What to do in Madrid in November 2018

November 5, 2018
Royal Botanic Gardens fall autumn pumpkin display exhibit Madrid
This long weekend has been full of great moments: Halloween recipes (I always post those on InstaStories so follow me if you want to stay tuned), romantic lunch with my husband, meeting blogger friends... I wish I could stop time and stay like this forever.

My favorite things about fall are the changing colors of leaves, warm drinks, pumpkins and coziness. Those ingredients are present in my autumnal plans. So if you are anything like me, you are going to love this post. Today I want to share with you new places I've discovered in Madrid that you can't miss this fall.
Royal Botanic Gardens fall autumn pumpkin display exhibit Madrid
Royal Botanic Gardens fall autumn pumpkin display exhibit Madrid
While living in the US, I discovered pumpkin patches, now that I'm back in Spain it's one of those things I miss a lot. I really hope someone comes up with the idea and starts organizing pumpkin fests here too.

The closest thing I've found is this pumpkin display in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Madrid. It's a beautiful arrangement of all sorts of pumpkins that is worth seeing. The exhibit is going to be there till the pumpkins start going bad so you still have some time to stop by.

The whole Botanic Gardens are a joy to behold this season. The beautiful flowers you could see in the summer are not there anymore but fall foliage is equally stunning. There was this particular tree with yellow leaves that with a small wind blow the leaves started falling as if it was snowing, it was magical.
Royal Botanic Gardens fall autumn Madrid
Royal Botanic Gardens fall autumn Madrid
Royal Botanic Gardens fall autumn Madrid
Royal Botanic Gardens fall autumn Madrid
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There's a really cute shop and cafeteria in the Botanic Gardens where you can have tea and eat seasonal dishes like this pumpkin soup. It's pricey but the quality is great so definitely worth it. If it's warm enough you can sit outside and enjoy the gardens while sipping coffee.
Royal Botanic Gardens coffee shop Madrid
coffee shop royal botanic gardens MadridAnother discovery I made this weekend was the new restaurant Casa Galleta. It belongs to the same group as El Canadiense and El Perro la Galleta. It has a similar style as those too but a different concept. This is what we call in Spanish: casa de comidas. It's a traditional restaurant with rustic country decor. Casa Galleta is a casa de comidas with a twist. All that is traditional is the decor, the menu is quite modern. My husband and I chose this place because we are big fans of the other two and it did not disappoint. In fact, we liked it so much that we've booked a table for a meal with friends we have in a couple of weeks. Apart from the food, we loved the ambiance, we felt as cozy as at home. Husband and I shared the eggplant battered in biscuit with Pomodoro sauce and Parmesan cheese and the stuffed mushrooms filled with zucchini, truffle cheese, tomato tartar and pesto. Then I had grilled squid risotto and my husband ordered the burger. Finally, we shared the cheesecake. There wasn't a single thing we didn't like. 
Oh, and like in their other restaurants, dogs are allowed!

Restaurant info:
Casa Galleta
Calle Castelló, 12 (great location, just a few minutes away from Retiro Park)
Phone: +34 610 181 711
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21 comments

  1. I enjoyed this Post for Image-in-Ing... Thank you for sharing. I would like to visit Madrid. Love your shoes.

    Heidrun xxx

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  2. Oh I never noticed the cafe in the Botanic gardens when I was there. Something to back for! xx Maria

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  3. It's been years since I was in Madrid, but it was in the spring, not fall. I think I missed out on some fun things! That pumpkin display is beautiful!

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  4. Your photographs are always lovely, Cristina :) I love that Spain has some great fall-like places to go for some yummy comfort food. Hope you're enjoying the season!

    -Lor
    hyggememories.com

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  5. You are the cutest! I've never been to Madrid In Nov but would love to visit someday!

    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.com

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  6. Your scarf is so cute! :) Such a lovely place to visit too,t eh pumpkin display looks lovely and the food there delicious! :)

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! I had the day off yesterday which was lovely :)

    Away From The Blue Blog | Baby Hamper Giveaway

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  7. Charming places you featured here dear! Also, love the outfit, so lovely on you!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  8. These places sound amazing to visit. I love food so any time you mention eating, I wish I could be there! We don't have pumpkin patches in the Philippines either and it took me to have a kid before I visited one here in the US! Even then it wasn't until my son was two before it happened and now am kicking myself for missing out! Your scarf is beautiful and love your shoes! The caramel color is beautiful and the leather looks so supple. I hope you are having a great week so far and I am so glad it's almost Friday.

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  9. I love Europe in fall. If you are lucky and it doesn't rain, you can get the autumn colors. Madrid looks amazing in November! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  10. Aww, you had me at Madrid! One of my favourite cities. I used to study nearby, but never went to Madrid so late in the year, thanks!
    #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  11. That foliage is gorgeous! Such a beautiful outfit you're wearing too!

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  12. Hi Maria!
    I love your photos. I was telling my hubby how impressed I was of you, traveling alone at times. I love the Fall and fall leaves. Your outfit is lovely, colorful, and you have the best scarves! I was wondering where you got the scarf, I couldnt see a link, I love the color.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  13. Ahhh, that dessert looks so delicious!! I'm so sad because we were supposed to be leaving for Spain on Friday, but the airline changed our flights and so we decided to skip the trip in favor of a better time later on. It looks like November is a great month to visit though, so we'll have to keep that in mind! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  14. Not only do the desserts at Casa Galleta look amazing, but the atmosphere also looks incredible. I love the vintage feel and style throughout the decor. It really sets the tone for fall!

    I also admire your scarf. It has a great artistic feel to it! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  15. What an interesting and rich display of items to decorate the walls and shelves of that restaurant. Look at all those old vintage radios, for example. I wonder what the inspiration was? Such a find in Madrid, thanks for sharing. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  16. I do love the fall colors and pumpkins! The pumpkin soup sounds really good. The restaurant you tried sounds fabulous too, making a note of that one for the next time I am in Madrid. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  17. Your posts are always filled with the best photos and places. Love love all the food you described, the gorgeous Autumn-looking trees and all the gorgeous pumpkins which we have tons of in Michigan. But your outfit is the best. Tres chic, modern, easy to walk in and so European! Love the hat and as always you rock wearing a silky scarf!

    Welcome by every Thursday to link up with me on Thursday Moda. Thanks and Happy Sunday!

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  18. Lots of beauty to behold in your post - with or without pumpkins. (I would miss them too) Thanks for visiting from Spain!

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  19. Hi Christina, the Botanic gardens sound lovely. I like the thought of standing under a tree snowing it's autumnal leaves. The Casa Galleta looks nice and homely and there is no way I would have shared that cheesecake! It looks far to good for that.

    Thank you for popping over and sharing at #keepingitreal

    xx

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  20. Seems preferable to visit Madrid in late Autumn rather than at peak tourist season! Lovely shots!

    Thank you for participating in the Travel Tuesday Meme.

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