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Penelope Cruz + Javier Bardem

Ankita Sharma, Staff Writer

Penelope Cruz Javier Bardem

Clearly, we have Spain on the brain this week. What happens when two A-list actors literally leave Hollywood to live in their native Spain? Apparently, it means a happy normal life. Kudos to Penelope and Javier who have built successful careers on their own terms. These are their spots in their hometown of Madrid.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are one of those handful of couples who have created magic with their chemistry on-screen and translated it off-screen too. This extremely private couple stays out of sight of the shutterbugs but is known for frequenting traditional haunts in the city of Madrid. The couple is extremely traditional and cherishes food and wine. These are their three favorite haunts.

Dani Brasserie

Dani is a rooftop restaurant and a part of the Four Seasons Hotel, Madrid. Penelope Cruz has been spotted here entertaining guests like Bizzarap. The restaurant gives off a cool Andalusian vibe so, it’s no wonder that the couple loves it so much. Also, the restaurant’s signature dishes are designed by Michelin star chef Dani Garcia. Nitro Tomato and Green Gazpacho, Caviar Duo, Foie Cherry Port, and Bluefin Tuna- are just a few examples of the amazing dishes on the menu of this place. 

Casa Lucio

Madrid’s culture is rooted in its history, art, and endless fiestas. What’s more, traditional couples like Penelope and Javier love their Spanish roots. And this fact is underlined by their love for old bars and restaurants here in Madrid. Casa Lucio is just one of those many old bars that have received patronage from the likes of Penelope. This place has been functional since 1933 and is a haunt for important figures of the country. Apart from Penelope and Javier, celebs like Will Smith, Andie MacDowell, and Pierce Brosnan are also regulars here. Their signature dishes like White Beans Stew and Tripe with Chick Peas and desserts like homemade Creamed Custard, simply shout “tradition”. 

Posada De La Villa

Javier’s love for his Spanish roots is visible in his love for food and drinks. Bardem family owned a restaurant in Madrid which they had to close down in 2013 owing to increasing unemployment in the country. But some restaurants did not get affected. One of those long-standing restaurants is Posada De La Villa. This one is the oldest restaurant in the city. It started as an inn on Cava Baja Street in 1642. Later, in 1980, it was renovated to its present glory. Their food, especially traditional Roast Madrid Stew, is the obvious reason for Javier and Penelope’s love for this place.

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