Hi, thanks Yeh I'm worried its gonna be freeeezing!! I'll be wrapping up thats for sure but wanted to try and stay a little bit stylish!Hi! I live in Madrid! If you intend do to some sightseeing, wear something comfy & casual. And make sure it's warm... because the weather is getting colder and colder everyday (this weekend it may even snow! Or so I heard in the weather forecast yesterday).
Important, I advise all my foreign friends to wear a crossbody bag and keep it in sight and with themat all times!! Never leave it unattended! The tourist spots and public transportation are unfortunately plagued by pickpockets... Diane Von Furstenberg got her purse stolen last year after visiting a museum, GO FIGURE!!!!!
Thank you for all your infos. I really appreciate your help Sylia!!!Some famous typical restaurants in Madrid are Casa Lucio (at Cava Baja, 35), Taberna La Bola (at Calle de la Bola, 5), Casa Botín (at Calle de los Cuchilleros, 17), they serve traditional Madrilenian dishes such as Cocido Madrileño, Callos, roast suckling pig, etc.
Paella is typical of Valencia, not Madrid, but you can find a few places that serve it, most "menu of the day" restaurants serve paella on Thursdays (I've never known why).
If you want cheap and not so expesive places, try regular restaurants which offer "menú del día" ("menu of the day"), you can chose from a variety of dishes for first course, second course and dessert and those menus cost about 10 EUR.
Downtown Madrid there are three of my favorite restarurants, which offer delicioius dishes at quite sensible prices: La Gloria de Montera (at calle Caballero de Gracia 10, near the Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol, http://www.lagloriademontera.com/) and La Finca de Susana (http://www.lafinca-restaurant.com/).
Places to go and see: El Prado Museum, Thyssen Musem, La Puerta del Sol, La Gran Vía, The Royal Palace, La Plaza Mayor, Reina Sofia Museum (it's the modern & contemporary art museum).
I you are interested in shopping my favorite area is in the following streests in the same area of the city:
For luxury brands: Ortega y Gasset (Chanel, Dior, Gucci...)
Serrano is also a fantastic street, you can find there Prada, Loewe, a huge Zara, HOSS intropia, ....
Claudio Coello (Miu Miu is there, and I LOVE IT), Lagasca, Velazquez, and Goya.