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5 things to do this Saturday in the Salamanca district

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If you’re looking to splurge and feel like a king-or queen, Salamanca is your district.  Featuring la Milla de Oro of shopping and plenty of high end restaurants, Salamanca is the ideal location for Treat Yourself 2018!

Start your day with a lesson on how real kings and queens lived. Visit the National Archaeology Museum in the Recoletos neighborhood and head to the exhibition room.  Greek pottery, Roman statues, and Ancient Egyptian artifacts are on display along with an exhibition filled with ancient currency.

Visit: National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Calle de Serrano, 13

La Milla de Oro (the Golden Mile) of Salamanca was recently converted into a Bitcoin Street where customers can use the cryptocurrency to pay for their purchases. Located on Calle Ortega y Gasset, this street features Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.  However, you can find smaller, local boutiques if big brands aren’t your thing.

Visit: Calle de José Ortega y Gasset

If your shopping bags are weighing you down and you need to refuel, try the Artisan Bakery Manolo (Pastelería Artesanal Manolo) in the Lista neighborhood.  The chic decor and irresistible croissants will make you keen to stay and try more than one of their many flavors!

Visit: Calle del Conde de Peñalver, 68

For lunch, make a reservation at Restaurante Ten Con Ten.  With a cozy, yet spacious dining area, Ten Con Ten serves classic hits with a twist-like their Hamburguesa de Rabo de Toro (hamburger of bull tail).  They have an extensive menu and their desserts look to die for!

Visit: Calle de Ayala, 6

Another option for lunch is el Mercado de la Paz, established in 1879 and one of the oldest markets in Madrid. You can pick from dozens of friendly vendors and create your own meal by mixing and matching tapas.

Visit: Centro Comercial La Paz, Calle de Ayala, 28

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Salamanca. You will love it!

Ristoranti vegani del quartiere centrale di Madrid

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Sei alla ricerca di un buon posto dove mangiare e che oltretutto ti permetta di gustare cibi vegetariani o vegani? Madrid offre differenti proposte soprattutto nella zona centrale.

Il primo si chiama la “Oveja Negra” si trova in via Buenavista, 42, nel quartiere Lavapiés ed è un ristorante prettamente vegano.

In questo ristorante potrete trovare una varietà di piatti, partendo dalle piadine ripiene con funghi zucchine e patate dolci , passando per le crocchette di patate e zucchine.

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Inoltre potrete trovare differenti piatti arricchiti con tofu o seitan  e il ristorante ha una vasta gamma di bibite da poter consumare durante il pasto come il guaranà, la birra artigianale  o la cola vegana, mentre per il post pranzo sul menù potrete ammirare differenti tipi di caffè o tè.

Il secondo ristorante da prendere sicuramente in considerazione si chiama “El Estragón Vegetariano” è un ristorante vegetariano e si trova in Plaza de la Plaja, 10,  nel quartiere La Latina. Il ristorante mette a disposizione dei clienti un vasto menù dagli antipasti ai dolci.

Per esempio per cominciare potreste mangiare diversi tipi di insalata,come quella marocchina o un’insalata mista. Per poi proseguire con un primo come una zuppa di cipolle o aglio, oppure una crema di spinaci o il gazpacho, piatto tipico spagnolo.

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Si prosegue poi con dei secondi internazionali come il cous cous, il riso alla cubana, cannelloni alla Rossini, o semplicemente con delle verdure arrosto o hamburger con formaggio brie.

Infine si conclude con una vasta gamma di dolci come le arance caramellate, insalata di frutta e miele, brownie al cioccolato o torta di mela integrale con marmellata.

Per ultimo, ma non per importanza, troviamo il ristorante Artemisa”, uno dei primi ristoranti vegetariani a Madrid, con un ampio menù che include totalmente piatti vegani. Potete inoltre trovare altri ristoranti nel quartiere Sol, nella Gran Vía o in via Tres Cruces, 4, ed un altro nel quartiere Las Letras (in via Ventura de la Vega, 4).

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Durante la settimana, aggiorneremo i vari menù in modo tale che possiate scegliere ciò che più gradite. Ci sono diverse insalate, molto colorite e con molti ingredienti. Mi raccomando! Non perdetevi le crocchette, sono deliziose!

Per secondo vi consigliamo di provare il Pastel Persa o la melanzana Artemisa, entrambe con opzione vegana, non potete assolutamente andarvene senza averne assaggiato un pezzo!

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Come ben sapete esiste uno stomaco per il dolce, perciò vi preghiamo di lasciarlo vuoto per poter gustare tutte le delizie offerte dai differenti ristoranti ,vi raccomandiamo il tiramisù. Per i vegani ci sono due torte veramente ottime, una di carruba ed una di carota. Infine un’ultima ma importantissima considerazione, il Ristorante Artemide è totalmente gluten free!

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Ovviamente questi sono solo due esempi di ristoranti vegani o vegetariani, Madrid offre altre infinite possibilità di gustare un piatto prelibato e preparato molto accuratamente, non vi rimane che visitare la città ed assaporarne ogni emozione ed odore.

Buon appetito!!

 

Interesting places to discover in the Sol neighborhood

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Welcome to Sol!

Are you also curious about the stores in the center of Madrid? The Sol neighborhood contains of many shops and some of them are very relatable to the Spanish culture. You cannot miss them when you are in the center!

As some of you probably already know, is Sol literally the heart of Madrid. Not only the heart of Madrid but it also has coordination point 0,0 (‘Kilómetro 0′) which means that this place is exactly situated in the middle of whole Spain. Sol is definitely a must-see which is why it receives many, many, many tourists. It is important that the city is well connected and therefore has this place a very strong transportation network. Especially the metro works quite good, the most central station which you can use is called Sol (metro Lines 1, 2, 3 and Cercanías). Other metro stations that you can use are Callao (Line 3, 5), Gran Vía (Line 1, 5) and Sevilla (Line 2). Several neighborhoods around Sol are Palacio, Malasaña, Chueca, La Latina and Lavapiés-Embajadores.

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RESTAURANTS / TERRACES

Casa Labra is a tavern that over generations has been offering something very unique and typical from Madrid. Croquettes are their specialty delighted in an environment that has remained almost since the 19th century which makes this one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid. [Address: Calle Tetúan, 12].

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Las cuevas de Sésamo produces one of the best sangria in whole Madrid and is especially known by the local people. The sangria is made with red wine, lemon, sugar, fruit and other ingredients. If you want to discover all the ingredients than you have to go to the cuevas and taste it. [Address: Calle del Príncipe, 7].

Jardín Secreto Salvador Bachiller is located on Calle Montera, near Gran Vía. In the first place, you wouldn’t expect that there is a rooftop hidden in this shop. It is actually a store where they sell unique bags. But as soon as you take the stairs to the third floor, you will have a large lounge bar which is decorated by many kind of plants.
On the 4th floor, you can find the rooftop. It is called el Jardín Secreto (or in English, The secret garden).

This place has a spacious terrace where you can order all kind of drinks and pastries. It is also surrounded by many unique flowers which makes it a perfect spot for a drink and a break from all the heat. When you walk towards the end, you will have a beautiful view over the street. Definitely, a well-worth visit. [Address: Calle de la Montera, 37].

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SHOPS / STORES

Typographia sells very alternative t-shirts and is developing a unique approach to the art of printing and designing t-shirts for men and women. The designs are focussed on symbols of Madrid, as the bear in Sol, the metro stations and many more! A very original gift to come home with! [Address: Plaza de Canalejas, 3].

La Violeta is specialised in violet sweets. The shop sells a special kind of candy: Caramelos de Violeta. It is called like this because of their shape, their colour and the essence of the flower is part of their ingredients. So, let’s try them! This shop is located next to Typographia. [Address: Plaza de Canalejas, 6].

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Torrons Vicens. The stores of Vicens are full with entire walls with those typical Spanish sweets. They produce a delicious and original candy bar that has been popular for centuries. They are specialised torrons which you can buy in all kind of flavors as truffle, marzipan, strawberry and many more. They also offer some pieces as a gift, for example in a wooden box as you can see. The bars are frequently consumed throughout a year, but especially during christmas it is a popular present. You have also the possibility to taste some pieces for free. Hurry up and give it a try! [Address: Calle Mayor, 41].


COMMERCIAL STREETS

Calle del Carmen, Calle de Arenal and Calle de Preciados are known as one of the most commercial streets in whole Madrid. It is always crowded here because mainly of all the special shops you are surrounded with.

  • Calle del Arenal is a very central route, but also a trafficfree zone of Madrid between Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Isabel II (Ópera). It has a variety of shops, including many restaurants, the Real Madrid Official Store or gifts and souvenirs. But also many hotels, apartments and hostels for an overnight stay.

  • Calle de Preciados starts at sol till plaza de Santo Domingo and is familiar from the shop El Corte Inglés and all the franchises who are located here as well. You can also find those typical clothing stores as Zara, Pull and Bear, Sfera or Pepe Jeans in this street.
  • Calle del Carmen is especially known because of its famous shop Doña Manolita. You can buy here lottery’s (during Cristmas Holidays) and this shop has millions of customers spread throughout the country. The street also contains many clothing and shoe stores.

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So if you are in Madrid, don’t forget to take a visit to Sol and one of its amazing places.

Our favorite ones are Jardín Secreto de Salvador Bachiller and Calle de Preciados. The Secret Garden offers a great opportunity to relax. During the Summer you can even enjoy on the rooftop which gives everyone a tropical vibe because of its beautiful flowers. You can also visit this place in the Winter. There are a few cozy bars hidden inside where you can order a drink with a snack. And last but not least, if you are in a shopping mood, go to Calle de Preciados! You will find here everything that you need!

If you want to watch a video about all of these places, don’t the miss the MADventures video about Sol on the MadridEasy YouTube channel.

Strange things Europeans do according to Americans

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Strange things Europeans do according to Americans

 

There are several things people coming to Europe from America may find strange once they find themselves moving around in this beautiful continent, so in order to prepare those who will be coming for the first time we’ve made a list of the most commonly shocking things americans experience in Europe.

 

Paying for using restrooms

Paying for Restrooms

You can be taking a walk at a park, having a trip to the beach or just wandering in a plaza when nature calls, you need to find a restroom and the only one within a reasonable distance has a person sitting there with either a fanny pack or a clear jar. What would you do?

In Europe it is normal to pay for using the restroom in a public space. Now, they don’t normally charge a lot (mainly €0.50, but in some touristic places it can even rise up to €3) but when you think about it, it’s not that bad. Those restrooms tend to always be clean, smell nice and have enough toilet paper, soap and paper towels. Not bad for someone who desperately need a toilet, right? Plus, these people are just trying to make a living, it’s better to relax and be nice.

 

Drink alcohol with meals

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This happens in many european countries, perhaps it’s the price of the water in the restaurants (although in the main eastern european countries the tap water quality is very good). It’s normal to find beer in fast food restaurants’ menus at lunch time, and to see people drink wine with their meal at lunch and dinner. It may seem strange to see people consuming alcohol before 5pm in a week day, but this is just how chill europeans are and a reflection of the ‘enjoy-the-moment’ attitude towards life.

 

Bidets

Bidets

Bidets, for those unfamiliar with the term is a low oval ceramic basin for washing ones private parts usually located next to the toilet. The French were credited with the invention of the bidet, although nowadays it’s not only used in Europe but in Latin America, East Asia and the Middle East. In North America however, it’s not so popular, since the basic function is already covered by a toilet and toilet paper (plus many automated toilets include this feature now).

 

Fountains everywhere

Fountains

Perhaps it’s a way for citizens to decorate their city or maybe it was seen as a symbol of wellbeing in the past, having fountains all over a city is quite normal in Europe. We’re talking about parks, roundabouts, intersections, office buildings and museum entrances (if not more). Fountains are a beautiful thing to look at and they make their surroundings a bit more natural and relaxing. Some cities get so creative that people can’t help but taking pictures of them while traveling Europe, thumbs up!

 

Infrequent friendliness towards strangers

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The American continent (north, central and southern regions) are famous for people being nice and welcoming with people waving at strangers, smiling on the streets and apologizing for bumping into other people by accident but in Europe it is not the case, especially in the big cities. Americans often find Europeans rude in crowded areas like shopping malls, the metro and bus/train stations. People in the old continent tend to be more reserved and don’t normally trust strangers, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can can definitely catch you off guard if it’s the first time you visit the continent (shoutout to our Canadian friends).

 

Roundabouts

Roundabouts

Most American cities and towns only have intersections controlled by traffic lights while in many European countries it’s more common to find roundabouts. It’s very useful since waiting for a traffic light to change takes more time than just slowing down and taking a roundabout (though big vehicle-loaded intersections have traffic lights in roundabouts) which is great. We suggest to our American friends to be prepared when a car or bus takes a roundabout at a higher speed than you’re used to (you might get dizzy).

 

Everything is closed on Sunday

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In America there’s a strong work culture in which everything is open 7 days a week (with work hour changes, of course), and everything is available instantly at any time while in many european countries shops, supermarkets and local businesses don’t open on Sunday at all since it’s a day dedicated to family, friends and rest; although there are certain businesses that stay open like malls and theaters but everything else is closed, it’s a part of the relaxed way of life in this part of the world, even in busy cities.

 

Portion sizes & Several plates in a meal

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The average american may feel tricked when receiving an order at a restaurant believing it will be the same size as the ones back home, well, surprise!

Western Europeans eat their food in smaller portions, plus the normal meal doesn’t consist in only one plate and dessert. In this side of the world the typical meal consists in a starter course, main course, cheese course (mainly in France) and dessert.

 

Energy drinks

Drinks

Europeans don’t generally consume energy drinks as often. In America people drink it after a workout, when feeling sick, during a hangover, and even just to refresh the body but in Europe these drinks are not that easy to find. There are supermarkets that may offer one brand or two while there are others that simply don’t have them.

 

Paying for water

Paying for water

Isn’t it strange to see people that live in cities with some of the best quality water in the world buying water bottles? Americans normally drink from the faucet (depending on state water quality standards) and are constantly startled to see people paying for water in restaurants across Europe (when you can get it for free in many countries). Some say it’s a preference of taste while in some european countries/cities the quality of the water is not suitable for human consumption.

 

Greeting with kisses

Greeting kiss

All across the European continent people greet each other rather differently, in the UK and in many northern european countries it’s normal to greet with a handshake (just like in the US and Canada) while in the southern regions it’s more common to greet with kisses (like in Latin America), but only in woman-to-woman and woman-to-man salutations, except in italy where men can greet other men with a kiss. Now, in these kisses the lips never (never!) touch the cheeks. These kisses consist in cheek to cheek contact while kissing the air (air kissing), and depending on the country and region there can be from one up to four kisses (hello South of France!) per greeting.

Americans find this odd since a kiss (even an air kiss) is a highly personal thing to do reserved for family and love interests only.

 

Compact Manual Cars

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There are many jokes out there on how americans normally drive automatic vehicles, but humor aside that isn’t far from reality since in Europe most cars are manual. There are automatic cars in Europe but this feature makes vehicles more expensive. Another thing that most americans find unusual are the small cars and thin streets. The average EU country is smaller than Washington or Texas but has a denser population. The distance between Austin and Dallas is smaller than the one from Paris, France to Brussels, Belgium and most people prefer to travel by airplane or bus (one less reason to have large cars.

Anyways, we may have our differences but we’ve also have to admit that we have many similatiries. We have more in common than we may think.

Which similarities do you know?

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Things you only understand if you live in (are from) Spain

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Things you only understand if you live in (are from) Spain

  • The tracksuit is not to be used for running or at the gym; with the tracksuit you make paellas and climb on a mountain.
  • The expression “esto sólo pasa en España” (this only happens in Spain) is a mantra which you always repeat when something happened of what you “freak out” (no matter if it´s good or bad)
  • For lunch you don´t eat à la carte, you eat the daily special menu for 10,95. With its first course, main course, dessert, bread and drink. And a coffee, you ask whether it is also included.
  • So incomprehensible that it seems, only in our country I have seen shutters ¿Ein? ¿Really?  Yes. At best, there are curtains over curtains (nearly as the carol) black, gloomy, and more or less do their function. And three quarters of the same happens with the la maid. Another thing that I don´t understand that everyone of the entire world doesn´t have at home. Let´s see if you can find it, but it is not frequent.
  • The older the bar is the more authentic it is. These bars are where you can´t avoid to throw the napkins (as Piedrahíta would say, of these that are impermeable, that more than they extend to clean) into the dustbin, but they are landing directly on the floor of the bar (de chapa), with the heads of shrimps and stones of olives. They are dirty, they smell strange, are aesthetically ugly, but they are ours and we love them.

 

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The stools, the bar, the display case, the blue sign… how much of Spain is just in one photo…

 

  • In the queues in the supermarkets, if you only have one item, you have the right to pass the line. And if they don´t let you through, you become annoyed and you snort: ” ugh, what more do you need. You egotist. But still takes the cart full, what a kid.”
  • Table talk to connect lunch and dinner. I promise you, for the amount of what I have travelled in any place, I have seen people talking for two and a half hours after dinner without eating or drinking, when someone wants to leave, someone else stands up and says “But are you already leaving man? Why don´t you take another beer?”. And when you leave, it is because of the bartenders as they need to go home, and not because you are finished.
  • It is strange to eat bread with tomato, olive oil and salt for breakfast. At least if you are not from here. And they dunk  sweet muffins, sponge cake (sobaos), heart shaped puff pastry (palmeritas) or a sponge cake with lemon in milk mixed with Cola Cao. I don´t even need to tell you how good they taste.

 

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– In Spain, until you don´t reach 25, you don´t know that café olé, actually is café au lait.

– We are speaking loud. Very loud. And the worst thing is that we are not aware of this.

 

  • Football takes over everything. over everything. If it is necessary to install screens during the wedding banquet, they will.  If it is necessary to return earlier from holiday so you don´t   end up catching the final during the flight then you will move your ticket forward. It is fair to do this as this also happens in India with the cricket, in the US with American Football or in Star Wars with their street racing.

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  • To insult between colleagues is not only offensive but indicates a very high level of confidence: Cabr**azo, qué cacho ´jo p*** estás hecho. Also, to call someone tío (uncle) doesn´t indicate they are blood related.

 

  • When you order something to drink and they don´t give you something to snack on, you get angry. Even if they are only some almonds or olives. Only in Spain you can leave full with the Tapas which they have served you by ordering a riojita, “tinto de verano” or some beers. After this the typical battle between communities to see where they serve you the biggest, most delicious and most greasiest Tapas occur.
  • Kisses and more kisses: When you arrive, when you leave  your family or friends or the girls you´ve met, you got to know during waiting for the metro (it is not rare, after 10 minutes of random conversation with a foreign person, having an input and saying “by the way, I am so-and-so” and give him two kisses). This shocks a lot to those who come to Spain, and of course it starts to get even more  funny when the person of Malaga born is going to give two kisses and the girl is from Amsterdam who interposes the right hand between both bodies with a mix of surprise (of the gesture of the other one), and a little bit of shame (because she only remained with the hand).

 

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  • Our national anthem does not consist of any lyrics. But it doesn´t need to. Of course, in the World Cup we fall short because of this “lo,lo,lo,lo, lo,lo….”
  • To finish your meal with  mint tea? That is nonsense. The true way to digest is the orujo (strong Spanish liqueur made from residue of grape skins after pressing) and brandy. Yes sir, drinks of more than 40º and we find them healthy for the stomach.
  • Long weekends. And I am talking about the good long weekends; the ones of vacations. The ones with (bank) holiday on Tuesday, so I am taking Monday off, I am getting sick on friday, y me bajo a Tarifa los 5 días”. So if we have a holiday on Thursday, it´s normal that our level of productivity plummets already from Wednesday in the afternoon.

 

  • We don´t know how to dance “Sevillanas” (flamenco). Well, maybe downwards from Despeñaperros they know a little more. How it is in the rest of the Península (and islands), NO IDEA.

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  • Tomarse la penúltima (have one for the road). Finish working at 18:30 on a Thursday, go out to drink some beers (cañas) and “they tie you up” until 1 o´clock. Come back home drunk (tocadillo as un euphemism) and you spend the entire Friday judging yourself that you will never  go out during the week again. Nowadays it is called Afterwork. previously it was called Drinking some beers after finishing work.
  • If you are not from here you won´t understand that you can support Madrid and Rayo, but not Sevilla and Betis. You can support Espanyol and Madrid but not Madrid and Atletico at the same time.
  • You push away with bread. And if there is none (that is crime), they push furtively with the thumb. As a last resort, with the knife. But only when you eat in the house of your in-laws.
  • To go out at 23:30: in half of  Europe, people begin to switch off the light, the girls are getting dressed and the boys are putting on Axe in Spain. Having dinner at 21:30 and having lunch at 15:00 are ideas which are made completely incomprehensible for them. It´s nearly the same for us when a Dutch or a Canadian are preparing their dinner at 18:30. ¡¡But this time is our time for having a snack!!

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  • We have airports in cities with less than 20.000 inhabitants, a network of high-speed train of more than 3.000 km (we are the second country of the world: Oé, oé), a “Caja Mágica” for 300 million which is used 10 days a year (Madrid’s Olympic Tennis Centre), a “Ciudad de la Luz”(city of light) (film studios) for 274 million where they have shot 30 movies (IN 10 YEARS!!), a city of environment which will even after investing 50 million never open in the nearer future and a city of culture which cost 400 and less than 80.000 people came to visit it in 3 years. All of that you can only understand, of course, if you live in Spain … well, maybe not even then…

¿Quedamos para comer?

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We have gathered few places for you to check out if you are in Madrid, those lovely bars, restaurants and terraces are worth paying for!

1) Bar Tomate

It is a hip restaurant that has lovely mix between Mediterranean and Spanish food, located in Barrio de Salamanca it does not disappoint by its looks. It is more of the mid-range prices restaurant and the one you should make a reservation in order to enjoy lunch or dinner, especially on the weekends.

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2) La Maruzella

Looking for traditional Italian food? Well, look no further, this is it, or that is what a Sicilian friend told us. And it does not disappoint. It has a large variety of dishes, not only pizza & pasta and has a traditional Italian feel to it. Overall it is a pleasure to eat out there.

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3) Lady Madonna

This lovely place opened recently and has already become one of the loveliest eateries in Madrid. Beat the hype whilst there are still no queues and enjoy breakfast/lunch/dinner in a stylish and hip environment! Not to mention it is delicious!

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4) Jardines de Sabatini

There quite a few terraces that are worth checking out in Madrid, but none has a view on El Palacio Real. Food is great, view is lovely, decoration creates almost magical atmosphere. It is one of the nicest chillax spots in Madrid.

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5) Ra-men Karuga

Are you feeling a bit more Asian food for the evening? What about the dish you cannot find in most of Chinese eateries around Madrid? Ramen and good ramen is quite difficult to find. This is a lovely option if you are looking for the good tasting dish in the center!

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Bon Appétit!

 

 

 

Eat, Drink Madrid

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La Biblioteca

This restaurant was once the library of the Duke of Santo Mauro, and original features such as the antique fireplace, book lined walls and cherry wood paneling remain to provide a scholarly ambiance. Accommodating 24-30 diners, the Biblioteca provides an intimate dining experience and offers a cellar of over 200 wines. In summer, visitors can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on the restaurant terrace with views of the charming Santo Mauro walled garden. Chef Carlos Posadas has produced an imaginative modern Spanish menu with light dining options, but perhaps the most enjoyable is the Biblioteca’s à la carte breakfast. Located in the palace’s old dance halls with glass doors opening onto the hotel’s garden, AC Santo Mauro’s meeting rooms double up as private dining rooms for up to 10 guests.

La Terraza 

Head chef Paco Roncero whom is Ferran Adrià’s protégé world renowned and three Michelin starred restaurant El Bulli, who is the most influential chef in Spain. Is a world class chef in his own right, who has earned La Terraza two Michelin stars. The innovative and experimental twenty-three-course menu includes the signature dish Kellogg’s paella, which consists of Rice Krispies, shrimp heads and vanilla-flavored mashed potatoes. The avant-garde gastronomy is matched by Jamie Hayón’s sophisticated modern interior, where geometric forms conjure images of precious stones. Amid the cutting edge cuisine and design however, traditional sensibilities survive, and the exclusive private club, Casino de Madrid, has a strict jacket and tie dress code.

Sergi Arola Gastro 

A joint venture between Sergi Arola and his wife Sara Fort, who is also the restaurant manager.Within three years of opening, the restaurant gained two Michelin stars and the menu changes monthly, with each classical dish specially created by Arola. In addition to the main restaurant there is a private dining room with a capacity for twelve people, and with a direct view of the kitchen, guests have an exclusive insight into the workings of the restaurant. There is a separate entrance and restroom for the utmost privacy and discretion.

Indice Restaurant 

Head chef David Herranz has successfully elaborated on traditional Mediterranean dishes for a fresh and innovative dining experience. Soft caramel toned fabrics, art nouveau furniture and delicately detailed cornices create a tranquil ambiance and large windows fill the restaurant with natural light. Indice is the perfect restaurant for light, elegant cuisine in contemporary, relaxed surroundings. The restaurant has beautiful views over the luscious gardens of the Retiro Park, Indice is located in an area of unmatched elegance.

Pan de Lujo 

Pan de Lujo or “luxury bread” is located in an old bread factory in the busy shopping area of Jorge Juan.While the factory’s façade has been preserved, the interior has been transformed with a clean, bold design that incorporates patches of exposed rough brickwork. The shimmering colors of three light boxes are reflected in a long pool of glassy water and glow through a glass wall that runs the length of the restaurant. An illuminated floor changes color throughout the evening, altering the restaurant’s ambience. Cased in glass cabinets, the restaurant’s extensive wine and oil collection is displayed along the walls. The tables are simply designed and the chairs are minimalist. Pan de Lujo’s bread factory foundations and bold flavors are embodied by Chef Alberto Chicote’s signature rice pudding sandwich.

Viridiana

The restaurant takes its name from a legendary Luis Buñuel film that was banned in Spain for sixteen years during Franco’s regime. Owned by Chef Abraham Garcia, the restaurant serves hearty, flavorful cuisine, including Spanish classics such as gazpacho with Sardinian bread, and fillet of beef with chili sauce. You can also try another Spanish delicacy here; olive oil. Spain is the world’s largest olive oil producer and Viridiana offers many different types, so ask to test before you buy as, like wine, varieties of oil can be distinguished by their color, flavor and smell.

La Broche

Light and space define the interior of La Broche as large pane-glass windows allow natural light to flow into the room, coming to rest on pure white furnishings. Elegant white orchids stand tall against the windows, and tables are furnished with striped black glassware. Like the décor, the service is impeccable, and with generous space between tables, patrons are given room to breathe. In 2008, Angel Palacio replaced Sergi Arola at the helm and his seasonal menu merits La Broche’s Michelin star. Try La Broche’s skillfully executed classic French dishes including Steak Tartar and Bouillabaisse. There is valet parking and both the kitchen and the wine cellar are open to view. La Broche is located in Madrid’s financial sector.

Zalacain

Since 1973 this celebrated restaurant has served haute cuisine to a stream of prestigious guests, from King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia, to Presidents of the Spanish government and Nobel Prize winners. Villeroy & Boch designed the restaurant’s crockery and Plata Meneses the cutlery. A menu including foie gras stuffed ravioli and pineapple stew with cheese ice cream has afforded Zalacaín Michelinstarred status. For a private event of up to 45 people, request a private room lined with the motifs of Salvador Dalí. Published wine expert and sommelier Custodio López Zamarra will guide you through Zalacaín’s 800 different wines. In 2003, Zalacaín was opened to cater for larger events of up to 600 people. This second venue has a Michelin five fork classification, making it an ultimate destination for luxurious dining.