Three Traditional Things to Do in Madrid

I'm in Madrid!

It was about time, really.

Thanks to Ryanair I finally have direct flights home, so I had to take advantage of it as soon as I could.
It has been almost a year since last time, and because it was so long I needed to do some typical things to re-insert myself into the Spanish way of life.

After buying a week tourist travel card (35,40€), we made our way to the city.

Sundays in the city should be enjoyed early, and with a nice walk around town. El Rastro, Puerta del Sol, or Plaza Mayor, to say some, should be on the list.

And that's exactly what we did, after a quick photo stop at the "very" center of Spain.
We headed to Plaza Mayor craving the best traditional calamari baguette.

One can't go to there and not grab one.
Look at that perfectly crispy calamari, and that just warm, just baked baguette.


There are many places where you could get one of these, but the best we've tried so far come from La Campana in Calle de Botoneras.

And they cost only 2,70 €, tho I'd recommend bringing a bottle of water along because otherwise it may get a bit pricey.

If calamari aren't your thing, I can't recommend enough the Spanish omelette baguettes, perfectly runny on deliciously warm bread (also 2,70€).
Having satiated our craving, we went on for another must around the corner, a portion of patatas bravas with a cold one at Las Bravas (Alvarez Gato 4, 28012 Madrid)
Three happy bellies later we made our way to the top of the world...or at least close by at the Gourmet Experience at the top floor of El Corte Ingles (Plaza del Callao 2 - 9th Floor) for an amazing view over the city.
And it's been added to my list of places to go back to in the next few days so I can tell you a bit more about it.

Having walked all the way up and down made us hungry for some hot chocolate with churros, and as it couldn't be any other way, we picked the best in town, no other than Chocolaterias Valor for an chocorgasmic experience.
A TAZA of thick beautifully steamy chocolate with four crispy churros to dip in.

I wouldn't have picked any other way to finish a wonderful first day back in the city that say me grow up.



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