The Latest in Hospitality: Gastronomic Multi-spaces

By | 15 September, 2014 | 0 comments

Gastronomía MadridIn a time when the mid-size urban shopping centre seems condemned to extinction, a new concept has arrived: the gastronomic multi-space. We are talking about the latest one to open in Madrid, La Platea, on Calle Goya number 7, at one side of Plaza Colón, which opened its doors last June. It is an ambitious project judging by its numbers: 60 million euros in investment, more than twenty bars with food from around the world and high-level offers like the restaurant of Ramon Freixa (on the upper part) or the Gold Gourmet delicatessen store.

It is a place where you can get dizzy with so much on offer and where we recommend that you begin in the area of El Foso, a large basement with different counters where clients go to place their orders. The procedure is unique: the client places his order and then receives a gadget that, once the food is ready, stats to make a sound and light up, which means that you can now pick up your tray with your order ready. You can choose between Japanese, Mexican and Italian food, with tasty and tender ribs that cost 7 euros for a 3-piece ration, among other proposals.

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Categories: Gastronomía, Guías Madrid

Travel to the heart of China (in Madrid)

By | 20 August, 2014 | 0 comments

comida china madridEating good Asian food in Madrid can be done. Despite the huge increase of Japanese restaurants, in this brief article we will focus just on Chinese food, not on Vietnamese or Thai.

Let’s start this route at a restaurant that used to gather all the spirit of the most authentic side of China. It was endorsed by the fame that Chinese people ate (and still do) there, which is always a point in their favour. After a renovation, it has endured a facelift and it has lost its previous charismatic aspect of yesteryear, but it is still well worth a visit. Menus in Chinese and delicious dishes like the noodle soup (with vegetables, seafood, meat) will take your breath away, not least because of their low prices.

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Categories: Gastronomía

Sightseeing without moving a finger

By | 4 August, 2014 | 0 comments

madrid city tourWould you like to see Madrid comfortably sitting on a bus? It is most definitely a good option for those who have just arrived in Madrid, who then get a general idea of the city in order to get to know its best places and locate themselves more precisely in this big city.

There are many options for this but the most famous one is Madrid City Tour, the famous red double-decker buses that the locals are used to seeing everywhere on the streets. They operate 365 days a year with different timetables, depending on whether it is high or low season, and the price for adults is of 21 euros, which includes the use of unlimited travel on the buses on the chosen day.

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Categories: Excursiones, Guías Madrid, tourism

High Shopping in Madrid

By | 21 July, 2014 | 0 comments

If we want to invent some expressions, we might as well invent high shopping when we are referring to shopping in expensive shops, playing Julia Roberts shopping in LA in Pretty Woman. You can also find these exclusive shops in Madrid, as you can judge by the high rent prices of shops on Calle Serrano, some 175 per square meter on average.

Let’s stay in Serrano, one of the noblest streets in the Salamanca district, which concentrates its commercial stretch closest to Plaza de la Independencia or to the Puerta de Alcalá, where it culminates. There you can find a good representation of the most exclusive and select brands in the world, in shops that are valuable on their own, such as Loewe (Serrano, 26), that holds a fashion photography exhibition by Lillian Bassman during the month of July, included in the programme of PhotoEspaña.

With 155 stores from Juan Bravo to the Puerta de Alcalá, on Serrano you can find brands such as Carolina Herrera, Prada, Yves Saint-Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tous, Forever Young, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada or Roberto Verino. Also inside this high-level spectrum there is affordable fashion brands, such as Zara, classed as “hyperbolic” by the press due to its huge size at number 23; or Adolfo Domínguez, located at number 5. The ABC Serrano shopping centre, at the old headquarters of the ABC newspaper, is also worth a visit.

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The best omelettes in Madrid

By | 15 July, 2014 | 0 comments

tortilla patatasWhat would it be of Spanish cuisine without its famous omelettes? We have no idea but in any case we would survive, just like we did until well into the 16th century, which is when the potato arrived from America to the tables of the Spanish capital. Here are some recommendations for this simple yet complex dish known as tortilla that, like everything, has its different ways of preparation for every taste and preference. With a runny egg? With onion? Simple or with green pepper?

At La Latina, in the Cava Baja, is Juanalaloca, with a Spanish tortilla with onion that has been defined in different reviews as “truly spectacular”. Those who like it with a runny egg will particularly like this one which is a far cry from the known “brick”, which is the thick one that is unfortunately present in many Spanish bars and homes.

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The art mile in Madrid

By | 21 May, 2014 | 0 comments

CaixaForum MadridThe inauguration of CaixaForum was the fourth and latest addition to the great museum scene in Madrid, made up by the Prado, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía National Museum of Art, up until then known as the Triangle of Art. A unique concentration of culture along an avenue, Paseo del Prado, that leads to the nearby area of Atocha train station and the Reina Sofía Museum, located in the old hospital of San Carlos.

Below is a little bit on each of these museums, from the newest to the oldest. Inaugurated in 2008 as part of the social project of laCaixa bank, CaixaForum Madrid stands out among the other three for having a free entrance. All of its temporary exhibitions can be enjoyed without paying a single euro, as well as the vertical garden at the entrance of the building. The building itself is one of the main attractions, like for example the re-adaptation of an industrial building, the old Electrical Station of Mediodía, reconverted by the studio of Herzog & De Meuron into a modern space whose spiral staircase is worthy of a mention.

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Categories: Arte y cultura, Guías Madrid, tourism

San Isidro: A Festival with Deep Roots

By | 6 May, 2014 | 0 comments

San Isidro MadridConsidered as the patron saint of farmers and although his festival is celebrated in many towns with processions that bless the fields, it’s in Madrid where he is venerated the most, with a festival dedicated to him that is becoming increasingly important.

The saint’s incorrupt body is located in Madrid, the city where he was born in around 1082, in the old cathedral of la Real Colegiata de San Isidro. The visit to his sacred remains is what originated the pilgrimage around the chapel built as a tribute to him, located in Pradera de San Isidro, painted by Goya in a painting with the same name. Every year, the amount of attendants is huge to the point that you need plenty of patience to deal with the large crowd that has gathered there since first thing in the morning. In the afternoon, the procession with images of San Isidro and Santa María de la Cabeza take place from the Colegiata de San Isidro to the district of La Latina and the Plaza Mayor, a return route that ends with the hymns of the Virgin of the Almudena and of San Isidro. read full article

Categories: Arte y cultura, Ocio y eventos, tourism

Sol Metro station

By | 25 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Metro SolSol is the busiest station in Madrid, alongside Atocha, due to it being an intermodal station, since it has offered a regional trains service since 2009. The latest renovation did however encounter a few difficulties, since the works had to be interrupted due to the finding of archaeological remains.

Originally, with the earliest metro lines, it only had one service, Line 1, which in 1919 was the only one that went through the inside of the city. It wasn’t until 1924 that another metro line arrived, Line 2, and a further twelve years for a third one. Today, it still has not incorporated further metro lines and it has a regional trains that go to El Escorial, Alcobendas-San Sebastián de los Reyes and Colmenar Viejo. read full article

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Preciados Street

By | 16 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Calle PreciadosDespite what some may think, this street does not start on Plaza del Callao but before, from the area of Santo Domingo, parallel to Calle Jacometrezo.

Its name comes from the fact that the Preciado brothers used to live there, who worked as civil servants that used to check and spy on the irregularities that took place in the markets, an old figure that was common in the Arab souks. The word in Spanish is almotacén, of Arabic origin, which sounds like almacén – warehouse, which is relevant because this house held one of the most famous department stores in Spain of the 20th century, Galerías Preciados, who opened their doors in 1943. Their central location soon turned it into a favourite street among locals who began to enjoy higher purchasing power from the 1960s onwards, which influenced the pedestrianisation of the area a decade later. read full article

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Casa Botín: The oldest restaurant in the world

By | 10 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Casa Botin MadridThe name does not come from the president of an important Spanish bank; this restaurant boasts, and rightfully so since it is certified with a Guinness plaque (the records one, not the beers), of being the oldest in the world. The date is subject to controversy since there are older restaurants in the world although if you google “oldest restaurant in the world” you will find Casa Botín in the top places. In any case, it is the oldest in Spain, opening its doors in 1725 during the reign of King Felipe V, the first king of the House of Bourbon in Spain. It rivals with Can Culleretes in barcelona, a restaurant that has offered Catalan gastronomic specialities since 1786. read full article

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