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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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Best of Madrid: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Edgard shared the true gems of the city, as responsive to our questions with our interests in mind. We shared our list of restaurants as given to us from family and friends back home, and he let us know what he knew about them and recommended others. We went to one of his recommendations that same evening and it was delicious! Personable, attentive, highly recommend :)

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Kickstart Tour of Madrid with a Local

My sister and I did not want a regular tour of all the tourist attractions. Patricia was amazing at taking us to places we would have never found. She knew so much about the history and culture. She was amazing!!!

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Best of Madrid: Highlights & Hidden Gems

My husband, two children ages 13 and 10 and I had the lovely opportunity of going on a private walking tour with Beth in Madrid. We were visiting from New York City. How fortunate we were to meet up with Beth! She was an amazing guide! A warm, friendly, and knowledgeable guide ablout Madrid who most importantly caried about our interests. She shared facts about the past that we’re interesting to us and the children, shared pictures, took us through charming winding maze like streets, in and out of stores and places of historical relevance. The highlight for my children was a bullfighting bar at the elegant Plaza Mayor that was lively and festive with locals and had capes and actual pictures of bullfights. What a treat for all of us! Beth had a great sense of humor, always had a smile and was just wonderful to stroll the beautiful streets of Madrid with. She felt more like a friend than a guide. We loved it! In fact, the three hours passed so quickly with Beth. We were sad to have it end. She was amazing. It was definitely time well spent with her. We left 100 percent satisfied. Thank you Beth for showing us the gorgeous city of Madrid!