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What are the Madrid spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

With no doubt, The Royal Palace and the area surrounding it - the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Gardens, Royal Theater... As you can see, everything is royal in Madrid.

Do’s and don’ts in Madrid: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Private Car NO, Metro YES. Tips are always welcome but it's up to you, nobody is going to tell you anything about the tips but who doesn't want to appreciate good service?

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

The sky is the limit but I used to spend 50€ including dinner and some drinks.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

La Latina and Malasaña - these are right now the funnest neighbourhoods in the capital.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

If I have to prepare a romantic dinner I think I would choose one of the night rooftop terraces around Gran Via Street, most of the hotels in that street have them.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Madrid?

If I'm drunk in the Malasaña area there are a lot of bars and pubs (Irish tavern included), if I'm hungry, Sagaretxe Restaurant is my favourite restaurant in Madrid.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

In Madrid the weather is never freezing but if it does happen, Museo Del Prado and the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia are two very good options.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Absolutely the Royal Palace but all my foreign friends always prefer visiting the Real Madrid Stadium so perhaps I am wrong!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Madrid. How do you spend it?

I would spend the last day shopping in Velazquez Street.

You’re meeting the mayor of Madrid - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Madrid is perhaps the best city to live in in the world - we have good weather, good food, the people are great and everybody is welcome in my city. But we have no beach, it is a pity but it is true.

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