Just off Puerta del Sol, nip into the mahogany-fronted Lhardy, a shop and restaurant that was established in 1839. Help yourself to a cup of consommé from the silver samovar on the marble counter and perhaps a glass of sherry from the decanter. At Hotel Ritz, Madrid, the Goya Restaurant is the perfect setting for a special occasion, with dishes such as oxtail ravioli in a velvety Rioja sauce. The word-of-mouth dining sensation is the very chic Hortensio, where chef Mario Vallés adds contemporary creativity to classic dishes such as sole meunière, which he peps up with algae. Book well ahead to get a table at Punto MX, the only Mexican restaurant in Europe to have a Michelin star. Try the braised duck enchilada with squash-seed salsa, or just check out the bar upstairs for mezcal cocktails.