Alejandra Navarro Basanta’s Guide to Madrid Alejandra Navarro Basanta’s Guide to Madrid

Alejandra Navarro Basanta’s Guide to Madrid

Where to Shop

Where to Shop: AMÉN


Concept store in Madrid that mixes fashion with art. Every time you visit this place, it’s a unique experience as they are constantly changing their artists and interior decoration.

This store combines aesthetic vibes with luxury items. I visit this place regulary to see what’s new and to receive new inspiration.

Located in the neighborhood of Malasaña, the nearest metro is Noviciado from where you can walk in a few minutes.

C/ San Andrés, 3, 28004 Madrid @amenmadrid

Where to Stay

Where to Stay: Bless Hotel

Bless Hotel

Exclusive hotel which offers a Basque cuisine restaurant, rooftop cocktail bar, spa, bowling alley as well as a space to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. This hotel is an icon for Madrid since it’s Hedonism in its purest form, perfect for a quiet coffee in the center of Madrid.

Bless Hotel is located on Velázquez street, in the middle of the Salamanca neighborhood. If you go by subway, jump off at the Velázquez station which is the closest one.

TIPS! Their croissants is a must, they’re insanely good!

Bless Hotel
C. de Velázquez, 62, 28001 Madrid

Where to Get Cultural

Where to get cultural: Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

This garden is located in the centre of Madrid and offers an opportunity of unique silence and calmness in the city center. Experience the most diverse collection of flowers, plants and trees since this is a home of both botanists and researchers.

Jardín Botánico
Plaza de Murillo, 2 28014 Madrid

It’s placed next to Atocha station, which is the closest metro station. From there you can walk for 5 minutes.

Entrance fee
The full entrance fee is 6€ including a visit to the garden and Villanueva Pavilion Exhibitions, or a single ticket for 4€ which includes a visit to the garden. Admission is free for children under 18 years old. It takes about one hour to complete the walk through the garden.

Where to Eat

Where to Eat: Run run run

Run run run

Run Run Run is a café that offers healthy and un-processed food, made by seasonal ingredients produced from local suppliers. Since the café has changing rooms and showers, this is the perfect place to end your cycling or running tour though the city.

TIPS! Enjoy their delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes such as Banana Bread, Avocado Bagels, Carnitas Taco or Pumpkin Risotto.

Café Run Run Run
Pl. de Juan Zorrilla, 1, 28003 Madrid

Where to Workout

Where to Workout: Síclo


This spinning studio comes originally from Mexico and opened their first studio in Madrid about one year ago. Their sessions combines 45 minutes of exercise, including push ups and weights on the bike. Everything is done in the dark which actually makes is much more powerful and fun, almost like a disco.

C. de Fernando VI, 23, 28004 Madrid