Tapas weekend: what to do in Madrid?

We have selected the best plans to make the most of the weekend in the capital.

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From Tapas we have compiled the best plans with which to make the most of the weekend in Madrid, and to indulge in hedonism between cultural and gastronomic experiences, festivals, events and museums. Grab your diary and take note of our weekly proposal in this special edition of San Isidro with an alternative approach.


On Friday afternoon we will head to one of the warehouses of Matadero Madrid, specifically its Central de Diseño, to visit the exhibition ‘Conversations on Craft Vol.1‘ directed by the Spanish designer Carlota Barrera.

With the collaboration of the designers’ association @dimad_, the exhibition of one of the most prominent eponymous brands in contemporary fashion, addresses ‘the beginning of a conversation about past, present and future; a sincere dialogue between craft and fashion, a challenge to our industry and a reflection of our ever-changing cultural landscape’.

From the Matadero we will take a walk along the river until we reach the La Riviera venue where Rusowsky, one of the figures with the greatest impact on the national urban scene, will give a concert at around 7.30pm as part of the San Isidro programme. The Madrilenian will eclipse us once again with his emotional mixes of melancholic lyrics with pop, electronic and trap bases with which he fluctuates between DnB, hyperpop and bedroom pop. If you don’t have it yet, get your pass here.


Saturday evening will be special because we will experience it at the Sandoval brothers’ restaurant Coque. A restaurant suspended in the excellence of 2 Michelin stars and 3 Repsol Suns, in which its chef Mario captures in his dishes the tradition and evolution of avant-garde gastronomy through a proposal based on local produce, fermented products and a fetish ingredient that he places at the heart of his cuisine: the egg. In addition to all this, he offers a cocktail bar and a wine cellar with 300 references with which to pair his ‘sensory experience’ with which to activate all the senses.

At nightfall we’ll dress up as neo-chulapos to go to the San Isidro fair, carnation and vermouth in hand, to enjoy the rides and food from the street stalls before Ralphie Choo‘s concert at Las Vistillas. The Madrid-based artist and producer will present his debut album ‘SUPERNOVA’ which includes iconic new pop and bedroom pop tracks such as ‘Whipcream’ and ‘Voycontodo’ along with other archive tracks.

The Saturday night cannot end without the party or the set of the enigmatic artist nusar3000 in the Sala Siroco, with whom you can dance until dawn with his jersey club and Brazilian funk sounds.


On Sunday we will delve into the digital dimension of the HYPER HOUSE space as part of MMMAD Festival. There we will visit the group exhibition ‘Memoria Externa‘, curated by Ana Drucker, featuring a series of artists such as Food of War & Chérine Yazbeck, Rayane Jemaa, Sara Sadik, Tabita Rezaire, Vica Pacheco or Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

The virtual exhibition thus houses the work of this cast of 6 artists who explore different formats such as video, performance or CGI images to reflect on the political, cultural and social importance of memory in a world driven by technology and its role in the construction of identity.

We will close the weekend by paying homage to BASCOAT‘s Basque cuisine. In the midst of its sophisticated space with an industrial aesthetic designed by Lorna Santos, we can delight in chef Rodrigo’s high-end interpretation of Basque recipes in the form of dishes such as hake pie, grilled Txipiron or Txuleta de vaca vieja (old cow txuleta).