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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.