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Showing posts with label markets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label markets. Show all posts

Thursday, October 27, 2016

My Little IKEA Shop in Madrid


IKEA has done it again! It has reinvented its model! The company has decided to combine the big outskirt warehouse with the traditional intimate downtown little shop. In Madrid the chosen location couldn’t be more typical and central: El Rastro. We all love el Rastro, its bargaining spirit, the special and unique pieces you can find there… How can IKEA, so modern, so Nordic, so clean, combine with it?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Platea Madrid, The Great Gastro Show

Following in the spirit of its predecessors: Mercado de San Miguel and Mercado de San Anton, Platea Madrid is an ultra-trendy gastro market in the heart of the Salamanca district.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

El Huerto de Lucas, a new ecogastrocultural market!

el huerto de lucas interior
I am so happy with this new eco trend going on in Madrid! Last Sunday I went to El Huerto de Lucas, in San Lucas 13, a covered market with a nice restaurant in the middle that is worth a visit, especially as walking down the Street you don’t seem to realize that there is a huge space of 450 square meters inside that can be considered as an eco-paradise! Actually their motto is ‘the first medicine is food’!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mama Campo - Eco Restaurant and Market

Mama Campo David y Nacho
David and Nacho
After reading so many good reviews, I could finally visit Mama Campo and was happy to see that, not only it is one of the hot spots of the moment, but it also has a great service and an awesome philosophy: eat great, healthy and responsible in a nice decor.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Il Tavolo Verde, Organic Café and Antique Market


Big glass windows, lovely antic furniture, organic food and a pleasant atmosphere close to the Retiro: I am talking about Il Tavolo Verde, (which in italian stands for the gaming table). The perfect place to go to by yourself for a relaxing lunch or tea time with a book. I sometimes feel that in Madrid, there are not enough places to go to on your own when you find yourself in a quiet mood.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Feria del Libro - a Yearly Must Go!

Feria del libro Madrid
I have been to Feria del Libro every year since I was a child. I used to go with my grand father.  He was a voracious reader and his influence has made me love books from a young age. Reading has been a passion of mine since then and I never miss this big event, where editors, writers, bookshops, readers and book lovers in general gather and share novelties and old hits at the Retiro gardens. Sigue leyendo, en español abajo.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pop Up Christmas Shopping in Madrid - The Appartment & Madrid in Love

 It’s late for Santa but still in time for the Three Wise Men (los Reyes Magos), which is the real tradition in Spain for Christmas presents.

I have been actively searching the perfect gift and I am ready to recommend two singular Pop-Up Stores: The Apartment (6 December – 6 January) and Madrid in Love.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tu Trato - Furniture and Antiques Secondhand Market


Fortunately, even though there is a strong economic crisis, Spanish people are hard workers and full of resources to develop new useful concepts. My last discovery has been Tu Trato.es. It is a big warehouse in central Madrid (Cuatro Caminos) that contains secondhand, vintage and antique furniture and decoration objects. The innovative thing is that all items are under a deposit formula by owners and can be either rented or purchased. Imagine you need a big table for Christmas dinner because this year it’s your turn, no problem! Rent a table and chairs just for the occasion and then return everything to the warehouse.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I Love Retro - Vintage Furniture Market

This weekend suddenly rainy autumn arrived to Madrid. Still you can have a very British Sunday profiting of the second edition of a very interesting vintage furniture market; I Love Retro in Chamartin Train Station.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Decoraccion 2012 - nice walk through las Letras



Last weekend, I enjoyed myself very much walking around Barrio de las Letras and admiring the lovely decoration brought up by the initiative DecorAccion.

Walking through Barrio de las letras is always special, architecture and shops have plenty of history and good taste. And yet imagine if a bunch of many well known decorators and antiquaires work on the outside look of the shops, creating lovely installations and organising brocantes in the streets and even letting you visit their private studios..! You almost get the Stendhal disease… J

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Isabela Gourmet Market in Madrid

Last Update: Isabela gourmet market did not make it. It has been closed down on the 17th of May 2013. Too young to die?
New Isabela Gourmet Market in Madrid
Isabela Gourmet Market
Paseo de la Habana 3
91 562 71 83

Monday, March 26, 2012

San Miguel Market in Madrid

Nice exterior...

The current San Miguel Market was built at the beginning of 20th century, following the style of the markets in Paris with big glass and iron buildings, Eiffel Style. During the Civil War the market was closed but fortunately not destroyed.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

San Antón Market in Madrid

A vegetable wall for a veggy shop
Someone at the Town Hall started with this good idea to recover old district markets (spanish mercados de abastos) that were abandoned and refurbish them as new hot spots for the city. Today the trendiest place to buy food or to have a snack in Madrid is Mercado de San Antón or Mercado de San Miguel, and I've heard there are some others programmed shortly...!! I must say I like it.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vintage Jewelry and Others - Castillo Encantado at el Rastro




Second due appointment at the Rastro: Vintage shop Castillo Encantado. Best choice for fine vintage jewelry, but it also has handbags, hats and even some small furniture and lamps. Pieces are very exclusive and special so prices are not a bargain.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ancient Prints - Ojeda at El Rastro

Nuevas Galerias at el Rastro
Ojeda on the right 

Every Sunday el Rastro is a due appointment. I will disclose my favourite places in this blog, one by one, and for a start I propose a very nice old prints and engravings shop at Nuevas Galerias; Alonso Ojeda. It’s situated at the ground level of the galleria on the right side shop number 28. It has a huge choice of old maps and old prints, including views of Madrid. Prices are very convenient and you can do some bargain  (part of el Rastro fun).



Funny print with a recipe for 30€

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fruit and Vegetable Market - Plaza de Castilla





 Sunday at the market. Sunday mornings there is an outdoors market at plaza de Castilla where I usually go to refurbish my fresh vegetable and fruit weekly needs. The market has also cloths and others but I do not recommend that sector. You need to get to the end of the market (which starts at Plaza de Castilla) at the corner of Avda de Asturias and calle Pinos baja, park there, so you are really close for transportation, and walk around to find the best bargain. Quality is good as directly gown and picked from your yard and prices are very convenient.

Funny Sergio from Romania offering delicious oranges (Bombon) 

This is my today's purchase: 1 kilo eggplants, 1 kilo borraja, 5 kilos mandarines, 1,5 kilo artichokes, 1 kilo tomatoes, 1 kilo green butter beans, 2 kilo kiwis, 1 kilo carrots, 1 lettuce, 1 kilo courgettes, 1 kilo sweet beet and 1 red cabbage for a total price of €23,85. Not bad!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Speed and Bacon



Don Ramón de la Cruz 26 




A funny new entry: Speed and Bacon, taking its name from a famous Spanish proverb: "nada tiene que ver el tocino con la velocidad" - there is nothing in common between speed and bacon.

It is a new trendy space at the very heart of Salamanca district in a covered patio - which is the last fashion in Madrid. An interesting space that offeres many different deals from special sales to art – need to keep informed. It also includes a nice little restaurant. Food is easy and good, and prices are very friendly, from €15 to €20. Nice bet for shopping and shopping break.
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