Feel vividly flamenco at Cardamomo
This tablao in Madrid surprised us
Today, I want to tell you about the experience we lived a few days ago at Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco of Madrid. Because I was surprised, I really did not expect what I saw.
As you know I am Argentine and well, I do not know much about flamenco. The first contact I had with it were the souvenirs brought by friends who came to Spain on vacation.
You would probably recognize the bailaora (flamenco dancer) with the polka dot dress. And my closest contact with the music was because of my former neighbor who put flamenco on Sundays at 9 in the morning for the whole neighborhood (can you imagine?)
But I always had the idea of going to see a live show. I think it’s something you should do if you live in Spain or if you’re visiting, at least even once.
Since we are going to move to France soon we could not put it off any longer. We decided to go and have the experience at Cardamomo, which is a Flamenco Tablao at the center of Madrid with more than 25 years of experience.
Cardamomo, Flamenco Tablao at Madrid
The Tablao Cardamomo has more than 25 years of experience and was recognized by the Madrid City Council as “Cultural Heritage of Madrid” in 2014.
Without a doubt, the tablao guarantees that you will have an authentic experience with elite artists. To me, I sincerely loved it. It exceeded my expectations by far. What is more, since I did not have much idea of flamenco, I thought that these sites where traps for tourists and the truth is the actual opposite. There are tourists, obviously, but the quality of the show, the service and food is out of this world.
As they say on their website: “At the tablao of Cardamomo dancing and singing coexist with such a passion that you can sense how it sprouts from within them. Therefore, the emotional communication that our artists have, transcends the spectators like unique personal and unforgettable experience.”
When the Flamenco show ended, as good bloggers that we are, we were asking questions and getting more information about flamenco and how is the experience of being at Cardamomo.
They told us that there are many types of flamenco, many “palos” and that they are classified according to their compass, their serious or festive character, their geographical origin … There are those that transmit joy or sadness, tangos, bulerías, fandango, etc. They also told us that many times they improvise, that it depends on the experiences and the state of mind of the cantaor (flamenco singer) and bailaor (flamenco dancer).
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Who has performed at Cardamomo
At the Tablao Flamenco Cardamomo there are well-known artists from the world of flamenco. Among the best known there are: Antonio Carmona, Diego el Cigala and Tomatito. When we were there, the star dancer was Juan Andrés Maya, an amazing dancer.
To see the Cardamomo schedule, you have to go to their website. I suggest that you put it on a month-by-month basis so that you know who is the main artist of the month or week.
How and when to go to Cardamomo?
To go see a flamenco show in Madrid you can go any day of the week. Since they open from Monday to Sunday from 16.30 to 24.00 and there are flamenco shows every day.
You have several hours to choose: at 18.00, at 20.00, at 10.00 pm and at 11.30 pm.
With the entrance there is a welcome drink, you can dine on the menu or tapas. The menu can be booked with the ticket and is served 45 minutes before the show begins.
In our experience the dinner was very good. We ordered the Lola option from the menu. It includes salmorejo, which they call it a shot but it’s a lot bigger than a shot (2 oz). Afterwards, we had a smoked salad that is exquisite. For main course you must choose between Iberian pork sirloin with sherry or salmon cava with steamed potatoes. We chose the first option and it was delicious. To finish we had a chocolate mousse with nuts.
They have several menu options including a vegetarian menu. You can also order tapas or pick a la carte. In addition, there is a good selection of wines, we took a bottle of Vega Valerio Crianza, that was left empty!
How to get there?
The best way to get there is by public transport, especially if you choose to go on weekends because the traffic in Madrid is crazy !!!
The nearest subways are Sol, Sevilla and Antón Martin.
Nearby transport: C2 and C3 and the following buses: 15, 20, 51, 52, 53 and 54.
The address of Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco in Madrid is Calle Echegaray 15 and the phone is 918051038.
You can make the reservation online from this link, many times there are discounts for reservations with more than 48 hours.
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