|Main access to the food market|
|Fruit & Vegetables in the Market|
But last month when I travelled to Madrid and with the Supermarket already open at it full capacity I have a great surprise, despite the exterior façade the interior is just a gem!
In the first level is the upper brand supermarket, now very welcome because at the same time the refurbishment was taking, another popular prices super- market has pop-up in the area, so now you have all the options where 5 years ago there weren´t any.
|Octavio spanish hams|
Still in the same level you can find one of the best Sushi bars of the capital, fresh baked bread and stop in the wine bar with a short but very interesting wine menu and you must ask for some of the croquettes with several filling like a tapa.
Other gourmet shops are in the same level where you can have some snacks and tapas, even one was selling paella but don’t look very good. For good Paella in the area you can go to La Barraca or La Pella de la reina.
Five things to do around the market.
1. Have a beer with snack in the Chueca Square. Here is where the gay community meet to have a good time, but also is a space used by families and tourists.
2. Gourmet Shopping. If the market wasn’t enough for you, just in the corner Carlota a new wine shop has opened. In this tiny place you can find a good range of wine picked directly from exclusive winemakers, price and quality are guaranteed like good service. Also you can go to La Chinata oleoteca and buy the best olive oil you can get at the best prices for cooking or four yourself
3. Walking around the Chueca Street is a great way to have a good time. Even you have plenty of places for where to walk maybe the easiest to not get lost but not less attractive is Barquillo Street. Once named the sound street for the quantity of music sound shop and after a little dark era now is becoming a nice street to listen music, have a cocktail, buy one of my favourite t-shirt brand, going to the theatre, buy expensive clothes or have a coffee with delicious cakes at Pomme Sucre, desert designers. Yes all of that in 4 street long without mention the architecture.
4. Have lunch or dinner. Outside the market still plenty of option to have a good meal. In the area you will find a lot of Mexican restaurants with good quality, (Madrid is the European city with most Mexican restaurant in Europe). Then Bazaar has become a classic since they have opened. An attractive two level restaurant with Asian Mediterranean food a very good price. For wine with tapas the Vinoteca franchise still a good option.
5. Get a haircut. Yes! Chueca is a trendy upper neighbourhood and have plenty of very good hairdressers that really can change your style. I recommend La cabeza bien amueblada where Noe is a magician with the scissors and always going to get the more fashionable look, but also Ivan is going to help you with your home decoration and show you exclusive clothes from unique Spanish designers, here is everything for change or refresh your look. When you finish just ask them to point you to MagaSand a place where you can get the best sandwich in whole Madrid (I really mean it) at the same time you can read your favourite magazines.
Where to Stay.
|Views from the Ada Palace Hotel|
It has a cool funky lobby and the design carries through to the dining room and the bedrooms.
Bedrooms are uncluttered and minimalist but let down by the rather pokey bathrooms.
On the plus side the hotel has an amazing roof terrace with bar and swimming pool and is one of The places to be seen in Madrid
Just off Gran Via at the Cheuca end this is a new 4 star hotel converted from a turn of the 20th century building.
The reception area reached by a staircase from street level is on the small side as is the lift to the bedroom floors but this is due to the design of the original building..
However this is a well appointed hotel with a stunning dining room, bar and terrace looking out over Gran Via.
Some bedrooms at the front have balconies but these rooms by virtue of the fact that they are on a busy road can be noisy as was the air conditioning in our room but overall this is a pleasant and central and well priced venue.