Artisan bookbinders

Category: Shopping April 19, 2022

Encuadernación Camacho. © Álvaro López del Cerro

We can find some of Madrid’s master artisans working among leather, papyrus scrolls, book looms, and presses, determined to make the hands of time stand still as we turn the pages of the books they bind. Madrid is home to book presses where age-old hand-binding techniques are used to make truly unique editions. These guardians of history also restore a range of literary gems.

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March 11, 2022

Feeling clay between your hands can be quite an experience. Madrid has numerous studios where master artisans work with it to express themselves, but also to make their knowledge of a centuries-old trade accessible to others. Their lives unfold against a backdrop of kilns and potters’ wheels.

Category: Food & Drink
February 8, 2022

It’s midwinter, and there’s nothing we feel like more than a hearty bowl of stew. Luckily for us, we’re in Madrid. And if there’s a dish that represents the capital it’s cocido. This delicious meat and chickpea stew will be the star of a culinary itinerary which, from 15 February to 31 March, will bring […]

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January 25, 2022

No one can resist a sweet treat, and even less one made from cocoa. Dotted around the city are plenty of artisan chocolate shops and patisseries that use only the finest ingredients. Read on to discover master chocolatiers whose creations are pure indulgence guaranteed to send your taste buds into overdrive.

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January 18, 2022

It all began over a century ago in a small shop on Calle de Preciados. To this day, the aroma of fine coffee still fills this same street. Cafés La Mexicana forms part of life in Madrid, the city also home to its roasting plant. Here coffee beans are roasted every day of the year, […]

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December 28, 2021

No winter will ever be as cold with a Casa Seseña cape draped over our shoulders. To this day, this Madrid-based century-old tailor continues to handcraft these exquisite garments worn by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Luis Buñuel and Bruce Springsteen. This is a story we’ll be telling for years to come.

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October 7, 2021

Back in the day, Madrid was home to guilds for artisan weavers and basket makers who worked with natural fibres. Today we can find craftsmen, some of whom come from historical Madrid-born families, who share this passion for former trades in these current times.

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