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September 22, 2019

Restaurant: Casa Mingo, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Now this is one of the all time traditional restaurants of Madrid. I have come here for zillion times with the family as a young boy and then repeat visits. I took my sons as it would be a different place for them to soak up the Spanish cider tradition and the Asturians very popular around my previous places of living.  Enjoy it as we did with plenty of tortillas, chorizos, the great Mahou five stars beer , and cider!!! to finish!

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Casa Mingo is a popular restaurant / tavern in Madrid famous for serving roast chicken along with bottles of cider (one of its specialties). The dishes offered correspond to traditional Madrid cuisine with trends in Asturian cuisine. It is located on the Paseo de la Florida on the banks of the Manzanares River, next to the Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida.

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This house was inaugurated by Domingo García González in 1888 in the space that extends the Campo del Moro, occupying the old materials warehouse. It was a place where Asturians worked in the old North Station (Principe Pio Station). This place gradually became a meeting point at the beginning of the 20C of Asturians who emigrated to Madrid. The splendor of the tavern is due to that time. It was customary at the beginning of the 20C to go as a family to eat at Casa Mingo, a tradition that continues today.

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The tavern has two floors. The ground floor is very spacious. At the top there is a terrace with benches where you can eat. In the spring and summer months, terraces are installed to serve a large clientele. The tables are made of wood and tiled floors providing a traditional atmosphere maintained since its inauguration in the 19C

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Official Casa Mingo

Tourist office of Madrid on Casa Mingo

There you go folks you want traditional ambiance and food then come to Casa Mingo and away from the Centro/center of Madrid! Enjoy it buen provecho!

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And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

September 22, 2019

Shopping: Casa Yustas, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

In the middle of Plaza Mayor at No 30, you will find a well-known centennial place, famous for its hats. Casa Yustas, perhaps you passed by without noticing after all the commotion in the square, but do really do go in. My grandparents shop for their hats here and now my sons buys caps!!

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Its founder Leopoldo Yustas Ayuso, formed this store with the union of several small businesses that he had. The origins of the store date back to 1886, although its commercial activity with the current business began in 1894. The cap of King Felipe VI, for example, or many Royal Guard hats, have been made in the workshops of Casa Yustas!

It also has its own workshop for the manufacture of badges, flag assemblies, pennants and caps. In its current three exhibition floors where you can find gift items, souvenirs and porcelains, hats and military effects. Among the headgear we find traditional hats, made to measure and with a more modern line.

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In 1993 José Yustas died. His heirs did not want to continue in the business and Francisco Corazóna, who had met him with a good friendship with the Yustas family, decided to buy it. In this way Casa Yustas changed family, although the Corazonas ‘ kept all the staff there. With him went our family connection with the José Yustas’s family.

One of the first changes was to open the line of women and little by little also that of children. They have more than 12,000 hat references. There are classic models that are for sale all year and depending on whether summer or winter adapt the rest of the article. They also perform gallons and military and civil decorations. The expansion of the business line meant opening to brands such as Majorica, Tous and Lladró. And among the surprises of this store is the basement, ancient caves that are said to be connected and during the civil war the family hid there. Now it has recovered and they have created a private sales space for tourists.

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Official Casa Yustas

Tourist office of Madrid on Casa Yustas

There an institution at the Plaza Mayor itself one. Cannot missed it, and nice to stop by to see its creation or bring home a genuine Spanish hat or cap. Casa Yustas is Madrid!

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 22, 2019

Shopping: El Corte Inglés and Fnac, Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

I have written a post on El Corte Inglés so try not to repeat just posting here with new pictures from 2019.  My previous blog post on El Corte Inglés

The department stores El Corte Inglés was a small shop on Calle Preciados with a corner to Calle del Carmen and Calle de Rompelanzas dedicated to tailoring and clothing for children that had been founded in 1890. It has been our favorite shopping store in Madrid since 1995, and we do visit every time in the city as this 2019.

Official El Corte Inglés at Preciados

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Now our all time favorite since 1971 to 1995 was Galerias Preciados another dept store chain founded in 1943. The group took its name from Calle Preciados , where the first store was located, founded by Pepín Fernández on his return from Cuba in 1934. To found it he was inspired by the style of the El Encanto (and my older family shop there too!!! In turn model after the Galeries Lafayette of Paris ) in Havana. The inauguration took place in 1943, and later more centers were opened in other cities in Spain. Unfortunately, in 1995, all the chain’s stores were closed,and during that same year the absorption of Galerias Preciado by the El Corte Inglés (English cut) was carried out, which remodeled and maintained the 22 establishments acquired then at Galerias. The original building on Calle Preciados has been home to a commercial center of the French chain Fnac since 1993 and several offices (and we shop here too as in France).

We have also shop at the El Corte Inglés at Calle Princesa and Calle Goya. Pictures of each

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Fnac (Fédération Nationale d’Achats des Cadres); in Spanish Federación Nacional de Compras de los Ejecutivos is a French company, a subsidiary of Groupe Fnac Darty, specializing in the sale of electronic items, computers, photographic articles, books, music and video. It also offers Internet sales and is one of the pioneer groups in this format in their country of origin.

Official Fnac Callao

Fnac, since the inauguration of its first headquarters on Calle Preciados, reserves in several of its buildings a space called Forum, where literary events, workshops, concerts, talks and audiovisual projection are held, among others. The Callao building, which has access by Calle Preciados, the busiest commercial street in Spain and third in Europe, is a building dating from the 1940’s. It has 11,630 square meters of surface distributed over eleven floors. with Fnac, the flagship that this group has since 1994 . There is a remodelling programmed where it will be reduce its space and will occupy five floors compared to the current nine. The remodelling will be only on the inside as the outside features will remain on the building.

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And they are in the tourist office of Madrid too!!

Tourist office of Madrid on El Corte Inglés Preciados

Tourist office of Madrid on Fnac Callao

There are many wonderful stores all over Madrid, and we have patronise a lot over the years, however, for a quick shopping of everything the El Corte Inglés and Fnac can’t be beaten. Enjoy the happy shopping in my beloved Madrid.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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