Salamanca is like any other distrito in Madrid – reeling in the biting coldness of winter that officially started third week of December. But this doesn’t stop gelato-loving Madrilenos from trooping to Giangrossi Helado Artesanal, Madrid’s premier ice cream shop, located along the district’s Calle de Velasquez.
Why wouldn’t they? Giangrossi’s ice cream is such a yummy delight. It is considered as one of Madrid’s best ice cream brands. Madridenos’ dedicated patronage of its gelato fare has helped Giangrossi establish a respected name and attain success in its industry.
Actually, there’s more to Giangrossi than just gelato. While ice cream easily takes the spotlight (with classics like Turron and Helado de Vainilla as two of the best-sellers), its coffee gets a good share of attention as well.
And knowing how delicious coffee is at Giangrossi, we decided to take a break when we passed by it. (Actually, we chanced upon Giangrossi by accident, unaware that it is located along Velazquez, which we visited along with Calle de Goya for their high-end shops, like Zara, Benetton, and H&M.)
But I didn’t order ice cream, despite the inviting presentation at the counter display.
Since that evening’s temperature was 7 degrees Celsius, I had to pass up on the frozen treat. (Even if you buy me one, no gelato por favor – thank you very much!)
Understandably, everyone else settled for coffee instead.
The group had either café con leche or Americano, both of which are affordable at 1,50 euros a cup. Checking the menu, I see that everything is reasonably priced, considering that the shop has an upscale location.
My friend found the Americano quite strong, so he went to the counter and requested for more water to be added. Just right is how he described his coffee afterwards.
Mine was really good, almost perfect in taste. Giangrossi’s con leche is hot enough (might be that the milk was amply heated) to warm myself up after hours of stay outside the freezing cold streets.
There were a number of appealing cakes and pastries on the menu, but we opted not to, having decided that coffee is enough to cap the evening. Next time, for sure.
Plan it now. Cool down your summer days with naturally-made gelato, and for the rest of the chilly winter season, enjoy some piping hot, flavorful coffee – all at Giangrossi.
Getting there: 41 Calle de Velazquez, Madrid
From Colombia, Principe de vergara, take autobus 29 and get off at Calle de Goya. Walk up to the third block where Goya traverses Velasquez.
Via Madrid Metro, nearest stations are Velazquez and Goya. If you’re coming from Plaza Puerta del Sol, take the Vodafone Sol at Line 2 and get off at Goya. Transfer to line 4 and alight at Velazquez.