The American way of eating: the best hot dogs and hamburgers

By | 28 September, 2015 | 0 comments

burger hot dog madridThe hot dog has always been in the shadows of the hamburger. Let’s dedicate it a few privileged paragraphs and a few recommendations to make amends for that small injustice. One of them is Feltman’s Hot Dogs (Calle Sevilla, 2 – very close to our hotel in central Madrid), which they say serves the authentic hot dog, with German sausage smoked in especially selected beech tree wood and daily homemade buns that are served hot.

It is a care for details and elaboration that translates into what they call gourmet hot dog. They also make outstanding cakes and the sauces that they complement the hot dogs with. Prices are affordable. Also write down Estocolmo (Calle de la Palma, 72) or Perrito Faldero (Calle San Lorenzo, 9(, where they serve giant hot dogs with special touches, such as their curry ketchup, in a cosy and modern atmosphere in the heart of Malasaña.

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How did Neanderthals live?

By | 1 September, 2015 | 0 comments

Valle de los Neandertales

If you fancy trying something different outside Madrid, we suggest a day trip to Pinilla del Valle, a place of great natural interest in the heart of the valley of Lozoya, which has a new element of interest since last September 26th: the Valley of Neanderthals, an archaeological park that aspires to be a reference in the diffusion of prehistoric life after the findings that emerged in excavations carried out in the last few decades.

For 200,000 years, this area was occupied uninterruptedly by human settlements, part of which was ‘Lozoya’, a girl whose remains were recently discovered, remains that date from 40,000 years ago in this ancient soil. Don’t miss out on the free guided tours that will take place until January 2016, which you can go on by filling in this booking form.

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The funniest side of science

By | 26 August, 2015 | 0 comments

Museo Ciencias NaturalesMake the most of your stay in our hotel in the centre of Madrid and discover some of the most stimulating scientific museums in the Spanish capital, a great activity for the whole family. These are not all of them but rather a small selection for you to plan your visit around.

The National Natural Science Museum will allow you to see different animal and plant species up close, with a permanent collection that goes back to its inauguration in 1711, showing all the wealth of the heritage and diversity of its natural environment. It also has temporary exhibits such as ‘Falconry, Cultural Heritage and Science’, which focuses on the fascinating technique of hunting wild animals with birds of prey especially trained for it. The museum is located on Calle José Abascal, 2, and tickets are 7 euros for adults and 3 euros for children. Closed on Mondays.

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There is never too much beer

By | 15 August, 2015 | 0 comments

cerveza madrid

Summer is the best time for beer. In Madrid, you can enjoy it on many bar terraces but here are some options that go a bit further than just a beer with some crisps.

At El Pedal, on the lively street Calle Argumosa (number 33), very close to the Reina Sofía Museum, they specialise in craft beer of the highest quality, a real pleasure when it gets hot. They have five different taps, whose varieties are combined with different Spanish beers and some excellent German imports. They also have a tapas menu on the side.

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Enjoy the best karaokes

By | 30 July, 2015 | 0 comments

karaoke“What will happen? What stories will take place? It may be my great night…”. This chorus by the famous Spanish singer Raphael is one of the most popular songs in one of Madrid’s most popular karaoke bars, Máster Plató (although everyone knows it as “the karaoke of Mostenses”, since it is located on Plaza Mostenses). It is a slightly complicated location with a somewhat unglamourous access (the ground floor of a car park), although it is a fun place to go to and you are likely to bump into a celebrity every now and then.

Its central location, at the end of Gran Vía next to Plaza de España, and its tacky and kitsch atmosphere makes it a favourite for those who enjoy something a little bit funky. However, careful with the drinks you order since most of them are bottom-shelf spirits, so stick to the beer. Also, it is best to go during the week, since it’s hard to get hold of the microphone on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed from the 16th to the 24th of August.

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The best salads in Madrid

By | 15 July, 2015 | 0 comments

ensaladaSummer is time for light food, like gazpacho, salads and fruit. Where can you eat them? You can start at Gust Madrid, a place that calls itself a “Salad Bar”. Decorated in a cosy way, at Gust Madrid they offer salads consecutively after short periods of time and you can dish one out as you please. The place is bright and pleasant, especially the particularly nice room at the end of the corridor. They have a gourmet breakfast for 5 euros, a lunchtime menu for 11 euros and brunch starting at 13 euros. Find it at Calle Génova, 5 (metro stops Alonso Martínez and Colón).

If you like open buffets, Fresc Co is a great option if you would like to eat plenty of fresh products. They have an enormous bar with plenty of vegetables for you to eat as many as you like and then another bar with main dishes such as chicken, pizza, pasta… It is an ideal place to have a break while you walk around the city, offering an open-buffet menu for just over 10 euros. It is on Calle de las Fuentes, 12 (metro Ópera).

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Terraces for all tastes

By | 2 July, 2015 | 0 comments

terrazas madridSummer and terraces go hand in hand in Madrid. They are two inseparable items that have encountered an ever-increasing specialised and demanding client, reaching levels that border specialisation and perhaps even theory. To summarise, you can find all kinds of terraces that will suit everyone’s needs. Here are some examples.

If you want to have a delicious tapa with your beer, Bodegas Rossell and their famous cod pincho -among other specialities- are an excellent option. Inside you can see that it’s a traditional restaurant yet not an old and stale one. Its menu has also adapted to the ages and it includes delicious options such as salmon tartar, for example. It’s best if you go there during the week, when there is less people. Find it on Calle Lacy, 14, close to Atocha station and El Retiro.

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Biking around Madrid

By | 15 June, 2015 | 0 comments

BiciMADTwo wheels are in fashion in the Spanish capital, especially after the City Council installed the BiciMad network, which allows you to rent bicycles with an engine (ideal for hot summer days) at reasonable prices and at any time. There are two ways of using them: with an annual subscription that costs 25 euros or with a one-off payment that corresponds to the fraction of time that you have used it for. You can also use the temporary card, at a higher price than the annual subscription, which costs 2 euros for the first hour or fraction (and 4€ for the second hour or fraction).

The bicycle can be used to get from one place to another but also to enjoy nice strolls around places like Madrid Río or Casa de Campo or in El Retiro and other parks, such as Parque del Oeste, one of the more secluded gardens in the city and that is not as busy as El Retiro. The many bicycle stations set up around the city mean that using BiciMad is very easy, since you don’t have to leave the bicycle where you picked it up. Soon, BiciMad will allow for interaction of users with a virtual meeting point that will offer information on routes, events and activities.

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Immerse yourself in the most exotic cuisine

By | 14 May, 2015 | 0 comments

ethiopian foodWhile tourists predictably fill up the thousands of terraces around Madrid, here we offer an alternative route, because the indoor charm knows not of seasons or dates. Arabia, in the heart of the Chueca district (Calle Piamonte, 12), presents a Berber decoration and inside you will feel at the gates of the Sahara desert. Its couscous is famous but your best bet is to choose a tasting menu that will set you back just 20 euros per person, wine included.

Ethiopian cuisine is represented in Madrid by restaurants such as Mesob, on Calle Malasaña, 17, offering the best of this African cuisine that is still soft despite being exotic. Its star dish is the traditional huge injera, similar to a pancake, to which they add different vegetables. The charm of Malasaña is one of the favourable factors of this restaurant, since you can then go for a drink in any of the nearby bars, such as the pleasant Café de Ruiz, on the same street. Similar to that is Gomer, on Calle Grafal, 8, in the heart of La Latina, just a few yards away from Cava Baja and its many bars and taverns (Lamiak, on Cava Baja, 42, is one of the liveliest).

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A different kind of afternoon in El Retiro

By | 30 April, 2015 | 0 comments

retiro parque madridEl Retiro is Madrid’s version of Central Park, a must-see especially in spring and even more particularly in late Mayo, with the atmosphere that comes with the book fair, La Feria del Libro. El Retiro has many other attractions than just the mere scenic ones, such as its own Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal), a building that is worth seeing just for its appearance although, nowadays, its interior is also worthy of a visit since it began hosting exhibitions, like Federico Guzmán’s Tuiza, The cultures of the haima.

The Seville-born artist, who has strong links with the Sahara, poses a dialogue between the peculiar building and the Saharan structure par excellence: the haima (Bedouin tent). It is a unique view of the haima, since Guzmán made it from melfhas, which is the traditional garment worn by Saharan women, creating an ensemble of great colour and visual strength.

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