Edificio Mirador is one of the World's Strangest Buildings. Designed by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV—known for its unusual and striking construction—this residential building, set in the northeast part of Madrid, was designed as a frame for the distant landscape, but more resembles a Borg spaceship. Oh, and that open middle section? It also serves as an outdoor meeting area for residents to take in the unobstructed views.
Housed in a 1916 Beaux-Arts building, San Miguel market stood abandoned for years—until a renovation in 2009 gave it a new lease on life. Now it's a lively neighborhood food destination with 33 shopping and dining stalls, plus a buzzing central café area.
The Reina Sofia Museum, in an 18th-century hospital designed by Francisco Sabatini, is structured much like the convents, monasteries, and cloisters scattered throughout the Spanish countryside. High, whitewashed arched ceilings and large stone bricks create the corridors that run in a square around a central open courtyard. The building was restored and inaugurated in 1988. The permanent collection of modern art is worth hours of leisurely survey.
Los Asturianos, one of Europe's best wine bars, is a no-frills taberna in the Chamberí district. It is the unofficial clubhouse for the capital’s food and art crowds, and chef, journalist, and TV personality Alberto Fernández Bombín is your ultimate hipster host. That delicious fabada? The casserole of white beans and handmade chorizo and blood sausage is the work of his shy mom, Doña Julia.