Jessica Kahawaty

"I absolutely loved Madrid. I am a foodie and the city presented so many incredible options."
Blogger Jessica Kahawati See By Chloe Serrano 47 Madrid
About

Jessica Kahawaty is a Lebanese / Australian lawyer, TV host, beauty queen, model, charity worker, and most recently the face and presenter for Yahoo Maktoob’s new entertainment shows, ‘omg! NOW ‘and’ omg! NUJOOM ‘. Follow her at @jessicakahawaty

What were the highlights of your trip to Madrid?

I absolutely loved Madrid. I am a foodie and the city presented so many incredible options. I also loved the shopping – discovering small local stores as well as bigger brands in luxury stores like El Corte Ingles.

What was your favorite Spanish dish?

I love all sorts of Tapas! Anything with tomato and jamon.

What are your overall thoughts on Spanish fashion?

Spain is at the forefront of style. It’s effortless and cool. It’s a trendsetting city with a timeless bohemian vibe to it.

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Which sites and venues would you recommend to others traveling to Madrid?

I loved shooting at Buen Retiro Park with El Corte Ingles and definitely recommend it. It’s a 19th century park with fountains and incredible architecture as well as a lake in the middle. Plaza Mayor is another must-see. It’s the city’s main square and has a wonderful historical aura when you step foot there.

If you were to plan the perfect Madrid vacation for your fans in the Middle East, what would the itinerary be?

I would definitely have them sight-see for a few days at the above sites. Toni 2 Bar is a definite-go to in the evening after dinner at Ten Con Ten. Toni 2 at piano bar with incredibly talented older men playing the piano and singing. The intimate vibe and contagious energy is inimitable anywhere in the world. I would recommend going into authentic places for lunch. I discovered Cutting Room, a wonderful local bar / restaurant with great tapas.

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What are your overall thoughts on Spanish fashion?

Spain is at the forefront of style. It’s effortless and cool. It’s a trendsetting city with a timeless bohemian vibe to it.

How would you describe your personal travel style?

I love walking around in summer dresses as well as cool loafers or slip on flats. They’re comfortable and stylish. I also like to wear shorts with tops and cute espadrilles. I usually dress according to the city I’m in, so in Spain I found it very Spanish compared to when I am in Dubai or New York.

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Retiro Park
This 125 acre green oasis at the center of Madrid is home to over 15,000 trees. It is known for its offering of cultural, leisure, and sport activities such as rowing on the lake and exhibits at the Velázquez and Glass palaces.
Cutting Room Restaurant
The Cutting Room is defined as a bar with a kitchen. The exterior is made from metal, like a warehouse, but when you go inside, it is an extension of an open kitchen, in which the menu ingredients barely change. Product, product and more product, that is the core idea of Javier Bonet, owner and creator of this concept. Javier is always obsessed with: quality and an ideal atmosphere to serve the food.

Calle de Ponzano, 11. Madrid

+34 917 52 61 06

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Alcalá Gate
The Alcalá Gate is one of Madrid's symbols and most well-known monuments, now classified as a National Monument. It is considered Neo-classical, made from granite, located in the Plaza de la Independencia square. It stands near the city center, several feet away from the main entrance to the Buen Retiro Park.

Plaza de la Independencia, 1. Madrid

Thyssen Museum
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum located near the Prado Museum on one of of Madrid’s main boulevards. It is known as part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia national galleries. The Thyssen-Bornemisza includes Italian primitives, works from the English, Dutch and German schools, masterpieces from the Impressionist, Expressionists and European and American paintings from the 20th century.

Paseo del Prado, 8. Madrid

+34 917 91 13 70