Spain seems to have a thing for mushrooms. There are tapas bars and restaurants dedicated entirely to the famous fungus, and we stumbled upon one of them in Madrid. It’s located in a quaint old alley right behind the city’s arterial street, the Gran Via.
“El Cisne Azul” means “The Blue Swan.” It is easy to miss or at least pass by, if you’re a tourist. But the locals dig the no-fuss interiors and the fantastic food, starring mushrooms in all shapes and sizes.
The decor, as you can see, is utterly basic.
We were there just in time to see the restaurant open its doors. Inside, the affable owner stood slicing fresh bread, ready to be topped with… what else, mushrooms! Big pots stood bubbling with broth. Staffers carrying trays full of fragrant mushrooms milled about.
If you don’t like mushrooms, you can try the zucchini flowers, steaks, desserts and local drinks. There’s something for everyone here; just don’t expect the food to be spicy.
The friendly and helpful staff at El Cisne Azul will make sure you enjoy your experience in one of the finest mushroom bars in town. They are open on all days of the week, only the timings differ. Get all the details you need here, and plan that trip to Madrid already!
Watch our guide, Enrique Gonzalez Mendizabal, tell you more about the place. P.S : He’s a fantastic guide: great energy, and an amazing treasury of secrets.
P.P.S – If this got you interested in Spanish bars, we got you covered! Here’s another tavern in Madrid that is equally enchanting.