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Brianda Fitz James

30, Fashion Designer, Illustrator & D.J., Madrid - Spain

Crazy about Madrid? We guarantee that after 24 hours spent following in the footsteps of Brianda Fitz James, you will be! Co-founder of the Planet Palmer label, Brianda studied fashion design at IED before moving to New York. So she brings a healthy dose of international perspective to her home city. These are her secret spots, be sure to check them out!

Shop the Madrid look: Backpack / Shoulder bag / Luggage

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Good morning Madrid, here we go!

9.30am

Hotel: Praktik Metropol

47 Calle de la Montera, 28013, Madrid

This hotel is literally just a stone’s throw from the legendary Gran Via – Madrid’s answer to Broadway. There are more theatres, cinemas and boutiques here than anywhere else in the city. But it's not just about the location. The Praktik Metropol has recently been fully restored to its original Belle Époque glory. The perfect place to "drop" after you "shop".

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9.30am

Breakfast: La Bicicleta

9 Plaza San Ildefonso, 28004, Madrid

What do you get when you mix a passion for bikes, art and coffee? You get one of the hippest and coziest coffee spots imaginable. Enjoy some of the best coffee in the city here, either sitting at the bar, by the large bright windows or in one of the super-comfy couches. And if you have room for a treat, you should definitely try one of their homemade pastries... Nothing short of heaven!

More info
labicicletacafe.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Wednesday 10.00am–1.00am
  • Thursday–Saturday 10.00am–2.30am
  • Sunday 11.00am–12.00am

Groceries: El Huerto de Lucas

13 Calle San Lucas, 28004, Madrid

El Huerto de Lucas (or Lucas’ garden) is more than your average grocery store. It is a 450m2 culinary oasis dedicated to providing food that’s healthy for both you and the planet. Bring a basket and fill it with products from the in-house bakery, delicatessen, green grocery, butchery…all 100% organic and 100% delicious!

More info
elhuertodelucas.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Saturday 9.00am–9.00pm
  • Sunday 9.00am–5.00pm
11.00am
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11.00am

Shopping

2 Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 28004, Madrid

Looking for some original Spanish designer fashion with a real urban flavor? This trend-setting store on the buzzing Corredera Alta de San Pablo is the place to be. Ask nicely and the staff will be only too happy to help you put together an outfit that will guarantee you stand out from the crowd.

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rughara.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Friday 11.00am–2.30pm, 5.00pm–9.00pm
  • Saturday 11.00am–9.00pm
2 Calle Velarde, 28004, Madrid

Looking for that truly unique piece to complete your outfit or your collection? Go vintage, go La Mona Checa! Everything from art to music to fashion to interior decorating and even photography. You should see the antique Soviet camera I picked up. Works like a charm!

More info
lamonacheca.blogspot.com.es
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Saturday 10.30am–9.00pm
12.00pm
1.00pm

Lunch: Verbena Bar

24 Calle Velarde, 28004, Madrid

How do you like your tapas served? If you're like me, it's with a tasty side of rock 'n' roll! Many locals come here for the authentic menu of local delicacies. But what they stay for is the music. The perfect spot for an up-beat lunch or late-night snack.

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facebook.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Wednesday 9.30am–12.00am
  • Thursday 9.30am–2.00pm
  • Friday–Saturday 10.00am–2.00am
  • Sunday 10.00am–10.00pm

Bookshop: Panta Rhei

7 Calle Hernán Cortés, 28004, Madrid

This bookshop specializing in visual arts with an emphasis on contemporary culture is very aptly named. For at Pantarhei (or “Everything Flows”, to quote the great philosopher Heraclitus) it’s almost like the literature is on tap. Fill up on anything and everything from graphic design and advertising to exhibition catalogues, art, fashion and photography books… And to keep things flowing freely, the friendly staff are always on hand to help you find whatever it is you’re looking for. Happy reading!

More info
panta-rhei.es
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Friday 10.30am–8.30pm
  • Saturday 11.00am–8.30pm
4.00pm

Bakery: Afri's Cookies

2 Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 28004, Madrid

I bet you haven’t tried anything quite like Afri’s Cookies. What’s so special about them? To be honest, I can’t decide whether it’s the variety or the generous ingredients or the texture (crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside) or that they’re baked fresh daily according to traditional recipes. So I'll leave it up to you!

More info
afriscookies.com
Opening Hours
  • Tuesday–Friday 1.00pm–10.00pm
  • Saturday 12.00pm–10.00pm
  • Sunday 12.00pm–8.00pm
5.00pm

Clothing: Doble AA

45 Calle de Fuencarral, 28004, Madrid

If you love fashion, you can’t walk past Doble AA without going “Ooh” and perhaps also “Aahhh” at this sleek, multi-brand temple to the hottest urban trends of the moment. A must for your shopping itinerary.

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facebook.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Saturday 10.30am–9.00pm
6.00pm

Gallery: Espacio Valverde

30 Calle de Valverde, 28004, Madrid

Espacio Valverde offers space for creativity and innovation. Take one step inside and you can almost feel the ideas flying around here. It was founded in 2000 as a meeting point for young artists and has since sparked an impressive line-up of work in both visual and performing arts. Come and admire, interact and engage in this highly unique but personal artistic universe.

More info
espaciovalverde.es
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Friday 11.00am–2.00pm
  • Monday–Friday 5.00pm–8.30pm
7.00pm

Restaurant: Bar la Gloria

42 Calle Valverde, 28004, Madrid

A spot of lunch or dinner? Or how about tapas and beers with friends? It was love at first sight when I walked into Bar La Gloria for the first time. Now this is a place where you can really feel at home. And as if the Andalusian specialties on the menu weren’t enough to tempt you, they also do live music!

More info
barlagloria.es
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Thursday 1.00pm–4.30pm
  • Monday–Thursday 7.30pm–12.30am
  • Friday–Saturday 1.00pm–5.00pm
  • Friday–Saturday 8.00pm–2.30am
  • Sunday 1.00pm–5.00pm
8.00pm

Panoramic View: Azotea Circulo de Bellas Artes

42 Calle de Alcalá, 28014, Madrid

Looking to get a bit of perspective on this unique city? Try the view from the rooftop of the Circulo de Bellas Artes! You'll be rewarded with an absolutely breathtaking panorama of this truly spectacular city. Well worth a visit on its own.

More info
circulobellasartes.com/azotea.php
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Friday 9.00am–10.00pm
  • Saturday–Sunday 11.00am–10.00pm
9.00pm

Cocktails: Bar Corazón

44 Calle Valverde, 28004, Madrid

I heart Madrid. And I heart Corazón. This muy chulo cocktail bar keeps the good times flowing well into the night.

More info
facebook.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday–Friday 7.30pm–3.00am

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