Spring is getting closer, a so it is the summer. So here, in suddenlyonboard.com, we decided to honour this time of the year with our Hidden Gems. Therefore, beginning today and for the next couple of weeks we will be exploring the Garden and terraces hidden all through Madrid, so can prepare for the sun and benevolent weather.

Le Café-Bistrot, Institut Français of Madrid.

Le Café-Bistrot, Institut Français of Madrid.

So the first post of the spring is going to be dedicated to this little garden hidden between Paseo de Recoletos and Villa de París Park in Justicia neighbourhood inside the Institut Français of Madrid. And certainly this place looks like a little piece of France in the middle of Madrid.

Even though getting there may sound tricky, I recommend following the beautifully designed instructions to avoid getting lost and enjoy what the short walk to the Café has to offer, like the painted ceiling in the entrance or the lovely stairs that would lead you there.

Institut Français of Madrid.

Institut Français of Madrid.

The Café itself has an ample salon with a direct access to the garden that has, accurately, a little fountain and fully grown pergola with tables and pastel painted chairs that combine with the subtle yellow of the building. Without much effort, and taking into account that almost everybody is speaking French, is easy to get distracted and for one second believe you are in Paris.

But, what is most attractive of this place is the great quality-price ratio of its food and service. And although having the best of French cuisine (like the Duck Magret), it also has international cuisine plates to offer, without losing taste or quality, and I repeat, with a really good price. Yours truly, due to the obsession she has with sweets and dessert, recommends the raspberry and chocolate cookie.

Le Café-Bistrot it’s a great recommendation if you’re looking for a good mix of atmosphere, nice food and good price. With the plus of having the excellent cultural agenda of the Institut Français to enjoy.

Le Café-Bistrot, Institut Français of Madrid.

Le Café-Bistrot, Institut Français of Madrid.

Le Café-Bistrot Institut Français
Calle Marqués de la Ensenada, 12. Madrid
Metro Colón (L4)