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Lined with trees, fountains, statues and quaint cafés, at the north end of the Paseo de Recoletos we find the "Biblioteca Nacional" ("National Library"), an amazing building in its own right. Amongst the cafés, we find the "Terraza Recoletos", the famous "Café Gijón" circa 1888 and the impressive "Café El Espejo". The Café Gijón and the Terraza Recoletos sport their outdoor tables from MArch to November while El Espejo has a shorter outdoor dining season form May to November. As a general rule, the outdoor dining experience is expensive but the atmosphere is hard to beat. Don't miss the great glass pavilion of "El Espejo", even if it is just for a quick photo op. I persoanally recommend the Tapas at "El Espejo" for an afternoon "merienda" ("snack"). In my opinion, fall is the best time to stroll up and down Recoletos. I am not sure why but it has something to do with the crisp cool air that gives me the feeling of vitality.
Getting there: in order to experience the entire Paseo de Recoletos, pick it up at either the Plaza de Cibeles and walk north or at the Plaza de Colón and Jardines del Descubrimiento and head south.