Museums in Madrid, and restaurants in between

Posted on January 20, 2010


If you are visiting Madrid then it is worth a trip to one or more of the numerous museums in Madrid as some have stunning collections. I have just been to see Lagrimas de Eros (Tears of Eros) at the Thyssen which was fantastic. It’s about the link between sex drive and death instinct which is covered through a range of times and types of art. This is a  temporary expo (until the end of Jan 2010) but the permanent collection is super too – it takes you through the different ages of art with an exquisite collection, perfect for novices such as myself.

I also love the Reina Sofia which has more modern (20th Century) art. The star attraction is Guernica and it has an impressive Picasso collection. There are also good collections from a number of other well-known surrealist artists such as Gris, Miro and Dali. definitely, definitely worth a visit.

The last of the big three is the Museo del Prado, bordering Retiro Park. It houses a large collection of 12th ro 19th Century Spanish art. More on this when I get myself there!

Also in the area is La Caixa which is free and has an interesting collection. It’s easy to find right by the wall of plants (which is apparently made up of 15000 plants) on the main road between the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen.

As you are walking around and getting hungry, there are a few options:

  • Firstly, The café at the Thyssen is good and they have both indoor seating and a courtyard. The price is a little higher than outside but the food is good.
  • For a casual drop-in lunch at Los Gatos for tapas is a must at some point during your trip to Madrid. It’s a real Spanish hangout and it’s fun watching the chaos. Check out the barbers chair too. I usually have a salad and a mix of tapas – the morcilla is absolutely fantastic.
  • For a more formal lunch, a stop at the Cenador del Prado is a good bet. It is great value with a 15eur lunch menu consisiting of three courses, plus amuse bouche, good bread (often hard to find in Madrid) and drink. The wine menu is incredibly reasonable too.
  • Or of course, if the weather is good then pop across the road to Retiro Park for a picnic
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