Top 9 Lavapiés Bars & Restaurants

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If you want to understand Madrid—the real Madrid—these Lavapiés bars and restaurants are a great place to start. Until recently, Lavapiés was one of central Madrid’s most affordable neighborhoods. With its hilly streets and characteristic corralas (Madrid’s characteristic housing style where neighbors share an interior patio), throughout the 19th and 20th centuries Lavapiés attracted migrants […]

5 Spots for Tapas in Chueca that Locals Love

Don't forget the vermouth when you go out for tapas in Chueca!

Going out for tapas in Chueca isn’t just a way to devour Madrid’s culture—it’s a way to honor the city’s history. Chueca’s tapas bar scene symbolizes what the neighborhood stands for: modernity, diversity, dedication to quality and continuous evolvement. In the 1970s, Chueca was considered a dangerous area that even the president of Madrid’s LGBTQ+ […]

Lunch in Madrid: Where to Go & How to Order

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After a long morning spent exploring, it’s time to head out for lunch in Madrid. Keep reading to discover our favorite local spots—and how to get the best deal! When it comes to lunch in Madrid, the trick is to grab a menú del día. In Spain, lunch is the most important meal of the […]

8 Michelin Star Restaurants in Madrid You Can’t Miss

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If you’re looking for the best Michelin star restaurants in Madrid, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s where to go for a star-studded dining experience you won’t soon forget. What does a tire company know about good food? A lot, apparently—Michelin provides the world with some of the best restaurant recommendations. Those clever French […]

11 Great Restaurants for Groups in Madrid

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It’s no secret that Spanish culture places a big emphasis on getting together with the people who matter most. Usually, those gatherings are often based around some type of meal—a trend we can definitely get on board with! Madrid’s warm, welcoming, and fun-loving culture makes it the perfect place to host any kind of large […]

Top 8 Tapas Bars & Restaurants in Malasaña

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This post was originally published on November 18, 2018 and was updated on January 5, 2023. Located just north of Gran Vía and Plaza de España, Malasaña is a buzzing hub of restaurants, shops, and culture that never seems to sleep. The omnipresent hip, youthful vibe in Madrid’s trendiest neighborhood makes it a favorite hangout […]

The Top 10 Best Restaurants in Madrid

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Madrid may be on everyone’s radar for its world-class museums, beautiful green spaces and awe-inspiring architecture. But there’s one main reason why the Spanish capital has won us over: the food! Head to one of the best restaurants in Madrid to see exactly what we mean. Here in Madrid, there’s no shortage of places to […]

Eating Gluten Free in Madrid: The Best Bars, Restaurants and Stores

If you have to eat gluten free in Madrid, you'll be happy to learn that many of the most traditional tapas are already naturally gluten free, like these huevos rotos!

This blog post was originally posted on March 18, 2014 and was updated on August 12, 2018. When it comes to eating gluten free in Madrid, the city’s restaurants, bars, and supermarkets are already ahead of the curve. The Madrid Association of Celiacs and Gluten Sensitive People has been certifying the city’s restaurants as celiac-friendly since the […]

Where to Eat in La Latina: Best Tapas Bars & Restaurants

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The beautiful and historic La Latina neighborhood in central Madrid is dotted with tapas bars and leafy squares, with picturesque winding streets bringing it all together. Locals love this part of town, making it one of the most authentic neighborhoods in the center of the city. This means that there are plenty of delicious choices when […]

Best Paella in Madrid: 6 Top Spots for this Valencian Dish

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For many people, paella is the quintessential Spanish food, and one they wouldn’t dream of leaving without trying. Make your trip unforgettable by heading to one of these spots for the best paella in Madrid. You’ve arrived in Madrid and you’re hungry. Surrounded by signs advertising a variety of different paellas, you settle on what […]

Eating with Allergies in Madrid: Our Complete Guide

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Food allergies can be difficult to deal with even at home. Throw in an unfamiliar culture and language, and there’s suddenly so much more to think about. How can you effectively communicate your dietary needs to your server and be sure that you’re not eating anything that can make you ill? There’s a lot to […]

Where to Eat Near Hotel Preciados in Madrid

Café Varela is one of our top picks for where to eat near Hotel Preciados in Madrid. It's in the hotel itself!

Old-world elegance meets modern luxury at Hotel Preciados. The wrought-iron balconies and classic exterior have made it a focal point on the street of the same name. However, once you step inside, you’ll be transported to a world of sleek, contemporary charm. And with a privileged location between the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol, […]

10 Must-Try Typical Desserts from Spain

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If you’re anything like us, your trip to Spain will likely center around eating. But no matter how much incredible Spanish food you try, be sure to save room for these typical desserts from Spain! (You can thank us later.) Spain may not be as famous for dessert as some of our other European counterparts, […]

How to Eat Like a Local in Madrid

This blog post was originally posted on July 2, 2016 and was updated July 28, 2018. One of the best parts of discovering a new city is tasting local delights! Madrid does not disappoint with tons of hidden treasures for food lovers. With restaurants featuring classic Madrid cooking, regional Spanish cuisine, and plenty of tapas, […]

Breakfast in Madrid: 10 Can’t-Miss Spots

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We take our breakfast seriously here in Spain, and to really immerse yourself in local life, you should do the same. Join us at these spots for breakfast in Madrid to start your morning off right! Breakfast is so important here in Spain that on many days, we eat it twice. First up is a […]

Where to Eat Near Atocha in Madrid

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It’s safe to say that most visitors to Madrid will find themselves at or near Atocha, the main train station, at some point. You might be arriving in town via train, or about to catch the Cercanías commuter rail line to the airport. Or maybe you’re already enjoying your time in Madrid by visiting the […]

The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Brunch in Madrid

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Brunch has taken the world by storm in recent years, and Madrid is no exception. And today, those brunch offerings include plenty of vegan and vegetarian-friendly bites as well. With more and more Spaniards adapting vegan and vegetarian diets, finding suitable brunch options in Spain’s capital has never been easier. It used to be pretty […]

9 Best Restaurants Near Retiro Park in Madrid

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With more than 350 acres of green space, Retiro Park is Madrid’s crown jewel and the ideal place to spend a sunny day. Stroll along the grand avenues, check out the street performers and musicians, then grab a spot of grass to take a break or a nice siesta. Then, when hunger calls, head to […]

7 Spectacular Madrid Wineries Worth a Visit

Why just drink D.O. Vinos de Madrid at a bar when you can taste it straight from the source? That’s right—one of the most unique wines you can order in the Spanish capital is produced right here in the region of Madrid! We can’t imagine a better day trip than a visit to a local […]

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