La Merienda CityExperts

la merienda
candy bar
braid
bow ties
how to
red
sweets
ice-creams

So the Google City Experts program has been launched in Madrid.  If you have never heard about this program, it is aimed to encourage Google + Local reviews. Now, when you become a Google City Expert, you are invited to this kind of events and parties. I’m not a city expert, but since i’m subscribed to Madrid Confidential newsletter  (they send recommendations and places you shouldn’t miss in Madrid) I received an email where they were talking about this party with a link to ask for an invitation. And so I did! A few days later there was an invitation in my inbox.

People who would receive the invitation were asked to go alone so I was a little bit embarrassed at first not knowing anyone. Once you arrive you are given a sticker so you can write your name and a random card with a workshop. I received the hairdresser lab one and I had this beautiful braid done! The party was quite fun, with jazz live music and lots of sweets and sandwiches. I met some interesting girls and in the end I had a lovely afternoon. Being a City Expert might be nice, the only problem is that you need to review at least 50 places in google maps and keep doing 5 per month to keep your status – that definitely means a lot of time and research!

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.