Blissfully happy weekend in Madrid

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Our weekend in Madrid was care-free and blissfully happy, and we had no plans or schedule. We were discovering picturesque cobbled streets, beautiful historic and contemporary buildings, drinking sangria and café con leche, eating endless amounts tapas and jamón Iberico ham.

We arrived late at night and journeyed through several metro stations filled with young Halloween party-goers until we reached Gran Vía where our Airbnb accommodation was located.

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Anna’s sister had recommended that we go and have churros at Chocolatería San Ginés. The Chocolatería San Ginés is a café in central Madrid, in a passageway close to San Ginés church, west of the Puerta del Sol. It has served chocolate con churros (hot chocolate and churros) since 1894.

The cafe walls are decorated with mirrors and green wood panels, with green velvet seats and white marble tables. There was a queue outside, but we got our seats downstairs within 5-10 minutes. The hot chocolate is served in Spanish style – thick, dark and strong – and the churros – delicious deep fried batter – are served hot and freshly cooked, ready for dunking. Downstairs at Chocolatería San Gins feels like you travel back in time in this sweet, narrow train carriage.

Chocolatería San Ginés

Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, Madrid, España  |  (+34) 91 365 65 46  |  website

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Palacio de Cristal

Palacio de Cristal is located in the centre of the Buen Retiro Park and was designed by an architect, Ricardo Velázquez Bosco in 1887. A beautiful example of iron and glass architecture that was inspired by Sir Joseph Paxton, an English gardener and architect who designed London’s Crystal Palace and the gorgeous Palm House in the Kew Gardens.

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Today, Palacio de Cristal houses various exhibitions of modern art.

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Mercado de San Miguel

The Mercado de San Miguel, a must-visit for foodies.

In their 33 different stalls, they have a huge variety of local produce and tapas being prepared on the spot. Tapas prices are mostly around 1-2€, some slightly more expensive, but great value all and all. And the sangria was really good! While there are many tourists, there are also lots of locals, and the market hall is full of life.

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Gracias Madrid & Ania!


    • 29th September 2016 / 4:48 pm

      Excellent, thank you ❤️ Especially those churros were quite something special.

  1. 29th September 2016 / 9:51 am

    Madrid looks so stunning! Still need to go there someday 🙂


    • 29th September 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Its a wonderful city and there is so much to see, we only saw a fraction so I really would love to go back as well.

    • 29th September 2016 / 4:41 pm

      Oli kyllä ja ihan kiva noinkin lyhyelle reissulle.

  2. sarahii
    29th September 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Stunning!! Following your blog! I’m so envious of your travels.

    • 29th September 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much, so lovely to hear 💕 I’ll be sure to check out yours too!

  3. 29th September 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Absolutely love those pictures Karoliina. Well done!

  4. Laveena Sengar
    29th September 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Madrid looks fabulous. I love your pictures totally. The food looks yummmmmm 🙂

    • 29th September 2016 / 11:58 pm

      So happy to hear that, thank you Laveena xx

  5. 29th September 2016 / 8:19 pm

    very beautiful pictures

  6. 29th September 2016 / 8:32 pm

    What a beautiful place! Would love to visit especially for the Churros and Chocolate!!

    • 29th September 2016 / 11:59 pm

      The churros were incredible – and you can drink the rest of the chocolate at the end 😉

  7. 30th September 2016 / 10:06 am

    This looks great, so wonderful how you translate for all on your posts! 🙂

    • 1st October 2016 / 6:16 am

      Translation tends to take me the most time – it helps me keep my written Finnish in some kind of order 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words.

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