Boyd Farrow

From its lavish baroque palaces to its extravagant belle époque cafés; its spectacular art collections to its temples dedicated to haute fashion – Madrid can intoxicate travelers like few other locales. This is a place where museums are filled with awe-inspiring works of art from centuries past; where bustling food markets and restaurants across various barrios (neighborhoods) invite you to partake a myriad of gastronomic adventures; and where the legendary nightlife scene – with its decadent cocktail lounges, intimate dive bars and throbbing nightclubs – is sure to have you reveling from dusk till dawn. Here’s how to get the most out of this vibrant Spanish city.