Le Cocó

Le Cocó
Le Cocó
Le Cocó
Le Cocó
Le Cocó
Le Cocó
Le cocó

Since we had read some good reviews of Le Cocó (calle Barbieri,15  - Madrid), we decided to have lunch there last weekend. The decoration of the place is really cozy and has this vintage feel that lately is so common in all the new places that are being opened in the city.
The croquetas of idiazabal were really tasty (not pictured) and  the meat was delicious,  but the risotto deceived us a little bit.  As a dessert we tried the Granny cake, really recommendable.
We definitely need to return to give it another go, but overall it was a good experience.

 

Best cafés in Madrid

I have a sweet tooth and I’m always looking forward to trying new cafés.  Sometimes I go to places which are just ok, but then I discover those gems I want to return all the time,  and I find myself craving for their sweets. I’m specially fond of croissants and carrot cake, so it has become my lifetime mission to find the best places to eat them (but this does not mean I can try something else might it be the case they are not offering those!)

Anyway, I though I would share some of my favorite cafés in Madrid and hopefully this post will be a work in progress!!

Fonty
I have gone to Fonty several times. It is famous for their milhojas (not in the picture) that are only available during the weekends, so I really recommend arriving early before they run out.

They have their own bread workshop and you can even watch cooks working! The coffee is really tasty and the croissants make you feel like you are in Paris (sort of). They also have brunch on sundays, my next mission is trying it!

fonty

fonty

Mamá Framboise
One of those french inspired places with that je ne sais quoi that makes the place so special. Mamá Framboise  has their own bread workshop too and has become quite popular, so expect to queue (no matter at what time you arrive).

The tables are not for individual use, so you might share with a stranger. This is very common outside Spain, here we still need to get used to that.
I would definitely recommend the “tartaleta de frambuesa” which is the flagship sweet.

mama framboise
mama framboise
mama framboise

La Mimé
I’m a big, big fan of their carrot cake. The texture, the taste and the freezing is just out of the ordinary. I have even bought the whole cake to bring at home no less! The coffee is also really good, plus the decoration is lovely – who doesn’t like those cute cups?. La Mimé is one of those places where I always want to go to have breakfast.

la mimé
La mimé

Kiosko de Pan
While our experience at Kiosko de Pan  could have been better (too much noise in the room that would mess a lovely afternoon catching up) I did like all the sweet treats and coffee. Sadly I couldn’t try the carrot cake so I guess that’s a good reason for going back.

kiosko de pan
kiosko de pan

Salón de Té Margó
This was one of the first places my boyfriend took me and he couldn’t have chosen better. They have a wide range of sweets and teas.  Margó is really big and even has a shop, but there are only ten or twelve tables, so you’d better arrive early because if not you’ll have to wait. One thing I found out not so good were the macaroons, really tasty but too small and expensive. Other than that, the rest of the options are a good idea.

margó
margó

Living in London
Even though the place is really narrow and when it gets too busy not so comfortable, their sweets are still really worth it. This café is filled with old ladies, which makes it even more special – who doesn’t like old elegant ladies?. The scone is a must as well as booking in advance.

living in london

Café del Jardín – Museo del Romanticismo
This Museum is not only beautiful but has one of the most charming cafés in Madrid. Whether you prefer the garden or the interior room, you’ll be able to enjoy a coffee along with a homemade cake. Of course the entrance is free so you don’t need to visit the museum to get inside.
museo del romanticismo
museo del romanticismo

 

I always want to try new places so is there any coffee/tea room I might be missing and should visit soon?

Bon Vivant and Alma-Tadema

Bon Vivant & Co
Bon Vivant & Co
Bon Vivant & Co
Madrid
Instamoment
ice creams are for summer
Madrid
Madrid
Museo Thyssen
Museo Thyssen

Last Saturday we celebrated I turned 28 almost two weeks ago going for lunch at Bon Vivant & Co , eating ice-creams and visiting the Thyssen Museum. We visited Alma-Tadema and Victorian Painting with a tour guide which I think is the best way to make the most of the visit.
Also while walking down the street we were asked if we wanted to have our picture taken with a vintage car and an instant camera – how could I refuse?

Chipiona

chipiona
chipiona
chipiona
chipiona
chipiona
chipiona

Last Thursday was bank holiday so I took wednesday and friday off and made a week out of weekend, which feels extremely nice with this great weather we are enjoying lately. Also the idea of spending a few days at the beach doing nothing but going for walks, eating at the chiringuito and reading a good book sounds like heaven to me.

Given that the tourist overload hasn’t yet arrived, these days spent in Chipiona (hometown of the “the greatest in Spain” aka Rocío Jurado – as my girlfriends and I like to call her) have been really relaxing and have allowed me to recharge my batteries until my proper summer holidays arrive.

 

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

museo arquelogico madrid
museo arquelogico madrid
museo arqueologico madrid
museo arqueologico madrid
museo arqueologico madrid
museo arqueologico madrid

A few weeks ago we were finally able to visit the National Archaeological Museum which has been closed for 6 years and reopened in April this year. So you can imagine the expectation and the long queues!!!!

But we were able to make it on an early saturday morning and it was so worth it. One could spend hours and hours because the collection is huge. It includes objects from the Pre-historic, Egyptian, Celtic, Iberian, Roman, Greek, Visigoth, Muslim & Christian times.

Of course the photos don’t do justice and because it is quite difficult to take a decent picture when the museum is so crowded I couldn’t take much photographs. But still, you really need to visit the MAN if you come to Madrid.

 

Guide to Florence

I have been meaning to write this post a while ago, or to be more exact, since January. Time definitely flies.
Anyway, I though I could share with you those little spots you shouldn’t miss when in Florence and a few little gems I found during my stay.

Florence didn’t deceive me. I can say that it is one of the most charming and beautiful cities I have ever been. I know I say this of every place I go, but honestly, this city blew me away. All those houses in yellow and orange, with the same kind of windows… just like the time hasn’t passed by. And the fact that you can still find so many artisans really surprised me.

Every corner of Florence is full of beauty and I’m really looking forward returning one day.

SPOTS

Ponte Vecchio

The most famous symbol of the city, this medieval arch bridge has shops built along it. In the past those shops were occupied by butchers, but since the smell turned out to be disgusting, the government decided in 1593 they had to leave and that artisans and jewelers would occupy the shops instead .

Sadly it is really overcrowded and it is quite difficult to get a decent picture without a thousand people around.

firenze
firenze

Galeria Uffizi 

It contains one of the most important, old and famous art collections of the world. One of them is the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, that dates from 1486. Make sure to buy your tickets online in advance if you don’t want to queue!!

firenze
firenze
firenze

 Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiori

When you arrive and see the basilica in person you get really touched. So white, with the green details and so different to what we are used to see. Of course no one should leave Florence without climbing the Duomo – 463 steps which will prove how well trained you are.
And if you consider it is not enough, then climb the Campanile too! I really recommend you to buy the Firenze Card, even more if you plan to visit many other places, but mainly because it means no queueing! We needed two hours (two!) to be able to climb the dome… I mean, how much does you time cost? And we went in January… I can’t imagine how can it be in peak season.

firenze
firenze
firenze

Piazza della Repubblica

One of the most vivid squares of Florence, with its carrousel and famous cafés. It is really nice to enjoy a coffee in any terrace overlooking at the piazza. It is true that it is a little bit overpriced but who knows when you’ll be able to return, right?
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Palazzo Vecchio

Nowadays the town hall of Firenze that looks at the Piazza della Signoria, which includes a copy of Michelangelo’s David and a gallery of statues in the Loggia dei Lanzi. It is one of the most important places in the city.
firenze
firenze

Basilica Santa Croce

We found this place just wandering around. I learned afterwards that it is the burial place of some of the most famous italians, such as Galineo, Michelangelo, Gentile….

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Piazzale Michalangelo

The place to go to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city. I recommend taking the bus, it is quite a hike!
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EAT

Now, when in Italy one should live on pizza and lasagna – at least that’s what I think! We found two little gems that I can’t recommend you more.

Totó

We found this place just wandering around. Apparently it is famous for their meat but we had a pizza and a lasagna instead. Couldn’t have chosen better. Where? At Borgo Santi Apostoli 6/r

firenze
firenze

Gustapizza

I have such nice memories of this place. Even though is not the fanciest place you can find (but I mean, who really cares?) you can eat one of their incredible pizzas. You will be able to only choose from eight, but they cover all the types of pizza one would at least expect to find. The Gustapizza is the speciality of the house (that had to be pictured, of course) and with the national beer, you can never be wrong. Find them at the other side of the river: Via Maggio, 46. Firenze.

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firenze

MORE

So yes, Florence is one of those places where you can find vintage photo boots! Not only one but three!! So please, if you ever get there, take a picture in a Fotoautomatica (so much fun!)

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firenze

OUTSIDE THE CITY : PISA

Of course, if you have the time, you can’t leave without visiting Pisa, only an hour away by train from Florence. Taking your picture holding the tower is a must, as well as climbing it. Definitely overpriced but I always say that once you are there you have to do this kind of things! You never know if you’ll return and the experience is really worth the money.

pisa

pisa
pisa
pisa

Orto Botanico

This botanical garden dates from 1544, and it is the first botanical garden in Europe.
We made friends with a cat that lives there and named it Donatello.
pisa
pisa

Hope you find this interesting! Make sure not to miss this spots if you ever go to Florence.