Between the colorful and eclectic locations down on Leon street is La Piola. Rolling out of bed late is not a problem, as they serve breakfast until 2pm. Toast with tomato and olive oil or toasted croissants with jam accompanied by a good latte are always good to start the day. Here you always find something to quench your hunger: crostini – toast with melted mozzarella – or piadina – pita bread stuffed with mozzarella, ham and tomato. Not to mention ice-cold Mahou and Alhambra beers, the perfect post-work wind-down. At any given time you may hear jazz or blues, but the music varies depending on who you have behind the bar that particular day. The decor, designed by art directors, is simple and cozy, with temporary exhibitions decorating their walls. Its name refers to the Italian taverns of old men, but their clientele ranges between 30 and 50 years. In this place you ‘ll find people looking for a neighborhood bar, where it’s typical not to forget how you like your coffee and where nobody bothers you if you spend hours reading a book or typing on your computer. Bars like these are highly appreciated due to their nostalgic value but unfortunately there are few who can stand the test of time. The alcohol will be poured on them. If only those walls could talk.
c/León 9, Madrid
Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 1:00
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 2:30
Text and photos: Paula Movil
Translation: Brett Piron