17 Instagrammable Places In Madrid – Locations You Can’t Miss!

Are you looking for Instagrammable places in Madrid?

If you’re in the midst of planning an itinerary for your upcoming trip or already in town and looking for ideas of places to visit that are Insta-worthy, you are in for a treat as this beautiful capital of Spain is packed with Insta hotspots! 

I’m Haslina Norman, an avid traveler whose adventures revolve a lot around nature, art and food. Spain ranks highly among countries that I would visit repeatedly (and I have!)  and certainly have found Madrid to be one of the most Instagrammable places in Spain.

From enchanting parks to stunning iconic sites and a vibrant art and food scene – Madrid has plenty to offer. I will be sharing 17 locations that will be a feast for the eyes as I take you through well-known places as well as some off-the-beaten-path ones.

Let’s get that camera snapping!

17 Instagrammable Places in Madrid

1. El Retiro Park

2. Siete Tetas Park

3. Royal Palace of Madrid

4. Plaza Mayor

5. Puerta del Sol

6. Puerta de Alcalá

7. Gran Via

8. Círculo de Bellas Artes Rooftop

9. Temple of Debod

10. CaixaForum Museum

11. La Tabacalera de Lavapiés

12. Malasaña Neighborhood

13. San Miguel Market

14. El Rastro Flea Market

15. Atocha Train Station

16. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

17. Puente Monumental De Arganzuela

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Instagrammable places in madrid
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1. El Retiro Park

El Retiro Park oozes history, romance, calmness and joy at every turn to its visitors. This is not surprising for this UNESCO World Heritage Site as it was once a place for rest and relaxation for the Spanish monarchy before becoming public property.

Spanning over 125 hectares, this green oasis today will charm you with its central location and choice of breathtaking gardens and fountains, interesting monuments as well as an expansive lake with rowing boats for hire. Don’t forget to add this park into your list of Instagrammable places in Madrid!

It is also home to the architectural beauty, Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) made mostly of glass and iron. Once you step into this spot, you will see why many find it the most beautiful place in Madrid. 

Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid

Closest metro station: Retiro (Line 2)

Local Tip: If you’re within 30 minutes of walking distance, best to head there on foot as it’s the best way to see Madrid. Be sure to check out PANEM, an award-winning bakery nearby for some mouth-watering treats.

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2. Siete Tetas Park

Parque de las Siete Tetas is the unofficial but more well-known name of the park amongst the locals. Translated as the park of the seven boobs, this amusing name comes from the way these small hills are shaped.

Interesting shapes aside, this is the place to visit to get the perfect panoramic view of Madrid especially as the sun goes down. The view of the city skyline contrasted against the mountain backdrop is quite the magical sight!

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While not centrally located, I can assure you that the train ride will be worthwhile as you escape the hustle and bustle of the city, absorb the relaxing vibe and capture the unmatched view of Madrid’s skyline through your Instagram lens.

Address: Calle de Benjamín Palencia 1, Madrid

Closest metro station: Buenos Aires (Line 1)

Local Tip: If you ask me, it’s a great time to have fun with an e-bike to get there! Aim to be there an hour before sunset and go on a Sunday if you can as you’d usually find someone playing music including the Spanish guitar! 

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3. Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace’s history dates back to the 9th century when it was built as a fortress during the Muslim era and have since gone through numerous rebuild turning it into the majestic state that it is today. 

Official home to the royal Spanish family, it’s one of the largest palaces in Europe and contains a mind-blowing 3,418 rooms. The interior is adorned lavishly with historical artwork and furnishings giving you a taste of the extravagant life of Spanish royalty. 

While you’re there, it is worth exploring the surroundings of the palace, especially nearby gardens such as Jardines del Campo del Moro for that lush English countryside vibe for your shot as this is one of the amazing Instagrammable places in Madrid.

How’s that for all your Insta-photo possibilities 🙂 ?

Address: C. de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid

Closest metro station: Opera (Line 2, 5) 

Local Tip: Best to purchase tickets online earlier if you plan to do any of the tours. Otherwise, you can enter for free the first four days of the week from 5 pm to 7 pm (4 pm to 6 pm in winter). Additionally, be sure to check out the changing of the guards that are held every Wednesday and Saturday.

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4. Plaza Mayor

Stepping into this magnificent public square means entering the oldest part of the city. Rich in history, it was once used as a space to host a variety of events including bullfights, coronations as well as mass executions!

Fast forward to today, fortunately, the square is now dedicated more to markets, and concerts and filled with cafes and restaurants. It is a great spot to sit, have a drink, and people-watch while you admire the architectural beauty of the building.

You won’t run out of ideas for your Instagram stories as it is a popular spot that attracts sheer amounts of tourists and locals alike making it one of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid. 

Address: Pl. Mayor, 28012 Madrid

Closest metro station: Sol (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3)

Local Tip: If you are in Madrid from late November to late December, don’t miss out on the largest Christmas market in Madrid that takes place here. 

Pop by Mimi’s Crêperie if you’re looking for a decent food place with friendly service. This will surely attract crepe fans out there, but it also has amazing non-crepe options for you to choose from.

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5. Puerta del Sol

Just 5 minutes from Plaza Mayor, you will find Puerta del Sol, the capital’s most central and bustling square. This is amongst the top Instagram spots in Madrid as it offers a ton of photo opportunities around every corner.

You will find the famous clock where the crowds gather to ring in the New Year, Kilometer Zero marker where the main roads of Spain radiate from, and the Statue of King Carlos III, a much-loved king during his reign.

Do not leave this square without capturing El Oso y el Madroño, or the Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree as it’s the official symbol of Madrid. As with most spots in Spain, this place comes more alive at night after the locals have had their siesta 🙂

Address: Plaza Puerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid

Closest metro station: Sol (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3)

Local Tip: This is a common meeting point for many of the free walking tours as well as paid ones. If you are planning to do one, be sure to check their sites for timings! 

As for dessert lovers, don’t miss out on this over a hundred-year-old cafe, Chocolatería San Ginés, known for its chocolates with churros.

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6. Puerta de Alcalá

When King Charles III first arrived in 1759, he was unamused by the main entrance that greeted him into the city and decided to commission a large archway that stands today as Puerta de Alcalá.

Almost two decades later, this iconic arch was built and was the first of its type after the collapse of the Roman Empire and is even more ancient than Brandenburg Gate in Berlin or Paris’s Arc De Triomphe.

Today, this spot is also used for various art installations from time to time. As the location is just within sight of El Retiro park, I recommend visiting both places in your quest to find the best Madrid Instagram spots. 

Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid

Closest metro station: Retiro (Line 2)

Local Tip: Plenti cafe is a solid cafe and an excellent choice for great coffee and food before you start exploring Puerta de Alcalá and its surrounding area.

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7. Gran Via

A trip to Madrid is incomplete if you leave Gran Via out. At over a century old now, it’s the city’s most popular street and for good reason. This is where one would go to get their rewarding dose of shopping, theaters, shows, eateries and yes, one of the famous Instagrammable places in Madrid!

Gran Via is always buzzing day and night and has even attained a reputation as the ‘Broadway’ of Spain for attracting millions of musical lovers. It is also where you’ll see more prominent early 20th-century architectural styles in the buildings. 

Take a stroll along this iconic avenue and be sure to look out for these majestic landmarks: Metrópolis, Carrión building, Telefónica building and Grassy building to appreciate some of Gran Via’s allure

Address: Calle Gran Vía, 28015 Madrid

Closest metro station: Banco de España (Line 2)

Local Tip: For a break from all the shopping and Instagramming, head to Honest Green restaurant that’s close by to fuel up with their brilliant choice of fresh and healthy food that caters to a variety of diets.

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8. Círculo de Bellas Artes Rooftop

As you wander along Gran Via admiring the ravishing Metrópolis building that you sighted, head towards the street where Calle Alcalá and Gran Vía meet and you will find a reputable cultural center named Círculo de Bellas Artes.

On its rooftop terrace though is where it captivates those who are chasing picturesque Madrid Instagram spots and it is one of this building’s finest features. One can spend some time here just absorbing the breathtaking view of Madrid.

If you’re anything like me, I’m a real sucker for rooftop views and this specific rooftop was where I experienced one of the most mesmerizing sunsets in Madrid that left me grinning from ear to ear. Talk about all the ‘Gramming potential!

Address: C. de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid

Closest metro station: Banco de España (line 2)

Local Tip: One of the best places to get an excellent view of the Metropolis Building is from this rooftop terrace. The most ideal time to be here is during sunset, but ensure you allow ample time for a potentially long line to access the rooftop terrace as it’s also the busiest time of the day.  

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9. Temple of Debod

Another fantastic spot to capture incredible moments for your Instagram is the Temple of Debod. This Egyptian remnant was a gift from Egypt to Spain as a token of their appreciation for conserving the Abu Simbel temples in Upper Egypt.

Its history goes back to 200 B.C and the stone structure was transported to Madrid in 1968 and has become one of the exceptional showcases of Egyptian architecture that now lives outside of Egypt. 

Situated on top of a small hill at Parque del Oeste, the temple provides stunning views of Madrid and is especially astonishing during sunset as the water around the temple forms a beautiful mirror image reflection.

Address: C. de Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid

Closest metro station: Plaza de España (Line 2, Line 3, Line 10)

Local Tip: Water surrounding the temple has been emptied recently, thus it may pay to check the latest photos on Instagram first before going there if you’re after capturing its reflection snapshot.

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10. CaixaForum Museum

Previously an old power station, CaixaForum Museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron architects is impressive both inside and out and has a cool innovative artsy vibe that makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid.

Within the museum, it is where one could get their sociocultural fix through its various exhibitions that are well worth immersing yourself in. It also has a fabulous stairway that may remind you of the famous Guggenheim museum.

On the exterior, a vertical garden that covers a wall of about four levels high steals the show. It is a sight to behold and it blows one’s mind to know that there’s nothing artificial about this botanical masterpiece!

Address: P.º del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid

Closest metro station: Estación del Arte (Line 1)

Local Tip: While admission tickets are affordable, access to the first level won’t cost you if you are looking to have a little nosy.

For cycling fans, this bike tour is perfect for you to check out as they include a cheeky stop right here!

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11. La Tabacalera de Lavapiés

It is a pretty clever idea to turn Tabacalera, a former 19th-century tobacco factory into an art exhibition and cultural space in the Lavapiés neighborhood. This place will be right up the alley of those who are into graffiti, contemporary art, and visual arts.

The vibe here is imaginative, quirky, alternative fun and non-touristy. Without a doubt, it’s a striking contrast from the prominent art galleries in town but I welcome this refreshing change and think it’s unquestionably Instagram-worthy!

While it’s temporarily closed for work, one can still marvel at the murals on the outer border of the building. You will see some magnificent artwork done by various artists as part of a public project to restore these walls and convert them into art spaces.

Address: Callede Embajadores, 53, 28012, Madrid

Closest metro station: Embajadores (Line 3, Line 5), Lavapiés (Line 3)

Local Tip: A short walk from here is a charming bakery named Pum Pum Bakery with highly rated food, especially its pistachio croissant. 

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12. Malasaña Neighborhood

The barrio of Malasaña is possibly the hippest neighborhood in Madrid as it dazzles you with its collection of vintage thrift shops, cool boutiques, trendy eateries, the craziest bars and street festivals. 

Its eclectic atmosphere is sure to draw you in as it has for the locals.  You will find a lot of the locals come out to play, especially in the evening as this neck of the woods is also known for its epic nightlife.

For art fans, there are many interesting buildings that are littered with street art. The best way to explore this area is just to wander around.  Every little street will surprise you and give you something unique to put on your Instagram 🙂

Address: Malasaña, 28004, Madrid

Closest metro station: Noviciado (Line 2)

Local Tip: For pizza lovers, Antonia Pizza is a must-visit, its scrumptious ginormous slice will surely satisfy your cravings.

For those in town at the end of May, be sure to watch out for exact dates for Pinta Malasaña, Madrid’s street art festival. This is one not to be missed as it’s the one time the facades of the shops throughout the neighborhood become art canvases for the artists that are participating.

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13. San Miguel Market

Another cast-iron architectural beauty that has aged well over 100 years now is the San Miguel market. Inside you’ll be spoiled for choices of mouthwatering Spanish food from the 30 stands that partake.

Regarded as one of the top Instagrammable places Madrid has to offer, this is not a surprise due to its superb central location attracting more than 10 million visitors annually. It’s a real haven for foodies, shoppers and Instagrammers!

As one would expect, this place attracts mostly tourists and will be on the pricier side. It doesn’t mean the quality of the food is compromised though and the quest for the best Instagram shot more than makes up for it, in my opinion 🙂

Address: Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005, Madrid

Closest metro station: Ópera (Line 2, Line 5, Ramal), Sol (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3)

Local Tip: If you want to avoid the peak hour crowds, I recommend making your way there in the morning before 11 am or late afternoon, between 3-7 pm.

For the devout foodies, consider combining this visit with a tapas walking tour!

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14. El Rastro Flea Market

Does the thought of going to an outdoor flea market with an alternative vibe offering over 1000 stalls for you to shop your heart out excite you? If yes, then the El Rastro flea market will be a thrilling experience for you to share on your Instagram!

Traced back to the 18th century, this market has all the random, unique, and cool items that you can find that are a mix of used and new. You’ll discover anything from clothing, knickknacks, collectibles, artisanal goods, and even live birds! 

Attracting thousands of people including the locals each Sunday and on public holidays, the energy is exhilarating, to say the least, and rewards you with excellent Instagrammable content for your followers.

Address: Pl. del Campillo del Mundo Nuevo, 28005 Madrid

Closest metro station: Puerta de Toledo (Line 5)

Local Tip: To beat the crowd, best to come first thing in the morning when it opens and ensure you have cash handy with you as cards are not widely accepted! 

Feeling crafty and needing a break from all the haggling and walking? Grab this unique opportunity to make your own leather item at this leathercraft workshop.

A visit to La Paloma is an absolute must before you leave the Rastro as it does the most amazing no-frill seafood tapas.

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15. Atocha Train Station

It’s not often one would find a train station quite like Atocha Train station, Madrid’s first major rail gateway. The station features magnificent architecture and facilities and is rated highly for its beauty making it a worthwhile stop for you to check out.

Their one-acre indoor tropical garden is where it stole my attention though. This green space inside the station hall is made up of 400 various species contributing to a sum of more than 7,000 local and exotic plants.

Madrid has stepped up their game here by allowing one to de-stress from their travel and get their dose of nature. The station’s remarkable aesthetics combined with this lush greenery space makes it one of the best Instagram spots Madrid has to offer.

Address: Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, s/n, 28045, Madrid

Closest metro station: Atocha (Line 1)

Local Tip: Swing by Cuesta de Moyano, about 5 minutes from the station and you will find this gem of a street lined with book stalls: a treasure trove for book lovers!

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16. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Real Madrid and sports fans, rejoice! Santiago Bernabéu stadium is home to the most valuable football (soccer) club in the world making it a historic place that you undeniably need to add to your list for your next trip.

The stadium is currently undergoing major redevelopment work that will give it a completely modernized look and feature a level of innovation that many are looking forward to.

While the rework is underway,  there’s no reason why you shouldn’t still take an Instagram shot with the current stadium as your backdrop. After all, this stadium sits in the top ranks of the most Instagrammable football stadiums in Europe!

Address: Av. de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid

Closest metro station: Santiago Bernabéu (Line 10)

Local Tip: Save your money and hold back from doing the inside tour while the upgrading work is in progress as there will be very limited things that you can see.

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17. Puente Monumental De Arganzuela

Puente Monumental De Arganzuela is a metal pedestrian bridge that is sure to stop you in your tracks. It spans over the Manzanares River with its eye-catching design from French architect Dominique Perrault making it perfectly Instagrammable!

The structure may remind you of a giant flashy corkscrew or a form of modern art in its own right. One can easily get lost in time taking snapshots from different angles especially when the weather is on your side.

Walking through this bridge will also allow you to see the ancient stone Toledo bridge from a distance and the clash of style between the two bridges could not be more apparent. Be sure to get your phone or camera out to capture such contrast too!

Address: P.º de las Yeserías, 4, 28005 Madrid

How to get there: Pirámides (Line 5)

Local Tip: A delectable patisserie called Una Dolce Idea is just minutes away for you to feed your soul and tummy.

FAQ on Instagrammable Places in Madrid

Where can I find the best Instagrammable restaurants in Madrid? 

  • La Perejila, C. de la Cava Baja, 25, 28005 Madrid
  • Rosi La Loca, C. de Cádiz, 4, 28012 Madrid
  • BLOOM de Salvador Bachiller, C. de Alberto Aguilera, 54, 28015 Madrid
  • El Invernadero de Salvador Bachiller, C/ Gran Vía, 65, 28013 Madrid
  • Raimunda, P.º de Recoletos, 2, 28014 Madrid
  • Amazonico, C. Jorge Juan, 20, 28001 Madrid
  • Bel Mondo, C. de Velázquez, 39, 28001 Madrid
  • La Casa de Cristal, C. Pedro Muguruza, 1, 28036 Madrid
  • Sobrino de Botín,  C. de Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid
  • Papúa, Pl. de Colón, 4, 28001 Madrid
  • Ojalá, Calle de San Andrés, 1, 28004 Madrid
  • Perrachica, C. Eloy Gonzalo, 10, 28010 Madrid

Where can I find the best Instagrammable cafes in Madrid?

  • Lolina Vintage Café, C. del Espíritu Santo, 9, 28004 Madrid
  • Freedom Cakes Café, C. de Cádiz, 7, 28012 Madrid
  • Cereal Hunters Café, C. de Mejía Lequerica, 14, 28004 Madrid
  • Brunch Club, C. del Barco, 15, 28004 Madrid
  • Café de la Luz, C. de la Puebla, 8, 28004 Madrid
  • FELIZ Coffee, C. de Lope de Vega, 2, 28014 Madrid
  • Plántate, C. del Mesón de Paredes, 28, 28012 Madrid
  • El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller, C. de la Montera, 37, Planta 3, 28013 Madrid
  • El Rincón Secreto de Salvador Bachiller, C. de Alcalá, 151, 28009 Madrid
  • Coco Mocca, P.º de las Acacias, 49, 28005 Madrid
  • Salon des Fleurs, C. de Guzmán el Bueno, 106, 28003 Madrid
  • Café Comercial, Glorieta de Bilbao, 7, 28004 Madrid

Ready to explore these Instagrammable places in Madrid?

Now that you’re in the know of these hotspots, be sure to visit them all if time permits to enjoy the full spectrum of this lovely city. Each one of them has its own unique appeal and you may gravitate to one more than others depending on your interests. 

One thing is for sure, Madrid is a very photogenic city and these spots will provide plenty of photo opportunities that will be perfect for your Instagram feed. Your awesome shots are bound to fire up the wanderlust in your Instagram followers.

If you’ve had the pleasure to visit any of these places, which spot did you find the most Instagrammable? Do you have other spots that you love? Please be sure to let me know in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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