Dying for a coffee on our way down the Calle de Mayor, this place looked just about quirky enough for us to stop at, with its pair of quite scary-looking mannequins overlooking the customers from a balcony. So we pitched up at a table and ordered our new favourite drink, café con leche. Yes, it does literally mean coffee with milk, but the way the Spanish do coffee is awesome (50:50 super-strong espresso shot and hot milk) and the coffee here was absolutely delicious. So much so that I had two in a row and bounced off the walls all day. Brilliant.
We then decided to grab a bite to eat here after being sat in the sunshine with our coffees for about an hour. They have an English version of their menu (hurrah), so deciding to opt for patatas bravas (fried potato chunks in a tomato sauce) and patatas fritas con morcilla y huevo (chips with black pudding and egg) was rather quick. The food, although nothing that special, arrived quickly and piping hot.
Situated in a fabulous, central people-watching spot overlooking the Mercado de San Miguel, this is a great place to grab a strong cup of coffee and start your day in Old Madrid.