Top Places to eat Madrid’s Top Dishes

The culture guide of online Spanish newspaper El Mundo often reviews the best places in Madrid to eat certain dishes. Metrópoli, as the guide is called, doesn’t just let you know about places to eat the more offerings but also where you can find more creative examples of these dishes. Here are a selection of […]

No Smoking Bars in Madrid

From this year a new Anti-Tobacco Law has come into force in Spain. This law prohibits smoking in work places and requires that bars and restaurants of a certain size decide whether they want to be smoking or non-smoking establishments. However, Spain being Spain, it will probably take about 2-3 years before EVERYONE takes any […]

Bomec – a Tea Salon in Madrid

Coffee is definitely the preferred hot beverage in Madrid (well, throughout Spain) but if you would just prefer a cup of decent tea, you should head over to Bomec – a tea shop which is tucked away just behind the Metro in the Tribunal area. Bomec has on offer over 160 varieties of tea, all […]

Blogs and Beers December Meet Up

I know it’s short notice but if anyone is interested in blogs, there is a meet-up tonight of Blogs and Beers Madrid, where people meet up and .. you guessed it! In future, it may be worth bookmarking their page and checking periodically – don’t expect events like this to be posted in advance (from […]

Madrid Wine Initiative

Until the 30th October, 2005 the Regulatory Council (of wine) of Madrid will launch an initiative in 15 "taverns" across the city. Called "Conoce tus vinos, los de Madrid" (Know your wines, the Madrid ones") the initiative is designed to coinicide with the 15th anniversary of the council. Each of the participating taverns will offer […]

New Reina Sofía Extension Opens

Last week the Queen of Spain, Doña Sofía, opened the new extensions of the Museo Reina Sofía. The project, which was designed by architect Jean Nouvel cost 90 million Euros and has added an extra 55% to the size of the museum. The Museo Reina Sofía forms part of Madrid’s Golden Triangle (the others being […]

El Madroño – Tapas Near the Plaza Mayor

Just off the Plaza Mayor, in the Plaza de la Puerta Cerrada, 7, you will find El Madroño a great little bar which serves fantastic tapas. The entrance to the bar is has tiles on the wall which depicts Velázquez’s painting Los Borrachos (the drunkards) – inside the bar you will find many such tiled […]

Café Madrid – Madrid’s Tower of Babel

A couple of weeks ago I met up with Francisco Rodriguez Veiga (Fran) and Susana Bourne, who both run the International Evenings in Café Madrid, near Madrid’s Opera Metro station to discuss its success. It all started 5 years ago when Fran, who can speak 6 languages, came up with the idea of bringing people […]

Madrid’s Top Summer Terrazas

One of the highlights of summer is eating or drinking in one of the city’s many terrazas. Terrazas (street café’s) are extremely popular in Madrid and are a wonderful way of spending an evening in the city. They are open through summer until September and cater for all tastes and budgets, though in places like […]

Surviving Madrid in the Summer

I got an email yesterday from someone visiting this site (Martin Christensen) asking me for some tips on how to survive the hot weather in Madrid. Madrid in summer can be quite taxing, though if you start living like the Spanish it can be much more bearable. Here are some thoughts on how you can […]

Vinoteca Barbechera

So the other day it was sunny, and warm, and basically another perfect day to sit outside in the sun and do nothing at all, except drink wine that is! With plans to meet up with friends at a later time, my wife and I decided to head over to Plaza Santa Ana (map), for […]

Food and Wine Tours of Madrid

Tour Update and Notice As Alun has mentioned early in my introduction, we hope in the near future to offer guided tours of some of Madrid’s culinary treasures. Highlighting both well-known monuments to food and more importantly, those little known treasures – we hope to offer a unique perspective on the food scene in Madrid. […]

Tapas Review: Cien Vinos (100 Wines)

Taberna Cien VinosC/ Nuncio 17, MadridMetro: La LatinaMap Tapas- What are they and how do you get them? A topic I hope to cover in depth in future articles for Mad about Madrid. For the most part, a tourist in Madrid is faced with a crap shoot as far as what tapas to expect when […]

Trocha Pub – “Place of the Caipirinha”

Twelve years ago, I had my first Caipirinha. I was hanging out with some friends at the beach in a small town on the coast of southern Brasil. It wasn’t a great experience, I can tell you! Today I sit at a bar in Madrid called Trocha Pub. A small cozy space with lots of […]

Casa Antonio – Old-Style Madrid Bar

No Hay Coca Cola,Ni Refrescos (Trans: We Don´t Sell Coke,Or Soft Drinks) This the sign that catches your eye behind the bar in Casa Antonio – I just love it  – if you want soft stuff, go somewhere else! The Casa Antonio bar is located south of Madrid´s Plaza Mayor, and just off c/ Toledo, […]