For those planning any pre-or post-Ibiza trips or stopovers, London and Madrid are our go-tos. Check in and check out our city hotspots
The only Mexican restaurant in Europe with a Michelin star, if you like your pico de gallo, this is a must. Once you’ve secured a table (call at least a couple of days before to reserve), settle in to the bright, comfortable sofas and order the chilaquiles. Don’t leave without trying chef Roberto Ruiz’s guacamole too.
General Pardiñas, 40, 28001
+34 914 022 226,
CHUKA RAMEN BAR
New, authentic and central, Chuka Ramen Bar is hopping. A no reservations policy means you’ll probably have to wait, but it’s worth it for the delicious bao buns. Plus, one bite of the butifarra gyozas or shoyu ramen and you’ll think you’re in Shibuya.
Calle Echegaray, 9, 28014
+34 640 651 346,
ROOM WITH A VIEW:
Located in Plaza de Santa Ana, the ME Madrid is in the heart of the city, with restaurants, cafés and tapas bars at your doorstep. Book into the Passion Suite, which features a private terrace (with sunbeds, outdoor dining and a whirlpool) and an amazing view. Unwind with a massage and try their restaurant, Ana La Santa, by the co- founder of the acclaimed Tragaluz group. Plus, staying here means you can skip the evening queue for access to their much loved roof terrace.
Plaza de Santa Ana, 14
+34 917 016 000,
SALA DE DESPIECE
A cross between a typical Spanish bar and a butcher’s shop, at Sala de Despiece the focus is on simple ingredients presented in a new way. The hero dish Chuletón Cenital reduces steak to its essence and is served with truffle oil, mushrooms and sea salt. Located in the bustling neighbourhood Ponzano, if you don’t get in here, then MUTA, La Contraseña or Lambuzo are great alternatives.
Calle de Ponzano, 11, 28010
+34 917 526 106, academiadeldespiece.com
Located in the buzzy Cava Baja, in the Barrio de La Latina (just five minutes from the ME hotel), this is a must for traditional fare. The huevos rotos (scrambled eggs on thin, crisp potatoes) are considered the best in Madrid, and as this is where the Madrilian glitterati hang, so it makes for fun people watching.
Calle Cava Baja, 35, 28005
+34 913 653 252,
An Aussie café in Madrid, this is the Saturday spot. In the well-known Comendadoras Square, next to Malasaña, they have a terrace and serve a great selection of salads (try the quinoa), pasta, burgers and sandwiches. Have brunch then take a walk to Plaza de España, or linger and try the Coca-Cola spider with vanilla ice cream.
Plaza Comendadoras, 9, 28015 +34 915 328 424, federalcafe.es/madrid