Food glorious food

One of the top foodie hotspots in Madrid is, rather surprisingly a massive food court on top of a department store. The El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience overlooks Plaza Callao and has incredible views of downtown Madrid. This cornucopia of edible delights is free to visit and features a wide range of traditional Spanish foodsContinue reading “Food glorious food”

Maze of markets

Madrid has a host of markets to enjoy and El Rasto is one of the best known and well established. It’s a transient flea market that offers a wide range of goods from clothes to traditional food and random antiques. Stalls are grouped by goods for sale, whether it’s antique books, weird object d’art orContinue reading “Maze of markets”

Colour splash

The streets of Madrid are literally awash with a myriad of colourful artworks, from abstract splashes of rainbow hues to detailed murals. Every wall, window and wall is an open air gallery just begging to be snapped. Metal roller shutters that act as security for shops also double as gallery fronts, sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not!Continue reading “Colour splash”

Books, beautiful books.

As we leave Retiro park I stumble upon this bibliophile’s dream! Open air book stalls in weathered little cabins . . . . You can find this cornucopia of the written word on a small pedestrian street known as the Cuesta de Moyano. Running down from El Retiro Park to the Glorieta de Carlos VContinue reading “Books, beautiful books.”