Hola Amigos. Today I have a photo post to share of our week in Spain’s capital city..Madrid. Many photos were taken so I have split this over two posts. When I was travelling in 2010 I fell in love with Barcelona and it’s craziness, so it was a must that we visit another Spanish city on this trip. Madrid ended up being just as vibrant, with the whole city having an energetic vibe whatever time of day. The food is exceptional and if  you are on a tight budget you will have no problem finding a decent meal. Culturally there is plenty to see and explore and socially there is an abundance of nightlife to keep you occupied any night of the week. If you are looking for cheap accommodation definitely check out Way Hostel Madrid. The hostel is centrally located, staff are awesome and there are plenty of activities/social events to explore the city and meet other travelers from all over the world.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Plaza Mayor Madrid

Plaza Mayor, a popular square in central Madrid surrounded on all four sides by residential housing.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake -  Plaza Mayor Madrid Statue

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Central Madrid Street

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Central Madrid Architecture

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Fountain at Royal Palace of Madrid

Outside the Philip IV monument in Plaza de Oriente.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Chapel.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Outside the Royal Palace of Madrid

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Royal Palace of Madrid

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Inside the Royal Palace of Madrid

Inside the Palace…I snapped one photo before being scolded by security. No photos in the palace!

Estado Puro – Plaza Cánovas del Castillo

Walking past Estado Puro on our first day in Madrid, we ensured that we would make it back one day for lunch. The menu focuses on traditional tapas with a modern twist.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Estado Puro Restaurant

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Roasted Vegetables with Tuna Belly Steak

Piperrada - Roasted Vegetables with Tuna Belly Steak.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Tiger Mussel Croquette

Tiger Mussel Croquettes sold per piece.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Mozzarella, Iberian ham and porcini mushroom on toast

My favourite, the Mozzarella, Iberian Ham and Porcini Mushroom on Toast.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Iberian Pork Shoulder with Chimichurri Sauce

Iberian Pork Shoulder with Chimichurri Sauce…You will notice that meat was a big part of our diet whilst in Madrid.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Patatas Bravas

Modern take on Patatas Bravas. Roasted potatoes filled with spicy sauce and a dollop of mayonnaise.

Estado Puro 

Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 28014 Madrid

Ph: +34 91 330 2400

Web:  http://tapasenestadopuro.com/

Chocolateria San Gines – Pasadizo San Ginés

Love chocolate?

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Chocolateria San Gines

Then Chocolateria San Gines is definitely on your to do list. The place has been open for over a hundred years….

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Thick Chocolate Drink

They serve thick drinkable/dunkable Chocolate in cups….

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Churros

With long sticks of fried dough (Churros).

Who wouldn’t want to involve themselves with this!

Chocolateria San Gines

Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013, Madrid.

Ph: +34 91 365 6546

Web: http://www.chocolateriasangines.com

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Sangria Afternoons

Our days were spent with glasses of Sangria….anytime and everyday is the perfect moment to stop off for a drink.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Madrid Afternoons

People watching.

Museo del Jamon

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Museo Del Jamon

The Museo del Jamon (Museum of Ham) became another popular hang out during our time in the city. The chain of cantina like delis are spread throughout the city and offer stand-at-the-counter type meals filled with many types of Jamon, Cheese, Tapas and Cerveza (beer).

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Hanging Jamon

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Rockmelon and Jamon

Rockemlon and Jamon…a must order!

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Salami, Cheese and Beer

Salami and Cheese. 

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Iberian Ham and Toamto Sandwich

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Iberian Ham and Toamto Sandwich

Did I mention that the place is extremely cheap…this Bocadillo (roll served with some sort of meat) above and a Cerveza would only set you back about two euros!!

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Cheese

More Cheese.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Mini Sandwiches

Mini Bocadillo’s with Salami. 

You will most likely come across one of the Museo’s whilst exploring the streets of Madrid, with a few situated just off the Puerta del Sol (central square of Madrid, photos below). Definitely stop in and have a bite to eat at any time of the day or grab some Jamon from the deli to take away and enjoy at your own leisure.

Museo del Jamon

Locations are throughout Madrid. Check out their website below:

Web: http://www.museodeljamon.es/

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Puerta Del Sol

Puerta del Sol is one of the most happening places as it signifies the central point of the city, with all major streets leading off from it. If you are looking for accommodation and need to know what to be near…this is your spot.

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Puerta Del Sol

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Animated Gif Puerta Del Sol

People everywhere…

Madrid Spain Food & Travel Blog - My Kiki Cake - Plaza Mayor

I leave you with a night time shot of Plaza Mayor (day time shots at the beginning of this post)..Such a beautiful place to live.

After having a taste of Barcelona and Madrid I will definitely be visiting Spain again….next trip it’s straight to San Sebastian, the foodie capital. I will post part two Madrid in the next few days and share photos from our day trip to Toledo, the Mercado San Miguel (food markets) and my first & last experience at a bull fight.

Have a good weekend Amigos!

xxx