The best Madrid Plazas and streets, as featured in my list of 100 Things to Do in Madrid. Places to sit and have coffee, shop or just go for a walk in Madrid.
1. Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol, more commonly known as just 'Sol', is the heart of Madrid (and indeed, the whole of Spain).
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2. Plaza Mayor
Madrid's most grand plaza. Overpriced food but fine for breakfast.
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3. Plaza de Oriente
The pretty plaza in front of the Madrid Palace.
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4. Gran Via
Gran Via is Madrid's main shopping boulevard.
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5. Calle Huertas
Calle Huertas, commonly just called Huertas, dictates the character of this part of Madrid. Small bars, classy restaurants, ice cream parlours and loud music bars mean that the old, young and the tourists brush shoulders here.
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6. Plaza San Andres
A grandoise church with children playing outside, while their parents drink in the vibrant cafe around the corner.
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7. Plaza Santa Ana
Plaza that was popular with Ernest Hemingway.
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8. Plaza Paja
Said to be the oldest plaza in Madrid, with two vegetarian restaurant.
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9. Plaza Espana
If you reach Plaza España from Gran Via, your first impressions of Plaza España may not be so great - but the plaza is bigger than it first looks, so go in and explore!
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10. Calle Segovia
A meandering street that passes the best paella restaurant in Madrid and goes under the viaduct.
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