Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 52
City to Go
"In the neighborhood of
Chamberí, not far from
Justicia, try Perrachica, a
restaurant serving updated
Spanish cuisine in a nearly
bank building. The 'industrialcolonial' space is divided into
a variety of cozy nooks with
elegant sofas, intimate tables,
and leafy plants."
- Alba Reyes, Virtuoso travel
Clockwise from left: An alfresco social hour on Plaza Santa Bárbara, Habanera's interior, and classic Spanish tortilla de patatas, a typical tapa.
wooden tables, spare walls), but
its food is 100 percent Spanish.
Feast on chef Nino Redruello's
wildly imaginative dishes, such as
seared Iberian pork loin topped
with fennel and caper berries, or
poached bonito belly with salicornia and macerated strawberries.
Book your table in advance.
Gin-and-tonic-obsessed Spanish bartenders go out of their
way to source artisanal gins and
organic tonic waters. Order one
at Café Comercial (Glorieta de
Bilbao 7), a gorgeously renovated historic café where Madrid's
intellectuals gathered in the
early 1900s. These days, pretty
young things mingle with oldtimers at the stylish main bar.
SHOP The first (and only) Madrid
V I RT U O S O L I F E
boutique from Ailanto (Calle
Orellana 14), a boundary-pushing Barcelona design duo, is as
chic as the brand's geometricand floral-printed garments.
Browse the collection of
dresses, coats, and handbags
among copper-covered pillars
and water-lily-shaped pendant
lights. Nearby, The Corner
(Calle Orellana 12) stocks casual
wear for men and women from
European labels such as Scotch
86-year-old brand features its
star product by the bottle and
in hand lotions, face masks, and
other fragrant potions.
Take home an olive-flowerscented candle from La Chinata
(Calle Gravina 10), a contemporary shop that specializes
in all things extra-virgin olive
oil. Born in the southern region
of Extremadura, where olive
groves stretch for miles, this
STAY Located just off the Paseo
After shopping for limitededition accessories and
fashionable home accents at Do
Design (Calle Fernando VI 13),
sit down for a cup of loose-leaf
tea at its on-site café. The airy
coastal vibe - mixed with industrial elements such as exposed
brick - is truly inviting.
del Prado, the 470-room Westin
Palace Madrid is a 1912 landmark with a famed stainedglass rotunda. The city's big
three museums - the Prado,
Reina Sofía, and ThyssenBornemisza - are a short walk
away, as is its green jewel,
Retiro Park. Settle into one of
the hotel's recently renovated
rooms (a rolling overhaul has
refreshed three out of six floors)
for a classic Madrid experience.
Doubles from $305, including
breakfast daily and one lunch or
dinner for two.
A mix of architectural and decorative styles comes together
handsomely at the updated
Villa Magna. Set in the sophisticated Salamanca district, this
150-room hotel combines an air
of traditional elegance in Louis
XVI and Empire furnishings
with fresh, modern touches.
Doubles from $460, including
breakfast daily and tapas and
wine for two in the hotel lounge
once during stay.