30 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in Madrid (That Aren’t Touristy)
30 Unusual Date Ideas to Try in Madrid: If you’re wondering what fun things there are to do for dates in Madrid, then this is the right place for you. You’ve done all the touristy things, but now you’re looking for some local date ideas to keep your relationship fun and upbeat. The travel restrictions because of c0vid aren’t helping much, either. But don’t fret! ‘Cause we’ve got you covered. Here are 3o Unusual Date Ideas to Try in Madrid.
Unusual date ideas for foodies to try in Madrid:
1. Have a colourful dinner at Superchulo Madrid.
This superchulo restaurant in downtown Madrid not only has amazing, healthy, heaping portions sizes of food, the aesthetic is on point. Your evening will be made extra special here. Check out Superchulo here.
2. Taste Madrid’s best ramen.
3. Enjoy a rooftop dinner with views of downtown Madrid.
There’s close to nothing that’s more romantic than a rooftop dinner! Our favourite rooftop dinner place is Ella Sky Bar, located on Gran Via. Here are some other options for a rooftop dinner experience in Madrid!
4. Get churros in Madrid’s oldest churreria.
Established in 1894, San Gines is Madrid’s oldest and best churreria. If you haven’t been there yet, you’ve got to make a date out of it! Check it out here.
5. Go for Brunch at Amargo.
6. Check out the MadrEAT food truck festival.
One of Madrid’s newer markets, MadrEAT is an outdoor food-truck festival where Madrid’s locals flock to eat, drink and hang out. The dates and location vary each month, so make sure to check out their website to see what’s on and where it’s at.
7. Spend your evening cheese and wine tasting at Madrid & Darracott.
Not only does this place have soaring reviews on Google, it looks like a romantic place to try out new flavours of cheese and wine. The perfect date in Madrid if you’re both curious to taste different wines, snack on some cheese, and hang out together. Check it out here.
8. Speaking of wine, go to a winery in Madrid.
Madrid might not be the first place you think of to have a bunch of wineries, but it actually does! Here’s a list of 7 wineries in Madrid that will be perfect for a date.
Unusual date ideas for art-lovers to try in Madrid:
9. Hit up the Ikono Art Gallery.
The Ikono Madrid Art Gallery is full of cool backdrops, dynamic abstract art, and fun engaging activities that will be the perfect spot for your date! Not to mention to get some iconic photos together. Check it out here. Purchase tickets here.
10. Take a pottery class together.
Wanting to try something new and creative together? Take some pottery classes! Here’s a place where you can take classes in Lavapies.
11. Buy tickets to see a live show at Teatro Real or Teatro EDP.
If you’re looking to do something extravagant for once, this checks that box. Teatro Real, as it is known colloquially, is a major opera house located in Madrid that was founded in 1818. El Teatro EDP hosts more musicals. It’s a date night that won’t be forgotten!
12. Shop at Mercado de los Motores.
If you love vintage trains and shopping, then you shouldn’t miss the Mercado de los Motores. Located in Madrid’s vintage train museum, the Museo del Ferrocarril, you can simultaneously shop, eat, drink and check out some of Spain’s oldest train cars.
13. Meander through Madrid’s flea markets.
Madrid’s most central flea market is El Rastro, which is every Sunday near La Latina. Full of Spanish ceramics, handmade clothing, leather bags, and other cool flea market nick-knacks! Shop local for your holiday gifting, and make a date out of it!
Unusual outdoor date ideas to try in Madrid:
14. Try zip-lining together at Park Zip Line Madrid.
Turns out there’s a really cool zip-line park in Madrid! If you’re into zip-lining, or even if you’ve never done it before, it would make a fun date! Check out pricing and other activities at the park here.
15. Go to the Real Jardín Botánico during holidays.
During the Christmas holidays, the Botanical Garden is always decorated with lights— everywhere. On the fountains, in an arch that you can walk through, and even on the ground. Check it out here. A perfect romantic walk for you and your S/O!
16. Spend an afternoon at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
Madrid Zoo Aquarium isn’t far from Madrid centre, and it’s a fun place to go for a date if you both love animals and fish! Make the time you have together memorable. Get your tickets on their site here.
17. Go on a hike together.
Despite what you may think, Madrid actually has a lot of really great hikes in the area. Most places you can bus to, so you don’t always need to have a car! It’s a perfect date if you both love nature. Here’s a list of great hikes near Madrid.
18. Go for a boat ride in Retiro.
Maybe you’ve lived in Madrid a while and you’ve never done this. Why are you waiting? Grab your S/O and go for a boat ride at the Barco Solar one afternoon— you won’t regret it!
19. Explore Madrid’s suburbs.
There’s a lot beyond the centre of Madrid. Take a day or afternoon and go explore Madrid’s outskirts! Just to name a few of our favourites to get you started: Aranjuez, Alcala de Henares, El Escorial, Chinchón,
20. Discover the hidden almond tree park.
La Quinta de los Molinos would be just another park in the Spanish capital if it weren’t for the fact that inside are 6,000 almond trees that create quite the spectacle for the senses when they’re in bloom in February-March.
Competitive date ideas for couples in Madrid:
21. Figure your way out of an Escape Room.
22. Enjoy a snack and board game at the only board game cafe in Madrid.
Food, your S/O, AND board games all in one place? Sound like a dream? Then Epic Board Game Cafe is a perfect date night for you. (May be closed temporarily due to c0vid).
23. Go out for a game of mini golf.
Try something different this weekend and hit up a mini golf course! Mini Gold Par 8000 is located in Madrid and even has a glow-in-the-dark mini golf course.
Unusual Relaxing date ideas to try in Madrid:
24. Release your stress at a spa.
Hammam al Ándalus is a thermal spa located right here in Madrid, near Atocha. With underwater cave-looking atmosphere, you’ll for sure feel relaxed. An evening at Hammam is a perfect relaxing date idea, if you ask me. Reserve a stay here.
25. Attend to your feline love at a Cat Cafe.
If you love cats, and you also love chatting over coffee, at Polineko Madrid you get BOTH. You can hang out with kitties while you drink coffee and even look into adopting your very own kitty from there. Check out their website here.
26. Go to a drive-in theatre at Autocine Madrid.
Try out Autocine Madrid RACE for a drive thru open-air cinema with popular films, plus food trucks, a diner and the city skyline in the background. A perfect date for you and your S/O if you love watching movies together! Check out their showings here.
27. Sunbathe at the largest man-made beach in Europe.
28. Get a bowl of cereal at Cereal Hunters Café.
Do you both love cereal? At Cereal Hunters Cafe, you can find almost any cereal, and you can order a bowl with coffee and other treats as well! A perfect morning date (who am I kidding, you can eat cereal any time of day)!
29. Grab tea at C/Montera’s secret Eden
A tea room straight out of a fairy tale greets you on the top floor of the Salvador Bachiller shop, where you can grab a coffee for breakfast, something light for lunch, and relax with a drink in the evening.
30. Get professional couple photos taken!
And last, but not least, hire a photographer to get some professional photos together! Whether you’ve been here for a while or you’re just visiting for a bit, it is worth it to document your stay in Madrid and your relationship! You’re talking to the best Madrid engagement photographer right here… check out our work!
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