Madrid is best for...

Food markets: Stroll through Mercado de San Miguel and Mercado de la Paz to experience the best of Spanish food culture

Local Spanish food: From huevos rotos for breakfast to cocido madileno stew in the evening, try the local foods within the city

Its cafe scene: The best places to enjoy a coffee and a pastry are the cafes in Santa Ana, Malasana and Salamanca

Fast facts:

Language: The language spoken in Madrid is Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Madrid is the Euro

Local time: Madrid is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Madrid's main airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

Sitting in the centre of Spain, Madrid brings together a number of regional cuisines. Whether you eat at a tapas bar or in a Michelin-starred restaurant, there are lots of great places to choose from.

You won’t have to worry about booking a table in all but the most popular restaurants, as there’s one bar or restaurant for every 192 people in Madrid.

If you love fine dining, you’ll feel at home in Madrid, as there are nine Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. DiverXO has three stars, while five places have two stars, and three have a single star.

You might be excited to try Madrid’s food, but don’t venture out too early. Locals eat late, with lunch as late as 3pm, and dinner not until around 9pm to 10pm.