In Sol area, just in front of one of the exits (don´t remember which one) you have the famous and traditional pastry shop “La Mallorquina”. Since 1894 giving to their clients delicious pastries, cookies, chocolates and whatever is sweet. Tourists, local people and important people were or are clients of this place. How a shop can survive so long? sometimes i ask to my self. Well, i know what answer are you thinking 😉 . Because are delicious, because their quality. I tried their cream cakes and cookies. I was raised in a country with spaniard and german “sweet” inheritance and i ´ve to say that are delicious! the texture of the cake is a bit more compact than in chilean ones, but keep their moist. Are moist not wet! Usually you put some syrup in the sponge cake when you cut it in layers, at least in Chile is like that but this one, i think are the eggs or baking time that give that nice texture and flavour, not eggy, not too sweet, dry or buttery flavor. This is the result of tradition and i love it. Cookies are delicious too. Of course you pay a higher prices but if you have a bit more coins in your pocket you should try at least once the products of “La Mallorquina”. Next time i´ll try the famous bambas, a kind of beignot filled with plenty of cream.
In one meeting with spaniards, one of the guests said: “I remember when my mom told me that in the way to the school they had to pass in front of La Mallorquina. They used to stop in front of it and breath the delicious sweet aroma coming out, just to have the stomach “a little bit more full””. That were the times after Franco´s rule. Was sad to hear that but is the reality of wars and post wars generations.
Anyway, it seems that this pastry shop is going to stay for a long, so just plan your trip to Madrid and try their pastries! Even if you are going to stay one or two days, i´m sure you are going to see it. It is just in the center of the downtown .If you get lost just ask to the kiosk people, everybody knows this place. People make lines in this place.
The other day i passed by the downtown near Sol and i found between so many fast food restaurants and restaurants for tourists a place where still serve homemade food with not killing prices. The lunch menu for 10,50 euros. Price-quality is ok.
At first they gave me a little potato-pepper salad that wasn´t written in the menu, so i guess was part of the menu service. For first course i asked gazpacho andaluz (maybe you saw the picture first at @theundercoverpig) and for second course cocido madrileño -traditional spanish stew with meat, white cabbage, chickpeas and served separately the broth from the other items). The true i was looking for callos a la madrileña but it seems nobody wanted to put that in their menus. Maybe next time. For dessert just coffee. The waiter was very nice and it seems workers there have many years working there.
The restaurant name is “La Farola” and it´s open sice 1864. Is located in calle Tetuán 20, three minutes by walking fom Sol subway station.
“El rastro” is a flea market that has maaany years and opens every sundays and holidays from 9am to 3pm alonside Plaza del Cascorro in Madrid, but at 3pm you still can buy some things because plenty of the stores are starting to close. If you don´t like crowded places i recommend you walk by the sidewalk.
You can find all kind of things! You want toys? leather goods? crafts? clothe? jewelry? etc,etc? this is your place and you can discover more stuffs. After walking and walking you get hungry, in the area you have restaurants, bars, coffee shops to have a break. However the menu prices are higher than other areas. I saw menus between 15 and 16 euros, having in other parts menus between 10 and 12 euros. Suddenly you want a tattoo or piercing? No problem. By de sidewalk you have some tattoo shops. I don´t know if they are good tattooing but you have the choice.
You can have a look one Sunday morning in “el rastro”, it worths. If you didn´t find what you wanted at least you can say you have been in “el rastro” of Madrid. Have a nice Sunday!
You also can found thimbles for collectors and creepy stuffs like this little deer.
The “San Antón market” is just few minutes from Chueca metro station. In the underground floor you have the supermarket, but I like to do “eye shopping”, you have plenty kind of products and varieties. You will love it! This market has 4 floors in total and they sell fish, fruits, sweets, etc. Too many things. Even chips with different flavors and colors. You can go to have some food or tapear (like a verb: to try tapas from one place to another) mainly in the second and third floor. On the third floor you have the terraces and start to be busy at lunch time indeed in this very hot summer days in Madrid. This is not just a place for tourists! Local people of all ages go there to enjoy tapas and it´s open all the year until 12am. Today I saw a grandpa serving cider like an expert! Wow!
With tapas from all kind of prices and from the traditional ones and gourmets. In this market a must to try are codfish tapas, and brandada tapas are so good! And of course the boquerones or anchovies tapas and octopus a la gallega. Very assorted choices and with the imagination of the new cooks, new tapas are appearing in the scene. Don´t worry you always will found the traditional tapas because in Spain they care of their culinary heritage. They also have hot tapas like little fried fishes or croquettes. Now I go to tapear! See you soon!
If you heard about Madrid for sure you heard about this place, the “Mercado de San Miguel” is pretty famous, but not too spacious for all the tourists that came to taste the products they sell. I like this place, look like a glass house in the middle of the city. Is placed in the Plaza de San Miguel, few minutes from Plaza Mayor. this is one of the where-to-eat spots in the city. They sell fruits, seafood, beer, tapas, italian food and even sushi. Yes! you can found assorted options for your stomach. Tip: Don´t touch the fruits.
Some places cook your seafood a la minute other places offer you glasses of wine or beer. Don´t expect chairs where to sit, are gonna be already taken. The traditional way is be in the barra having tapas and beer. You can take away the snacks too.
Also if you want something sweet you can find macarons, pastries, granitas and smoothies.
Barcelona is a must to go in Spain. To admire Gaudí architecture, like Sagrada Familia or visit their beaches, the barceloneta or barrio gótico. Another place is “el mercado de San josé” or well known like La Boquería (La rambla 91). They don´t only sell fruits, veggies or jamón serrano, they also sell food to go. They make bunches so people can choose which one the want. You don´t speak spanish, english? it´s ok, for sure you will found someone who can help you with few words in your language. Years ago i was buying a sandwich there and one turkish guy started to speak to me in korean, so, La Boquería have surprises for you.
Also, if you walk by La Rambla, direction to Monumento a Colón (monument to Columbus) you will found a special ice cream shop, “Rocambolesc” ( La rambla 51-59). The pastry chef is Jordi Roca, the youngest of the Roca´s brothers. I tried the blood orange and mango ice cream. The funny thing about it, is that i didn´t realize that my mouth was painted in golden . I walked like that few blocks. The cover has mango flavor and gonna let your mouth with golden highlights.
In all Barcelona you can found fresh products and they are proud of them of course! they are next to the sea so you know what is the must to try, no? fishes and seafood. If you feel too lost, always look for reviews, at least can give you an idea about the place.
Every morning I wake up thinking what I´m going to have for breakfast,
lunch and dinner. I don’t want the boring toast with butter or the Italian one, cornetto -croissant-with espresso. I cannot be happy in my morning with only that. So one day at 7am I was looking around in Lavapiés neighborhood for one cafetería in Madrid and I found one. I call it the Spanish breakfast. Is simple but tasty. A cup of coffee, a glass one natural orange juice, toasted bread with virgin olive oil and grated tomato. Around Madrid you can find plenty of choices but I have to say this is the breakfast I like when I don’t want to feel me heavy and when I´m in Spain. Need something sweet? no problem, in every cafetería and corner they have pastries called bollería like napolitanas, croissants, pain au chocolat, brioches, etc etc.
Spaniards don´t speak english but they are kind people. You can use sign language, just point what you want and smile. Have a good morning!