Conde duque

  • Quesería Conde Duque

    Queseria Conde Duque Madrid

    This is a place for cheese lovers, a meeting point, an earthy paradise. Besides buying cheese, here you can taste it, discover unknown flavours, fascinating stories, origins and kinds, and above all, enjoy like never before.

    This place is a dream come true for three families of artisan cheesemakers: Álvaro Carral and María Martínez, from Quesería La Jarradilla, in Cantabria; Rubén Valbuena, founder of Cantagrullas (Valladolid), and Juan Carlos Hernández, owner of a very special cheese store in Medina del Campo (Valladolid), Los Quesos de Juan. With years of experience in manufacturing and selling cheeses, the team has taken a step further creating a space where they sell directly from producer to customer at a fair price, promoting craftsmanship and revealing the fascinating universe behind such a humble product.

    This is precisely what makes this place unique: they do not only sell cheese, but stories. They invite us to try their varieties and while we enjoy flavours and textures, they reveal some misteries: who made it, where, using which ingredients and techniques, letting us understand what makes it so special. They personally know the story behind each item in the store, artisan cheeses made from raw milk with plenty of time, love and respect for tradition and the environment.

    We find a selection of twenty cheeses that look amazing and really appealing on the counter, mostly made in Spain but also in England, France, Italy and Holland and represent the different technological families for cheese making in the world. There’s also fresh milk, yogurt, cream cheese and butter (plain, with herbs, fleur de sel, truffle oil…) with a quality that is hard to find in Madrid. They have made a commitment with quality instead of quantity that makes us really happy…

    In the backroom we find an atelier, Taller Conde Duque, a large and cozy room with a huge wooden table where they organize workshops, tastings and private events. They share this space with Chris Tonge, creator of Home Cake, a bakery project with a beautiful story worth knowing. He sells delicious cakes in the bakery next door, our beloved Panic, and we can also taste them at several cafés in Madrid, like Toma Café in Malasaña.

    The store opened just three months ago in a blooming neighborhood, Conde Duque, but is certainly here to stay. Hopefully in 2015 we celebrate the opening of new businesses who share the same spirit: excellence, simplicity, kindness and time to share not only good products, but also a great conversation.

    Quesería Conde Duque is located in calle Conde Duque 15, Madrid. Metro stations: San Bernardo (Lines 2 & 4) and Argüelles (Lines 3, 4, 6). Contact: 912 50 28 45. Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday from 11am to 9pm; Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Open every weekday on December.

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  • Panic

    What makes this place so special? Panic is a bakery where they make and sell real bread, and that’s hard to find in Madrid these days.

    Once you cross the door, you come into a parallel universe, it’s a journey through your senses… The scent of freshly baked bread fills the air of this small and cozy place, and in the air, warm and wet, you can breathe the mist of old bakeries. You feel like touching those loafs, so imperfectly perfect, and the huge wooden table, and losing track of time while exploring the books all around the place, or chatting with Javier, founder and passionate professional like no other. 

    If we had to define Panic in words, it would be patience, time, honesty, slowness. They start working very early, around 7 a.m. to make fresh bread for the day, and they open from 10 am to 9 pm, every day except Sundays. The ingredient list is really short: plenty of time, sourdough and organic flour, water, salt and lots of love, and the result is simply spectacular. Currently they offer six types of bread, all worth tasting: basic bread (white flour or whole wheat), 100% spelt, with seeds, 80% rye (a true delight) and the sticks”; all of them very tasty. The price goes from 3.60€ to 5.50€ per kilo of bread, an unbeatable price for a quality hard to find in Madrid. Besides bread, here you can also find spectacular cakes made by HomeCake, and occasionally they organize workshops where you can learn how to make a bread like these at home (4 hours, 50 €).

    Panic is located at calle Conde Duque 13, Madrid. Metro Station: San Bernardo (Lines 2 and 4). Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Contact: facebook / twitter / +34 910862201 /

    19 September, 2014 • Shops • Views: 8556

  • Taller de FEEAS

    We’re completely in love with this place.

    Taller de FEEAS is a one-of-a-kind jewellery atelier & store created by our admired artist and beloved friend Remedios Vincent. She is the kind of person who not only does have bright ideas, but also makes them happen.

    She imagined a place where she could work, create and sell her wonderful jewellery pieces, and found the perfect spot right in the heart of our favorite neighborhood in Madrid: Conde Duque. The space is just beautiful, and so are her pieces.

    Remedios gathers antique forgotten objects which no longer fit their original purpose and brings them back to life reconverted into wonderful, unsuspected jewels. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

    Inside this small magical universe one can’t help but lose track of time admiring each object, wondering about its past life and be delighted by its metamorphosis. Besides jewels, there’s also a great selection of vintage designer clothes and accesories by great designers like Alexander Wang, Yamamoto o Comme des Garçons, which perfectly match her pieces, and some reinvented porcelain items.

    An experience you just can’t miss… 

    Taller de FEEAS
    Plaza Guardias de Corps 1, Madrid [Conde Duque]
    Metro stations: Plaza de España / Noviciado / San Bernardo
    Opening hours: weekdays from 6:30pm; Saturday from 12:30am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm. You can shop 24/7 on her e-shop.

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    24 January, 2014 • Shops • Views: 7812

  • Olive

    Oliveopened less than three weeks ago and it comes with the signature of the great team of Madrid in Love, the same behind the pop-up stores we talked about here. The result couldn’t be nicer and it couldn’t be any other way coming from this interior artists: a tiny spot hidden in Conde Duque street where you can go almost any time of the day to have breakfast, a cup of good coffee or tea, or a snack. What we like the most is the cozy atmosphere, with a wooden bar and walls, perfect to go with a friend and chat for hours. Or you can also go by yourself and read something of your own or browse one of their great design and illustration books, the kind we love.

    We can’t wait to coming back and try their sponge cakes, crêpes which look so tasty, or some of their home-made cakes like the “tarte tatin”! Everything seemed delicious. Every detail is beautiful, even the cups where they serve the coffee or tea. Don’t miss this spot very close to Conde Duque Arts Center and ABC Museum, two places we love where we always find something interesting.

    Olive is located in 24 Conde Duque st., Madrid. Metro Stations San Berardo and Noviciado. Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday  8:00 am to 11:00 pm, Fridays from 8:00 am to 12 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12 pm, and Sundays from 9:00 am to 11 pm.


    2 May, 2013 • Cafe • Views: 10033

  • Museo ABC

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    It seems that finally the time has come and illustration has been elevated to a high category in the world of art, worth -why not- its own museum. One year ago, Museo ABC opened its doors in the neighborhood of Conde Duque, near Plaza de España, as the first art center specialized in drawing and illustration in Madrid. Quietly but effectively it’s made its own spot in Madrid’s cultural sphere, although it is still unknown to many locals and visitors. The building on its own is worth a visit: a former brewery remodeled by architects Aranguren & Gallegos, who definitely did a brilliant work. Simple and edgy, it brights in a wonderful and surprising contrast with the surrounding buildings, and all together they make the neighborhood shine. Once inside the surprise goes on: more than 3,000 square meters of open spaces, white and clean as a canvas that highlight the temporary exhibitions. This month we enjoyed the wonderful work of Alfonso Ruano (a contemporary book illustrator) and Carlos Saenz de Tejada (a well-known fashion illustrator of the 20′s and 30′s in Paris).

    As one would expect, there is also a café that seems to come straight out of a dream (we’ll just let the pictures speak), where you can have a coffee or a glass of wine with a toast before or after visiting the museum. The entrance to the museum and organized activities (for both children and adults) are free, so what else would one wish? Well, of course: a library. Although tiny, the wonderful selection does not disappoint special-edition, illustrated book lovers, and definitely made us wish we could take them all home. After all that’s been said, we highly recommend discovering this hidden gem, it surely will not disappoint.

    Museo ABC is located at calle Amaniel 29-31, Madrid. Metro stations San Bernardo (L2 and L4) and Noviciado (L2). Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 8pm, Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Phone Number: +34 91 758 83 79, more info on Facebook.

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    21 February, 2012 • Culture, Shops • Views: 6496