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After El Rastro shopping, light brunch at Martina Cocina

During the visit of my friends, the Cobi sisters Lilliane and Girlie, I brought them to one of Madrid’s most fun Sunday activities- shopping (or window-shopping as the case may be) at the El Rastro flea market in La Latina.

After a morning of going through the stalls and buying little knickknacks, we were ready for some nourishment. The problem with looking for a place near El Rastro is that everything is packed, as eating and having a beer or two after shopping is the usual thing to do on Sundays as well.

Lilliane, ever the savvy traveler, used Foursquare to find a place near us where we could have some brunch. I didn’t even know you could use Foursquare for that purpose. I thought it was just an app for checking into a place to let people know where you’ve been. Apparently it’s now a city guide that helps you look for places to go. Always good to know about useful apps for finding places to eat.

Foursquare led us to Martina Cocina, a charming, homey place that was perfect for a morning meal. It was bright and had the perfect post-El Rastro ambience. Thankfully, we found an available table.

Martina Cocina
They had a few pescetarian options, and I chose the salmon bowl. It was perfect for my mood, it was light and tasty, and unique as well, owing to the crust and presentation.

Salmon bowl
After that healthy start, I decided to have a chocolate tart. It was a Sunday after all, and what are weekends for if not to indulge?

Chocolate tart
Martina Cocina was a delightful find. It’s worth another visit, and I do want to check out their Saturday brunch as well.


Martina Cocina
Plaza de Cazcorro, 11
28005 Madrid

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