Barrio de Las Letras: awesome ambience!
By Margaux Cintrano
During the Holiday Season, the Madrid Capital is an amazingly magical time that fills the city with Nativity Scenes, flickering Christmas street lights, adorned Christmas trees, seasonal Christmas Markets and thousands of restaurants committed to creating top notch memorable cartes of this special time.
A 19th CENTURY CHRISTMAS AT THE LINARES PALACE
How were manor houses in the Capital decorated in the 1800s ?
The Linares Palace, a.k.a. Casa de America, at Plaza Cibeles 2, in the neighbourhood of Banco España, permits visitors to discover traditions of a bygone era in this astoundingly awesome monumental masterpiece of art. To reserve entrance: www.casamerica.es
SECOND HAND BOOK SHOPS, VINTAGE FURNITURE & TRADITIONAL CRAFTS
The neighbourhood called Barrio de Las Letras (The Literary Quarter), wih the Five Star Hotel Palace as its anchoring landmark, is almost entirely pedestrian. Chockful of 2nd hand book shops, vintage furniture boutiques, galleries, and traditional craft workshops.
FOR LUNCH: VI COOL, located on the corner, close to the ONCE Foundation for the blind at number 24, Calle Del Prado. This is a top tier Tapas Bar under the helm of Three Michelin Star Chef Sergio Arola.
Barrio de Las Letras
OPERA IN LOS AUSTRIAS
This fascinating labyrinth located close to the Plaza Mayor is overflowing with second hand shops and traditional bakeries. The enchantibing narrow streets were once the home of Spanish Royalty. A walk to the restaurant row of downtown Madrid is Cava Baja . Definitely, a taste of real Madrid.
Stop at the bar on Number 11, SCHOTIS, for a wine or beer which is delivered with a wonderful array of tapas for same price as the beverage. For carnivores, try NUMBER 16, which serves the best Basque beef in the city .. For scrumptious Italian, try NUMBER 26. For a rustic yet urban scene maker, go to Cava Alta, Number 4, Wine Bar MATRITUM. The assorted cheese platter is unforgettable and their wines by the glass are simply exceptional.
Calle Jorge Juan 20
Reservations Higly Suggested: 91. 515. 4332
Metro Line 4: Colón
Located in the former restaurant venue, Pan de Lujo, in Barrio Salamanca, on one of the most beautiful streets in Madrid, the decoration is simply spectacular. The Amazonian flora and botanicals fill the restaurant without creating a jungle effect. The carte is quite amazing and consists of Japanese, Asian Pacific Rim, Indian, Argentinian and Brazilian fusion. Quite sensational.
Suggestion: The Yari Kahua of Red Crevettes ( Carabineros )
The Red Tuna
This Argentinian Grill is a carnivore´s dream
This is a splurge well worth it. Approx. 50 Euros per person including wine / beverages, café & desserts.
Costanilla De San Andrés 16
Reservations: 91. 366. 3349
Metro 5: La Latina
Located in the La Latina neighborhood, just a 5 minute walk from Cava Baja, is a tiny gem with a lovely Burger Carte including a Bio 100% Vegetarian Burger.
Guess what, old fashioned style milk shakes are prepared to order here.
Lunch approximately 22 Euros per person.
Bibo By Dani Garcia
Paseo de La Castellana 52
Reservations: 91. 805. 2556
2 Michelin Star Food Designer Dani Garcia from Marbella, Malaga, has recently opened a Tuna Bar with 60 wines from Jérez and Brunch galore Bistro cuisine. The Manhattan style décor includes an eat at bar too.
Suggestion: The Seasonal Fresh Oysters and the Brunch Carte
Cost: Approximately 40 – 45 Euros per person
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