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Restaurants and Food in Madrid

Spain has one of Europe's most vibrant cuisines, balancing classic dishes passed on from generation to generation with avant-garde innovations that will blow your taste buds away.

In this part of the country you can be sure that the quality of the cured ham and “chorizo” will be top-notch. Being night-owls, Madrid natives dine out often, although many young people will prefer casual snacking, such as tapas with beer, or the Basque variation, “pintxos”, which are small, open sandwiches held together with a toothpick. Lunch takes place between 2 and 4, while dinner can be as late as 10 or 11 at night.

Street food tends to be sweet and is often more popular to enjoy during national holidays and celebrations. Classic examples include “bartolillos”, sugar-coated pastries filled with cream, and “barquillos”, a rolled wafer. If you go to the main food markets, you will also find tapas stalls with seats in front of the counter. Many Madrileños learn as children how to cook from their parents, and make their own meals from scratch most days. This means you should totally with a local!

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Top Restaurants in Madrid

  • Asador Guetaria is situated in Cuatro Caminos and it’s a Basque eatery devoted to grilled meat and fish
  • Melo's Tapas Bar, found in Calle Ave Maria, is always crammed with both visitors and locals and loved for its generous “Zapatillas”, grilled cheese sandwiches
  • La Bola Taberna, located in Austrias, is one of the best restaurants for those who want to try traditional Madrid-style stews
  • Sergi Arola Gastro, in Salamanca, belongs to two-starred Catalan chef Sergi Arola, and perfect if you want to experience new Spanish cuisine
  • El Arquibar, found in Conde Duque, is the weekend breakfast destination of choice for many Madrileños, with a wide array of sweet and savoury options, from home-baked muffins to omelettes
  • Ramon Freixa, Salamanca, also belongs to a Michelin-starred chef and is a lofty fine-dining experience with a price to match
  • Fatigas del Querer, on Calle de la Cruz, is where you can get generous servings of high-quality tapas, making it one of the best options in Madrid's tourist zone
  • Alfredo's Barbacoa, in Salamanca, is part of the growing trend for classic American dining, boasting a range of burgers made to order and temping desserts such as cheesecake
  • Freiduría de Gallinejas, located in Embajadores might be the best place to try the local dish, “Gallinejas” or fried lamb intestines
  • Dray Martina, in Alonso Martínez, is an elegantly-decorated cafe, and a fine choice at any time of day, but especially for brunch on Sundays.

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Local Madrid Dishes in Madrid

  • “Cocido madrileño” is best enjoyed in winter as it is Madrid’s typical stew and consists of chickpeas, various vegetables, pork, chorizo and morcilla sausages
  • “Gallinejas” is fried lamb entrails served with fried potatoes
  • “Oreja en la plancha” is a bit of a delicacy, it’s pigs ears chopped up, mixed with garlic and parsley and grilled
  • “Callos a la madrileña” is slowly stewed tripe in a herby beef broth with chorizo and black pudding
  • “Perennial tapas” are a must for the prawns in garlic (“gambas al ajillo”), croquettes (“croquetas”), potato omelette (“tortilla”) and deep-fried squid (“calamari”)

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