If you frequently find yourself in Malasaña, it will only be a matter of time before the bocadillos in the window of Greek and Shop seduce you into a grecian gastronomical experience. They are displayed so darn nicely and no matter what time of day–or night–they never fail to look appetizing. Located in the heart of hipsterville (i.e. the barrio of Malsaña), Greek and Shop offers an array of Greek specialities in a bright, metropolitan locale. Take your pick from the the bevy of options scrawled on the chalkboard behind the register. Here you will find the likes of moussaka, gyros, pastichio, and bocadillos filled with foodstuffs of the Mediterranean.
Plump chunks of chicken spiced with curry make up the meat of the Andros bocadillo (no pun intended), pictured above. Warm cheese and spicy arugula make it complete, and juicy sun dried tomatoes impart a delectable tanginess. The hearty seed bread gives the sandwich the overall impression of wholesomeness. Reasonably priced at 3.50€, the bocadillo is filling, but nevertheless, you might not be ready for it to end.
Sit at one of the high stools in the store and find yourself surrounded by jars of olives and artichokes. A multitude of treats and sweets such as halvah and baklava are never uncomfortably out of reach. You will find that the tables are stocked with reading material if you are so inclined. Alternatively, the mustachioed passersby on Corredera Alta de San Pablo provide live people-watching entertainment.
No matter the time of day–breakfast, lunch, or dinner–Greek and Shop is bound to have something to whet your appetite. They have late-night eats covered too; A convenient take out window opens up on the side of the shop for the night owl crowd. This may be a particularly apt time to give the super creamy, slightly zippy greek yogurt ice cream a try. Just a suggestion.
InfoFacebook Where: Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 9 Metro: Tribunal
This Greek eatery was also recommended for foodies in part 3 of our series on best date ideas in Madrid:
Dating in Madrid for Foodies: Part 3 (the gastronomic route)
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Flowers are nice, but this first date is better: Part 1 (the cultural route)
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