Easy Recipes for Typical Madrid Tapas

Are you on the lookout for the new quick and easy dishes to make? Do you want to taste the traditional Spanish cuisine, right there in your home? Then, this article is for you.

When tourists first visit Madrid, national cuisine is one of the first things they explore. Regardless if they arrive at the city on business, regardless if they travel alone, with family, stay in an apartment in the city center or choose other types of accommodation. They all want to experience the best of the city, to discover this famous tourist destination and what it has to offer.

At daytime, travelers will go sightseeing, looking for the nearest landmarks in the center of the city, but as the dinner time comes, all of them will start exploring Madrid’s best restaurants. Apart from traditional dinner menus, sometimes with multiple course meals, etc., travelers are enchanted by Madrid tapas. This snack food is traditionally served in bars and cafes, representing one of the most recognizable items in the Spanish cuisine. These delicious bites, which is how tapas sometimes are called, are served in Madrid bars and restaurants, usually with wine or other beverages.

Now, you can make your own Madrid tapas at home, using these easy recipes.

 

Spanish tortilla

Spanish tortilla, also known as Spanish omelette, is one of the most famous recipes from the Spanish cuisine, and yet it is quite simple to make. It can be served as breakfast or dinner, but it can even be cut into pieces and packed for a takeaway lunch. Some prefer eating it cold, while others prefer when it is served as a warm dish. It is all a matter of taste.

To make Spanish tortilla, you will need:

  • 2 cups potatoes (one large or two smaller potatoes), sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced onion
  • 7-8 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Start by cutting the onions and potatoes. If you do not like the onions, you can even leave them out. Cook both vegetables separately, after which you will drain them before mixing them with the eggs. Put everything in a clean pan and fry, flip to fry from the other side until is all done.

Check out the full recipe here: Spanish Tortilla Omelette.

Other vegetables can be added, depending on what you like to eat. Here is an interesting Spanish tortilla recipe if you want to combine it with spinach: Simple Spanish Tortilla Recipe with Spinach Arugula Salad.

 

Croquetas de Jamón

These tapas require a bit more time, but they are also quite easy to make. They are perfect to be served as appetizers, and they can be made with a variety of different ingredients. Instead of ham, you can also use cod, chicken, mushrooms, shrimp, spinach, beans, etc.

croquetas-de-jamon

Basically, croquettes are fried breadcrumbed rolls with either mashed potatoes or bechamel sauce. Typically, the later one is used in Madrid tapas.

The ingredients you will need include:

For the “Dough”

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil Scant
  • 1/2 c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 c milk, at room temperature
  • ¼ lb ham, diced into small pieces
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Salt (to taste — only needed if your ham isn’t too salty)

 

For Breading the Croquettes

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ – ¾ c bread crumbs

 

To Fry

  • Oil for frying

 

The actual process of making croquettes is not complicated. It is recommended to create the ham mixture a day earlier and let it rest in the fridge overnight. Check out the full process of how to make them in this recipe: Croquetas de Jamon (Spanish Ham Croquettes).

For a vegetarian version of the recipe which includes making the dough mixture with onions and spinach, take a look at this recipe: Spanish Spinach Croquettes.

 

Patatas Bravas

The popular version of potatoes which are either fried or baked is a super easy meal to make. It can be served as a tapa, or as a side dish with chicken, veggies, fish, etc. You can mix different spices in the sauce to make it spicier. You will need around ten minutes to prepare the potatoes, which is quite handy if you are in a rush. Baking time is around 50 minutes. Here is what you will need to make patatas bravas:

  • 2 Pounds russet potatoes diced (not peeled)
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Pinch of pepper
  • 1 Pinch of salt

You can follow this recipe for the instructions: Patatas Bravas (Spanish-Style Roasted Potatoes).

The recipe also features a spicy sauce that can be served with these tapas.

 

Spanish Tomato Bread with Ham

This one is a popular type of tapa for summer months, as it involves no cooking. Also, the taste of tomatoes makes it a refreshing snack. It also looks quite nice served as party food. You will need a baguette, which will be the base for the tapas. The special touch that makes this unique Spanish treat is Jamon Serrano, internationally famous Spanish ham. These are all of the ingredients you will need:

  • Baguette
  • Tomatoes (chopped)
  • Garlic (finely chopped)
  • Serrano ham (sliced)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh basil or parsley

 

To make these tasty tapas, simply follow the instructions from this recipe: Spanish Tomato Bread with Jamon Serrano.

 

Banderillas

You simply cannot have Madrid tapas without olives. Olives are traditionally served as a part of the Mediterranean style of cooking. They add quality and freshness to the dishes. Olives are used in many different tapas recipes. They can easily be combined with vegetables or fish. The base of Banderillas recipe are olives, as well as tuna, onions, and pickles. Other vegetables you can use include pepper, carrot, etc. Basically, any vegetable you can combine well with these three will be perfect. You will need toothpicks to assemble the tapas. The full list of ingredients for this recipe includes:

  • 1 box round toothpicks
  • 1 jar gherkin pickles
  • 1 jar cocktail onions
  • 1 jar green olives (pitted & stuffed with pimento, garlic or anchovies)
  • 1 can anchovies
  • 1 can chunk white tuna (in oil)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (in water or oil, cut in halves)
  • 1 jar banana wax peppers (or pepperoncini)
  • Optional: 12 quail eggs (boiled)

 

With all of the colorful ingredients, these taps will look absolutely amazing on the table. Check out the full recipe and the instructions here: Banderillas Recipe.

If you love olives, here is another recipe you should try out.

 

Marinated olives

A perfect type of salad that can be eaten as a snack or served as one of the courses. It is very easy to make this one because all you need to do is to mix the ingredients together. The only thing is, this mixture should be made a day before. The best way for the olives to soak up all of the flavors is to leave the mixture in a glass container or a covered bowl overnight. The ingredients necessary to make marinated olives are these:

  • Black olives
  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Orange
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fresh mild red chili

In the recipe, you will find the exact amount of ingredients you should use: Marinated Olives.

olivas

 

Sauteed Eggplant with Honey

This type of tapas is an excellent choice for vegetarians. It can also be used as a side dish and be eaten with meat, or vegetable salad for example. To make the eggplant pieces taste delicious, you will need to marinate them overnight in whole milk. The ingredients you will need are:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • Sea Salt

The full instructions on how to prepare everything and how to fry the eggplant is available in the recipe: Sautéed Eggplant with Honey.

 

Stuffed tomatoes

This is another simple recipe to make delicious Madrid tapas. Stuffed tomatoes look amazing arranged on the dining table, and they taste incredible. You will only need a couple of ingredients, and the cooking time is minimal. These are the ingredients you should prepare:

  • 8 small tomatoes, or 3 large ones
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
  • 6 tablespoons allioli or mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white breadcrumbs, if using large tomatoes

You can alter the stuffing and add other ingredients such as chicken, cheese, or different type of veggies. Find all the instructions in this article: Stuffed Tomatoes.

 

Cheese puffs

If you love creamy taste of cheese, combined with sweet honey taste, you will love this snack. It is made super fast. These cheese puffs are made from a mixture of cheese and honey, with other spices. Then they are rolled into sesame seeds and deep fried for a minute or two. Typically, they are served hot. Here is the full list of the things you will need to make them:

  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds for toasting
  • Additional sesame seeds for coating
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons of flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3 ounces creamy cows milk cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup grated cured Manchego cheese
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Honey for coating

Find the full recipe here with the detailed instructions: Homemade Cheese Puffs with Sesame Seeds and Honey.

 

Huevos rotos con jamon

Here is another traditional Madrid tapa. Unlike small bites and appetizers, this one can be served as a meal, usually dinner or breakfast. Translated from Spanish, the name huevos rotos con jamón means scrambled eggs with ham. Of course, Spanish ham should be your choice if you can find it in your supermarkets. The things you will need to make this dish are these:

  • 1 medium-sized potato, peeled and cut into slices (about 3 or 4 mm thick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 or 3 slices of jamón – chopped. You could use bacon lardons if you like but don’t moan that it doesn’t taste Spanish!
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • A couple of tablespoons of olive oil for frying

For the detailed instructions, read this: Easy Spanish Recipe: Huevos Rotos con Jamon.

 

Calamares

Calamares means squid rings, which is a type of tapa that is deep fried. It is typically served with sauces, like onion rings. The cooking time is around 30 minutes, and it is best if calamares are eaten hot. Before you start, make sure you get everything ready:

  • 500 g (1 pound) squid cut in rings
  • 1 medium egg
  • Salt to taste
  • 150 g (1¼ cup) AP flour
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) very cold water
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 1 glug sparkling water (optional)
  • Plenty of good olive oil for deep-frying
  • 1 lemon for drizzling

The recipe for this tasty dish is available here: Calamares a la Romana, Fried Squid Rings.

 

Stuffed mushrooms

These small appetizers are perfect to eat with wine. You will use mushrooms as a base, and then you will create the stuffing:

  • 12 oz cremini or button mushrooms
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2-3 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1/2 TBSP fresh parsley
  • 1 TBSP fresh scallions or chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoned panko (optional)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling (optional)
  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

These can be served with other tapas, or with tomatoes salad, spinach, etc. Check out the instructions in this article: Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms.

 

Espinacas con Garbanzos

A popular tapa dish, which is more commonly served in the south of Spain, has a rich flavor and is full of vitamins. It is a healthy meal, often a choice for vegetarians and vegans, who prefer to skip the ham and go on to the veggies. It is usually served hot. The ingredients needed for the Spanish spinach with chickpeas include the following:

  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 Bulb garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of sweet paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon of hot paprika
  • 5 Cups of spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup of water
  • 4 Cups of chickpeas
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of wine vinegar

You will find the full recipe with the instructions here: Espinacas con Garbanzos.

Ten Things to Do in Madrid

When you first arrive to the capital city of Spain, you might face a great dilemma when it comes to which places to visit and what things to do in Madrid. Since the city is such a popular tourist destination, you might have some general idea on which places are the most visited in Madrid, but it is always helpful to have a quick guide to discover things you need to experience in Madrid.

As a provider of apartments in Madrid, we have met a lot of tourists from all over the world, coming to the city eager to explore it and learn about its culture and customs, and we have come to know the most popular places every tourist would love to see. We are going to highlight the most commonly visited places, and if you are visiting Madrid, this is a great list of the things you could do while in the city.

Visit the museums

Famous center of culture and art, Madrid is a place one could not leave without visiting at least one museum. The abundance of museums scattered around the city provides all sorts of exciting collections and exhibitions which will satisfy all sorts of travelers. The most popular area is certainly in the Paseo del Prado, with the Prado Museum being located there. As the most visited museum in the city, it stands out as the place most tourists are eager to visit. The main reason for this is the rich collection owned by the museum and displayed in an impressive interior as you are exploring different epochs and enjoy the works of art created by both local and international artists. Two other museum located close by include Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Together, all three of them make the famous Golden Triangle of Art, a common point of interest for all art lovers visiting the city. Convenient location and impressive collections make these three the most visited museums in Madrid, but the city has so much more to offer. If you are interested in more ideas on which museums to visit in Madrid, here are some suggestions: Museums to Visit in Madrid.

Have coffee at the plaza

Squares in Madrid are known as plazas, and they have historically been places of great interest for the local life. They usually were the places where local celebrations, fairs and other public events took place, but today they are still essential part of the city, where you will meet a lot of people, find a lot of shops and cafes. Nice weather and great company are enough reasons for you to decide to enjoy a cup of coffee in one of those cafes at the plaza in Madrid. While there, you will enjoy the view and perhaps plan some impromptu shopping adventure nearby.

Go for shopping adventure

Traveling is a great way to experience new places and meet new traditions, but for all shopaholics out there, this is also a great opportunity to scout some new stores and check out the latest items that have just found their way into the stores. When it comes to shopping in Madrid, the central area is the best way to start, as most stores are located in this part of the city. Of course, if you prefer indoor shopping, which is particularly recommended during the bad weather conditions, you might want to visit one of the shopping malls. While in Madrid, make sure you check out some of the famous Spanish brands, such as Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Pull&Bear, Sfera, etc. Although you might have these stores in your home town, it is always nice to visit the stores in the Spanish capital, where these brands originated from.

Walk around the Retiro Park

Although there are so many wonderful parks around Madrid, the Retiro Park is certainly the most famous one in the city. It is also the largest one, with so many activities for the visitors, which is the reason why we include this landmark in the list of ten things to do in Madrid. Walking around the park and enjoying the nature is an amazing way to spend an afternoon in Madrid. Of course, if you are up for some sightseeing, the Crystal Palace, the Monument to Alfonso XII and Rosaleda del Retiro are some of the places you will find worth visiting while in the park. Depending on the time of the year you visit, you might come across book fairs, exhibitions, street performances, fireworks and other entertaining activities organized for the park visitors.

 

Retiro Park

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Enjoy the view from the cable car

It might be an unusual way to explore the city, but when in Madrid you will have a unique opportunity to see the city from the cable car going above the buildings and houses from the Paseo del Pintor Rosales street over the River Manzanares and into the Casa de Campo park. The cable car, called el Teleférico, was built as a part of the amusement park Parque de Atracciones. It reaches the height o 40 meters above the ground and this exciting ride takes around 10 minutes from start to finish, with the route being approximately 2.5 kilometers long. As you reach the top at the Casa de Campo park, you will get to enjoy panoramic view of the city, so prepare yourself to take lots of cool photos.

Try local specialties

When traveling to new places, one of the must-do things is embracing the local tradition and trying specialties that are typical for the cuisine of the country you are visiting. Madrid and the Spanish cuisine are well-known around the world, so you have probably heard about the dishes such as paella, tortillas, croquetas, huevos rotos, curros con chocolate, etc. Even though you might have tried these dishes, there is nothing better than visiting one of the local restaurants and coffee shops to taste dishes prepared based on traditional, decades-old recipes that actually created specialties that have been replicated in many restaurants around the world.

Information about which places to visit is available in this gastronomic guide, with tips and recommendations for choosing some of the best and the most popular restaurants, pastry shops and tapas in Madrid.

Explore the city on a bike

Hop on/hop off buses and similar city tours are part of every large city tourist offer, as they are popular and convenient way to explore large part of the city more efficiently. However, bike tours are growing in popularity, being a more eco-friendly solution, as well as healthier and more interesting option for travelers. If you are in a good shape, and if you are comfortable riding a bike for great lengths (usually up to a couple of hours, with breaks), exploring the city on a bike is a perfect choice for you. You can rent a bike and come up with your own route of famous landmarks, but it is more advisable to join a group of travelers exploring the city on their bikes, with a guide, knowing just which streets to avoid and how to safely reach a specific destination.

Admire the architecture

Wherever you go around Madrid, you will be able to see plenty of notable buildings designed under many art influences throughout the city’s rich history. Many of those centuries-old buildings are preserved nowadays as remnants of the turbulent past and city life that has been present in the central areas for centuries now. The Royal Palace of Madrid and the Royal Theatre are two architectural landmarks worth visiting as notable buildings of historic importance and great cultural value. The Gran Vía is also great place to visit when it comes to admiring the architecture as it showcases patterns ranging from Vienna Secession style, Plateresque, Neo-Mudéjar, Art Deco and other styles influencing the final outcome we know today.

 

Madrid - Architecture

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Visit the Mercado de San Miguel

A covered market located in the central area of Madrid, the Mercado de San Miguel has become one of the greatest symbols of the city’s tradition and one of the places you need to visit when in the city. The food market is designed to showcase the amazing dishes of Spanish cuisine in pleasant surroundings. Variety of different specialties offered is what attracts so many tourists turning this into a landmark worth visiting.

Relax with a glass of sangria

Regardless if you would rather drink wine, or if you prefer the sweet taste of sangria, Madrid is the place to be for all fond of a glass of wine in the evening. When in Madrid, visit a cafe or a bar where you will be provided with the finest selection of local wines or sangria. In some bars, you will be able to order tapas with wine, making this a typical evening out in Madrid. Most popular places are located in the center of the city, which makes it very convenient to visit them. And since you are on vacation, relaxing with a glass of sangria or wine is what makes this visit even more complete.

Once you get back to your apartment in Madrid, you are left with a unique experience as you finished a fulfilled day of sightseeing. As the impressions start to pile up, you will get to sum up everything and plan the next day of your Madrid adventure.

Madrid Gastronomic Guide

If gastronomic tour is a part of your trip and you want to explore this side of Madrid, the guide we have here will be very helpful as we will share some of the best restaurants, tapas and taverns you can visit in Madrid. Most of the popular places are located in the center of the city, so if you are staying in an apartment in the city center, you will easily reach them. On the other hand, you can also use metro in Madrid as a very convenient and efficient way to travel around the city.

Restaurants

Casa Lucio

There is no better way to start gastronomic tour of Madrid than by eating at a traditional restaurant with authentic Spanish food on the menu. If you want to explore the rich tastes of Spanish cuisine and enjoy a bit formal atmosphere in a well-known restaurant in the Spanish capital, this is the place for you. Meals with meat, fish and veggies are popular items on the menu, together with seasonal meals and traditional dishes such as huevos estrellados. The best way to enjoy the meal is to accompany it with local wine. The restaurant is closed during the month of August.

Location: Calle Cava Baja, 35

Opening hours: Every day between 1 pm and 4 pm, and then again between 8:30 pm and
midnight.

Website: http://www.casalucio.es/en/ho/home.html

Restaurante Casa Lucio

 

Mercado de San Miguel

Here is another traditional restaurant in Madrid, one of the favorite places to visit for all the gourmands visiting Madrid. It is a remarkable gastronomic experience, making this place one of the major tourist attraction of the city. Being located near the Plaza Mayor makes Mercado de San Miguel even more convenient to visit. A great selection of high quality food includes variety of meat products, seafood, vegetables, cheese, sushi, as well as fruit, chocolates, wines and sangria.

Location: Plaza de San Miguel

Opening hours: From Sunday to Wednesday between 10 am and 12 am. From Thursday to Saturday open between 10 am and 2 am.

Website: http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/en/

 Mercado de San Miguel

El Restaurante Vegetariano

Even though traditional Spanish cuisine favors meat, you will still find a couple of restaurants for vegetarians, and in this guide we recommend El Restaurante Vegetariano. It is a perfect choice for vegetarians and vegans, as well as everyone who likes Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. Dishes with veggies such as soups, lasagnas, pastas, as well as homemade desserts are something you can find on the menu of this restaurant. The restaurant is closed during the month of August.

Location: Calle Marques de Santa Ana, 34

Opening hours: From Tuesday to Saturday between 1:30 pm and 4 pm, and again between 9 pm and 11:30 pm. On Sundays between 1:30 pm and 4 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Website: http://www.elrestaurantevegetariano.es/

El_Restaurante_Vegetariano

 

El Sobrino de Botín

Sobrino de Botín was founded in 1725 and it is the oldest restaurant continuously operating in the world. With such rich history and heritage, this restaurant represents a true landmark of Madrid. Additionally, the food is of the highest quality and you will find some of the traditional Spanish dishes, prepared based on the recipes that have been around for generations. It is advisable to make a reservation, even up to a week or two in advance, as it can be very difficult to get a table during lunch and dinner time, when the restaurant is actually open.

Location: Calle Cuchilleros, 17

Opening hours: Every day between 1 pm and 4 pm, and again between 8 pm and midnight.

Website: http://www.botin.es/en

 

Pastry shops

La Mallorquina patisserie

This may be one of the most famous pastry shops in the city with a 100-year long tradition. Large seating area allows you to enjoy delicious pastries in the shop or you can order take out. Besides pastries, deserts and croissants, coffee is also recommended here. Have in mind that due to such great popularity among both tourists and locals, it tends to get crowded, especially during the breakfast time.

Location: Calle Mayor, 2

Opening hours: Every day from 9 am to 9 pm.

Website: www.pastelerialamallorquina.es

Pastelería La Mallorquina

 

 

Chocolateria San Ginés

A famous traditional sweet, churros con choloclate, is one thing you absolutely must try when visiting Madrid, which is why we recommend the most famous place in Madrid specialized in this particular treat, as a part of our Madrid gastronomic guide. The busiest time is around noun and in the evening, between six and eight. Although churros are specialty here, you can also have coffee and other types of cakes and cookies as well.

Location: Pasadizo San Ginés, 5

Opening hours: Open every day, 24 hours.

Website: https://chocolateriasangines.com/

 

Pastelería Nunos

If you love chocolate, this is a place for you. This is a modern restaurant specialized in delicious sweets and pastries, and they even make their own chocolate. Pastry chef José Fernández-Ramos guarantees the high quality of the pastries and sweets served here. His reputation and numerous awards support the fact that even though the shop might lack long tradition the previous two have, it certainly has the quality to become among the top places to visit in Madrid.

Location: Calle Narváez, 63

Opening hours: Every day between 9 am and 9 pm.

Website: http://www.pasteleria-nunos.es/


Antigua Pastelería del Pozo

While you enjoy exploring different options from out gastronomic guide of Madrid, we have to mention a pastry shop that has been in the city for over 180 years. In fact, this is the oldest pastry shop in Madrid, and as such it rightfully deserves to be included in this guide. Antique interior design, with handmade treats prepared and baked inside the shop are the qualities that make this pastry shop so special and unique.

Location: Calle Pozo, 8

Opening hours: Between Tuesday and Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm, and then again between 5 pm and 8 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/antiguapasteleriadelpozo/

 

Tapas

El Tigre

This famous tapa bar in Madrid is one of the favorite places to go out and have a drink, a chance to try some of the delicious Spanish wines. However, just because you are in a bar it does not mean you will be hungry. At least that is the case in Madrid. Each drink is served with free tapas, which are a perfect snack when drinking and chatting with friends. There are a variety of different tapas to choose from. El Tigre brings this culture of eating and drinking which is common in Spain.

Location: Calle Infantas 30

Opening hours: From Monday to Thursday between 11:30 am and 2 am. On Fridays and Saturdays between 11:30 am and 2:30 am. Closed on Sundays.

Website: http://eltigre.delsurweb.com/
Sidrería El Tigre

 

 

Casa Pello

This tapa bar is a perfect choice for all those wine lovers. Spending an evening with friends in a relaxing atmosphere chatting over a glass of traditional Spanish wine is what some consider ideal way to end a day in Madrid. However, since this is a tapa bar, you can have a snack while drinking wine. This restaurant offers a great variety of tapas, including tapas with vegetable, meat or fish, or you could opt for a combination of these. Tortillas, croquetas and huevos rotos are other dishes you will find on the menu and since these are all typical Spanish dishes you must try at least one of those when visiting Casa Pello restaurant.

Location: Alberto Alcocer, 49

Opening hours: Every day between noon and 2 am.

Website: http://www.casapello.com/

 

Restaurante Casa Pello

 

Casa Gonzalez

Casa Gonzalez is considered a place which perfectly depicts romantic Spanish bar scene. Small restaurant with tiled floor and beautifully adorned interior deserves highest recommendation and has become one of the most popular tapas in Madrid.

Location: Calle León, 12

Opening hours: Opened every day from 9:30 am until midnight (from Monday and Thursday) or until 1 am (Friday and Saturday). On Sundays, the restaurant is opened between 11 am and 6 pm.

Website: http://www.casagonzalez.es/

 

Casa Gonzalez

 

La Castela

Renovated in 1989, this restaurant is actually founded on the grounds of old tavern that has been in Madrid since 1930s. Most travelers who visit this restaurant praise the good selection of food and great prices. Since restaurant has a separate bar and dining area, a lot of guests prefer starting with eating tapas and having a drink in the bar, then to be seated in the restaurant area for the full course meal. Reservations in advance are recommended as it may get pretty busy here especially on the weekend nights during the summer season. However, since the restaurant also has a bar, you can also wait there until there is room in the restaurant.

Location: Calle Doctor Castelo, 22

Opening hours: The bar is opened every day between 12 pm and 4:30 pm, and then again from 7:30 pm to 00:30 am. The restaurant is opened every day between 2 pm and 4 pm, and then again from 9 pm to midnight. La Castela is closed on Sunday evenings.

Website: http://restaurantelacastela.com/

Restaurante La Castela

As you can see the choice of restaurants, tapas bars and places to eat in Madrid is very vast, and this Madrid gastronomic guide features only a handful of those places you can discover as you explore Madrid and what it has to offer. One thing is for sure. Exploring gastronomic side of Madrid is very exciting and fun way to experience the city and local culture. It is a great opportunity to learn local customs, to try out new dishes you might have never tried before, and to enjoy wines Spain is so famous for. While you enjoy eating and drinking, you will get to experience the local friendly atmosphere, and with the sounds of traditional music you will slowly embrace that joyful feeling of life in Madrid.

 

Guía Gastronómica de Madrid

Si hacer un tour gastronómico es una parte de tu viaje y quieres explorar esta faceta de Madrid, esta guía que hemos publicado te será muy útil ya que encontrarás algunos de los mejores restaurantes, pastelerías y tabernas que se pueden visitar en Madrid. La mayoría de estos lugares están situados en el centro de la ciudad, así que si te hospedas en un apartamento en el centro de Madrid, te será fácil llegar a ellos. Por otro lado, también puedes tomar el metro de Madrid como una forma muy conveniente y eficiente de viajar por la ciudad.

Restaurantes

Casa Lucio

No hay mejor manera de empezar un recorrido gastronómico por Madrid que comer en un restaurante tradicional con auténtica comida española en el menú. Si deseas explorar los ricos sabores de la cocina española y disfrutar de un ambiente formal, uno de los restaurantes más conocidos de la capital española es sin lugar a dudas Casa Lucio. Los platos de carne, pescado y verduras son muy populares en el menú, junto con platos de temporada y platos tradicionales como los huevos estrellados. La mejor manera de disfrutar de la comida es acompañarla con vino de la tierra.

Localización: Calle Cava Baja, 35

Horario: Todos los días de 13:00-16:00, y de 20:30 a 24:00. Agosto cerrado.

Website: http://casalucio.es/es/

Restaurante Casa Lucio

 

Mercado de San Miguel

Uno de los lugares favoritos para visitar para todos los gourmets que visitan Madrid es el Mercado de San Miguel. Es una experiencia gastronómica extraordinaria, haciendo de este lugar una de las mayores atracciones turísticas de la ciudad. Al estar situado cerca de la Plaza Mayor hace que el Mercado de San Miguel sea aún más conveniente para visitar. Una gran selección de comida de alta calidad que incluye variedad de productos a base de carne, mariscos, verduras, queso, sushi, así como frutas, chocolates, vinos y sangría.

Localización: Plaza de San Miguel

Horario: De domingo a miércoles abre de 10:00 a 24:00 y de jueves a sábado de 10:00 a 2:00

Website:http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es

 Mercado de San Miguel

El Restaurante Vegetariano

A pesar de que la cocina tradicional española favorece la carne, también queremos recomendar este restaurante, ya que es una opción perfecta para los vegetarianos y veganos, así como para  todos a los que les gusta la cocina mediterránea y española. Los platos con verduras tales como sopas, pastas, lasañas, así como postres caseros se pueden encontrar en el menú de este restaurante.

Localización: Calle Marques de Santa Ana, 34

Horario: De martes a sábado de 13:30-16:00 y de 21:00-23:30. Los domingos de 13:30 a 16:00. Cerrado los lunes. Agosto cerrado.

Website: http://www.elrestaurantevegetariano.es/

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El Sobrino de Botín

El Sobrino de Botín fue fundado en 1725 y es el restaurante más antiguo en funcionamiento continuado en el mundo. Con tan rica historia y patrimonio, este restaurante representa un verdadero hito de Madrid. Además, la comida es de la más alta calidad y se pueden degustar algunos de los platos tradicionales españoles, elaborados en base a las recetas que han existido durante generaciones. Es recomendable hacer una reserva, incluso de una semana o dos de antelación, ya que puede ser muy difícil conseguir una mesa durante la comida y la cena.

Localización: Calle Cuchilleros, 17

Horario: Cada día de 13:00 a 16:00 y de 20:00 a 24:00.

Website: http://www.botin.es/

 

Pastry shops

La Pastelería Mallorquina

Esta es una de las más famosas pastelerías de la ciudad con una larga tradición de 100 años. Tiene una amplia sala que permite disfrutar de deliciosos pasteles en la tienda o se pueden pedir para llevar. Además de pasteles, postres y cruasanes, también es muy recomendable el café. Debido a la gran popularidad de esta pastelería entre los turistas y locales, suele estar muy concurrida, especialmente durante la hora del desayuno.

Localización: Calle Mayor, 2

Horario: Cada día de 9:00 a 21:00.

Website: www.pastelerialamallorquina.es

Pastelería La Mallorquina

 

 

Chocolatería San Ginés

Un famoso dulce tradicional, los churros con choloclate, es algo que no debes perderte cuando visites Madrid, por lo que te recomendamos el lugar más famoso de Madrid especializado en esta particular delicia. El momento más activo es por la tarde, entre las seis y las ocho. Aunque los churros son la especialidad de esta chocolatería, también se puede tomar un café y varios tipos de pasteles y galletas.

Localización: Pasadizo San Ginés, 5

Horario: Abierto cada día las 24 horas del día.

Website: https://chocolateriasangines.com/

 

Pastelería Nunos

Si te gusta el chocolate, este es tu lugar. Se trata de un moderno restaurante especializado en deliciosos dulces y pasteles, e incluso hacen su propio chocolate. El pastelero José Fernández-Ramos garantiza la alta calidad de los pasteles y dulces servidos aquí. Su reputación y numerosos premios apoyan el hecho de que a pesar de que la tienda puede carecer de la larga tradición los dos anteriores, tiene sin duda la calidad para convertirse en uno de los mejores lugares para visitar en Madrid.

Localización: Calle Narváez, 63

Horario: Cada día de 9:00 a 21:00.

Website: http://www.pasteleria-nunos.es/


Antigua Pastelería del Pozo

Mientras disfruta de explorar diferentes opciones de guía gastronómica de Madrid, tenemos que mencionar una pastelería que se abrió hace más de 180 años. De hecho, esta es la pastelería más antigua de Madrid, y como tal,  merece ser incluida en esta guía. El diseño interior y su antigüedad, con golosinas hechas a mano y horneados preparados dentro de la tienda son las cualidades que hacen de esta pastelería un sitio tan especial y único.

Localización: Calle Pozo, 8

Horario: De martes a domingo de 9:00 a 14:00 y de 17:00 a 20:00. Lunes cerrado.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/antiguapasteleriadelpozo/

 

Tapas

El Tigre

Este famoso bar de tapas en Madrid es uno de los lugares favoritos para salir a tomar una copa, la oportunidad de probar algunos de los deliciosos vinos españoles. Sin embargo, aunque sea un bar no significa que pasará hambre. Al menos ese es el caso de Madrid. Cada bebida se sirve con tapas gratis, que son un aperitivo perfecto para beber y charlar con los amigos. Hay una gran variedad de tapas diferentes para elegir. El Tigre trae esta cultura de la comida y la bebida que es común en España.

Localización: Calle Infantas 30

Horario: De Lunes  a Jueves de 11:30 a 2:00. Viernes y Sabados de 11:30 a 2:30. Domingos cerrado.

Website: http://eltigre.delsurweb.com/
Sidrería El Tigre

 

 

Casa Pello

Este bar de tapas es una opción perfecta para todos aquellos amantes del vino. Pasar una noche con los amigos en un ambiente relajado con una copa de vino tradicional español es lo que algunos consideran la manera ideal de terminar un día en Madrid. Sin embargo, ya que este es un bar de tapas, se puede tomar un aperitivo mientras se bebe vino. Este restaurante ofrece una gran variedad de tapas, incluyendo tapas con verduras, carne o pescado, o se puede optar por una combinación de estos. Tortillas, croquetas y huevos rotos son otros platos que encontrarás en el menú ya que estos son todos los platos típicos españoles.

Localización: Alberto Alcocer, 49

Horario: Cada día de 12:00 a 2:00.

Website: http://www.casapello.com/

 

Restaurante Casa Pello

 

Casa Gonzalez

Casa Gonzalez se considera un lugar que representa a la perfección un bar español. Es un pequeño restaurante con suelo de baldosas y su interior bellamente adornado merece la más alta recomendación y se ha convertido en una de las tapas más populares de Madrid.

Localización: Calle León, 12

Horario: Abierto cada día. De 9:30 a 24h (de lunes a juebes) y hasta la 1:00 (viernes y sábados).  El domingo abren de 11:00 a  18:00.

Website: http://www.casagonzalez.es/

 

Casa Gonzalez

 

La Castela

Reformado en 1989, este restaurante se ubicó en los terrenos de la antigua taberna que estuvo en Madrid desde el año 1930. La mayoría de los viajeros que visitan este restaurante alaban la buena selección de comida y buenos precios. El restaurante cuenta con una zona de bar y comedor independiente, una gran cantidad de clientes prefieren comenzar con unas tapas y una copa en el bar y, a continuación, sentarse en la zona del restaurante para la comida. Se recomienda reservar con antelación ya que suele estar bastante lleno, sobre todo en las noches del fin de semana durante la temporada de verano. Sin embargo, ya que el restaurante también tiene un bar, también se puede esperar allí hasta que haya mesa libre en el restaurante.

Localización: Calle Doctor Castelo, 22

Horario: El bar cada día de 12:00 a 16:30 y de 19:30 a 00:30. El restaurante abre cada día de 14:00 a 16:00 y de 9 a 24:00. La Castela cierra los domingos por la noche.

Website: http://restaurantelacastela.com/

Restaurante La Castela

Como se puede ver, la variedad de restaurantes, bares de tapas y lugares para comer en Madrid es muy amplia, y esta guía gastronómica de Madrid muestra sólo un puñado de estos lugares que se pueden descubrir a medida que se explora la ciudad. Una cosa es segura, explorar el lado gastronómico de Madrid es una forma muy interesante y divertida de conocer la ciudad y la cultura local. Es una gran oportunidad para aprender las costumbres locales, para probar nuevos platos que es posible que nunca hayas probado antes, y para disfrutar de los famosos vinos españoles. Mientras comes y bebes, el ambiente agradable y los sonidos de la música tradicional te van a abrazar lentamente con la sensación alegre de la vida en Madrid.

 

10 things to do in Madrid

If you are in the process of planning a trip, we have a perfect guide that features 10 things to do in Madrid. We all know that organizing a trip on your own can be a bit challenging, as you have to make sure that the process of booking tickets and finding accommodation, such as apartments to rent in Madrid, goes as planned. You must not leave anything to chance, and you have to be certain that everything is ready for you to embark on your travel.

Here comes the part where you actually start thinking about spending your time in Madrid. Once you get to the city and feel comfortable in your cozy apartment in Madrid, you are ready to experience all of those amazing things Madrid is famous for. Whether you are in town for two days or for two weeks, here are some things you simply must do while in Madrid.

1. Visit the Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is one of the most famous squares in the historic center of Madrid. The square was built in the 17th century on the old square the Plaza del Arrabal, where once stood the most popular market in Madrid. Favorite meeting point of the locals for centuries, this square has become one of the most famous landmarks of Madrid, with its impressive design and three-storey buildings surrounding the square completely. You can use one of the nine entrances to enter the square and then find a great spot to have coffee in one of the cafes scattered around the square. The equestrian statue of Felipe III is placed in the center of the Plaza Mayor square.

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The statue of Felipe III located in the center of the Plaza Mayor in Madrid
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2. Walk along the Gran Vía Street

Walking along the most famous boulevard in Madrid is a great place to meet the center of this urban city and explore the busy life of the locals. The Gran Vía Street is famous for shops, bars and restaurants located along this wide, more than a kilometer long avenue. The architecture is just as impressive, as the street is said to best showcase the movements from the early 20th century, including Art Deco, Vienna Secession style, Neo-Mudéjar and others. The street has often been compared to New York’s Broadway, as it was home to many old cinemas, most of which are now closed or turned into shops. Starting from Metrópolis building, a walk will take you down to the street’s end between the Torre de Madrid and the Edificio España, where you will reach the monument to Miguel de Cervantes.

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The Gran Vía Street during the night
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3. Spend morning at El Rastro

One of the favorite meeting place of the locals is the most famous flea market in Madrid – El Rastro de Madrid. The market is located in the center of the city, which is why a lot of tourists include this sight into one of the things to visit in Madrid. The market is open from 9 am until 3 pm, but the best atmosphere is to be found in the morning, when most people arrive to sell the things they no longer need, and many more come to find perfect items to bargain for. If you are interested in antique items and rare pieces missing in your collections, this might just be a perfect place to find them, as the variety of items for sale is so diverse that you can pretty much find anything.

El Rastro

A photo of the atmosphere at the Rastro flea market
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4. Stop by the Retiro Park

One of those places Madrid is recognizable for would certainly have to be the Retiro Park, the largest park in Madrid occupying 1.4 square kilometers filled with gardens, monuments, historic buildings, and a lake. Suitable for visitors of all age, the Retiro Park is a perfect place to stop by and relax in the place so secluded from the city noise and hustle, even though the park is actually in the center of Madrid. Offering an opportunity to visit exhibitions, fairs, firework shows, street performances or simply have a picnic under the shade of a tree, the Retiro Park is one of the best rated landmarks of Madrid.

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Monument to Alfonso XII of Spain located next to the lake at the Retiro Park
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5. Visit a museum

Exploring the art in Madrid is one of the best ways to learn about the city’s history and get to see in person some of the most impressive pieces of world’s art. The Museo del Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, collectively known as the Golden Triangle of Art, are certainly most famous museums in the city and the ones that most visitors choose when it comes to visiting museums in Madrid. However, the city has many smaller museums, specializing in various different fields, including the aviation museum, fashion museum, etc. In fact, you can even organize your own art tour of Madrid. Therefore, if you are fond of art, you should be aware that when it comes to visiting Madrid, you will always have some interesting places to visit or exhibitions to attend, in one of the city’s museums or numerous art galleries.

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The front view of the Prado Museum
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6. Watch flamenco

Internationally widespread dance, flamenco has its roots in Spain, especially Madrid, which has nurtured some of the most successful artists specialized in this type of dance. Therefore, if you are a tourist, this would be an attraction you would not want to say no to. An evening out with dinner and flamenco show in one of the local taverns and bars is a perfect way to plan your evening in Madrid. As you enjoy wonderful local food, you will get to enjoy local music and artistic expertise of flamenco dancers. With their colorful outfits, loud, cheerful music and swift movements, flamenco has been known to charm everyone. As you watch an impressive performance, you will be transfixed with the dance skills displayed by the dancers on stage.

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A glimpse of the flamenco performance
http://www.flamencotickets.com/las-tablas-madrid

 

7. Eat churros con chocolate

There is no one able to resist a mug of warm dripping chocolate with churros, a type of tasty fried bread. This delicious treat is one of the best known in the Spanish cuisine and your trip to Madrid will not be complete without enjoying one of this delicious treats. Available in many areas around the city, churros con chocolate are a perfect snack for you during your day of sightseeing. If you do happen to be near the Sol central station and near the Plaza Mayor, there is a place serving churros for over one hundred years. Chocolatería San Ginés is the one of the most popular places to visit if you want to taste the traditional recipes based on which the churros are made.

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Having churros con chocolate in one of the oldest chocolatería in Madrid
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8. Shop at the Market of San Miguel

A historic and monumental market located in the center of Madrid is one of the best places to shop in Madrid, as the area combines the genuine local spirit, cultural surrounding, decades of tradition with endless shops where enthusiastic locals greating you cheerfully as you browse through the displayed goods. This is also a must see place for all the gourmands around the world, as the market is considered to be the center of culinary culture, where shopping is mixed with restaurants and freshly prepared food around the market. The Market of San Miguel is opened every day from 10 am until midnight or 2 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The busiest time is usually around the lunch time.

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Visiting the Market of San Miguel in Madrid
http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/en/the-market/

 

9. Enjoy a walk along the Paseo de la Castellana

Paseo de la Castellana is the longest and widest avenue in Madrid. Starting at Plaza de Colón, the avenue goes through several districts until its end at North Junction. For travelers interested in enjoying a walk along the city, this place is perfect, as it showcases some of the most remarkable buildings, including Torre Europa, Puerta de Europa and Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. The modern design of the street has been the product of recent renovations and new constructions that have taken place along the street in the past few decades. The Paseo de la Castellana is also a great place to go shopping. Starting from ABC Serrano shopping mall, there are plenty of opportunities to shop, both international and domestic brands. Apart from the shopping mall, where a great variety of products can be found, there are other shops, scattered along the avenue. This is also a great place to have lunch, as some of the best restaurants in the city are located along in the Paseo de la Castellana.

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An evening view of the Paseo de la Castellana with La Puerta de Europa (The Gate of Europe) in the background
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10. Plan a trip to Toledo

Even though most tourists tend to stay around the city center when visiting Madrid, one should definitely go out and explore the outskirts of Madrid. Located around 70 kilometers south of Madrid, Toledo has been declared a World Heritage Site due to its cultural and monumental heritage. The town is an amazing example of coexistence of several cultures including Christian, Muslim and Jewish. The cultural and historic importance of Toledo has long been neglected, but this greatly changed over the past few decades. With many interesting sights, including castles, churches, museums, monasteries and bridges, the town preserves a lot of the time during which the constructions where built, as well as a trace of the cultures that had major impact on the town’s faith at that point in history. As such, this place treasures the ancient spirit and represents a place stuck in past, away from all the urbanization plans and modernization. The town can be reached by car using the freeway, while there are also buses and trains that regularly go to the town and back. One of the fastest ways to get there is using AVE high-speed train, which usually takes around half an hour from Madrid’s Atocha station to the town of Toledo.

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A view of Toledo town near Madrid
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