Category Archives: Moncloa

Intercambios and English Activities Madrid-Style


This post is being dedicated to all of my past, present and future English students here in Madrid.

Also to many of my Spanish friends and other people who I know who are always saying how they need to practice their English.

Well, in Madrid there are TONS of activities and places where you can do just that.

The “Guiri” (or Foreigner) Community in Madrid is very large and we LOVE to plan and organize events that let us do the things we loved doing back at home. Something to get us out of our little circle. Something to mix up our typical tapas/disco dancing/dar una vuelta around the city day to day activities here in Spain.

If you are looking for just a good ole ‘Intercambio de Idiomas’ (or Language Exchange) check out these places:






  • Cafe Madrid (Metro: Opera)@9:30pm/21:30h
  • Cachibola Pub (Metros:Sol or Tirso de Molina—in the Plaza Jacinto Benavente to the right of the Yelmo Ideal Cine) @10pm/22h—this one is put on by ‘Multilinkual‘ and the intercambio is after the Movie Night (see below—Extra English Activities)



(FYI: Weds.,Thurs. and Sunday nights have maaaaaaaaany options!!! So I’d say in general try a few out and see which ones you like. Intercambios are sometimes a gamble. Just try as many as you can!)

In General the Top Intercambio in professional Intercambios are the ones listed below. When you go ask for these people and they are the organizers of these Intercambios and can help you meet new people (especially for those who decide to go solo to these events.)

Extra English Activities

Of course there are TONS of places in Madrid but these are some of the ones that I know or have personally been to.

If anyone has anything new to tell me about, or make any corrections to the info I’ve given above….please email me or comment on this page! Thanks!

Here are some other links to check out for more info on all of the above in English or Spanish!

Get out there….meet new people, get out of your shell and have a damn good time!!!! (And of course practice your English! ;-))


La Guiri

All Things Ameri-cuh! (part 1)


Back to Blogging!!!! 🙂

So nice to be back after a crazy summer….this is my new themed topic. I’m going to tell you all where you can go in Madrid to enjoy a lil piece of my homeland!!! 🙂

These are the places I go to when I’m feeling a lil homesick or I’ve got a lil craving for something from good ole Ameri-cuh! 😉

Let’s start out with Markets selling all things American in Madrid….this first one is one of my favs!


They have several locations but I always go to the one on Serrano.

C/Serrano, 149

28002 – Madrid (Metro: Republica Argentina-L6)


Or they have one in Pozuelo de Alarcon as well.

I always go here to stock up on Pancake Mix and Maple Syrup, BBQ Sauce and Peanut Butter and other lil knick-knacks that make me feel like Im back at home.

As far as I know all of the staff speak both English and Spanish.

I know that there is another Market in Madrid as well, but I haven’t been to it yet because the location before was way outside of the city centre…..but I think they have finally caught onto the fact that the Americans tend to live more towards the centre of Madrid and don’t want to have to travel half-way across the city to get some Cherry Coke or Betty Crocker.

I haven’t tried it out yet, but it seems to be quite close to my house so I’m gonna have to make a lil stop by there ASAP.

Here is some info on this market….

The American Store

Paseo de San Francisco de Sales, 3

28003 – Madrid (Metro: Islas Filipinas (L7) or Moncloa (L3 and L6))

34 915 44 27 03

Link to a video interview translated in English about the shop. Quite interesting!

Go check either one out! Definitely worth a try!!!! 🙂

Happy Made in America Shopping!!!! 🙂

A Lil Van Gogh For Your Day


This is a fav lil spot of mine in the Moncloa area. Mostly for2 things, 1) their Club Sandwich and 2) their cakes….especially the Carrot Cake!!!!!!

In a way this Cafe is a mix between a typical Spanish bar and a typical American cafe/diner. I think that´s why I like it.

If you are looking for a chill place to grab a coffee with friends or enjoy an amazing sandwich for lunch, then this is the place to go.

I like it because it´s the next best thing to a Starbucks and it´s NOT full of guiris, you can still use the wifi and it´s not as expensive as Starbucks.

For me the staff has  been quite nice and I´ve never had to complain.

In the past they had both a smoking and non-smoking section. No worries smokers, they DO have a TERRAZA!!!!!

This is one of the first places I started going to in Madrid and have always enjoyed it.

Check it out:

Van Gogh Cafe

c/ Isaac Peral, 4
28008 Madrid, Spain
915 432 009