Everyone loves a good old ‘did you know…?’ story, so here are six incredible historical discoveries that are still in evidence today. Store each of these old photographs in a primely positioned corner of your mind and walk the streets of Madrid seeing double. It might take you a while you get anywhere, but it’s unacceptable to be in a rush here anyway.
There are few better ways to spend a Sunday in Madrid than strolling around El Rastro, but if you don’t have time to explore this 400-year-old market as many times as we have (possibly into three figures), then let us help you hit the ground running with seven of our most eccentric finds.
Meet Laye. He was once one of the young black men you’d see running from the police with a big white bag slung over his shoulders. Perhaps you were there, and maybe even stepped aside to let him run past.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and, to a scrap collector, the streets of Madrid are paved with gold.
Owned by a Syrian baker called Jihad, Pastelería Salamat has the best selection of baklava I’ve found in Madrid – and some amazing Syrian flatbread too.
El Rastro isn’t just a market, it’s a 400-year-old community of characters from all over the world, who live, eat and breathe El Rastro.
These €1 street-style samosas are the most authentic item of Indian food I’ve found in Madrid so far. In fact, they’re just like what you can find in India.
Muelles Ros – selling exclusively springs – has been run by the same family for three generations, since 1894.