The classic Madrid bar from the Christmas Lottery advertisement: they triumph with carrot cake, pizzas and chocolate
The Christmas Lottery 2023 advertisement has already been released and presents us with an emotional family story between a daughter and a father linked to the luck of the draw. The advertising spot, lasting more than four minutes, stars actors Carlos Olalla and Andrea Thurman... and also emblematic places of the Madrid center. One of them is the Cafe del Reala bistro-pizzeria which is one of the most classic bars in the capital.
This place is located right next to the Lottery Administration in Plaza de Isabel II (Lotería Ópera), or in other words, the place where the young woman in the advertisement buys the Christmas Lottery tenth which he shares with his father. For this reason, at the beginning of the spot this place appears fully, integrating perfectly with its surroundings.
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Located next to the Royal Theatre and only five minutes walk from Madrid's royal palacethis café that bears the same last name as the two mentioned monuments brings together in equal parts “bohemianism and tourist”. It is a place divided into three floors where customers can choose between different culinary and ambiance options.
On the upper floor there is the bistrothe perfect space to have breakfast, enjoy social gatherings and taste the famous carrot cakes. The kitchen specializes in homemade cakes that are a hit among diners not only for their flavor, but also for their XL format. In addition, the place boasts a wide variety of coffees, infusions and teas.
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On the other hand, on the ground floor is the Pizza shop. Like the cakes, the recipes are homemade and the menu is complemented with various salads, various toasts, empanadas and filled quiches, artisanal desserts and a wide range of wines and other alcohols.
In a web report The Nights of Madrid, the person in charge of the venue explained that they generally play “instrumental music” and that they bet a lot on the “classical” when being next to the opera. That does not prevent other musical aspects such as jazz and modern music from being played, but always betting on the instrumental option. “Not only is it less annoying, but it is more involving,” he said.
This piped music plays practically all day. The pizzeria's hours are uninterrupted between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. from Sunday to Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 00:00 a.m. to 02:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
A few meters from Café del Real is one of the capital's trendy restaurants: Papagena, on the sixth floor of the Teatro Real. Overlooking the Royal Palace and Plaza de Oriente, the restaurant pays tribute to Mozart and his work through its menu and cocktails, creating a unique atmosphere in the heart of the city.
The name of the place is inspired by one of the main characters of “The Magic Flute”. This character, known as the bird-man, seeks love and the formation of a family in the play, facing various tests until finally finding his beloved, Papagena, in the final opera duet.
The restaurant's gastronomy is directed by the Catalan chef Ramon Freixa, who offers a menu that mixes traditional dishes with modern and creative touches. Among the specialties are “Strawberry gazpacho with its mimetic ice cream”, “Hake fritters with soft chive aioli and citrus pearls” and “Burrata caprese injected with basil and tomato tartar”, as well as classic dishes and exotic flavors such as the “Curry chicken dumplings with pisto hoisin” and the “Iberian saam with 'live' lettuce, bacon and flame-grilled octopus.” You can read all the details of the restaurant here.
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