Our latest discovery is Il Tavolo Verde, a very special, unclassifiable, fascinating, unique place. Hidden in a quiet street but strategically located, this café and antiquity store is very close to two of our all-time-favorite spots in Madrid: the Retiro park and the brand new National Archaeological Museum, both places one cannot miss in Madrid. It is the perfect place for a stopover before or after getting lost discovering and falling in love (again) with Madrid.
From the moment we crossed the door, we felt a special kind of charm, and it all made sense when Martina and Leo told us their story. This lovely couple has created, with an infinite dose of love, patience and good taste, a space of their own where they share their creativity and bring together their passions: cooking, travel and antiques. They chose an old atelier that had been closed for years and transformed it into an “open home”, café and store that is, above all, a meeting point where you feel right at home, where they share delicious food, inspiration and treasures found in their travels around the world.
Upon entering we found a cafe with several tables, including a dreamy, huge wooden table that sits around 10 people, and a counter that reminds to a wonderful old bakery, showing spectacular cakes fresh from the oven (the pumpkin and chocolate bundt cake is such a delicacy). They prepare daily all kinds of delights and open from 10 am to 8 pm serving breakfast, lunch and snacks based on organic ingredients and vegetables from their own vegetable garden in Guadalajara. The only thing that they don’t prepare in their oven is the bread; instead, they bring it every day from our favorite bakery: Panic. Homemade, healthy and tasty, mostly vegetarian and seasonal cuisine. Il Tavolo Verde is “comforting”, in every single way…
But there’s more: the “backstage” hides a surprise, an antiquity market with beautifully restored furniture and all kind of objects for the home that they have found in markets across Europe, from wooden tables to mirrors, lamps, porcelain dishes, glassware… They also sell beautiful things from special brands that value craftsmanship, natural materials and great quality, such as La Costa del Algodón lingerie, organic tea from Les Jardins de Gala, wonderful cookbooks and illustrated children books, or flowers, coming from one of the most beautiful flower shops in Madrid: Fransen et Lafite.
Each visit becomes a moment of inspiration and happiness. A place where we are definitely always eager to return.
Il Tavolo Verde is located in calle Villalar 6, Madrid. Metro stations: Serrano (Line 4), Banco de España and Retiro (Line 2). Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday, and also from November 21 to December 2, 2014 – Martina and Leo are touring Europe in search of new treasures. Contact and reservations: +34 91 805 1512.