The action in Madrid really happens along the busy Gran Vía. To take in the view we recommend visiting the top floor of the Callao Corte Inglés, where the Gourmet Experience offers an unobstructed look at all of the action.
El Corte Inglés in Callao is Spain’s biggest department store, selling everything from stationary and souvenirs to designer clothing and jewelry– it even has its own supermarket. One of its main Madrid locations in the Plaza Callao launched a new Gourmet Experience shop and food court. It’s a luxury food concept, with eat-in and take-away gourmet food and drink stands, eating areas, bars, and gourmet market….all rolled into one. Located right at the heart of Madrid and convenient for both tourist and locals alike, the space offers spectacular views of the Madrid skyline. It’s also initiated extended hours and is open until midnight seven days a week! There is a wonderful terrace, great tapas bars and restaurants…it’s the perfect place for a full meal, or just drinks and dessert.
Located on the 9th floor of the Corte Inglés Callao shopping center, the main reason to venture into the Gourmet Experience is for the outstanding view of Madrid. You can see the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Palace, busy Gran Vía, and the city’s scattered rooftops from its enormous glass windows. You can admire this view from indoors, or enjoy their small (but excellent) terrace.
Shopping wise, the Callao Gourmet Experience certainly offers a good range of gourmet products, especially Spanish ones. You will pay a premium, but if you need some foodie souvenirs and don’t have time to shop around, this is a quick one stop shop that will do the trick for items like Spanish Olive Oil, jamón ibérico, Spanish top wines, Spanish and international cheeses, and more.
As for its eating establishments, there are both international franchises and some local businesses that have made a home in the Callao Gourmet Experience. Here is a quick overview of what you can find.
The Restaurants at El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience:
This is a local Spanish café whose main location is across from the Puerta de Alcalá. is a new concept bakery and cafe where you can have natural artisan products and made with traditional recipes; simple, as usual. A place for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. To feel at home.
This hamburger restaurant first started out as a butcher shop, and then evolved to a specialty shop that sells a large variety of gourmet hamburgers that are pre-formed and ready for the grill. An original offer over 30 different burger alternatives of all kinds of fresh meat and the best quality. You can choose from a variety of types of beef (they will tell you where it comes from) and they will also recommend a sauce and bread to accompany it. This is their first restaurant, and at 8€-12€ it makes an interesting dining option.
StreetXO is one of the most exciting places to eat in Madrid at the moment. This is the casual street food outpost of the most sought after reservations in Madrid, Diverxo. Chef David Muñoz is presenting his Asian fusion cuisine at this open kitchen joint where the music is loud, the atmosphere slightly chaotic, and young dynamic chefs prepare each dish fresh to order. Really unique flavor combinations and beautiful presentations made for exciting, adventurous eating.
Pizza al Cuadrado:
Another local business, Pizza al Cuadrado has two other popular locations in Malasaña. Their concept is pizza by the slice, and their offerings change daily. The pizza itself wouldn’t be anything special, but for the gourmet toppings and unique flavor combinations that they offer. Combinations like pesto and pine nut or arugula and roquefort cheese are what makes this pizzeria worth your while.
For great decor, loud music, and a varied menu, check out lunch at Central Mexicana. Offering a large variety of Mexican snacks and appetizers, this is a fun place to order a margarita and enjoy being at the top of Madrid. It is also an interesting choice for breakfast, especially if you find yourself missing more hearty fare, as they have various egg options at around 7€.
One of the center’s franchises, this Navarran restaurant is where you can try pintxos, small bites of food served on skewers or a piece of toasted bread. The prices are reasonable and the pintxos change seasonally.
This international franchise serves up Italian style ice creams made with natural ingredients. They are delicious.
A cocktail and oyster bar in the center of the food court. Delicious on both counts, highly recommended for a treat.
- Entrance through 2 doors; by Carmen Street and Plaza Callao. Both have 4 double doors that open out, measuring 1.56 m wide. They are glass and are not marked with horizontal stripes or logo.
- At the entrance of Carmen Street, after crossing the gate go up a ramp with a width and length of 1.49 m and a slope of 17%.
- At the entrance to the Plaza de Callao, after crossing the door, a ramp of 1 m wide is low, with a length of 4.60 m and a slope of 17%.
- Both ramps have handrails.
- The restaurant is located on the 9th floor, accessible by a lift that has optimum accessibility.
- Adapted toilet
The Gourmet Experience at Corte Inglés in Callao, Madrid is a barrier free food space with access for wheelchair and mobility scooters users. There exists an elevator that will take you directly to the Gourmet supermarket & restaurant on the 9th floor. Contact Accessible Madrid if you need a mobility scooter when travelling to Madrid Hire an electric scooter at Accessible Madrid . This company offers home delivery service for electric scooter rentals in Madrid. If you are a disabled traveler, and you will be visiting Madrid, Madrid contact Accessible Madrid (www.accessiblemadrid.com). We are happy to help you with your accessible holidays in Madrid. Try our wide range of accessible services (transfers adapted van, accessible tours in Madrid, etc). We also offer accessible tours and excursions to Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial, Aranjuez, etc, always departing from Madrid.
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EL CORTE INGLES GOURMET EXPERIENCE IN CALLAO, MADRID:
Plaza de Callao 2 (9th floor). access from the entrance to the Corte Inglés in Calle del Carmen.
Open all year, the outside area has heaters in winter.
Opening hours: 10:00 to 12:00h