Where were you born?
Where do you live?
What’s best about your neighbourhood?
Justicia has everything: it’s a good neighbourhood with a bohemian style in the heart of Madrid.
If money was no object, where would you live?
I’d continue living in Madrid, but I would be constantly travelling around the world. I love to get to know new places and rediscover the known.
What’s your favourite Madrid neighbourhood?
The Justicia neighbourhood where I live and work.
Which are the best stores in the city, and why? Pastelería del Pozo on Calle del Pozo, Madrid’s oldest pastry shop, which sells the best roscón de reyes in Spain. Any espadrille store in Calle de Toledo, where you will find hundreds of canvas sandals in any colour that you could possibly want. Lavinia, on Calle de José Ortega y Gasset, sells fine wines from all over the world.
And which are your favourite Madrid restaurants?
Entre Suspiro y Suspiro on Calle Caños del Peral, a Mexican with a great tequila menu. La Terraza del Casino on Calle Alcalá was designed by Jaime Hayón and the kitchen is run by the renowned chef Paco Roncero, it’s fantastic. Kabuki at the Wellington Hotel serves the best sushi in Madrid.
Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
José Alfredo on Calle de Silva is one of the oldest bars in Madrid and is currently a great cocktail bar. Le Cabrera on Calle Bárbara de Braganza, owned by the great chef Sergi Arola, is a cool place for the first drink of the evening.
Any recommendations for local dishes to try?
Madrid hs many fantastic downtown restaurants. I recommend the mesóns under the Plaza Mayor. They are basic but good value. The best is Mesón del Champiñón on Cava de San Miguel; if you go, try the stuffed mushrooms and a glass of sangria. Don’t leave Madrid without tasting a fried squid sandwich and churros y porras with chocolate.
Do you have a favourite walk in Madrid?
Anywhere; Madrid is fantastic for walking. I recommend a stroll through Retiro Park to see the Crystal Palace.
How do you like to travel around your city?
Walking, because the weather in Madrid is very good. For those who don’t like walking, Madrid has a very good subway.
Which do you think is Madrid’s best museum?
The Prado on Paseo del Prado, one of the most important museums in the world, has impressive Tiziano, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya collections.
Where are the best bargains to be found?
At El Rastro flea market in La Latina on Sundays.
Any advice for visitors?
Don’t drink too much, and enjoy the people.