Salamanca’s alternative hideout
The neighbourhood of Salamanca is Madrid’s one stop shop for everything chic. However, sometimes there’s just that little bit of grit hidden away in plain sight. I would definitely say that Religion is one of those places! It’s that little alternative twist within the beautiful barrio of Salamanca!
I don’t normally venture much into Salamanca. It always seems like another world due to how high class it seems, and I’m just… not that. But I decided to have a go and try to find some cute cafés there. I spotted this place on Google Maps and its interior caught my eye, I thought it was worth the risk!
Located on the outskirts of Salamanca, Religion Speciality Coffee is the perfect coffee shop for nearby students. If you happen to be studying at IE University, it’s just across the road! Nevertheless, students and locals alike can just go there, relax and enjoy the good food and drink.
Did someone just say drink? That’s right, Religion’s coffee is definitely something to rave about. The coffees are served in sleek black coffee cups that are made from raw materials. Simple but effective! In fact, they are super sustainable with all of the cups that they use! I ordered a matcha latte just to shake things up, and my friend ordered a latte with soymilk. Again, I’ll say it – simple but effective! Their blends feel strong but smooth, which was a well needed pick-me-up on a gloomy morning here in Madrid.
On the other hand, if you’re not one for something so simple, they even have options that are a little out of the box. How about a blue latte? That’s sure to entice those that are the lover for the aesthetic.
The coffee isn’t the only thing here that’s perfect for the aesthetic. The food has that same vibe and what’s better is that it’s totally healthy! Religion is great for that transition from breakfast to brunch to lunch with acai bowls and salads that are perfect for the entire morning.
Since I’ve been in Madrid though, I’ve always found it hard to find bagels. I don’t know why but I can’t seem to source them in supermarkets at all! Therefore, I knew I just had to order one. You can see them freshly made and sitting in the display. I just couldn’t help myself. I ordered the classic salmon bagel, which sounds super simple, but tasted delicious.
Religion may look tiny when you walk in, but this coffee shop is separated into two different sections. The upper section is perfect to relax and watch the world go by. The wide windows to the street make the small space feel light and airy, even when the weather isn’t the best. However, the lower section is great for a cosier experience. For example, you can have that business professional meeting or that well-needed study sesh down here. It’s a totally versatile place!
In a nutshell, this Salamanca coffee shop may be small, but I can definitely see why it brings in a big crowd! Their versatile atmosphere and interior are a good option for anyone who wants to take a break or to start their day. Indeed, if you’re looking for that gritty alternative twist, here you’ve found it.
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