This week’s Spotter in the spotlight is Cat Bethune from Madrid!
Cat was born in a small town south of Scotland and moved to Madrid after finishing her studies. She loves creating things, tasting different foods, listening to music, singing, and exploring new things. She has a passion for learning new languages and for cycling and is looking forward to Madrid becoming more bike-friendly. Cat has been a Spotter for almost 2 years now and having her in our Spotted by Locals community has truly been fantastic.
Cat loves Madrid because “the social life is great and there is something for everyone; every time she leaves the house she discovers new places. She also loves that everything is so accessible on foot, by bike, by metro, and that the people are very open.”
A small selection of Cat’s favorite spots:
This is the most incredible spot in Madrid for a chilled afternoon in the city. According to Cat “it’s a perfect little oasis, an escape from the concrete and cars of the city”. This spot is filled with sofas, stools and wooden chairs, a rustic bar with a cocktail corner, fairy lights and plants all over the walls.
Local tip from Cat: “It gets busy, so get there before 20:00 if you’re planning to spend the evening there. They have a selection of special mahou beers, try the Marcenado as it’s refreshing and citrusy.”
Madrid has amazing architecture all around the city; but visiting Madrid Moderno is one of the best ways to see how locals live. The neighborhood is filled with single family houses, right in the city centre. According to Cat “Madrid Moderno” was built in several stages between 1890 and 1906, inspired by the Spanish architect Mariano Belmás Estrada. The idea was to build houses in the Art Nouveau style, with Neo-Mudéjar details.”
This cute little shop “is like being transported to the desert” says Cat. If you are a cactus lover then this shop is certainly for you, it is filled with many different kinds of cactuses. Cat states that there’s a large display table covered with tiny pots, each housing a tiny cactus different to the ones surrounding it. These cost less than € 3 each.
La Quinta de los Molinos
If you are looking for a different atmosphere away from the city noise, then this astonishing park is worth a visit and just a short trip by metro line 5 to Suanzes. Cat writes, “It was designed by César Cort Botí, a professor of Urbanism at the School of Architecture in the 1920s, and inherited after his death by the local government when it became open to the public in 1982.” This is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a quiet walk, or an early morning jog in the park.
Docamar is a family-run business, and was named after the family patriarch Donato Cabrera Martinez, when it was opened in 1963. Their specialty is the patatas bravas and many say these are the best in Madrid. The warm and welcoming atmosphere at this spot will make you feel right at home. They also have a variety of delicious dishes such as the goat cheese salad and the tiger mussels. Locals enjoying eating here and after going you will too.
Special tip from Cat: Try the flan de queso. It’s one of her all time favorite desserts in Madrid!
For more tips by Cat and her fellow Spotters check the Madrid blog for tips!
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