Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Where to find Dr Pepper in Madrid and around Spain

Before I list places where Dr Pepper is sold, let me explain a few things.

DP is not produced in Spain, so it has to be imported. Usually this is from the UK, but sometimes from other European countries (most often Belgium, Holland and Poland) and occasionally from the USA.

To me, the best tasting ones are from Great Britain, Belgium and, of course, the USA. The ones from Poland are less sweet and so to me are not very good, but some people like Polish DP more for this same reason. The Dr Pepper produced in the Netherlands tastes to me like there is hardly any sugar at all. For this reason, I always check the can to see where it is from. The UK cans are the easiest to spot, as they typically have a clearly visible GB printed on the side. Those from the USA say 12 fl oz instead of the European 330 ml. The others may require reading the small print.

Now, on to where to find find Dr Pepper in Madrid. (Updated 25 August 2014.) I have arranged them by distance to the city center. Below the city of Madrid locations, I have listed places where DP is sold in other parts of Spain.

Madrid has several Taste of America locations that sell Dr Pepper. These usually have the widest varieties, e.g. no only regular Dr Pepper, but Dr Pepper Zero (what Diet DP is called in Europe), and Cherry Dr Pepper. They have told me that they are looking into getting Dr Pepper 10. (Plus, Taste of America has A&W Root Beer, Mountain Dew, Hawaiin Punch, etc.!) Here are the Taste of America locations in Madrid:

Calle San Marcos 20
Near Gran Via, in the Chueca area

Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores 39
Near the center of the city, in the Rastro area.

Calle Cea Bermudez 58-60 
Not too far from downtown, located near the Islas Filipinas (line 7) metro station.

Calle Serrano 149
In the 'pijo' (posh) area not too far from the Bernabeu soccer stadium.
Avenida Ensanche de Vallecas 47-49
In the Villa de Vallecas area. A few blocks from the Ikea store located in the La Gavia shopping center.

Not too far from the city center is:
Gourmet Experience (This place also sells AriZona Teas)
El Corte Ingles
C/ Raimundo Fernández Villaverde
Nearest Metro: Nuevos Ministerios
(I don't know if the other El Corte Ingles stores with Gourmet Experience departments sell DP, but in Madrid they are located in the Gran Via store at Plaza de Callao, 2, and in the store at C/ Goya, 87. There are also Gourmet Experience departments in El Corte Ingles stores in Seville -- Plaza del Duque, 8 -- and in Alicante -- Avenida Federico Soto, 1.)

Supermarkets that sell Dr Pepper, but which are not near the center, are:

Sanchez Romero Supermercado
Calle Sor Angela de la Cruz 10
Nearest  Metro Cuzco (Not close to the city center, but not extremely far.)

Sanchez Romero Supermercado
Paseo de la Castellana 196
Next to the Arturo Soria Plaza Shopping Center
Nearest Metro, Plaza de Castilla (A little farther out, but not far from the Sanchez Romero on Calle Sor Angela de la Cruz)

Hipermercado Carrefour Planet Aluche (Also sells Mountain Dew)
Centro comercial Plaza Aluche
Av de los Poblados, 58
Nearest Metro, Aluche (Pretty far from the city center.)

Hipermercado Carrefour Hortaleza
Centro Comercial Gran Via de Hortaleza
Nearest Metro, Mar de Cristal (Pretty far from the city center.)

Restaurants in Madrid that serve Dr. Pepper:

The Zombie Bar (which bills itself as serving the best burger in downtown Madrid) supposedly serves Dr Pepper. The location is Calle Pez 7, which is in the heart of the city, just a few blocks off Gran Via. I will check this out as soon as I can.

Peggy Sue's American Diner
Avenida de las Suertes
Telephone: 91 172 90 30
Nearest Metro, Suertes (Very far from downtown, but there seem to be several locations, including some that are centrally located: www.peggysues.es)

Stores that sell Dr Pepper in other Spanish towns and cites:

Taste of America has locations in several towns located outside the city of Madrid, but in the Madrid metropolitan area:

Calle Beatas 3

Plaza de las carretas 3

Calle Francisco Umbral 14

Avenida Olímpica 32
(I have heard that in Alcobendas it is also available at the Sanchez Romero supermarket in Moraleja Green shopping center.)

Avenida de Europa 23

In addition, Taste of America has locations in other cities and towns around Spain:

Av.del Regne de Valencia 6
(In Valencia I have seen Dr Pepper on sale at the Carrefour in the El Saler Shoping Center located at Autopista del Saler 16. This is near the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.)

Calle Francos, 12 - 6. (corner of Cesar Augusto) 

Calle Aragones 3

Calle Comedias 11

Plaza Zocodover (c/ Las Armas, 4)

Calle Conde Aranda 1 (on the corner of Cesar Augusto)

Calle Conde Luna 7 (next to Calle Ancha)

There is a Taste of America  location in Barcelona, too. Click here to find out about it and many other places in BCN where DP is available

Dr Pepper is also readily available in Gibraltar. They've even got it in bottles, which I have never seen in Spain. Technically, Gibraltar is not Spain, but hey, it's pretty close. (I once drove out of the place with a trunk full of DP.)

Finally, DP can also be bought online and delivered to your door from:





Please leave a comment or email me if you can help update this list.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Where to get Dr Pepper in Barcelona

This past weekend I moved to Madrid from Barcelona. Before leaving BCN I put together this list of places that sell imported Dr Pepper:

Taste of America
Calle Balmes, 322
Barcelona 08006

A Taste of Home: The English Supermarket
C/ Floridablanca 78
Barcelona 08015

Krakoviak Polish Specialties.
Calle de Sicília 324-332
Barcelona 08025

Carrefour Market Ramblas
Rambla de los Estudios, 113
Barcelona 08002
(Dr Pepper lovers have me to thank for this: I kept asking until they finally started stocking it a couple of years ago. It seems to be a very popular item. Unlike the Dr Pepper sold in the Carrefour Planet locations below, it is stocked in the regular soft drink section, which is on the ground floor, not in the foreign foods section AKA Sabores del Mundo, located on the basement level.)

Carrefour Planet Hipermercado La Maquinista
La Maqunista Shopping Center
Paseo Potosí, 2
Barcelona 08030

Carrefour Planet  Hipermercado Gran Vía 2
Avda. Gran Vía 75-93
L´Hospitalet del Llobregat 08908
(This one is just a few blocks outside Barcelona city limits, not far from Plaza de España. One pain in the neck about these two locations is that they don't stock as much as the Ramblas location does, so don't be surprised if they are out. Sometimes they are out for one week, sometimes several weeks. I have only seen the Dr Pepper supply at the Ramblas location out of stock once, and that was only for a few days.)

The little Carrefour Express location at Calle Nou de la Ramblaalso sells Dr Pepper.

The Carrefour hypermarket location at Las Glories (which is not as huge as the Planet stores) has never stocked Dr Pepper that I know of. I only asked a couple of times, but that was because it was not a location I went to much.

Via Laietana 15

C/ Diputacion 314

The following little Pakistani-owned convenience stores sell Dr Pepper:

Sol Bruc 70
Calle Bruc 70
Barcelona 08037

Frutas y Verduras
Calle Trafalgar 48
Barcelona 08010

Psg. de Colom 2
Barcelona  08002

La Bodegueta
Calle Joaquin Costa 28
El Raval
Barcelona 08001
(Some other Pakistani-owned shops on this same street also sell Dr Pepper.)

In Barceloneta, near the beach, the following Pakistani-owned convenience stores sell Dr Pepper:

Calle Dr. Aiguader 1
08003 Barcelona
(Literally just outside the Barceloneta Metro station. There are two little stores next to each other. The one to the right usually has Dr Pepper.) 

Psg. Joan de Borbo 1
Barcelona 08003

Psg. Joan de Borbo 26
Barcelona 08003

Supermarket (that's the name over the door)
Corner of C/ Andrea Doria and C/ Atlantida
Barcelona 08003
(Located on the eastern side of Barceloneta's Public Market)

Supermercat del Mar
C/ Miquel Boera 11
Barcelona 08003
(Where Sant Carles street ends at the steps to the seafront)

The Bangladeshi community is much smaller than the Pakistani one in Barcelona, but at least on Bangladeshi business sells Dr Pepper:

Av. Marina 94
Barcelona 08018 

Please leave a comment or email me in order to update this list.

Click here for my Dr Pepper in Madrid and more list, as well as to read about how Dr Pepper can have different flavors depending on where it is imported from. 

P.S. There is also little Pakistani store on Ronda Universitat (31? 33?) near Pl Catalunya that sells Dr P. If anyone knows the name and exact address, please let me know so I can add the details.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Solstice in Spain: Saint John's Night (Noche de San Juan)

Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona
Read about 10 observances of the summer solstice on the Spanish peninsula, as well as about two on Spain's islands: Summer Solstice in Spain: Fiestas of Fire!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Spain's King Juan Carlos' abdication speech (Video & Text in English)

Transcript / Translation:

I come to you this morning with this message to tell you, with singular emotion, of an important decision and the reasons that moved me to take it.
In my proclamation as king, nearly four decades ago now, I assumed a firm commitment to serve the general interests of Spain, with the desire that citizens would be the protagonists of their own future and that our nation would become a modern democracy, fully integrated into Europe. I intended then to lead the exciting national task that allowed citizens to choose their legitimate representatives and carry through that great and positive transformation of Spain that we so needed.
Today, when I look back, I can only feel pride and gratitude to you. Pride for the many good things we have achieved together over the years. And gratitude for the support you have given me to make my reign, begun in full youth at a time of great uncertainties and difficulties, a long period of peace, stability and progress. Faithful to the political desire of my father, the Count of Barcelona, from whom I inherited the historic legacy of the Spanish monarchy,
I wanted to be king for all Spaniards. I have identified with and engaged with your hopes, I have enjoyed your successes and suffered when pain or frustration overwhelmed you.
The long and deep economic crisis we are suffering from has left serious scars in the social fabric but it is also showing us the way to a future full of hope. These difficult years have allowed us to take self-critical stock of our errors and our limitations as a society. And, as a counterweight, it has also revived the proud awareness of what we have been and are capable of; and of what we have been and are: a great nation. All this has awakened in us an urge for renewal, to overcome, to correct mistakes and open the way to a decidedly better future.
Today a younger generation deserves to take the front line, with new energies, resolute in undertaking with determination the transformations and reforms that this moment in time demands and to confront tomorrow's challenges with renewed intensity and dedication. In forging this future, a new generation is rightly claiming its role as protagonist, just as happened in a crucial moment of the history of the generation to which I belong.
My only ambition has been and will continue to be to contribute always to achieve the well-being and progress in freedom of all Spaniards. I want the best for Spain, to which I have dedicated my entire life and to whose service I have placed all my abilities, my hope and my work.
My son Felipe, heir to the Crown, embodies the stability that is the distinguishing mark of the monarchical institution. When last January I turned 76, I thought it was time to prepare the handover in a few months so as to leave the way to someone who is in excellent condition to assure that stability. The Prince of Asturias has the maturity, the readiness and the sense of responsibility needed to take on with full guarantees the leadership of the state and open a new phase of hope combining experience and the drive of a new generation. For that, I know he will count on the support that he will always have from Princess Letizia.
For all these reasons, guided by the conviction of having given my best service to the Spanish people and having recovered physically and resumed my institutional activities, I decided to put an end to my reign and abdicate the Crown of Spain so that the government and parliament can give effect to the succession in line with the constitution.
 I have just officially informed the president of the government of this, this morning. I would like to express my gratitude to the Spanish people, to all who have embodied the powers and institutions of the state during my reign and to all those who have generously and loyally helped me to fulfil my duties. And my gratitude to the Queen, whose help and generous support have never failed me.
I hold and will always hold Spain deep in my heart.

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