More reasons to love Madrid

Trip to the Spanish capital is incomplete without taking a tour of its Gastronomic routes. A paradise for seafood lovers, Madrid provides an amazing blend of traditional Spanish food from all over the country. Passing the initial hurdle of our search for vegetarian food we were quite a happy souls when we ended our Madrid trip with good food memories.

Mercado San Miguel
Mercado San Miguel

The Mercado San Miguel was the first place we visited during our stay and we were impressed by the way the market was organized. Although we found that the choice for vegetarians is kind of limited here, but every mouth-watering tapas we tried was out of the world. Apart from the Spanish tapas, the market is filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and great collection of local wine. The market is located at the central part of the city and has a perfect mixture of tourists and locals relishing on the wide array of light food and wine. One of the must try items here are the olives with some yummiest stuffing inside.

San Miguel
San Miguel
Do not touch the Grapes!!
Do not touch the Grapes!!
Yummy nuts!!
Yummy nuts!!
Mercado San Miguel
Mercado San Miguel
Veg tapas
Veg tapas
Beer House at Mercado San Miguel
Beer House at Mercado San Miguel
The busy market
The busy market
Stuffed olives
Stuffed olives

MadridThe narrow lane in between the Plaza Mayor and the Mercado San Miguel leads you to the oldest restaurant in the world, Restaurante Sobrino de Botìn (established in 1725). On having a look at the menu prior to visiting the place we knew there wasn’t much we could have for meal here, but the thought of having a chance to experience of dining at place filled with history was something we did not want to give up. The restaurant has a certain old world charm with several antiques placed in nooks and corners.

The Botin Restaurant
The Botin Restaurant
The Botin Restaurant
The Botin Restaurant

We tried the Gazpacho soup and the Sangria, which was served in a cute painted jug. The chilled soup served with fresh veggies was very refreshing and had a homemade touch to it. The Sangria was crisp with fresh citrus flavor as the waiter adds the fresh fruits right before serving and this was one of the best we ever tasted in our life.

The Gazpacho soup
The Gazpacho soup
Jug of Sangria
Jug of Sangria

When in Spain another must do is sitting outdoors at one of the many café for breakfast and order a scrumptious Spanish breakfast, as you watch the city come into life. In our case it included of large pie sized portion of Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelet or Tortilla española), with bocadillo (Spanish bread), sautéed mushrooms with picos (olive oil breadsticks), freshly squeezed Naranja (orange juice) and Café con leche (Spanish coffee, espresso mixed with milk). Café and Te is a pocket friendly coffee shop found all over Spain and was a regular breakfast joint of ours during our stay in Madrid.

Spanish omelette with Bocadillo
Spanish omelette with Bocadillo
Sautéed mushrooms with Picos
Sautéed mushrooms with Picos

We tried the Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce), famous Spanish tapas at an old tavern near Plaza Mayor, Taberna Corrientes. Just like most of the restaurants in Plaza Mayor, this place is a regular tourist stop for lunch and beer and also to getaway from the afternoon sun.

Mercado San Miguel
Mercado San Miguel
Patatas Bravas
Patatas Bravas
Provoleta Cheese
Provoleta Cheese

While walking towards Plaza Mayor one evening, we spotted a cute little vegan restaurant named “Yerbabuena”. After running around the city looking for veg food and trying to translate every menu we went through, this place looked like manna from heaven for us. Yerbabuena offers gluten-free veg food in a very creative way. Best part of the meal is the free appetizers containing cucumber water and yummy salads and if you’re looking for some alcohol free sangria this is the best place to try. It is highly recommended for all the vegans visiting Madrid.

Appetizers at the Yerbabuena
Appetizers at the Yerbabuena
Alcohol free Sangrias
Alcohol free Sangrias
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Sautéed Spinach
Sautéed Spinach

Madrid has large number of pastry shops serving mouth-watering and yummiest desserts. Two of the places we tried were the Rodina and the La Mallorquina, both located at the Puerta Del Sol. The displays outside the shops are too tempting for a passerby to stop and pick some pastries and based on our experience we would say it is well worth trying.

Ensaimadas at La Rodina
Ensaimadas at La Rodina
Display at La Mallorquina
Display at La Mallorquina
Display at La Mallorquina
Display at La Mallorquina

The Chocolateria San Gines, paradise for every chocolate lover is something one cannot miss during the visit to Madrid. Considered to have the best Hot Chocolate and Churros in town, it is one of the oldest Chocolateria in the city and is open 24*7. The light crispy Churros are done to perfection and the hot chocolate is rich in thickness and decadent.

Chocolate con Churros
Chocolate con Churros
Chocolateria San Gines
Chocolateria San Gines
Churros with Hot Chocolate
Churros with Hot Chocolate

Lastly, if you find it difficult to explain the vegetarian food preference just tell them “Soy vegetariano” (I am Vegetarian) in Spanish.

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2 thoughts on “More reasons to love Madrid”

  • If we talk about why we fall in love with Madrid City, firstly as you did in this post is start talking about the huge variety of hotspots to gastronomy.
    San Miguel Market is the best example of fusion of the latest gastronomic variety with the rehabilitation of buildings as this market, and the social networks of neigbourhood.
    If you are visiting Madrid and you are in this wonderful market, we suggest, if you gonna visit Madrid on winter, stop and taste the best hot chocolate with “churros” o “porras” in Madrid.
    The place is call Chocolatería San Ginés, located in Pasadizo San Ginés, Madrid.

    San Gines
    Pasadizo San Ginés, 5
    28013 Madrid
    Have a nice time in Madrid.
    Madrid City Tour
    http://madridcitytour.es/en/

    • Thank you for your comment Madrid City Tour. Madrid is a wonderful city which has a lot to offer for its tourists with its rich history, both gastronomy as well as sightseeing. We loved every bit of our stay in Madrid and are looking forward to visit again.

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