Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Eating and Drinking in Madrid

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We've had some pretty delicious meals across Europe. Some of my favorites being in Paris and Brussels and even right here in Kaiserslautern, but the food in Spain is absolutely phenomenal.

When you’re trying to choose a restaurant while traveling, it can be difficult to know which one to try- especially without the help of yelp. But even our blind restaurant choices were excellent. Plus, it helps when most of the menus consist of a large variety of tapas.

Dan and I love exploring a city, taking a siesta and then going out for a late dinner. More times than I'd like to admit, we've slept through dining hours and have been left to eat gas station sandwiches for dinner. Spain has an excellent night life! Dinner reservations typically start at 9pm and food service lasts well into the wee hours of the morning. This is our kind of place! 

We were really spoiled with the location of our apartment and there were dozens of restaurants within a 2-minute walk from our place.

Lateral was our favorite meal.

A gastro style restaurant with a beautiful basement where we sat. We shared a variety of tapas. From goat cheese and red pepper to salmon and apple, sirloin with caramelized onions and my personal favorite tomatoes with iberian cured ham, or jambon iberico. Spaniards have a serious love affair with ham. You can't walk 5 feet without seeing dozens of pigs hanging in windows. The Iberian ham is considered to be the finest ham in the world. I very much agree, however, I am no ham expert.


Vinoteca Barbechera is another gastro styled restaurant we ate at on our last night. We ordered similar tapas and ate sitting around a wine barrel, the top of it filled with different currencies and topped with glass. FANCY. 


One morning we went to Faborit to grab some coffee and a morning pastry. Normally I wouldn't go too heavy into morning feasts, but this is where I had the most amazing apple strudel. Ever. Giving a little shoutout. 


Ginsanity is sweeping through Spain. The gin and tonic craze has raged through the country for the last 5 years, probably because they’re crazy refreshing. The popularity has spurred a number of Gin Bars, giving them a deserving spot on a tourist’s must do list.

We stopped at a cocktail bar called Guau near Plaza Santa Ana. Gin and tonics have turned into an art form here. With carefully chosen gin paired with tonic, a citrus peel added, and the glass stocked with boulder sized ice cubes, all prepared tableside. I had a medium dry gin paired with Barcelona tonic and an orange peel. We were also brought over a small bowl of candies. I like your style, Madrid.  I’ve never been a huge fan of gin, but YUM. I might be now. 


One night we head to El Juglar because I heard they often have live music. However, we went on Valentine's Day and they had a Vagina Monologue performance going on. Blurg. So we just had a few Spanish beers and then headed to O'Neills.

I know what you're thinking, seriously, an Irish bar, you're in Spain! And I agree. But where we were, near the Santa Ana Plaza, is party, dance club central. We couldn't walk 12 inches without being bombarded with promoters begging us in Spanish to come into their club. It was exhausting, so I just yanked Dan into this Irish bar where I knew we could just sit at the bar and relax.

Plus, this is where we discovered Tinto de Veranos. They're basically red wine and sprite on ice, but they're delicious! We drank them the rest of the trip and plan to drink them throughout our German summer. 


Lastly, my all time favorite place while we were there, Mercado de San Miguel. We went there a few times, and I would have insisted on more if it wasn't always so crowded. The building is a spectacular steel and glass construction first inaugurated in 1916. It was used as a regular Spanish marketplace until 2004 when it underwent renovations. It reopened in 2009 and aims to be a culinary cultural center bringing together the best merchants across the city. All its previous market stalls have been turned into food and drink stalls. You can find wine, beer, tapas, chocolates, ice cream, seafood, and much more. It was just such a cool spot right in the middle of the city. I couldn't get enough of it!

Here's probably too many pictures of it, but I want you to get a sense of how cool this place is/why I love it so much. 

How it looked every time we were there.


  1. You just made me miss Spain so much. Late dinner, jabon iberico, tinto de verano (I lived off those suckers!), and crazy Spaniards. You pretty much hit all my favs.

    1. Yay! I'm glad it gave you a blast from the past. That place is amaze.


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