La ruta de los cafés (Malasaña)

By | 12 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Without being the Paris that we find in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, where the different cafes (La Rotonde, Les Deux Magots, La Coupole) competed among each other for local prestige in the 1920s, Madrid has charming places where to sit down and have a nice chat.

One of them, named after Joseph Bonaparte, is Pepe Botella, designed with a classic style with marble tables and red velvet chairs, where we can regularly see writers and scriptwriters who are working. Located on Plaza Dos de Mayo, a square that has strong historical evocations, it offers a view of the monument to the heroes of that bloody uprising in 1808, Daoiz and Velarde. From there, Calle Ruiz begins, a street that is named after general Jacinto Ruiz who also fought against the French invaders. In this street is Café de Ruiz, another café with plenty of character that is decorated in early-20th-century style, where you can enjoy delicious milkshakes and the pleasure of reading the newspapers surrounded by the peace from another time.

Next to Café de Ruiz is Café Ajenjo, ideal to enjoy with a book or intimately with your partner, since it has a second room with charming little corners that reminisces of the old halls and, somehow, of a train from the past.

A few yards away, on the same street as Pepe Botella, Calle San Andrés, we find another excellent example of a bohemian café at number 33, although this time with some modernist twists: el Parnasillo. As well as its pleasant Art Deco decoration, the regulars here highlight an element that is often overlooked in hospitality today: background music. Among its specialities are Irish coffee, Jamaican coffee as well as cakes and hot chocolate. Unlike the previous cafes, at El Parnasillo you can enjoy some light snacks since they have a small menu of sandwiches and toasties. Most definitely an interesting option to recharge the batteries during your walk in one of the most colourful districts in Madrid, Malasaña.

Malasaña is also a popular area of leisure and nightlife, and with the pedestrianisation of part of the popular street of Fuencarral (now a fashionable and more or less alternative shopping area) and the proximity of the gay district of Chueca, it has become one of the areas in the city that is gaining more and more importance. To get there from our hotel you just have to cross the Gran Vía and walk a few hundred yards to Calle Fuencarral.

Categories: Gastronomía Madrid

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