A Fashion Insider’s Guide to Madrid

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A Fashion Insider's Guide to Madrid
Photo: Courtesy of Dina Khalifé

Lebanese fashion and accessories designer Dina Khalifé draws plenty of inspiration for her whimsical designs from Madrid, where she currently lives. Born and raised in Beirut, she visited Madrid for the first time in 2007 and fell in love with the city. “Shortly after my visit, I decided to start taking Spanish classes and had dreams of moving there,” she explains of her decision to call Spain home. “I ended up marrying a Spanish man and have now been living in Madrid for several years,” she adds.

If you’re planning a trip to Madrid and want to avoid the usual tourist-filled spots, read on for Khalifé list of must-visit places.

Creme de la Creme

creme de la creme
Photo: Courtesy of Dina Khalifé

“Located in Alonso Martinez, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Madrid, this small restaurant is an absolute hidden gem. The decoration is beautiful with lots of colorful details. The food is excellent and the service is fantastic. It’s a must-visit spot for a romantic lunch or dinner. The weekend brunch is great too.”

Calle Santo Tome
Tel: (+34) 916 22 99 80
www.facebook.com/cremedelacremerestaurante

Justicia

A Fashion Insider's Guide to Madrid
Photo: Courtesy of Dina Khalifé

“Located in the Justicia neighborhood, this building is my favorite in the city. The facade is breathtaking, with almost 1,000 square meters of drawings painted by Jack Bailoni in 2008. What I love is that the drawings convey happiness and joy. I can’t help but stop and take photos every time I walk in the area and envy the neighbors living nearby.”

Retiro Park

Photo: Courtesy of Dina Khalifé

“The Retiro Park is one of the biggest in the city. It belonged to the Spanish monarchy until the late 19th century when it became a public park. I love going there on the weekend, when you find people doing all kinds of activities: running, playing, singing, tanning, picnicking, etc.”

Plaza de la Independencia
(+34) 915 30 00 41

Principal Madrid Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of Dina Khalifé

“Located in Gran Vía, one of the most touristic streets in Madrid, the Principal Madrid Hotel has one of the most beautiful views of the city.”

Calle Marqués de Valdeiglesias
Tel: (+34) 915 21 87 43
www.theprincipalmadridhotel.com

Rastro Flea Market

flea market madrid
Photo: Courtesy of Dina Khalifé

“You can visit the Rastro flea market every Sunday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s one of my favourite things to do in Madrid. It’s usually very crowded and filled with beautiful treasures.”

Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores
Tel: (+34) 915 29 82 10

Isaac Salido

Isaac Salido Hair dresser
Photo: Courtesy of Dina Khalifé

Isaac Salido is my absolute favorite hairdresser in the city. Besides being the best at cutting hair, he has the most beautiful salon I’ve ever seen. The chairs are taken from old hairdresser salons in Madrid, and there’s also a cafeteria if you want to grab a coffee.”

Calle Villalar
Tel: (+34) 915 76 21 75
www.isaacsalido.es

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