You scream! I scream! We all scream for…. Horchata?
And, ice cream, of course.
Summertime in Madrid means one thing. It’s HOT. I mean, really, REALLY hot. The kinda’ heat that you walk outside and feel dizzy, and then next thing you know you start thinking you’re hallucinating and seeing ice cold igloos in the distance…
Yes. It’s happened to me.
There’s only one thing to do when the Spanish heat hits like this. EAT HORCHATA. AND ICECREAM. Where, you ask?
This classic, super Madrileña mom and pop ice cream shop was opened in 1980 as a fam business, by the Monrós. Now, this is my kinda’ family! The grandpa started his work with the “chufa” or Tiger Nut, back in the 1900’s, in a town on the outskirts of Valencia, called Alboraya (now get the name?). When the family moved to Madrid, they brought over the family tradition of horchata making, flourished into ice cream connoisseurs, and opened up this summertime gem. Today, it’s a Madrileña classic, especially for those in the barrio of Salamanca.
So, what the heck is horchata?
Glad you asked! It’s milk made from a special nut called chufa or “tiger nut”, as mentioned before. This unique nut comes from Valencia, hence why it’s Valencia’s special summer drink! Horchata is the most refreshing, naturally sweet, creamy, ice cold drink you could ask for on a steamy, sweltering summer day. And believe it or not…it’s really healthy! While horchata is typical from Valencia and not Madrid, if you’re in the capital, this is your spot to get it.
They’ve got the classic horchata drink, horchata ice cream, horchata ice pops, horchata smoothies, horchata merengue, horchata ices…you name it, they horcHAVEit!
Oh, and if you wanna be a real local don’t forget to dip a fartón in your ice cold horchata. That is, a spongey, sweet, pastry that has the long, skinny look of a churro, but fatter. ‘Cause with every ice cream drink you should dip cake in it, right? Right…
Now, if you’re a classic ice cream lover and are cravin’ a classic cone, you’re in luck! They also make homemade, amazing artisan ice cream. Made fresh in the back room every morning! The flavors change, so don’t get too attached to just one 😉
Mom & Pop location: Calle de Alcalá 125 (metro Goya, barrio Salamanca)
Secondary location: Avenida Felipe II
Hours: Erry’day, 11AM- 10:30 PM
Want lunch before? Head around the corner to my fave sandwich shop, CASABASE Panaderia.
Now, on the real: Is it just me, or does everything amazing come from Valencia? Paella, horchata…
(Find Madrid’s best paella Valenciana here!)