Today we’re sharing a secret. This is one of those places that we doubt wether keeping it to ourselves or spreading the word, afraid that it might become a “hotspot” and instantly lose all its charme. But let’s keep it “petit comité”. This is the place to be these early summer days in Madrid: le Café Bistrot de l’Institut Français, a café with a kind of terrace that’s missing in Madrid: quiet, nice and cool, in a courtyard filled with plants, somewhere away from traffic, cars and noise… and also where you won’t have to sell your kidney to pay the bill.
This café has a special air (so french, of course) and a terrace that no one can beat. It’s open to anyone -not just their students- and the only “problem” is their opening hours: only from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm. If you are lucky enough to be able to come during the week, you will have the pleasure of enjoying a good breakfast including a true French croissant (2,20€) or lunch (first and second course, dessert, drink and coffee) for 11€. They also prepare some homemade goods such as cakes, quiches and sandwiches (4€) and good coffee (1,50€).
We suggest taking some time after and have a look at the interesting exhibitions or watch a good film; the Institute organizes a good number of cultural activities including French cinema seasons for free. You can check out their programme here. This month we recommend you the open-air cinema in their courtyard, it’s cool and it’s free, and you can check it out here: “Summer Cinema: From the book to the screen“.
This wonderful space is available for renting in case you wish to organize a private event. We wish!
L’Institut Français de Madrid is located in calle Marqués de la Ensenada 12, Madrid. Metro stations: Colón (Line 4) and Alonso Martínez (Lines 4, 5 & 10). Opens from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm. Phone number: +34 917004834.