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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Fashion designer
Learn about the history of what people wore and why …
“The Museo del Traje [Museum of the Dress] is one of the best in the world. It’s really an anthropological study of the development of clothing from the Roman Empire to today, with amazing pieces such as men’s frock coats from the 1700s and high-waisted coats from the next century. Afterward, you can have lunch in the garden restaurant in the back.”

Antonio González
Director of the oldest restaurant in the world, Restaurante Botín
Buy Spanish food products to take home …
González says that the best assortment of cloudy, fruity Andalusian olive oils can be found in the gourmet section of the food halls of El Corte Inglés, Spain’s largest department store. “What makes our olive oils special?” he asks. “The beauty of the Spanish earth.”

Donald Cusimano
Assistant director of the Punto radio (106.3 FM) lifestyle show, La Buena Vida
See Madrid’s skyline at night …
“Now that the weather is nice, the rooftop bar at Hotel Urban and the penthouse terrace at Me Madrid hotel are the places to be. You’ll see everyone, from the mayor of Madrid to Antonio Banderas to Penélope Cruz.”

Henny Wright
Have lunch with locals …
Take a number, wait for a table, and order the menu del día (menu of the day) at Casa Dani, near the Mercado de la Paz in Salamanca. “The special is often a fillet, which in Madrid means a quarter-inch-thick piece of chicken or beef, breaded and fried,” she says. “It’s delicious and cheap, and it attracts the real people of Madrid, from lawyers to construction workers.”

Rafael de La-Hoz
Award-winning architect
Admire Spanish architecture …
The best building in Madrid is more famous for what’s inside. “Architect to King Charles III, Juan de Villanueva created neoclassical Spanish style with the Museo Nacional del Prado, which was originally a botanical and science museum,” he says. “Post–French Revolution, it was a reaction against everything baroque.”