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Mario Ximenez

Fashion and culture journalist obsessed with all things pop

Having cut his teeth at Vanity Fair in London, Mario moved back to Madrid as a contributor to Vogue. He’s now the editor of harpersbazaar.es

Mario's Top Tips:

  1. I don't have a lot of traditions in my life but spending Sundays brunching in Federal Café is definitely one of them. Inspired by Australia, it has a minimal décor mixed with Bauhaus furniture and comfortable couches. But without a doubt, it’s all about the food. The first menu (until 4pm) has six different kinds of eggs, as well as toast and smoothies (the Tommy Shake is amazing). The post-4pm menu has the best parmesan and truffle fries I've ever tried and are best paired with the pollo feliz (chicken), beef or lamb hamburgers.
  2. Gorilla Malasaña is young and a bit underground and you won't find better pints of beers for 3 euros. The best bit? You can go on a Monday or Tuesday and it will be as full as it is on the weekend.
  3. The owner of great restaurant El Cocinillas and one of the coolest bars in Madrid El Corazón, has sensitively restored this old restaurant and wine bar into Casa Macareno. It serves great Spanish cuisine and, in my opinion, it's a crime not to try the patatas bravas or truffle and ham croquetas.