• Souvenirs from our Infinite Breakfast #1

    On Sunday February 1st, Madrid y yo hosted our first Infinite Breakfast, the first of a series of meetings where we aim to meet interesting people and projects to share breakfasts and good moments, where everybody is welcome. To start this year full of good energy, in this first meeting we enjoyed a yoga masterclass and a breakfast that went on until lunchtime… María and Cris welcomed us into their beautiful school Badde Yoga, a shelter in the heart of Madrid -in a building next to the Puerta del Sol – and started the morning with a session of vinyasa yoga and a guided kundalini meditation to fill us with energy and enjoy a peaceful and special morning.

    After the yoga class we enjoyed a delicious homemade breakfast with the Picniquette signature: healthy and comforting dishes perfect for reenergizing after the yoga session and facing one of the coldest winter days in Madrid. On the table, options for all, both sweet and salty: lemon and polenta cake, banana bread, bowl of organic yogourt with fruit and homemade granola, tapioca pudding with almond milk; green sprouts with quinoa, sweet potato and avocado and a special lemon and tahini dressing, roasted vegetable frittata, red lentil hummus and pita

    We also had the pleasure to have very special guests with us: Marisol, the soul behind our favorite tea shop in Madrid, Teterimundi Tea Time, who helped us to choose teas and infusions and revealed the secrets and properties of every different kind of tea. It is always a delight to listen to her (as she’s an absolute expert on the field) and her story, how she founded her wonderful little shop in the passage of San Ginés. We also had María and José, creators of Deliving, a brand that has us absolutely in love with their plates, bowls and pieces of hand-crafted and hand-painted ceramics that have that charm that only unique pieces have.

    We really wanted to go further from strictly digital, go off-line and meet you personally. The result was fantastic and your happy faces and your words have been the greatest reward We’re so happy with the experience of this first meeting that we are already working on the following ones around different experiences. We will soon be making a second call to Infinity Breakfast # 2 and we would love to have you there with us. Places for the first sold out in one day, so if you do not want to miss the second breakfast, please subscribe to our newsletter to receive first-hand news.

    Huge THANKS to all participants and contributors for making this possible, see you soon!

    Photo credits: Iaia Cocoi para Picniquette // Badde Yoga // Madrid y yo

    13 February, 2015 • Eventos • Views: 7930

  • Il Tavolo Verde

    Il Tavolo Verde Madrid

    Il Tavolo Verde Madrid

    Il Tavolo Verde Madrid

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    Il Tavolo Verde Madrid

    Il Tavolo Verde Panic Madrid

    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, glasswareThey 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, 2014Martina and Leo are touring Europe in search of new treasures. Contact and reservations: +34 91 805 1512.

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    Il Tavolo Verde Antic Market Madrid

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    27 November, 2014 • Bars & Restaurants, Cafe • Views: 15639

  • Ganz

    Ganz Cafe Bistrot Madrid

    Ganz Café Bistrot

    Ganz Cafe Bistrot Madrid

    We don’t specially like to adopt foreign traditions, but we have to say that we love to extend breakfasts forever, and that’s why we always welcome restaurants offering brunch on weekends. However, it’s not easy to find places where product quality is essential, and with an atmosphere that invites you to stay long and have a good conversation. In Ganz, they’ve achieved this and much more; indeed the name “ganz” means “well done” in German. Behind this place there are two partners coming from worlds far away from the restaurant sector who decided to jump into this adventure because they were missing in Madrid a place to eat well, which pays attention to the details and where one can feel at home. We were excited to try it and it really exceeded our expectations.
    At first glance, the careful decoration is amazing, with checkerboard floors and furniture in blue. We also like the location – in the heart Las Letras neighborhood - and the light coming through the large windows, but the best thing here is definitely the food.
    The brunch is simply unbeatable. It starts with a good coffee and fresh juice, followed by a basket of breads and pastries worthy of the best French pattiseries. Then, a principal to choose among 8 options, where we definitely recommend the eggs benedictine, with the perfect boiling and a lovely hollandaise sauce. Finally a homemade yogurt, which remembers to those our mothers prepared when we were little. All for 18 euros, a very fair price considering the quality of the products. We still have to go to try the menu, which consists of 20 simple dishes but seasonal-changing and prepared with the best goods. We´ve heard wonderful things about the burrata with truffle oil and fresh basil, duck with applesauce, and roasted lamb. It can be the perfect place for a special dinner in an intimate atmosphere and with a great soundtrack: jazz and bossa-nova. In fact the restaurant has only 11 tables, in order to give the best attention and maintain a friendly atmosphere. And if all this wasn´t enough, the wine list is short but well thought, with references from small wineries difficult to find in stores, which are renewed every so often. A real attraction for wine lovers eager to try new ones. We will definitely come back, but especially because of the careful attention, with no hurries and always with a big smile, which is essential for us and it´s something that we look for in every place we recommend in the blog. The owners, Gonzalo and Diego, can be proud of this project and we wish them the best. Apart from the restaurant, Ganz also hides a surprise: an art gallery in the basement that you can rent for all kinds of events.
    Ganz is located on Calle Almaden 9, Madrid (area Barrio de las Letras). Metro station: Atocha or Anton Martín (L1).
    Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 18:00.
    Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 12:00 to 14:00h. They will be offering lunch menus from October for about 13 euros.
    Contact: facebook / twitter / +34 911733937 /
    Ganz Cafe Bistrot Madrid
    Ganz Cafe Bistrot Madrid

    3 October, 2014 • Bars & Restaurants, Cafe • Views: 7327

  • Bar Lambuzo


    According to the dictionary, lambuzo refers to an animal ” that has the long snout ” and in Andalusia it refers to a “foodie”. It couldn’t be a more appropriate name for this temple Andalusian food located in the heart of Madrid, between Callao and Opera. María, our lovely hostess, tells us the story that brought her family here: a lifetime in a kitchen, following the footsteps of his grandfather who first founded a bakery in the town of Villamartin, in his native Cadiz, more than a century ago.

    Behind the kitchens of Lambuzo are Pepe Moreno, his wife and four children and you notice it from the start, because since you walk in you feel at home. In here everybody is a friend or will become a friend of this nice family who has put all the enthusiasm to this place: from the croches that line the walls made by the mother, the nice and warm decor in which their children have helped, or the design of the web and social networks managed by María. And of course, most importantly, the delicious food prepared by Pepe Moreno himself and his wife, who always come to the table to chat with the guests.

    We love that you can order for small “tapas” (ranging from 2.50 to 4 euros) or dishes (8-12 euros). We ate everything in tapas to try more things and yet we ended really full! The anemones chips were stunning, also exquisite the salted tuna (“mojama”) from Barbate (a region in Cádiz) with lime and pepper, the bull tail croquettes (a delicacy), or  “pajarete” cheese from Villamartin. Many of the dishes like their fries or gazpacho are gluten-free. Don’t miss the homemade cakes one of the daughters make, they’re simply delicious!

    They also offer a noon menu for 10 euros from Tuesday to Friday including starter (a tapa of your choice), a main dish (home-made and delicious), dessert or coffee, that changes weekly and you can check in advance here. Many of these Andalusian treats are also available to take away since this place is a grocery too. Among other things you can find “morrillo” tuna, tuna loin in lard, scold, mackerel in olive oil, peas and beans “La Pedriza”, sherry vinegar, olive oil… everything brought from small Andalusian producers with whom Pepe has been working for years. It is difficult to decide among so many things but we’ve been told that they might soon start selling their products in small sets as a gift, and we’d definitely love to get one of those.

    They have a nice terrace outside where you might want to spend some time these perfectly warm late-september days. And if you’re thinking about celebrations, they have a nice place downstairs that can be booked for private events up to 30 people. We can’t think of a better place to celebrate in a casual way with tapas: a birthday, a farewell party, a thesis… celebrating is always welcome!

    Definitely a great place where we felt just great and lost track of time. We loved it all. Thank you María, Pepe and everyone in the family for making us feel so good, we’ll be back really soon!

    Bar Lambuzo is located in calle de las Conchas 9, Madrid. Metro Station Callao (L3 and L5) and Ópera (L2, L5 and R). Closed on Mondays, check out their opening hours here. Phone Number: +34 911434862. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.



    20 September, 2013 • Bars & Restaurants • Views: 8008

  • L’Artisan Furansu Kitchen

    Today we’re talking about a very special restaurant located in the heart of “Las Letras” neighborhood: L’ Artisan Furansu Kitchen. It is special because it is the result of the dreams and the good work of four entrepreneurs who, despite their youth, have a wide experience in the kitchens of restaurants like the former “Toma” or “Le Garage” in Madrid. They have been responsible for the decor (they themselves have even stung the domes downstairs), and because in the few months it’s been open, it has already earned the good comments of many gastronomic reviewers, such as Federico Oldenburg, among many others.

    And the truth is that after trying their dishes we can’t say anything but all compliments fall short in this French and Japanese-inspired restaurant. The four chefs who run L’ Artisan (Spanish Javier Alonso, French-Japanese Stephane Shoji and Gohei Kishi and Ecuadorian Gisella Herrera) have combined brilliantly all these origins and have made a short but very thoughtful and wise menu. We tried the sea bass ceviche with chili, cilantro and wakame seaweed, tempura sardines which is one of the popular dishes (a must), magret de canard with peach compote (spectacular!) and roasted butterfish in saikyo miso, a fish that literally melts in your mouth. For dessert, we tried the mascarpone with caramel, also great. Everything was so tasty and so well presented that we can’t highlight one thing over the rest, so you’ll have to come to try yourself! Wine connoisseurs also will appreciate its variety of well chosen French wines and very surprising cocktails such as the Japanese mojito with sake and mint.

    In addition, L’Artisan offers a lunch menu for 14€, a great price for its quality and deliciousness. For those not lucky enough to work in the city center, we’ll always have the option to go for dinner. The place has two spaces: upstairs there’s an open kitchen with small tables, but we like it better downstairs, under the brick cellar with vaulted ceilings, a chilly hided spot in the middle of the bustling Huertas. If you come across this place a little bit late, you can also go to have some cocktails at the bar, open until 2 am.

    L’ Artisan – Furansu Kitchen is located in Ventura de la Vega 15, Madrid. Metro Station Sevilla (L2) . Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00 and 20:00 to 2:00. Average price/person 25€. Contact them by phonoe +34 91 420 31 72, Twitter or Facebook.



    6 September, 2013 • Bars & Restaurants • Views: 6327

  • Círculo de Bellas Artes’ Rooftop

    There are many ways to look at Madrid, and what we like the most about this city, to which we dedicate our blog and our time, is that one never stops discovering new angles, perspectives to contemplate the city. It’s difficult to pick our favorite, but there is definitely something special about the Círculo de Bellas Artes’s rooftop and that’s why it’s our blog’s opening picture.

    We love the Círculo de Bellas Artes because it always has a very interesting cultural agenda, but what makes it unique and really special is its rooftop, a place where we can almost touch the famous sky of Madrid. It is always a good moment to come here, but probably spring and summertime is our favorite. Concert season is coming and it’s a wonderful experience that one cannot miss: live great music -mostly jazz-, ashtonishing views and a magical atmosphere. In any case, for only 3 euros you are welcome to come up here to admire Madrid’s particular skyline, where the monumental buildings spread from the city center to the infinite, only interrupted by a few skycrappers.

    A perfect place to enjoy Madrid’s unforgettable skies, a gift that we get almost every day. That skies that have inspired many painters, from Velazquez to Antonio López, as well as poets and writers. As Pla said, the only thing that could bring him back together with Madrid was the sky, the clouds and the air, or Julio Llamazares, who wrote this beautiful ode called “Madrid’ sky”:

    “That sky of Madrid [...] is the one that keeps the dreams of all the madrileños and the people who, not being from Madrid, arrive here everyday to conquer the sky. Not the one that covers us, but the one that we all have underneath. Because unlike other cities, people come to Madrid to conquer the sky.” – Julio Llamazares.

    El Círculo de Bellas Artes is located in calle Alcalá 42, Madrid [metro Sevilla]. Opening hours: everyday from 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 9pm. Follow them on their blog, Facebook and twitter, or listen to their radio station: Radio Círculo.

    12 April, 2013 • Culture • Views: 8413

  • Aiò


    If you live in Madrid, we are sure you have passed by this place many times. And indeed, Aiò draws your attention because its façade and a vintage design we love.

    But the truth is that the best of Aiò is the food. They are specilized in Sardinian cuisine (the one and only in Madrid) and offer a menu that shows the true italian tradition in this place. Marcello and Andrea are behind this project (don’t miss their great videos below). These two italian friends decided to go for their own business in 2011, when times were already hard and you had to be brave or have a very good idea to make the move. And in this case it has probably been a combination of the two: Aiò’s philosophy is about homemade food, fresh products and bringing over recipes like the authentic italian pizzetta (around 3€) or giving a Sardinian touch to more classical dishes like lasagna (6€) or fresh pasta (7.50€) that changes every week. As one would expect, they also have a wonderful coffee (Costadoro), and other specialities from the italian island of Sardinia like Ichnusa beer or Fregola pasta. You can have all that to take away or stay. And for dessert: please do not miss the tiramisu!! Prices are also really affordable and they have a lunch menu for 9.50 euros, including two dishes, a drink and coffee.

    If all of this is not enough, we’ve also loved the “bicycle culture” here. In Aiò, you can order the italian handmade bikes ABICIS, not exactly cheap (around 800€ each) but a true treasure. They also promote exhibitions and crowdfunding projects inspired to promote bike culture in Madrid. A must for italian food lovers… although who isn’t really?

    Aió is in Corredera Baja de San Pablo 25, Madrid. Metro Station Callao. Phone number +34 91 009 6469. Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 12:30pm – 01:00am, Friday and Saturday 12:30pm – 2:30am and Sunday 12:30pm – 01:00am. You can also follow them on Facebook.

    * Special thanks to Morena for introducing us to this great spot, and Marcello & Andrea for making it possible. We’re big fans already!


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    15 February, 2013 • Bars & Restaurants • Views: 6266

  • La Ciudad Invisible


    If you love travelling (and we’re sure you do) you must discover La Ciudad Invisible, the Invisible City. This café bookshop for travellers is an unforgettable and peaceful place, right in the heart of Madrid, hidden in a narrow street between Opera and Callao. It has been open for less than one month but it’s so cozy and warm that it seems to have been here for a lifetime.

    Four entrepreneur globetrotters are behind this wonderful project, based on the idea of creating a meeting point for travellers, a place to share experiences and advice while having a coffee and taking a look at their guides, or surfing the web – free wi-fi is included. If you are planning to go on a trip, they will help out or find someone else who has already been there, just to share valuable information on a face-to-face conversation.

    To make this dream come true, they have hired greatly talented people: Triscaideca -a couple of interior designers with a promising future- and the amazing BoaMistura, who designed and painted their beautiful logo. All together have created a space where you feel right at home, with a great dose of kindness, good café, food and drinks, shared knowledge, comfy couches, wooden tables, shelves full of guides and great background music.

    They love networking and bringing people together, that’s why they also organize language exchange sessions and debates. The basement is a perfect spot to organize this kind of events, so if you have any idea or just want to share your travelling experiences, don’t hesitate to tell, they will be glad to work it out. You can also collaborate with their own bookcrossing project by giving away the travel guides that you are not going to use anymore.

    We love their philosophy that is willing to support a different kind of tourism, a more responsible and ethic one and also more interesting and sustainable, so our trip is not only a great experience for us but also for the world around. La Ciudad Invisible is open almost always, from early morning til midnight. They prepare a good breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and cakes, shakes and drinks. We are looking forward to go back really soon.

    La Ciudad Invisible is located in calle Costanilla de los Ángeles 7, Madrid. Metro Stations Ópera (Lines 2 and 5) and Callao (Lines 3 and 5). It opens everyday excep Mondays; from Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am till midnight; Fridays from 11 am till 2:30 am; Saturdays from 12 pm till 2:30 am and Sundays from 12 pm till midnight. You can also follow them on facebook and twitter.



    31 October, 2012 • Bars & Restaurants, Cafe • Views: 8067

  • La Piola

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    We recently spent a good afternoon wandering through one of our favorite neighbourhoods, el Barrio de las Letras, between Sol and the “Museum triangle”. We enjoyed taking some pictures at Ad.hoc (our beloved flower & clothes store) and chatting with the owner, and right after drinking a cup of good coffee at its neighbour, La Piola. This café will catch your eye while you walk along this street, with its open window and a vase with beautiful blooming flowers. We were lucky to get the best table, the one with the views to the street -calle León- one of the most beautiful streets in Madrid, full of wonderful places. The atmosphere in this café is quiet and cozy during the daytime -there is always someone on its own with a book or a laptop- and pretty vibrant at night. It´s open all day, from morning ’til night, and you can either have breakfast, lunch -don’t expect great dishes but there are some salads, pasta and tostas that make it-, tea with a piece of homemade cake, beers or cocktails. You can take a look at the menu in advance here. Good atmosphere, good music, plenty of natural light and acceptable prices (coffee 1,40€, cañas 1,40€, mojito 7€). Highly recommended.

    Bar La Piola is located in calle León 9, Madrid (Barrio de las Letras / Cortes). Metro station Antón Martín (Line 1). Opens everyday from 10am to 1am. Contact via Facebook.

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    5 April, 2012 • Bars & Restaurants, Cafe • Views: 7958

  • Tea Time

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    Tea Time is one the most special shops we know in Madrid. This place seems to be taken from a fairy tale, hidden in a little square we never pass by: just behind the typical cafeteria San Ginés (the one with the chocolate and “churros”), near the Plaza Mayor. Stepping into this shop is like visiting the house of an alchemist, full of glass bottles and tin cans carefully labeled, containing an amazing variety of teas, infusions, special sugars and other delicacies uneasily found, like lemon curd. Once inside, you lose track of time browsing the shelves -it’s incredible the huge amount of things that can fit in such a little space- , reading the lists of available teas -all you can think of, ranging from pure teas imported from all over the wolrd to special mixes based on black, green or white teas with fruits, flowers and spices, and a long list of infusions to cure any sickness (you can find the complete list here). It’s a delight to the senses opening those boxes and smelling the content, but it is even better getting home and enjoying the ritual of preparing the tea. If you need any tea accesories, you will find everything here. To make the best choice, do not hesitate in asking the owners, true experts in the art of tea and always willing to give advice. A must-go shop for tea lovers, and for those that haven’t fallen yet… they will here, for sure.

    Tea Time is located in Plazuela de San Ginés 2, Madrid (right next to Plaza Mayor). Metro station Sol (Lines 1, 2, 3).Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, 11am – 9pm. Phone No: +34 913 540 680. In case you are not able to come, you’ll always have the choice to buy online:

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    Fotos: Madrid y yo

    * Gracias Elena por este enorme descubrimiento…

    30 March, 2012 • Shops • Views: 10343