Sip Southern Spain at These 5 Essential Sherry Bars in Madrid

Three different varieties of sherry wine

Amongst wine connoisseurs, craft cocktail drinkers, and just the curious wine drinkers, a great deal of interest in sherry wines has been generated in recent years throughout Europe and North America alike.  It’s no wonder that so many curious travelers are looking to satiate their interest and drink sherry while on vacation in Spain. And […]

A Love Letter to the Menú del Día in Madrid

Group eating salads

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Madrid. As a food tour guide and someone who has to regularly explain Spanish dining customs to the uninitiated, I’ve noticed that one aspect of Spanish dining that almost never ceases to pleasantly surprise is the concept of the […]

7 Must-Visit Centennial Establishments in Madrid

Centennial businesses in Madrid are honored with this special gold plaque.

Madrid is a fascinating mix of historic and modern.  On such streets as Fuencarral, you can find symbols of globalization and modernization such as Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and an Adidas shop. However, nestled amongst the commerce, you will find the small Virgen de la Soledad chapel, dating back to 1712.  But the hidden gems don’t […]

8 Tapas Bars and Restaurants to Show You All That Lavapiés Is Made Of

Bodegas Lo Máximo is one of our favorite Lavapiés tapas bars.

If you want to understand Madrid—the real Madrid—the tapas bars of Lavapiés are a great place to start. Until recently Lavapiés was one of central Madrid’s most affordable neighborhoods. With its hilly streets and characteristic corralas (Madrid’s characteristic housing style where neighbors share an interior patio), throughout the 19th and 20th centuries Lavapiés attracted migrants […]

A Love Letter to Markets

Spanish food markets are often staffed by locals carrying on proud family traditions. Be polite and courteous to your vendor.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Madrid. I have traveled to nearly 35 countries, and throughout them all one of my central goals has always been to try the most emblematic dishes of each place. Sure, I enjoy the occasional fancy and pretentious dish with […]