Calle de Las Huertas, 22, 28014 Madrid
El Barrio de Las Letras is fast becoming one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Madrid. A little bit of history for you – the neighbourhood owes its name to the important role it played during the Siglo de Oro (Golden Age) of Spanish theatre and literature. Writers and playwrights such as; Miguel de Cervantes, Fransico de Quevedo, Luis de Góngora and Lope de Vega, all lived in El Barrio de las Letras at some stage during their lives.
Throughout the neighbourhood you will notice influences and homages to these famous figures, be it in Cervecería Cervantes located in Plaza Jesús, or in Casa de Lope de Vega, the former home of Lope de Vega. You can’t help but feel something almost magical as you wander through these beautiful old streets in this historical neighbourhood.
Tekoe is located on Calle de las Huertas right in the heart of El Barrio de Las Letras and is a café that was recommended to me by a friend months ago. I only ended up stumbling into this café last Tuesday because our electricity was gone in the apartment and I was looking for somewhere with WIFI and a plug.. and of course coffee/tea and cake.. This little gem offers all that and so much more.
The staff are really friendly and the vibe is so chilled and relaxed you feel like you are relaxing at home. There are two cosy corners where you can hide away or in the main area of the café there are lovely tables surrounding by tins of tea leaves.
I opted for English breakfast tea and a mini brownie – delish! Tekoe specialise in so many different types of tea, perhaps I should have gone wild and tried something new but after a stressful morning of no electricity and hence no office for the day, I wanted something familiar and comforting. The English breakfast tea is made with tea leaves and instantly gave me a warm, homely feeling in my stomach after a messy morning.
Kim’s tip: take a seat on the sofa and the back of the café, sit back, relax and enjoy sipping on some delicious tea