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Food Trucks in Madrid

Food Trucks in Madrid

As we all know, Madrid is one of, if not the best city in the world for eating and drinking until your heart’s content. If you think this is purely down to the plethora of tapas bars and typical Spanish restaurants, you are mistaken. The concept of food trucks and mobile food carts has hopped across the pond from the United States and is fast seeping into this magnificent city!

The History of Food Trucks

The concept of the food truck was born in the United States in the mid-19th Century. A food vendor decided to cut windows owwii_mobile_canteen-e1341243390391ut of a wagon, park it on the street outside a newspaper shop and sell sandwiches and coffee to journalists. They were also widely used during both World Wars to feed the soldiers. This concept has since spread across the globe and food trucks have become places from where respectable chefs can launch their careers. It is now even possible to track your favorite food trucks via social media! In the US, food truck rallies are also growing in popularity – they provide a great way of bringing cultures together and allow you to discover your favorite cuisine!
So, these food trucks provide a fast, easy and reasonably priced alternative to other casual restaurants. However, compared to other countries like England and Belgium, it has been hard for the concept of a food truck to break into Spain. Why, if there are so many restaurants and tapas bars selling affordable small eats, would you take the risk of going to a food truck where you have to eat on the street standing up?

Where can you find Food Trucks in Madrid?

It’s true that the idea hasn’t spread across Spain as quickly as other countries but in Madrid you won’t have any trouble finding a food truck! To whet your appetite, here are a few food trucks that you csigaelfoodtruck-eatstreet-madreat-foodtruck-madrid-salchichen-1an find in Madrid:

1. Salchichen – German street food that brings authentic sausages and burgers to the streets of Madrid. Here you are guaranteed good quality, traditional German food.

2. MadrEAT – this event aims to bring top quality street food to Madrid on a monthly basis. MadrEAT is a celebration of “exceptional gastronomy” and the variety of food trucks has to bjc6iqyq3e seen to be believed – you’ll find Japanese food, Peruvian food and Greek food just to name a few! Do not miss out! The upcoming dates are as follows: September – 23, 24 and 25. November – 4, 5 and 6. October – 14, 15 and 16. Keep an eye on their website for the location!

3. Peggy Sue’s – an American style food truck where you can enjoy typical hot dogs, burgers and fries.

And you’ll find many more food trucks in these popular places:
4. Matadero Madrid – this is a very trendy, modern place in Madrid and you’ll be sure to find food trucks from all over the world.
5. Stock! Feria Outstock-feria-outlet-madridlet Madrid – escape from the hustling, bustling centre of Madrid and enjoy a day out with your family. In and amongst all the shopping and live music, explore the wide variety of food trucks on offer. Make sure you’re there on 14, 15, 16 October.

The best places to go swimming in Madrid

The best places to go swimming in Madrid


Everyone knows here how hard can be summer in Madrid therefore which is why there’s nothing better than relaxing in fresh water: thankfully, the city offers many opportunities to do just that! First of all, in the center of the Spanish capital, you will find plenty of swimming pools of all types (private, municipal). Nevertheless, a breath of fresh air out of the bustling capital can make you forget the hot summer routine, if only for a short while. So, to enjoy a sweeter summer and appreciate the strong Madrid sunrays, we’ve selected the top 5 spots to get all wet in Madrid: Happy Summer!!!

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_The 5 best municipal swimming pools

1-The swimming pool of Complutense University

The perfect way to enjoy an incredible student atmosphere: situated in the Campus of a famous Madrid University, la Complutense, it is the meeting point of all young people who want to gather to swim together. Your student ID will be required but no worry because you can also enter as a +1!

• Address: Avenida Obispo Trejo 28040 Madrid
• Metro: Moncloa
• Opening hours: 11h-20h
/!\ Children aren’t accepted

2-The swimming pool of Centro Deportivo Municipal Casa de Campo

The popularity of this swimming pool speaks volumes: the number of sports facilities and room for hobbies of all types makes for a great day! Located fairly near the center of Madrid, with easy access via public transportation.

• Address: Paseo Puerta del Angel, 7 28011 Madrid
• Metro: El Lago/Puerta del Angel
• Opening hours: 11h-21h

3-The swimming pool of Centro Deportivo Municipal Francos Rodríguez

These 11,500 m2 of aquatic paradise create the perfect space to spend your time off this summer. Another swimming spot in Moncloa where also everyone is welcomed to enjoy summer and have fun in the water!

• Address: Calle Numancia, 11 28040 Madrid
• Metro: Francos Rodriguez
• Opening hours: 11h-21h

_The best rooftop option

4-The swimming pool of Hotel Oscar Roommate

Probably one of the most amazing swimming spots in the Spanish capital! This pool is located on the top of the Oscar Roomate hotel! Spend a hot Saturday afternoon surrounded by the Madrid elite and drinking some delicious cocktails in a bright, chill atmosphere accompanied by low key music. What more could we ask for?

• Adress: Plaza de Pedro Zerolo, 12
• Metro: Gran Via, Chueca
• Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday=11h-17h/Friday to Sunday: 11h30-18h

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_The best natural swimming pools

5-Las Presillas (Rascafría)


This very natural and awesome area provides a wide range of natural swimming pools. This is an ideal place to lunch with your family or friends . More, it contains a magnificent landscape and trials ideal for peaceful walks.

• Adress: Diseminado Cr C 604, 8, 28741 Rascafría
• Bus: 194, plaza de castilla
• Opening hours: 9h-22hlas presillas guiri

Vintage Madrid

Vintage Madrid

When I arrived in Mvintage1adrid I was surprised not only by its young and international vibe. The huge mix of cultures and the abundance of the trendy spots found in the Spanish capital amazed me. Like in many global cities, people there take full advantage of Madrid Vintage trends, and not just in hip areas.

So if you’re looking for something different, you can find this particular style in many shops. Clothing stores, cafes and restaurants, bars, etc: Madrid’s vintage world is a cool, fun way to discover the city. You’ll  enjoy your time here!

With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite spots that I deeply recommend visiting during your stay!!

The #1 spot for vintage clothing: Pepita is dead

Located near Atocha railway station, this shop specializes in vintage clothing for everyone. If you’re looking for any trendy piece dating back to anywhere between the 50s to 90s, then you’ll find your paradise!

A sunglasses museum as never seen before: Gafa Vintagegafa vntage madrid

Located by Opera metro station, this totally vintage shop will submerge you in history up to the eyes! This pretty jewel for all hipsters and people suffering from nostalia is actually more than just a boutique: we can consider it as a museum, thanks to its exhibitions of cool shades! There you can achieve any of your wildest dreams by wearing the same trendy piece as your throwback idols.

A very original and trendy market: El Mercado de Motores

We all know that in Madrid there is a strong market culture, but this one is bit more original: it takes place every month between the wagons and locomotives of the railway museum and is one of the best, most successful free leisure alternatives. There, vendors sell decorative items, books, vinyl records, recycled furniture, classic bikes, handmade product….

Tasty, straight forward food in a vintage environment: Naif

On the corner of the very active Plaza de San Ildefonso in Malasaña, you will find this small but trendy restaurant that serves hamburgers, sandwiches and a little kindness to the many modern locals who continually select it as a meeting point. Vintage decorative items and a chill atmosphere enhance tasty Mexican dishes or simple drinks!

A strange and curious coffee shop with an antique feel: The Passenger 

This is one of the most The-Passenger-Madridcurious places in Madrid. When you enter into this bar, you will discover you’re really on a train. The dark wood chairs are spacious and comfortable and screens hang on the wall to emulate windows from which you can admire landscape passing by outside… all aboard!

A cosy and well designed bar: La Paca

This small vintage café of the very center of Madrid (Tribunal/Gran Via),  hosts all kinds of different events events thanks to the infinite creativity of the owner: small markets, shows, artists exhibitions, presentations, miniconcerts…The majority of the clients are young, modern and cultivated!


American Folk Singer, Alex Smith, Live at Sala Buho Real!

American Folk Singer, Alex Smith, Live at Sala Buho Real!

Alex Smith, one of the most promising young folk singers coming up in the States right now, will perform live In Madrid at Sala Buho Real on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 20:00: this is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your roots or get a taste of some real, authentic Americana, so mark your calendars ASAP!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Smith follows the authentic folk tradition with deep, poetic songs full of rich stories and harmonies, inspired by the people in his hometown in the Adirondacks in New York State. He was featured in the Emmy award winning PBS documentary, Songs to Keep, the producer of which said:

“When Alex sings traditional folk songs from his region, he energizes them with his own voice, arrangements and charisma. I sought him out to perform in the Emmy award-winning documentary Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector, and it’s a real pleasure working with him.”
– Paul Larson, Producer, Mountain Lakes PBS

His Madrid set will be acoustic, creating an intimate experience that will transport you to the upstate mountain logging towns and back in just one evening. As Sarah Craig, director of the legendary Caffe Lena (where Bob Dylan got his start!), said: Smith is “a natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home.”

Tickets are available at the door, so be sure to get there early: here at Guiri Guide, we’re big fans of the song ‘Long Lake’ and are psyched to finally hear it live! As a reminder, Smith is performing in Madrid for ONE NIGHT ONLY, following a busy tour through Austria, so this is your big opportunity! See you all at Sala Buho Real at 20:00 (8pm) on May 4th guiris!

Madrid: St Patrick’s Day 2016!

Madrid: St Patrick’s Day 2016!

St Patrick’s Day 2016Hey guiris! Are you starting to get that spring fever? Looking to let those ants out of your pants and get a little weird? Well, we at The Guide have a treat in store for you: a list of St Patrick’s Day Events in Madrid that will knock those pants right off and send them express to mars!

This year, Madrid is combining the classic tradition of Irish bars, bombastic parties, black tie galas, and general hooliganism, mixed with a little bit of wholesome Irish tradition and culture. Needless to say, it’s going to be a blast, so let’s get down to details:

St Patrick’s Day Events in Madrid

The Irish Embassy
Events from Sunday March 13th to Friday March 18th

St Patrick’s Day 2016St Patrick’s Family Fun Day, Parque Deportivo, Puerta de Hierro, on March 13th:
This blow out includes traditional Irish dancers and musicians, Gaelic football, hurling matches, and Irish films. For families with children, the event also includes temporary tattoos, stickers, storytelling, and Irish theatre! Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine from the vendors at the park, or feel free to pack your own picnic.

St Patrick’s Charity Gala, Westin Palace Hotel on March 18th:
A perfect opportunity for networking and adding a little sparkle to your life, this black tie charity ball is brought to do by the embassy in conjunction with the Spanish Irish Business Network. The 100€ entrance may seem steep, but grants access to: cocktails and appetizers, a four course Irish meal (smoked salmon, angus beef etc), an open bar, live entertainment from the Irish Treble, and a raffle to benefit families affected by William’s Syndrome. Plus, it’s held at the Palace, darling! What’s not to love?

St Patrick’s Day The Irish Rover (Av del Brasil, 7, 28020 Madrid)
Events from Sunday the 14th to Friday the 18th, with a month long themed menu!

Themed pub quiz and language exchange, March 14th and 15th
On Monday, they’ve got a great Irish themed pub quiz, followed by an intercambio on Tuesday!

Live music from The Colonials, March 17th and 18th
The Colonials (who are flown in from Ireland just for this!) are returning with another great set, dancing, and countless opportunities to make new friends! Another great reason to go: free necklaces, drinks, and some yummy snacks! Grab your entry bracelet at the door and get a free drink, and/or visit at any time in March to try their Irish themed menu.

Irish bars in Madrid

Do you like to play it fast and loose? Make party decisions on the fly? We get you, guiri. You’re a wild child, with a lust for casual fun and nights that might get a little weird. So we’ve got just what you need- a complete list of Irish Bars in Madrid . These spots have all planned some of their wildest parties yet (Dubliner’s is already talking a big game), and they’re all just for you. Get your green on, you crazy thing.

Join Us!

Here at Guiri Guide, we’ll be participating in the Global Greening campaign (see below) and hitting up numerous parties! Feel free to join the movement and tweet us your St Patrick’s Day photos and stories! @Guiri_guide

Are you a St Patty’s newbie? Here are a few things you should know…

Madrid St PatricksGlobal Greening

Countries across the world are jumping on the Irish bandwagon by participating in the Global Greening campaign. One example in our very own Madrid is the Cibeles fountain and palace, which will glow various shades of green all evening on March 17th, so be sure to walk by and check it out! A few reasons why this is happening:

St Patty’s complicated, yet glorious history…


Let’s take this back a moment and remember why we’re drinking all this beer: St Patrick’s Day was crowned as an official feast day during the 17th century, originally as a celebration of St Patrick’s, and thus Christianity’s, arrival in Ireland. As the years went by, the day graduated into the day we know and love: a celebration of Irish heritage, culture, music, and origins. Religious and cultural festivals (or a mix of both) can be found not only in Ireland, but throughout the world: the largest non-national celebrations are held in Canada, Great Britain, Argentina, and the United States. Even the international space station throws a party (though I’m still waiting for my invite)!

A quick tip on your getup:St patricks day Madrid

The color green and/or the sporting of a green shamrock are non-optional, unless you want to get pinched! The shamrock has been worn for centuries to represent luck, Irish heritage, and (at times) the Catholic Church. Whichever representation you choose to honor just make sure you’re wearing green or (and again, I do not joke and am 100% speaking from personal experience), some enthusiastic, slightly tipsy partier will definitely pinch you. Then again, that might be exactly what you’re looking for! 😉

Have fun guiris! We love you!