Biblioteca Nacional & Museo del Libro
Perhaps the most impressive of the grand edifices erected along the Paseo de los Recoletos in the 19th century, the 1892 Biblioteca...
During la movida madrileña in the 1980s, Galería Moriarty (then in Calle del Almirante) was one of Madrid’s most important meeting...
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Reopened after a massive overhaul of the building, the showpiece National Archaeology Museum contains a sweeping accumulation of...
Café-Restaurante El Espejo
Once a haunt of writers and intellectuals, this architectural gem blends Modernista and art deco styles and its interior could well...
For fine takeaway food, head to Mallorca, a Madrid institution. Everything here, from gourmet mains to snacks and sweets, is delicious.
Calle de los Recoletos 5 · interesting places nearby
One of the longest-standing Moroccan restaurants in town, Al-Mounia has a loyal following. The best couscous in Madrid (it bears little relation to the couscous you buy in a packet) is a menu highlight, as are the subtly spiced lamb tagines and the asado berebere (Berber roast; €24.50). The handcrafted traditional decor is breathtaking and greatly complements the cuisine.