The Posada del León de Oro

The Cava Baja in Madrid is one of my favourite ‘night-time’ streets. It is full of great little bars and restaurants and has a lot of character. The street is one of the oldest in Madrid, in the La Latina area and was known in the past as the pony in Madrid where post entered […]

New Year’s Eve in Madrid

I have been asked this question so many times now, that I thought I would display the answer on the site. I would also welcome suggestions by other people on the subject, which is: What can I do and where can I go on New Year’s Eve in Madrid? This is what I normally end […]

Angelika Cinema Lounge Madrid

There’s a bar/cafe down on Madrid’s Cava Baja that I have walked past on a number of occasions – never actually going into it, until now. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it – a video selection as you walked in, high stools around a bar, a smart Apple monitor also behind the […]

Ten Places I Would Never Eat or Drink in Madrid

I was walking around Madrid the to other day when I started thinking about some of the places that tourists go which add little, or no, value to the Madrid experience.They are often franchises, plastic in aspect and with no character. I explored this a little further with Vicen, my brother-in-law, and here is our […]

Taberna Maceiras – a Galician Tavern!

I was just trawling my Madrid picture album (I must have taken hundreds of pictures over the past few years) when I came across a bar that I haven’t blogged about. The Taberna Maceiras is located in Madrid’s famous c/ de las Huertas, one of the city’s most famous nightspots, and boasts some fine food. […]

December Suggestions from Metrópoli

Metrópoli has a really good guide to what you can do in Madrid this December – it is in Spanish, though. They have come up with 150 suggestions for what you can do in the coming weeks – eat, drink, be merry and much more. Interestingly, they have broken them down into 15 categories – […]

Christmas Programme for Madrid

If you’d like an "exhaustive" programme of activities on in Madrid this Christmas, download [pdf] the esMadrid magazine. Be aware this is quite a "beefy" 8MB pdf!!

Madrid’s Popular Local Dishes, Recipes, Foods and Places to Eat

For those who don’t yet know – and there may be some – Madrid is one fantastic, gastronomic experience. Putting aside the Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Thai restaurants that most major cities have, Madrid offers some of the very best “Spanish” restaurants that you will find in Spain. The costas of Spain may well be […]

Madrid’s Nightime Terrazas

Terrazas in Madrid are one of the great summer experiences of the city. A terraza, in English, is a street (or open air) café which often open to the wee, small hours of the morning. Traditionally, the popular terrazas hve been found on the Castellana or the Paseo de Pintor Rosales but El Mundo has […]

Watching the World Cup in Madrid

It goes without saying that you will probably have little problem finding a bar to watch the World Cup over the coming weeks! For many Brits and Americans, the first port of call will probably be the Irish bars, but how about watching the games in a cinema? The company Cinesa will be ‘televising’ the […]

Open Air Terraces in Madrid

If you’ve been to Madrid or lived there, you will know that  eating out in the summer is one of the great  Madrid treats. You will find bars and restaurants across the city from where you can sit out and watch the world going by. Generally speaking, the Madrid terrazas open their doors in June […]

Bullfight-Related Bars and Restaurants in Madrid

Here’s an article – Dos orejas, rabo… y una de callos – that I first came across about a year ago in Metropoli. Given that then, like now, it was around the time of the San Isidro Festival, they thought that they would write an article on the best taurine-related (bullfight) bars and restaurants in […]

Tapas Tours of Madrid

A while back Ryan Opaz wrote an article on this site introducing tapas tours of Madrid. Well, since that time this has developed into a business, called Sabores Tours, with which I will be collaborating with closely over the coming months. Another member of the team at Sabores Tours is Janelle who has been living […]

A Tale of Two Coffees

I’ve just been watching a programme on BBC 4 about Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan: No Direction Home Parts 1 & 2 – and on a number of occasions they started discussing his protest songs. Well, this is my own little protest – if you come to Madrid, buy local not global. Don’t buy from […]

Happy San Patricio Day!

If you’re in Madrid today and looking for somewhere to enjoy St Patrick’s Day, take a look at El Mundo’s ‘special’ on places to enjoy your Guinness. Irlandeses por un día tells you which places to go for food and good music.  Use the Google Translation tool to get a ‘rough’ translation into your language. […]