Pastelaria Belus, Marid, Spain

On our first morning in Madrid, we had the classic traveler’s fog: you want breakfast, you need coffee, you have never been to this city before, you don’t know where’s good. So we walked. We didn’t speak any Spanish, and we walked. We chanced upon this very small, clean, bright cafe boasting sweet and savoury pastries. We tentatively slipped inside.

They have a basic breakfast menu, cute pastry and coffee deals which suited us just fine. My friend had croissants and a hot chocolate, while I had some savoury morsels and a life-affirming coffee. I enjoyed my treats, something with beef, something with cheese.

Despite the language barrier, the server was particularly accommodating. Quaint, bathrooms, wifi- everything a weary traveler could want.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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The Hat, Madrid, Spain

The Hat, Madrid, is the funkiest hostel around. Facilities are modern, clean and trendy- a nice reprieve from some of the other gritty hostels I stayed at in Spain. I stayed in a big 10 bed dorm and had excellent personal security, a very comfy bed and more privacy than I anticipated. The hostel itself is awesome; there’s a swish rooftop restaurant, a ground level bar and frequent activities for guests like tapas making, sangria mixing or pub crawling. The Hat is reasonably priced and within walking distance from anything touristy. Cannot recommend this hostel highly enough.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.