Top 5 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth in Madrid

Top 5 ways to satisfy your sweet tooth in Madrid

Spanish cuisine is world-renowned for its diversity and rich cultural history, and many a Spaniard and tourist alike can be found enjoying their evening over some tapas and a few glasses of sangria. However, did you know the sweet delights Spain has to offer too? Here we show you the top five desserts the country has to offer, and where to find them in Madrid.

Although the origin of churros con chocolate is unclear, it is a Spanish culinary classic and has to be tried if you are visiting the country! A fried choux pastry-like dough, churros are eaten hot with a cup of melted chocolate at any time of year. Chocolateria San Ginés is the most renowned chocolate café in Madrid, and rightly so. Open 24/7, come here anytime to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

Torrijas are a cinnamon-spiced fried bread that usually come in two flavours – cinnamon or honey-soaked. These treats fill the window displays of pastelerías only during the months of March and April and are a Easter staple in Madrid, but they are worth waiting all year for! Pastelería Nunos has won awards for its torrijas year on year, and are definitely worth a visit.

Turrón is a traditional Spanish festive treat. Just like churros, there is no definitive story as to where it came from, but it is thought to date back to Moorish rule in the 14th century. It is a type of nougat made of almonds and honey, and has a variety of flavours. Pick up this Christmas treat in Madrid at Casa Mira, where they use their century-old recipe to make turrón by hand.

Each buñuelo is a little bite of heaven! Fried and dusted with sugar like churros, these bitesize treats come with a little surprise in the middle, from custard to dulche de leche. The best place to come across traditional buñuelos in Madrid is Horno de San Onofre, where the bakers serving Madrid its sugar hits for over forty years.

One of the oldest desserts in Europe, dating back to the fourteenth century, crema catalana is a cream dessert covered with a layer of caramelised sugar on top, like the French crème brulée. Traditionally it is eaten on March 19th, Fathers Day, but given how tasty it is it could easily be eaten every day! As the name suggests, this dessert originates from Cataluña but don’t panic! In Madrid, Celso y Manolo have you covered.

With desserts this tempting, who needs a main course?

Madrid’s amazing rooftop bars!

Madrid’s amazing rooftop bars!

Whatever the weather, Madrid’s vast selection of rooftop bars provides the perfect opportunity to meet with your friends and enjoy the spectacular views of this beautiful city. Here we have rounded up some of our favourites to share with you!

1. Círculo de las Bellas Artes (Tartan roof)

The stunning view from el Círculo de las Bellas Artes

Located on one of Madrid’s biggest streets, Calle Alcalá, The Tartan Roof provides its visitors with a stunning 360 degree view of the city, including an iconic view of Gran Vía, Metropolis building and El Ayuntamiento. Serving a range of drinks varying from beer to fancy cocktails, all at reasonable prices, as well as an extensive food menu (including tapas, bigger plates and desserts), what more could you ask for?!

Nearest metro: Banco de España (line 2)

2. Gourmet Gran Vía

Gourmet Gran Vía is located on the 9th floor of Corte Inglés in Plaza de Callao and prides itself in having a great deal of variety in terms of the food and drink it serves, from traditional Mexican food to Italian pizzas. It’s a great place to go up and admire the sunset on Gran Vía stretching down to Plaza de España from either the indoor or outdoor terrace whilst sipping on a caña.

Nearest metro: Callao (lines 3 and 5)

3. Terraza Cibeles

View from Terraza Cibeles

The remarkable Ayuntamiento building not only offers a wonderful exterior, but on the 6th floor it offers an exclusive yet relaxed rooftop terrace environment where you can enjoy sundowners and views of the famous Cibeles fountain and Gran Vía from its terrace. A range of hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served along with various tapas options for sharing. With the option of just turning up or reserving seating with tables, it’s definitely a place to visit whatever the occasion!

Nearest metro: Banco de España (line 2)

4. Hotel ME Reina Victoria rooftop bar

This stylish bar is situated on the rooftop of the Reina Victoria hotel in Plaza de Santa Ana. It has a full food and drinks menu and is a great place to go at night for a brilliant view of Plaza de Santa Ana as well as extensive view of the centre of Madrid. It has an exclusive and stylish, yet casual; feel to it with friendly staff and table service.

Nearest metro: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3)

5. El Viajero

El Viajero rooftop

In one of Madrid’s best known areas for food and drink, La Latina’s El Viajero rooftop terrace is a great place to enjoy the hustle and bustle of La Latina’s endless bars with some food and drinks. It adopts a slightly more traditional Madrileño style with its casual atmosphere and is a great spot even in winter, with overhead heaters surrounding the terrace.

Nearest metro: La Latina (line 5)

Madrid’s Gastrofestival is back!

Madrid’s Gastrofestival is back!

From 21st January until 5th February, the eighth edition of the Gastrofestival is coming to Madrid – if you’re in Madrid during these dates it would be silly not to get involved and immerse yourself into the Spanish culture by learning about its food, history and art! More than 400 establishments participate in this festival with the aim of promoting some of the main attractions in this incredible city – its gastronomy, culture, art and history.gastro A large proportion of the millions of people that come to Madrid each year come for these reasons and this festival is a celebration of these attractions! Throu ghout the festival restaurants, shops, museums and cultural centres will all be taking part to showcase what Madrid has to offer.

Make sure to check out the Conde Duque culture centre, the hub of the Gastrofestival, as it is set to have a lively atmosphere with constant activities throughout the entire duration of the festival including; film screenings, live music and food and wine tasting. As well as this, throughout this year’s festival, there will be an exhibition entitled The Newspaper Archive Lays the Table illustrating numerous recipes from the Spanish magazine Pictoral Review, put on by the Madrid Municipal Newspaper Archive.

Restaurants wilgastromadridl be providing special menus, cookery courses and tapas and wine tasting by world-renowned chefs who have gathered in Madrid to celebrate its gastronomy. What’s more, for the first time, the 2017 Gastrofestival will include specific gluten free menus in order to reach out to an even wider audience. As one of the six main themes of the festival, our highlights of the Gastronomic Madrid section include; Desgustatapas tasting, Rioja Wine in our Favourite Bars and Dinner Four Hands by MasterCard Priceless Cities. It’s not only Madrid’s restaurants that are participating – this year Madrid’s markets are also playing an active role in the festival – offering classes, tastings and talks. In the Mercado de San Anton, there will be a fun and interactive cookery workshop for people to attend.

Museums will be getting involved by offering extensive activities and guided tours based on some of the pieces in their respective museums. The Museum of Contemporary Art will be presenting a talk on the culinary likes and dislikes of Ramón Gómez de la Serna on both 21st January and 5th February. Other things to wpanenka-nuestro-famoso-bocata-de-calamaresatch out for include; the exhibition in the Garment Museum entitled Fashionable Vegetables. Design from the Calahorra City of Vegetables Catwalk which showcases 15 outfits made from vegetables grown in the Spanish region of La Rioja and includes designs by many internationally recognised designers.

Don’t miss out on this is amazing opportunity to learn more about Spain and Madrid in a fun and entertaining way!

‘A Christmas Carol’ is coming..!

‘A Christmas Carol’ is coming..!

This family favorite opens in MadKick off the festive season by going to Face 2 Face Theatre’s production of the Christmas classic, A Christmas a-cristmas-carol-cartel-2016-400x600Carol! rid at SMedia’s Teatro Fígaro and will run from Saturday 3rd, until Sunday, 18th of December, with Saturday performances scheduled at 1630hrs, and Sunday performances at 1230hrs. This means that there are just 6 shows this Christmas so don’t miss out! (Reserve your tickets by following this link). Since Charles Dickens first released this classic story in 1843, it has become so popular that it would be hard to imagine Christmas without it!

This production, suitable for the whole family, is aimed at English speaking audiences however even if your English isn’t perfect, you’ll still certainly enjoy it! It’s catchy and evocative songs, clevea-christmas-carol7r improvisations and hilarious gags make this the perfect holiday treat for the family!

Set in London in the Victorian times, this story about a miserly and detatched man speaks to people of all ages. Ebenezer Scrooge, unsympathetic and cold hearted due to his tragic childhood and a long lost love, would prefer to live in a world in which Christmas didn’t exist so that he could remain his stingy, money-grabbing self. This however all changes one Christmas when he receives a number of wake-up calls from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Face 2 Face’s Production brilliantly captures the love and magic of the story asa-christmas-carol3 well as creating scenes of absolute hilarity which will have you in creases!

It really is a show that’s worth taking the family to this Christmas – such a wonderful and memorable way to get in the festive mood!

Flavor on Wheels

Flavor on Wheels

The Foodie Week

For all those food truck lovers out there, the Foodie Week is an exciting new event that is comi-foodie-week-de-madrid-2016ing to Madrid for the first time this week (21-26 November). This market sells street food from food trucks from all over the world and is located beneath the Torres KIO (KIO Towers) which are one of the most famous and impressive features of Madrid’s skyline! Such a cool place to spend a lunch break or relax with friends after a long day at work discovering some of the world’s best ‘street food’. Whether you fancy sweet, savory, fast food or gourmet style foods, you’ll be able to find it amongst the 20 global food trucks! If you can’t make it this week don’t fret as The Foodie Week is coming to Madrid once a month – find out more information about the next one here:
Address: Plaza de Castilla
Opening hours: this week (21-26 November) from 1200-0000hrs.

However, if you fancy trying out and learning more about traditional Spanish food and drink, check out these popular food markets.

Mercado de San Miguel

This is probably the most famous market in the capital and is in fact considered a site of cultural interest. It was originally built in 1916 and has evolved into a wonderful place to try traditional Spanish tapas and a drink!mercado-de-san-miguel
Address: Plaza de San Miguel
Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 1000-0000, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1000-1400hrs.

Mercado de San Antón

In one of the trendiest areas of the city, Chueca, you’ll find an equally trendy market that manages to fuse tradition with modernity. On the third floor is ‘La Cocina de San Antón’ which arguably defines the market. It has its own terrace, an indoor restaurant and a cocktail bar. So, whether you need to stock up your fridge or take frmercadoiends out for a drink, the Mercado de San Antón has it all!
Address: Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24
Opening times: from Monday to Saturday 1000-2200hrs, Sunday 1000-1500hrs

Mercado de San Ildefonso

An industrial style market through which you can graze on delicious food until your heart’s content. Together with the 18 food stalls, there are also two pretty terraces which allow you to enjoy the fresh air whilst sipping on a refreshing cocktail.
Address: Calle Fuencarral, 57
Opening times: Everyday from 1000-0100hrs

Mercado Antón Martínanton-martin2

A 1950s market where you’ll find fruit, meat and fish stalls as well as a wide range of international food. The market consists of three floors: the ground floor and the first floor which are home to around 65 different food stalls whilst on the third floor is a dance school called ‘Amor de Dios’ dedicated to teaching traditional Spanish dance. Mercado Antón Martín really does boast Spanish culture and traditions!
Address: Calle Santa Isabel, 5
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday 0900-2100hrs, Saturday 0900-1500hrs