The Tapas Fast food: 100 Montaditos!

Spain is famous for its Tapas. In Spain’s capital, Madrid, you will find Tapas restaurants at every corner of the street. But… did you know that there is a fast food variant of Tapas? A variant that is typical Spanish, cheap and really tasteful. This place is called 100 Montaditos!

Tapas Fast Food

What is 100 montaditos?

100 Montaditos is a Spanish Tapas concept with more than 350 restaurants worldwide. A montadito literally means a staple of the culinary arts from Spain. The first restaurant opened its doors in the year 2000.

100 Montaditos is known for its bread (Bocadillos in Spanish), they even have a patent on their secret bread recipe! They sell more than 150.000 montaditos every day.

Where in Madrid can I find 100 Montaditos?

It will not be hard to find 1 of the many restaurants they have in and around Madrid. They have 90 restaurants based in the community of Madrid. For example, there are two in our school area, just 10 minutes walking distance from Inhispania.

Things you need to know

Every Wednesday and every Sunday there is a special offer: every item in the menu (toda la carta) is just 1€!! Their menu is really big and you have plenty of options.

Keep it in mind for your next visit to the city. It is a cheap, easy and tasty option for a Spanish lunch!

https://spain.100montaditos.com/

Madrid’s best rooftop bars

Tired of all the museum visits and long walks? Looking for beautiful views over the city of Madrid? Roof terraces will offer you the solution! The views over Madrid are impressive and there are a lots all over the city, from fancy and exclusive ones to local and folksy ones. Below you will find the 5 best roof terraces in Madrid.

5. Gau & Café

The Gau & Café is a hidden gem, located in the brisk and multicultural area of Lavapiés. The restaurant is located inside an ancient monument that is part of a national heritage, 500 meter from the heart of Madrid.

On the roof you will find a restaurant area (Mediterranean cuisine) and a part where you can enjoy a drink. The best time of the day to visit the terrace is during sunset, the atmosphere is enchanting by then! Certainly worth to mention is that this roof terrace is not as expensive as, for example hotel roof terraces.

Where: C/ Tribulete 14, fourth floor. Metro: Lavapiés.
Opening hours: Open the whole year. Mondays to Fridays from 11 – 23.30. Saturday from 13.30, closed on Sundays.

4. La Terraza del Urban

The fanciest roof terrace on the list is definitely La Terraza del Urban. You are already warned because it is part of a 5 star hotel. This 5 star hotel is located a stone’s throw from the Spanish Parliament and offers supreme quality, from luxury cocktails to quality tapas (caviar and oysters for example). For a tapa and a cocktail you will pay around €25 and twice a week they offer live music shows.

Where: Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34. Metro: Sol
Opening hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11:00 to 03:00 and from Sundays to Tuesdays from 11:00 to 02:00.

3. Hotel Óscar

In the Chueca district you will find Hotel Óscar. This fancy hotel has a luxury swimming pool, lounge beds, cocktail tables and a beautiful panorama over the highest buildings of Madrid.

The entrance to the roof terrace is free but do not be shocked by the high prices for drinks and snacks. For a normal juice you will normally pay around €5. Using the pool costs €40 a day or €20 for half a day.

Where: Plaza Vázquez de Mella, 12. Metro: Chueca
Opening hours: 24/7

 2. Café el Viajero

This tropical roof terrace is located in the trendy area of La Latina, very close to the 2 most famous tapas streets of Madrid, Cava Alto and Cava Baja. The bar resemblance to a reggae-beach bar and normally reaches younger audience. You’ll get an amazing view of the basilica of San Francisco el Grande!

Where: Plaza de la Cebada, 11. Metro: La Latina
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays from 17:00 to 00:30. Fridays: 15:00 to 01:30. Saturdays: 12:00 to 01:30 and Sundays: 12:00 to 00:30.

1. La Terraza del Círculo de Bellas Artes

According to many Madrileños, the Círculo de Bellas Artes has the best roof terrace in Madrid. It is very close to our school, Inhispania, and for only €4 you can visit the roof terrace of this impressive building. Furthermore, the location (close to Plaza Cibeles and next to Banco de España) is excellent!

From the rooftop you have a beautiful view over the Retiro Park, Plaza Cibeles, the city hall, Paseo del Prado, the Prado museum and the Alcalá street. Go enjoy the view over ‘Madrid by night’ while chilling on one of the loungers and drinking a cocktail!

Where: Plaza Cibeles 1. Metro: Banco de España
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 to 02:00 and Saturdays and Sundays: 11:00 to 02:30.

Where to find the best Spanish tortilla in Madrid

Are you unsure of where to go to try some of the best tortilla española? To help you out, we have chosen our top 5 places to eat the famous tortilla here in Madrid. But first, a little information about tortilla and an astonishing fun fact!

The traditional tortilla is served either hot or cold and consists of egg and potatoes. Adding onions to them is a question of personal taste and causes a lot of controversy! There are regional variations of tortilla and are also now many places where you can try many different flavours. Just some of the many ingredients that can be added to a tortilla include: chorizo, mushrooms, goats cheese, caramelized onions or peppers!

TOP 5 PLACES TO EAT TORTILLA:

  • Pez Tortilla (Calle del Pez, 36)

Mejor tortilla Madrid

This is a buzzing, small, local hotspot with ´´buen rollo´´ (good vibes) where you can find many different types of tortilla in Malasaña. It is usually very busy so it´s hard to get a table but most people stand. The flavours are exciting and different. Along with the many tortillas, there are also unique flavours of croquettes and artisanal beer. It is 3 euros for a generous slice of tortilla with bread.

  • Sylkar (Espronceda, 17)

 Mejor tortilla Madrid

If you like your tortilla runny, then Sylkar is the place to go – with their award winning tortilla! The still use the same recipe as they did in 1970… so it be really good! Their tortilla is recognized as one of the best in the city.

  • La Buha (Calle de Gravina, Plaza de Chueca, 6) / (Plaza de la Cebada, 10)

Mejor tortilla Madrid

There are two La Buha´s (Chueca and La Latina). Both have enormous tortillas weighing a kilo. If you ask any local person, they will undoubtedly tell you to go to this restaurant and try the filled tortillas. Make sure you go on an empty stomach as the portions are very generous! If La Buha is busy, fear not because it has another restaurant called El Buo (Chueca and La Latina).

  • Casa Dani (Calle de Ayala, 28)

Mejor tortilla Madrid

Although in one of the smartest neighbourhoods in Madrid, Salamanca, it nevertheless offers authentic Spanish tapas for great prices. It is located in a market, Mercado de la Paz.  You can have the tortilla here with or without onion, pleasing both crowds!

  • Juana La Loca Pintxos Bar (Plaza de Puerta de Moros, 4)

Mejor tortilla Madrid

This is a cool tapas bar in La Latina with a great reputation. Although it is not the cheapest, it is still a very popular place to go. It has taken the traditional Spanish tortilla and added a little twist to it – they fill their tortillas with caramelized onions. If you are looking for a tapas bar for a nicer occasion then what´s not to like!

Make your own tortilla!

If you are feeling adventurous and want to try making a Spanish tortilla yourself, here is a step-by-step recipe to have you feeling like a native in no time!

Top 5: Beth

Inhispania intern

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museum close by Inhispania

Out of the “big three” art museums here in Madrid (the Reina Sofia and Prado being the other two). The Thyssen-Bornemisza was by far my favorite. It is more expensive than the other two but definitely worth the money. With an abono entrance is free so it is great for students!

La Hummuseria

Spanish food

If you are obsessed with hummus as I am, you will love this restaurant. It is situated in the alternative barrio of Malasaña and as it name suggests, serves hummus of all flavours which are absolutely delicious. It also has a sister restaurant called the Falafelaria which is in Chueca, very close to the school!

La Roselada del Parque del Oeste

Madrid park

This is probably my favourite open space in Madrid; it is at its best in the months of April and May and is situated in Parque del Oeste which a 15 minute walk away from the Royal Palace. The garden is full of different types of roses, it smells incredible and there are so many colours! It is definitely worth a visit and you can tick off another Madrid tourist site on your way there- Templo de Debod is just next to the park and has a  specific point where you can see a panoramic view of the city.  

Frutas Prohibidas

Madrid food

In the hot weather this place was my savior. It has smoothie bowls, refreshing juices and amazing salads. Perfect when you want something to fill you up and cool you down at the same time!

La Tabacalera

Madrid cultural center

The tabacalera is a cultural and art center located in the old tobacco factory in Lavapiés. The walls surrounding the building are covered in imp ressive graffiti art and inside the center hosts temporary exhibitions of art, photography and contemporary culture. At certain points in the year there is a patio and also underground graffiti tunnels to look at.

Top 5 in Madrid: Jeanne

Hello everyone, my name is Jeanne and here you have my Top 5 places in Madrid.

1. Calle Velarde, Malasaña.

If you are seeking for inspiration in order to renew your wardrobe or just inspiration in itself, go to this street. It is filled with Vintage and second hand shops. Each time you step outside one, you face the entrance of another. Not only are the playlists of the shops great (ranging from coldwave, shoegaze, rap, rock, folk…) but they all add up to the general atmosphere of the shop/street. Goes without saying, you will meet a good quantity of clothes there, but most importantly, you will meet the diversity, a huge range of different styles of vintage clothes. It is for this diversity that I find this place so inspiring. The styles vary from the most minimalistic to the most extravagant item of clothes. Whether you are looking for the usual denim jacket, a pair of dungarees, a silk shirt, a leather skirt or for a full red velvet dress, this street will meet your desires.

Si vous cherchez de l´inspiration pour renouveler votre garde-robe ou simplement de l’inspiration, jetez un coup d´œil à cette rue remplie de friperies. Chaque fois que vous sortirez d´une, vous vous trouvez en face de l´entrée d´une autre. La musique qui défile est aussi variée que les styles vestimentaires : coldwave, shoegaze, rap, folk, rock… C’est la signature de l´atmosphère de cette rue. La variété de styles que vous y trouverez est ce que je trouve très inspirant. Du plus minimaliste au plus extravagant, il y aura chaussure à votre pied ! Que vous cherchiez la veste en jeans de tout le monde, une paire de salopettes, des chemises en soie ou la full robe rouge en velours, cet endroit aura ce que vous voulez et de quoi vous surprendre.

¿Estás buscando inspiración para renovar tu guardarropa? Deberías ir a esta calle que está llena de tiendas de segundo mano. Cada vez que sales de una tienda, estas en frente de otra. La música que ponen es tan diversa como sus estilos de ropa: coldwave, shoegaze, rap, folk, rock…Es la firma es la diversidad, lo cual me parece muy inspirador. De lo más minimalista a lo más extravagante, puedes encontrar lo que quieras.  ¿Estás buscando chaquetas  de mezclilla, monos, camisas de seda o el completo vestido rojo de terciopelo? Ya sabes dónde ir.

2. Museo Reina Sofía

The go-to museum for contemporary art lovers.  The museum used to be a hospital, but underwent a renovation in the 1980s to become the art museum it is today.  Now it hosts some of the greatest modern and contemporary pieces of arts. For a Spanish artistic experience this is one of the best: you will be able to see the famous Guernica, along with other works of Picasso, Dalí or Miró. The museum has a small garden also in the court yard which gives you some fresh air while being at the heart of the city. I like to go there to refresh myself and experience some novelty. The exhibitions regularly change and offer you new ways of approaching the world and art. It is a paradise for abstract art in general.  As much as it is a rich place it is also a refreshing place to go. The venue has a coffee shop too and a book shop, it is a friendly place for art in general. Their big spaces make the experience even more enjoyable and wider.

C´est l´endroit où aller pour les amoureux d´arts contemporains. Le musée pourrait être considéré comme l´équivalent espagnol  du centre Pompidou. Autrefois hôpital,  le musée a été rénové dans les années 1980 pour devenir ce qu´il est aujourd´hui. Il accueille aujourd´hui  les plus grandes œuvres d´art moderne et contemporain. Pour une réelle expérience artistique espagnole c´est un endroit idéal : vous pourrez admirer le célèbre Guernica, ainsi que d´autres tableaux de Picasso, Dali ou encore Miró. Le musée dispose d´un jardin dans la cour antérieure vous donnant un souffle d´air frais au beau milieu de la ville également. J´aime m´y rendre pour son aspect rafraichissant et pour la nouveauté qu´il apporte. Les expositions changent régulièrement et vous offrent de nouvelles manières d´entrevoir le monde et l´art. C´est, pour tout dire, selon moi, le paradis de l´art abstrait ici à Madrid. L´endroit est aussi riche que revitalisant. L´établissement dispose même d´un café et d´une librairie. C´est un endroit accueillant pour les artistes, les amateurs d´art et l´art plus généralement.  Ses grands espaces rendent également l´expérience agréable et ample.

El lugar perfecto para los enamorados del arte contemporáneo. El museo podría ser considerado como equivalente al centro francés Pompidou en París. Antes era un hospital, el sitio fue renovado en los años 1980 para convertirse en el museo que es hoy. Acoge algunas de las obras de arte más importantes del arte moderno y contemporáneo. Es un lugar ideal para una experiencia artística española verdadera: puedes admirar el famoso Guernica, y otras obras de Picasso, pero también de Dalí o de Miró. El museo tiene un jardín en su patio, que le da un poquito de aire fresco en el corazón de Madrid.  Las exposiciones cambian con regularidad y te ofrecen nuevas maneras de percibir el mundo y el arte. Para mi es el paraíso del arte abstracto en Madrid. El sitio es tanto rico como refrescante. Dispone de una cafetería y de una biblioteca. Es un lugar acogedor para los artistas y los aficionados de arte.

3. Mistura

This place offers homemade and ecofriendly ice creams and sorbets. You get to choose the topping you want and they directly mix it for you with the ice cream in front of your eyes. All the ingredients come from local production.  What I appreciate from this place is the transparency of the natural products used and the ability to choose the toppings which come within the ice cream itself.  It is a little treasure for ice cream lovers that you can find nearby the school in the calle Augusto Figueroa. They also have other spots in Madrid, one in Goya and one between Opera and Tirso de Molina. They open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays as well which is always nice if you are looking for a place to have dessert! They also provide breakfast in the same spirit as their ice cream serving: all natural and customized by the customer.  And finally, they have vegan options!

Cet endroit vous propose des glaces et sorbets artisanales et respectueux de la nature. Vous pouvez choisir le topping que vous souhaitez, ils le mélangeront pour vous directement sous vos yeux avec la glace. Tous les ingrédients viennent de productions locales. Ce que j´apprécie de cet endroit c´est sa transparence sur ses produits naturels et la possibilité de choisir ce qui viendra dans la crème glacée elle-même. C´est un véritable trésor pour les amoureux de glace que vous pourrez trouver près de l´école, dans la rue Augusto Figueroa. Ils ont aussi deux autres magasins : l´un dans le quartier de Goya et l´autre entre Tirso de Molina et Opera. Ils sont ouverts les vendredis et samedis jusqu´à minuit, c´est donc l´endroit idéal si vous cherchez un endroit pour le dessert ! Ils proposent également des petits déjeuners dans le même état d´esprit que leurs services de glaces : tout est d´origine naturel et personnalisé par le client. Et pour terminer : ils proposent des options véganes !

Este sitio ofrece helados y sorbetes artesanales caseros.  Puedes elegir el topping que quieres y los vendedores te los mezclan con el helado que quieras delante de tus ojos. Todos los ingredientes son de producción local. Lo que me encanta de este sitio es la transparencia de los productos naturales y la posibilidad de elegir tus toppings que vienen dentro del helado mismo. Es un tesoro  para los amantes de helado y puedes encontrarlo cerca de la escuela Inhispania en la calle Augusto Figueroa. La marca tiene dos otras tiendas en Goya y cerca de Tirso de Molina y Opera que están abiertas hasta medianoche los viernes y sábado. ¡También tienen opciones veganas!

4. Cine Renoir y día del espectador

Are you a supporter of alternative and independent cinema? Renoir will offer a unique experience. It’s the perfect place if you are looking for quality films and/or films in original version. It is not very usual in the area to find movies with subtitles because the Spanish audience tends to prefer doubled movies.  The venue offers a large range of films, and this is not often the case for independent cinemas. You can see the latest Sundance and Cannes selections there, along with the European Cinema Night.  On a side note, each Wednesday in Spain it is the día del espectador. That means you get your place for half price, so go for it!

Adepte du cinéma alternatif et indépendant ? Le Renoir vous offre une expérience unique.  C´est l´endroit idéal si vous cherchez des films de qualité et/ou en version originale. C´est plutôt rare dans la région de trouver des films avec sous-titres car le public espagnol a tendance à préférer les films doublés.  L´endroit propose une large sélection de films, ce qui n´est pas toujours fréquent pour les cinémas indépendants. On peut y voir les sélections de Sundance et de Cannes, l´endroit accueille aussi la European Cinema Night. Chaque mercredi en Espagne c´est le día del espectador, ce qui veut dire que vous bénéficiez d´une séance à moitié prix, profitez-en !

¿Amante del cinema alternativo e independiente? El Renoir te ofrece una experiencia única. Es el mejor lugar si estás buscando películas de cualidad y/o en versión original con subtitulos. Es un poco raro encontrar películas en versión original con subtitulados porque el público español suele preferir películas dobladas. El lugar ofrece una selección bastante larga  de películas lo que no es muy regular para un cine independiente. Puedes encontrar películas seleccionadas para Sundance o Cannes y el lugar también acoje the European Cinema Night. El día del espectador, los miércoles, tiene las películas a mitad de precio, ¡No te lo pierdas!

 5. Sala Equis

I will finish by the number 1 recommendation in Madrid. This cine-bar used to project X movies as the name hints at, but has been renovated into cinema venue. It is now an alternative cinema with a bar downstairs. Upstairs, you have the projection room where you can take your drinks with you for the screening. The rooms have little tables and red velvet sofas to put you in the mood. What I like very much about this place is the atmosphere, because the people who work there or who simply go there love cinema. So you´ll have your chances of having a good chat about cinema with the people there! The venue also hosts cinema events like shortcut cine festival or Japanese film festivals. Check their webpage and their calendar, there will be something for you each day!

Je termine par le numéro 1 de mes recommandations à Madrid. Ce bar- cinéma était autrefois une salle de ciné X, comme son nom l´indique. En revanche il a été rénové pour être l’endroit qu´il est aujourd´hui, composé d´une salle de projection à l´étage et d´un bar en bas. A l´étage, tu peux prendre avec toi  un verre pour ta séance de ciné. La salle a de petites tables et des sofas de velours rouge histoire de te mettre dans l´ambiance. Ce qui me plait le plus de cet endroit, c´est son atmosphère, les gens qui y travaillent ou qui vont dans cet endroit tout simplement adorent le cinéma. Donc tu as des chances de rencontrer des gens posés avec qui discuter de cinéma. Tout ça dans une ambiance détendue.  La salle organise aussi et accueille des festivals de courts métrages ou sur des thèmes géographiques ou culturels.  Jette un coup d´œil au site et à leur programme, il y aura toujours un truc pour toi !

Terminando por el número 1 de mis recomendaciones en Madrid. Este cine-bar proyectaba antes películas X, como su nombre le recuerda, pero está ahora renovado y ha cambiado en un cine arriba y un bar en la planta baja. Arriba, puedes tomar tu bebida contigo para la sesión de cine. La sala tiene mesas pequeñas y sofás de terciopelo rojo para ponerte en el humor para una buena sesión. Lo que más me gusta de este sitio es su atmosfera, ya que se puede sentir que tanto a la gente que trabaja aquí como a los que simplemente ven las películas, les gusta el cine. También organiza acontecimientos como Shortcut cine festival of festival de películas japonesas. Tienes que mirar la página web y el calendario, ¡Hay una cosa para ti cada día!