Visiting El Retiro Park and Pum Pum Cafe

Back with another post from our time in Madrid. On our second day, we wanted to cross tourist hotspots in Madrid off our bucket list, in particular, El Retiro Park and Círculo de Bellas Artes. We also decided to go out for breakfast this morning and we chose to go to Pum Pum Cafe after reading good reviews and checking their menu online on Trip Advisor. I definitely recommend checking it out for brunch in Madrid! You know me, always on the lookout for great brunch cafes, hehe. Ambreen and I ordered the Shakshuka and we LOVED it. It comes with feta (which I dislike) but I just asked for it to come on the side and I gave it to Ambreen who adores it. Déaghlan ordered avocado toast but he said that it was nothing special. That’s the verdict on Pum Pum Cafe, order wisely if you ever go there (read: order the shakshuka and mimosas).

El Retiro Park was stunning to walk around in. We spent a decent amount of time just exploring the park and getting lost in it. You have the possibility of renting a boat and rowing it in a pond but the queue to do this was SO long, so we skipped that one. You’d probably have to go early in the morning when it’s less busy if you’re keen to do that. We were super excited to go inside the Palacio de Cristal however it was closed, which was a bit of a bummer. Nevertheless, it’s super stunning to look at even from the outside!

We HAD TO go to Círculo de Bellas Artes, which is a popular rooftop bar in the city centre. Déaghlan would like it on the record that he is actually happier to be in our presence than it looks like on those two photos of us, hahaha! I guess there’s a fine line between smizing and pouting and just looking angry. It boasts stunning views and is the perfect place to watch the sun set. We snuggled up under blankets and enjoyed tapas and a bottle of rosé wine. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

What’s the best rooftop bar you’ve ever been to?


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