Brunch is always in fashion

By | 15 September, 2015 | 0 comments

BrunchIf you are late for breakfast because you stayed too long in bed but are too hungry to wait for lunch, there’s only one option: brunch. At Roll Madrid (Calle del Amaniel, 23), you will find excellent proposals at prices that go from 9 to 16 euros, with options such as the classic eggs Benedict over salmon, avocado or bacon. There’s also the option of Mexican quesadillas with different cheeses and jalapeños.

Not far from there is Mür Café, which offers an interesting brunch menu on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. You can choose between the complete brunch, little brunch, sweet brunch and savoury brunch with vegetarian options. Don’t miss out on its Full English Breakfast, complete with everything that should be in it and with a Mediterranean twist of an orange juice.

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Discover the brand-new San Ildefonso gourmet market

By | 26 August, 2015 | 0 comments

Mercado San IldefonsoMost districts (Lavapiés, Antón Martín, Chueca, Centro…) have their own market but Malasaña -with the exception of Barceló Market- needed a market that sold gourmet and delicatessen products. Since June 2014, that void was filled in with the opening of San Ildefonso Market, on Calle Fuencarral, 57, a few hundred yards from our hotel in Malasaña. It is a space that takes inspiration from other gourmet markets that exist in cities like London or New York, with 18 stalls where you can enjoy different specialities that can also be bought and taken home.

It has stalls that sell a single product such as cheese, gourmet burgers (which you can always find in this kind of markets) and other delicacies such as Southern-Spanish-style prawns. In fact, gastronomy from this part of Spain and more specifically of Cadiz is one of the protagonists during the month of August, since you can enjoy the Red Tuna Tapas Days until the end of the month in different stalls, such as those run by chef David Delgado.

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The best museums for children

By | 3 August, 2015 | 0 comments

Museo Cera MadridAre you travelling with children? Treat them to a fun and educational morning in one of these museums designed especially for them. One of these museums is the Wax Museum, the emblematic space dedicated to celebrities, both historical and modern, which includes new additions such as Cristiano Ronaldo and George Clooney.

They can enjoy different theme rooms, especially the sports one, with figures of sportsmen like Iker Casillas, Andrés Iniesta, Miguel Induráin or Pelé. However, they can also visit the Crime Gallery, where they recreate the murder of the Andalusia Express among other topics. Ticket prices are 17 euros for adults and 12 euros for children up to the age of 12. Over 60s also pay a reduced fee of 12 euros. On weekends, it opens all day non stop, from 10.00am until 8.30pm. Address: Paseo de Recoletos, 41, in front of Plaza Colón.

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Segovia awaits you

By | 30 July, 2015 | 0 comments

SegoviaIt is one of the most charming cities near Madrid, famous for its aqueduct, its stunning fortress and its exquisite suckling pig that you can enjoy all year long, also in summer. You can get there easily by train or bus from Moncloa or, if you have your own car, on the A-6 road towards La Coruña in just 50 minutes. We have excellent communications with public transport that take you there from our hotel in the centre of Madrid.

Once you are there, the best thing to do is to see its old town, after seeing its aqueduct first, and then go up Calle Juan Bravo, where you will find the famous Casa de los Picos, the headquarters of the famous Art and Superior Design School of Segovia, a stunning castle that was a historical residence of the kings of Castile back in the Middle Ages, a state prison and later the Royal Artillery College. On their website you can find practical information to organise your visit and purchase the ticket that best suites your needs. The complete ticket costs 7 euros and it allows you to visit the rooms in the palace, see all the museums and enjoy the views of Segovia and its yellow fields from the Tower of Juan II. It opens daily from 10.00am until 7.00pm.

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Searching for the beach in Madrid

By | 15 July, 2015 | 0 comments

Pantano San JuanDon’t give in to evidence and look for your very own beach moment in Madrid, although the water will be fresh and not saltwater. At the San Juan reservoir, known as “Madrid’s beach”, you will find the closest thing to a refreshing beach experience, just a few miles from the Spanish capital. Located between the towns of San Martín de Valdeiglesias and Pelayos de la Presa, you can get there on the M-501 motorway, also known as the “reservoir road”, just 46 miles from Madrid.

It is quite a popular spot on weekends and you can even rent a boat. Official prices are high and you must be careful with the surcharges, with the whole package setting you back between 155 and 300 euros. However, you can negotiate lower rates. In any case, if you go in a group, the cost is shared and it’s a lot cheaper for what is really an excellent plan.

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A wonderful walk around the Universidad district

By | 15 June, 2015 | 0 comments

Universidad Central MadridThe title has a double meaning, since back in the day the district used to be known as Maravillas (wonders) and if it is now called Universidad that is because some of the Complutense University buildings were set up on Calle San Bernardo. Nowadays, nobody talks about “Universidad” and they refer to it directly as Malasaña, losing a bit of geolocation accuracy in the process.

In the Universidad district we can find some charming places, such as Plaza de las Comendadoras, a square that is ideal to start the day in with breakfast at Café Moderno, renovated after a few languid years, or at Federal Café, a cool place famous for its natural fruit juices and complete breakfasts. For drinks, try Kramer, a pub with character and an ideal place to enjoy a gin and tonic.

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Madrid becomes Berlin in La Neomudéjar

By | 27 May, 2015 | 0 comments

La NeomudejarAn old factory with TV monitors, facilities, ready-mades and visual art cycles by famous creators. Are we talking about somewhere in Berlin? No. This is, in fact, Madrid, more specifically the Menéndez Pelayo area. We are talking about La Neomudéjar, a space conceived as an avant-garde arts centre and artistic residence that attempts to favour and boost the work of up-and-coming creators. Part of its philosophy is to conjugate the technological development and also recycle the old forms of audiovisual expression, such as super8.

Everything is modern and alternative here, with a touch of anti-establishment and rebellion against the official cultural scene, which includes more rare disciplines such as parkour, robotics or experimentation in its most diverse forms. You can currently visit exhibitions such as the Francisco Argüello installation, an installation designed especially for the space that holds it.

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Boats and legendary names in the Naval Museum

By | 14 May, 2015 | 0 comments

Naval Museum of Madrid (Spain).Madrid doesn’t have a beach but it does have a Naval Museum. It is located on the first floor of the Armada Headquarters, on Paseo del Prado, very close to the City Hall and Plaza de Cibeles (a 20-minute walk from our hotel in downtown Madrid). It is one of the oldest museums in the capital, dating from 1842, but it is still one of the most unknown ones by the general public despite its privileged location in the city centre.

However, it is now in the news due to the exhibition that you can see there which opened on April 15th, “Men of Sea, Legendary Boats”, technically directed and supervised by the writer Arturo Pérez Reverte, a lover of the subject and someone with excellent knowledge of the history of the Spanish Armada.

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The Best in Wine

By | 2 May, 2015 | 0 comments

vinos madridFor some time now, wine experts have been growing and growing in numbers. Where do they get their education? Which places do they go to? Where do they buy their bottles? At Lavinia (C/José Ortega y Gasset, 16) they have a fundamental reference. Considered as Madrid’s main wine shop, it is also a restaurant and has a fine online sales service. Its restaurant offers ecological cuisine, serving dishes such as chocolate artichokes or liquorice beef gizzard on a bed of onions.

Despite its gastronomic offer being a strong one, designed by the chef Fernando del Cerro, Lavinia is especially famous for its actual shop, on Madrid’s most sought-after street. It is a large space with excellent decoration and with friendly staff that help and advise customers, also having the option of being able to try some of the wines there.

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Parks that are more than parks

By | 30 April, 2015 | 0 comments

retiro parque madridWe all think of El Retiro when people talk about a park in Madrid. It is quite normal to do so, since it is one of the most historical and largest parks in Europe, which means that it must be visited in parks. One of them is actually outside it: Cuesta de Moyano. This is a picturesque path where you can find excellent books at bargain prices, cheaper than in normal bookshops. From there you can access the famous park through the gate of the Fallen Angel (Ángel Caído). Inside, you can walk around the central lake, surrounded by musicians and street vendors and get to the Palacio de Velázquez, which hosts the exhibition “Carl Andre: sculpture as a place, 1958-2010” from May 5th.

Another park which is more than just a park is Parque del Oeste, which you can get to by walking from Plaza de España and our hotel in central Madrid. One of its main attractions is located at the beginning of its facilities and its no other than the Temple of Debod. The Temple of Debod is a gift from Egypt to Spain from 1968 for their help in saving the ancient temples of Nubia. You can visit its interior for free from Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am until 2.00pm and from 6.00pm until 8.00pm, and on weekends and holidays from 9.30am until 8.00pm. A great way to understand the essence of Egypt in just a few minutes.

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