Madrid: Chocolateria San Gines

Paella ✓ cochinillo ✓ sangria ✓ tapas ✓ the only thing left on our food craving list was churros con chocolate.  It was our last night in Madrid and we desperately wanted churros so we went to the where the guide books recommended, the oldest chocolateria in Madrid, Chocolateria San Gines. Living in the PhilippinesContinue reading “Madrid: Chocolateria San Gines”

Madrid: Tapas at La Muralla Bar-Restaurante

We asked the staff our hotel’s front desk where locals go to eat tapas and he told us to go to the La Latina area which was lined with tapas restaurants. We took the taxi and passed by this grand structure. Anybody know what this is? Our taxi driver dropped us off here and saidContinue reading “Madrid: Tapas at La Muralla Bar-Restaurante”

Madrid: Plaza Mayor

Walking distance from Mercado San Miguel was one of Madrid’s most popular attractions, Plaza Mayor. Asides from tourists this place is also home to demonstrations and rallies. Thankfully that day all we saw were tourists and these men doing a seemingly unbelievable feat.The Plaza Mayor has been the scene of multitudinous events: markets, bullfights, soccerContinue reading “Madrid: Plaza Mayor”

Madrid: Mercado San Miguel

Without a doubt our favorite place in Madrid was Mercado San Miguel, one of the oldest covered markets in Madrid. This renovated market was surprisingly modern, clean and filled with all sorts of wonderful foodstuff and tapas. After our dinner at Restaurante Botin we walked along this street and was surprised to find the marketContinue reading “Madrid: Mercado San Miguel”

Madrid: Restaurante Botin – the oldest restaurant in the world!

My cousin Sharon booked us a table at the oldest restaurant in the world and it was in Madrid. Initially I was hesitant to go to Restaurante Botin because of the mixed reviews I read online. The ratings were really from very negative to superlatives. But I thought since it managed to stay open sinceContinue reading “Madrid: Restaurante Botin – the oldest restaurant in the world!”

Madrid: La Ochava & Valpan

After checking in at AC Hotel Carlton Madrid, our home for the two nights, we walked towards Prado Museum where we booked for a 1:00 pm entrance. We bought our tickets online and printed them in Manila. We did this for all the museums we went to this trip. There were serveral restaurants along the wayContinue reading “Madrid: La Ochava & Valpan”

AC Hotel Carlton Madrid

We decided to book Marriott hotels in Madrid and Barcelona since my cousin Sharon is an elite member and she was able to get us good rates. In Spain Marriott’s hotels are called AC Hotel. Sharon chose the Carlton Madrid property for it’s proximity to the top 3 museums in Madrid which were only aContinue reading “AC Hotel Carlton Madrid”