Thing to do: Celebrate Lhardy´s 125 anniversary!!

Lhardy is one of the first and oldest restaurants in Madrid, and these days is celebrating its 125th anniversary!!

It was opened in 1839 by Emilio Huguenin Lhardy and it was said to have introduced French haute cuisine to Madrid. It is one of those places that still keeps the atmosphere of other times!


This restaurant was very popular in the XIX century and the XX one, and a lot of famous people spent time in the place:

  • When the Queen Isabel II was 17 years old, in 1847, she visit this place without telling she was the Queen
  • Federico Madrazo painted Emilio Lhardy in 1867
  • The King Alfonso XII used the restaurant to meet Sesto Duch
  • In 1896, in  Zarzuela Theater, one of the representations spoke about the place
  • in Lhardy´s japanese salon was founded the “Cofradía de la buena mesa” in 1972
  • In 1916,  Mata-Hari was capture and declared spy in the Palace Hotel after having lunch at Lhardy.
  • Manuel Rodríguez “Manolete”, the bull fighter had an amazing dinner at Lhardys in 1944.
  • And so many others…

Don´t miss the opportunity of visit the place, they keep a lot of old things that shall make you travel to other times, and… the food is amazing!!

If you want to know more details visit their website:

It is a little bit pricy but join them in the celebrations and enjoy its 125 anniversary menu!!



Thing to do: Instagramer Gallery

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks for pictures. Due to this thing to do is about Instragram don´t hesitate to check ours!! 365ThingsMadrid :)

Instagramers Gallery Madrid starts with 500 images selected between 27 users (photographers) from 18 countries: 200 are Madrid´s corners captured by Instagram users and other 66 are the awards ones in the Instagramers Photo Prize.


Pictures. Photography. New art = Instagram? what do you think about it? are the new social networks opening new channels for art open world wide thanks to Internet??

To answer to this question or have new thoughts don´t miss this great initiative.

Don´t miss also the online exhibite with more than 12.000 users and 11.000 followers:

Free entrance



Thing to do: Welcome to Palace!

Madrid is having a great initiative: show palaces for free to public.

Tones of people have been interested really soon and nowadays any reservation is available, but make sure you follow carefully the website: because new opportunities to participate and visit the Palaces shall appear soon.

The guided tours are free and Madrid wants to make closer these incredible buildings and their history to the public:

  • April was dedicated to Marqués de Fontalba Palaces, now it is the Fiscalía General del Estado.
  • May – Palacete de don Guillermo de Osma. It is the current Valencia don Juan Institute.
  • June – Fernán Núñez Palace. It is hosting the current Spanish Ferrocarril Foundation.
  • July – Casa-palacio de don Manuel González-Longoria. Nowadays it is the Colegio Notarial de Madrid.
  • August – Godoy Palace the current use is to hold the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales.
  • September - Bauer Palace the current Superior Singing School.

The visits are in small groups (25 people) and the guides are Patrimonio employees.


Check their website often to catch the new tours as soon as they are published!!!


Thing to do: Easter time

During Easter time, Madrid is having a complete activities program: cultural topics, concerts, activities for kids and religious events shall be spread in several locations until April 20th.

semana santa

Check the official website to find all of them and explore the different options:

For those that are visiting Madrid / Spain for the very first time, the Easter celebrations are very traditional and the religious events are probably very different to other parts of the world, feel free to join and see how it look like (even if you are not a very religious person, Easter in Madrid can be interesting).

Next week, we´ll try to suggest things to do out of this program, in order to give you more ideas to enjoy Madrid during Easter!!


Thing to do: Torrijas time :)

Torrijas time is here!!!

This sweet, torrija, is originated in Andalucian convents during the XV century as a way to use up stale bread. Today it is a popular sweet during Easter all over Spain. The British call it bread pudding, while Americans would probably call it “French Toast” although torrijas…. is maybe a little bit different: cinnamon, wine or honey can be added to get a different flavor!!

You can find torrijas these days, every where, at bakeries and cafeterias, try them and if you want to try to make them at home, here you have the recipe :)

You need bread (they sell these days a special bread to make torrijas, try to find it), lemon, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon sticks, 1 1/2 cups of milk , olive oil and also if you want honey or wine to be added to the milk.



  1. Cut the bread into slices, 3/4 of an inch thick. The bread has to be thick to soak up all the milk!
  2. Peel the rind of a lemon, pour the milk, sugar, lemon rind and cinnamon sticks (if you like it) into a pot and bring it to boil. Once it becomes to boil, lower the flame and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Let it cool for 5 minutes and, pour it onto the bread in a big dish or something similar where you can have the milk and the bread together. Turn the bread pieces over in the milk so that they soak up on both sides.
  4. Beat 2 eggs, then take each piece of bread and dip both sides into the egg. Place them in another dish to wait to fry.
  5. Heat some olive oil over a high flame as soon as it begins to smoke a little bit, lower the flame to medium and begin to fry torrijas!! when you see the bottoms begin to brown, turn them over.
  6. Last! take the torrijas to a nice plate an put on top some sugar. Honey can also be added.

Tell us how it was, and post your torrijas pictures on twitter!! @365ThingsMadrid

If you just want to try them… some of the best places in Madrid, or at least very popular and traditional ones are:

  • PASTELERÍA NUNOS  – Narváez, 63
  • LA MALLORQUINA  – Mayor, 2
  • PASTELERÍA VAIT – Félix Boix, 9
  • CASA MIRA – Carrera de San Jerónimo, 30

Other thing to do until the end of month it is to try the first Torrija´s route :) If you are a really great fan… don’t´hesitate to eat as much as you can!! :) exercise later also as much as you can because this sweet shall put some calories on you :) all the places that participate in this route can be find here.



Thing to do: Kiss, kiss, kiss

Although looks like there are several dates all over the world to celebrate the kiss day (kiss day, stolen kiss day…), today, is the anniversary of the longest kiss ever: 46 hours 24 minutes and 9 seconds!!!

And in order to commemorate this record, today in Madrid we celebrate the International Kiss Day!!!July 6th is another of the dates regarding kiss celebration :) so, you have double opportunities to celebrate this day!!


Our thing to do for today is pretty awesome: Kiss, Kiss, Kiss the people you love and enjoy this Sunday!!

Thing to do: ReFringe Madrid 2014

Robert Kemp in 1947 used the concept Fringe to name the no selected artists in the Edinburgh Festival as soon as they started to create a parallel festival that nowadays is part of the main one.

Madrid, a couple of years ago in the Veranos de la Villa festival (summer festival), started to create a festival with alternative representations about theater, dance, poetry, music, and kid shows.



Teatro Español is having a retrospective initiative about this Fringe movement. and the Scenic Art Festival more aggressive and alternative shall be offering 5 shows of high quality these days:

  • Dance and video performance: Partitura inestable
  • Theater  “Symon Pédícrí
  • Theater  “The Sirens
  • Audio visual interactive show – APNEA
  • Theater   “Punto Muerto

Find more details at Teatro Español website

Tickets between 6 to 12 euros. Abono Madrid ReFringe: 36 euros.



Thing to do: MotoMadrid 2014

MotoMadrid 2014 is hold in Madrid this weekend!

MotoMadrid puts at the service of companies and professionals linked with the motorbike sector a dynamic tool which generates new business opportunities. The Motorbike Show to be staged at the Glass Pavilion of Casa de Campo in Madrid has more than 20,000 square metres of exhibition surface area and around 10,000 exterior square meters dedicated to trial exhibitions and trial circuits.

The staging of MotoMadrid has been welcomed by aficionados and the media. The second edition of this show event was visited by more than 38,000 people.


Different spaces where you can find:

  • Motorbikes from all segments.
  • Spares and accessories.
  • Clubs and Associations.
  • Competittion equipment.
  • Leisure and sports’ activities.
  • Editorials and the Media.
  • Textile and Complements.
  • Training in driving techniques.
  • Outlet areas.
  • Insurance policies, Financial companies.
  • Merchandising and Vintage Market

General entrance 12-15 euros.



Thing to do: Andalucía´s Flamenco Ballet

Flamenco Ballet of Andalucía is performing in Madrid. starting today until April 20th at Teatro Nuevo Alcalá.

This ballet is doing a tribute to several flamenco people and intellectual ones that met at Alhambra (Granada) in 1922 at the famous competition of “cante” (flamenco singing). This competition was the first national one and congregate a lot of incredible artists like Manuel de Falla or Federico García Lorca. 90 years later, the Ballet is performing this show to commemorate that event.


Rafaela Carrasco is the director of the show, that plays with original music that are still kept mixing them with new elements that give the perform a very unique and personal point of view of the topic.

Don´t miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy the flamenco! Find all the information about the show here.

Tickets starting at 18 euros.



Thing to do: Imaginarium portraits

Conde Duque is hosting until mid May a wonderful exhibit about portraits of very famous book´s charactes like the little prince created by Iván Alfaro.


Good oportunity to refresh books that we all read in our childhood or to share with our kids moments regarding readings and imagination!!


>> Where: Biblioteca del Centro Cultural Conde Duque (C/Conde Duque, 9)

>> When: until May 16th – Monday to Friday from 8.30 – 21h

Free entrance