Madrid is authentically and unapologetically Spanish; I’ve been living there for two and a half years now and there is something beautifully old-fashioned about it. The sunsets are something else; pink skies over terracotta-tiled roofs punctuated by a handful of skyscrapers. Nights are long so be prepared for a late dinner reservation. I love Soy Kitchen (Plaza Mostenses, 4, 28015), run by a Chinese chef called Julio, who creates innovative Chinese dishes. The restaurant is very unassuming but the food is sensational. Or try Sala de Despiece (Calle de Ponzano, 11, 28010) for creative small plates that blow tapas out of the water (prepare to wait an hour or two for a table as they don’t take reservations). During the day, walk down the wide tree-lined avenue Paseo de la Castellana that leads to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Retiro, my favourite park in the world; then pay a visit to one of the many world-renowned art galleries such as The Prado (museodelprado.es), Thyssen-Bornemisza (museothyssen.org) or the Reina Sofia (museoreinasofia.es).