Madrid Food Diary
In the middle of October we packed our bags and headed over to Madrid for a last-minute getaway in an attempt to find some much-needed winter sun. Despite some top notch touristy sight-seeing (including a Real Madrid winner at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu with our main man Ronaldo) our highlight was definitely the food.
Here's the top 5 things we munched on in Madrid:
1. Tapas at Casa Macareno
This place was recommended and booked for us by our lovely Airbnb host. Arriving in the capital around 10pm it was well past my bedtime (getting on a bit, me) but she insisted we go and booked us in for a midnight feast. It was absolutely heaving when we arrived despite it being the middle of the night so we elbowed our way to the bar, ordered a glass of vino and mingled our way through the locals towards the restaurant area.What followed was probably the best meal I've ever eaten. Big Words.
|Burrata, Courgettes, Tomatoes and Olives|
|Jamón ibérico Croquettes with truffle|
|The World's best Patatas Bravas|
2. Lunch in the World's Oldest Restaurant
It would have been criminal to visit Madrid and not pay a visit to Sobrino de Botín the World's oldest continuously operating restaurant. They're in the record books ya'know? We went for lunch, worked our way down the into the cavernous underbelly of the restaurant and ordered 2 of the house specials- Cochonillo Asado- suckling pig roasted on the fire. Soft as butter with a crunchy crackling-it was divine.
|Roasted Suckling Pig|
|Sangria in the World's Oldest Jug|
3. Mercado San Miguel
What started off as a 'quick look' around this indoor food market ended in hours of drinking sangria by the bucket-load and eventually an extremely long afternoon nap. We munched our way around the place, standing in the sunshine and sampling teeny plates of paella, crab, chorizo, empanadas and croquettas. Tapas heaven under one, dead cool roof.
|Cones of Meat- The best sort of cones.|
4. Churros at Chocolatería San Ginés
Open 24/7, this place satisfies the Spanish love for churros at all hours of the day. Apparently the Spanish have these after a night out instead of a kebab- who knew? We went for breakfast (multiple times) and ordered tray upon tray of hot, deep fried churros to dunk into the thick,melty chocolate. Putting my usual brekkie of a peppermint tea and a piece of toast to shame.
|Breakfast of Champions|
|Churros Con Chocolate|
5. Ice-Cream from La Pecera
One of the best things about starting my Insta page is that my followers always message me with good places to eat. Heading to Madrid we had absolutely no idea where we were going and somebody lovely messaged me to recommend here! Embarrassingly, we waited outside for about half an hour because we had no idea what time it opened but it was definitely worth the wait for the most instagrammable (and delicious) ice-cream I've ever had, served up in an inexplicable fish shaped waffle cone. Superb.
Heading over to Madrid? Thinking about it? Let me know where you end up! (& don't even think about leaving without eating your own body weight in Jamón ibérico. That's an order.)