A weekend in madrid

botin since 1725 suckling pig

Botín, located in the heart of Madrid, Spain, is the world’s oldest restaurant according to the Guinness World Records. Established in 1725, this iconic eatery has served traditional Spanish cuisine for nearly three centuries. Renowned for its rustic charm and historical ambiance, Botín is particularly famous for its cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) and cordero asado (roast lamb), both cooked perfectly in its original wood-fired oven. I recommend Botin for the food, and the ambiance is not to be missed.

weekend in madrid

After traveling with BethAnn & Laurel worldwide, I couldn’t miss meeting them for a weekend in Madrid. Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain, is incredibly clean and stylish, and the food did not disappoint. From savoring succulent suckling pig at Botin to eating tapas and drinking vermouth along the charming streets of Calle Cava Baja, this weekend was an epicurean delight shared with friends who are the queens of “fast travel.” I love a weekend getaway, and while it might seem crazy to fly to Madrid for a weekend, it was worth it! Life is short; life is happening now; don’t miss it! My only regret is that I didn’t pick up a pair of espadrilles at Calzados Lobo – Tienda de Alpargatas.

Calle Cava Baja

Calle Cava Baja, a narrow street in the heart of Madrid’s La Latina neighborhood. This charming cobblestone lane is famous for its bustling tapas bars, making it a must-visit destination for any food enthusiast.

Mercado de San Miguel, where we sampled artisanal cheeses, olives, and sweet treats. The vibrant atmosphere and diversity of food stalls made it a perfect spot to explore Madrid’s food scene.

Casa de Valencia in Madrid is a must-visit for paella enthusiasts. Known for its authentic and delectable paella, this charming eatery brings the flavors of Valencia to the heart of the Spanish capital. Whether you savor the traditional seafood variety or opt for a tantalizing vegetarian option, the vibrant colors and rich aromas of their paella will transport your taste buds to the sunny shores of Valencia, making it a delightful culinary experience in Madrid.

Catalonian Pan con Tomate

Catalonian Pan con Tomate, a quintessential element of a typical Spanish breakfast, pairs wonderfully with jamón ibérico. This dish involves rubbing fresh, ripe tomatoes on toasted bread, drizzling it with olive oil, and seasoning with a touch of salt. The addition of thinly sliced jamón ibérico, a renowned Spanish cured ham, complements the tomato’s freshness and the bread’s crunchiness.

Established in 1897 by Timoteo Lobo, Calzados Lobo – Tiende de Alpargatas is one of Spain’s oldest shoe companies, embodying tradition and artisanal craftsmanship. Nestled in Old Madrid, this historic shoe shop maintains its original façade and interior while drawing a constant stream of locals seeking espadrilles and various shoe styles. Notably, even renowned designer Carolina Herrera counts Lobo among her favorite stores for espadrille shopping when she visits Spain.