definitely love to visit!

    ~xo Sheree
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  35. I am utterly convinced that I need to visit Madrid soon after reading this post;) The food looks amazing. I'm also a huge fan of Al Fresco dining;) Thanks for linking to #MondayEscapes

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  36. You have a beautiful yellow dress :)
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