I am a self confessed foodie!
I will travel for miles on foot to find a restaurant I’ve read about online.
The last few weeks I spent in Spain were filled with food adventures in Madrid!
Back in May I had one last medical check-up in Madrid (for Peace Corps) so I planned to fill my freetime with food explorations and finding free events.
Fonty Cafe had so many reviews online I had to try it.
Using Google maps I plotted out my walking route to find Fonty Cafe in Madrid, since it was relatively close to my doctors office. Major plus+
Another plus was the fact that it was in Barrio Salamanca. I loved walking around this barrio and peaking into all the little boutiques.
Now I’m really good with maps and finding my way around in foreign countries, but for some odd reason I kept getting lost.
After about 40 minutes and 1 million “Perdon, donde seta Calle de Castelló?” ,
I FINALLY FOUND THE CAFE!
It was such a relief to see the welcoming blue sign on the door!
I couldn’t contain my excitement and seriously had to calm myself down before entering. The smell of decadent pastries drifted through the folds of the door and I couldn’t wait to try EVERYTHING!
OK…maybe not everything ha ha. But it was breakfast time and I was starving since I couldn’t eat before my appointment.
Upon entering I was instantly calmed by the blues and grays of the decor. Even the floors were tiled with blue hexagon shapes to match the very inviting coziness of the place. I took mental notes of what I liked to implement in my future condo 🙂
I picked a seat next to the window and peered over the menu.
It was the typical Spanish affair of coffee with milk, tea or juice. There was also toast with tomato and ham, jam & butter or an artisan pastry.
It was fairly inexpensive too and comparable to the cheap cafe around town frequented by locals.
I love “Nepolitanas con chocolat” (pastry crust filled with milk chocolate) and opted for that with Tea and orange juice.
As I waited for my meal I decided it would be prime time to check out “el bano” (the restrooms) and take photos of the cafe.
The restroom, if you are curious, was very clean and aesthetically pleasing as the rest of the cafe. I did get in trouble for taking pictures of the pastries however. The explanation given was that they are one of a kind and they don’t want their competitors to see them. Or at least that’s what I think he said…you know my Spanish is so-so.
Back at my snug little window seat I patiently awaited my fresh pastry and tea. I did a little writing and should add this place is great for studying, reflecting or just hanging out with friends.
It did not disappoint! This little guy was the perfect temperature, allowing oozing yummy chocolatey goodness on every bite. My only critique was that it was too small! Not because I’m a fatty Mac fat fat. But the pastry place by my apartment sells it for twice this size at the same price!
Oh gourmet breakfast!
I savored each bite but it was over too quickly. I went up to the counter to order the famous macarons but they would not be ready until lunch time.
Oh well! I wanted to carry them with me to El Retiro park which is a short walking distance away.
I loved this place and wish I could find something similar in Botswana.
They serve lunch too if fancy a mid afternoon treat. If you are ever in the area please check it out!
Oh! And order a chocolate nepolitana for me please.
See you tomorrow.
P.S. Thursdays post will ALWAYS be a “Travel Throwback”! #enjoy