The Mercado de la Cebada (La Latina - just steps from the metro on c/Toledo)
Tip: Walk down Paseo del Prado to get from the Prado to the Reina Sofia. It’s a really fun and artsy street.
The Royal Palace, former home to the royal family, is gorgeous. The rooms are mostly kept intact so you can get an actual feeling of what it would have been like to live there.
This is the biggest cathedral in Madrid and is located right across from the Palacio Real. The design of the cathedral is very different from other cathedrals that you will see while you are in Europe.
Reitro is Madrid's Central Park. On a nice day, grab a baguette and a bottle of wine, call up some friends, and have a picnic in the park. There is also a lake in the middle of Reitro where you can rent a paddle boat and go for a row.
The best way to become a native in a city is to do what you would do at home in Madrid. So if you take yoga classes when you are in New York, take one here.
"I was lucky enough to enroll in the Art in the Prado Museum class that NYU Madrid offers. We would have class Tuesdays, and meet at the Prado Museum on Thursdays. It was one of the best courses I’ve taken, and I have a new appreciation for art that I never could have realized without having lived in Madrid."
- Adam, NYU Madrid student