Where to See Flamenco in Madrid

Where to see flamenco in Madrid: a guide by Madrid locals at Madrid Food Tour!

Our favorite picks for flamenco in Madrid!

When you think about Spain, of course flamenco comes to mind! With origins traced to Andalusia, flamenco embodies much of Spanish culture. You cannot visit Madrid without seeing a fantastic flamenco show. Read on to discover where to see flamenco in Madrid, hand-picked by us!

Casa Patas

When you enter Casa Patas, you’re surrounded by beautiful Andalusian décor and music. Casa Patas prides itself on hosting a memorable flamenco show that even madrileños adore. Even better, there’s an extensive menu filled with Spanish gastronomic delights and the best Spanish wines!

Calle de los Cañizares, 10.

Where to See Flamenco in Madrid, hand-picked by Madrid Food Tour!

Cardamomo

Cardamomo combines “skin, blood and passion” into every flamenco show. This flamenco tablao has witnessed performances from the crème de la crème of the flamenco world. With only the most impressive singers, guitarists and flamenco troupe, you won’t be disappointed!

Casa Patas is only ONE of the amazing places to see Flamenco in Madrid.

The guitar is but one of the 3 parts that make flamenco!

Calle de Echegaray, 15.

Cafe Chinitas

What makes Café Chinitas different to some other tablaos is the fusion of traditional flamenco with great cuisine. You can enjoy dinner while mesmerized by the vibrant flamenco costumes and performers. Cafe Chinitas invites guest stars to each show, so you’re in for a unique experience every time!

Calle de la Torija, 7.

Cafetin la Quimera

This flamenco tablao takes you back to 19th century Spain. Cafetin la Quimera doesn’t use microphones or modern technology in their flamenco shows. You’ll only hear the raw voices and guitar melodies resonating around the room. After you’ve watched the performance, you’ll want to book yourself on to their flamenco dance classes!

Calle de Sancho Dávila, 34.

Villa Rosa

Villa Rosa promises a flamenco performance with drama and passion. With its Andalusian Arabic design, mirroring the Alhambra, you’ll feel like you’re in the south of Spain! They also offer dinner, and the tasting menu is an option if you want a little bit of everything Spanish.

We, at Madrid Food Tour,  understand the importance of the place for flamenco in Madrid!

You haven’t experienced flamenco until you see it in Madrid!

Plaza de Santa Ana, 15.

Corral de la Moreria

Found by the Royal Palace in the center of Madrid is Corral de la Moreria. In this flamenco show, you’re treated to a huge selection of star dancers and musicians. The choreographer of the performance has even won the National Award of Flamenco! You’re bound to be amazed by this one!

Calle de la Morería, 17.

OFF de la Latina

OFF de la Latina is a slightly more modern venue for flamenco. Don’t let this phase you, the live flamenco performance is superb! The dancers throw dramatic gazes and hand gestures all around the room. This is an experience of art, not tourism!

where to see flamenco in Madrid: Off de la Latina

Calle de los Mancebos, 4.

Want to make your night of flamenco in Madrid even more special? Join us before or after on one of our Madrid Food Tours for an unforgettable taste of Spanish food and culture! At Madrid Food Tour, we have something for everyone!

Before you go, remember to vote for your favorite brunch food in our Best of Brunch in Madrid post! We want to know what you think!

Have you seen flamenco before? What did you think? Where did you go? Give us the info!

Photo credits: Kommunikasjonsavdelingen NTFK on Flickr and Jennifer Morrow on Flickr.

Best of Brunch in Madrid

When you’ve had a lie-in after playing tourist the day before, nothing beats a delicious brunch! Madrid has the largest selection of brunches, from traditional dishes to gastronomic delights. To help you in your search, we have the definitive list of the best of brunch in Madrid. We also want YOU to vote for what you think makes the perfect brunch!

Best Pancakes in Madrid

The Little Big Cafe

In this cute little cafe, the oat pancakes with maple syrup and bacon are to die for! Try Little Big Cafe‘s wide selection of teas for a caffeine boost in the morning.

Toast Cafe

Have an amazing taste of home with Toast‘s peanut butter and jam pancakes with a killer coffee.

Mimi’s Creperia

After checking out Plaza Mayor, head to Mimi’s Creperia for some creative pancakes! Indulge your sweet tooth with a heavenly Nutella, strawberry and ice cream pancake.

The Best of Brunch in Madrid: pancakes from the Little Big Cafe, Toast Cafe and Mür Café

Who can say no to a stack of pancakes for brunch?

Best Eggs Benedict in Madrid

Café Óliver

What makes Café Óliver so special is the amount of food that comes with your Eggs Benedict! Try the fresh fruit juices, pastries and pancakes for a hearty brunch.

Panela & Co

Panela & Co gives you something a little different. This deli market spices up your Eggs Benedict with smoked bacon, salmon or guacamole.

Mür Café

For a more rustic approach to Eggs Benedict, Mür Café serves them with crispy, roasted potatoes. Need I say more?

The perfect way to start the day - Best of Brunch in Madrid!

Nothing beats the perfect brunch in the perfect city!

Best Tostadas in Madrid

El Rincon Abulense

To eat like a Madrileño, taste the toasted bread with crushed tomatoes. El Rincon Abulense also give you a complimentary coffee – what great way to start the day!

Murillo Café Bistro

Murillo is another fantastic place for toasted bread with tomato. Soak in the sun on their chic terrace next to Museo del Prado and El Retiro.

Bristol Bar

If you like the sweeter side of life, head to Bristol Bar for fragrant fruit jams to put on your tostadas.

The Best of Brunch in Madrid with Madrid Food Tour: tostadas con tomate!

A refreshing tomato jam with toast.

Best Churros in Madrid

Chocolat

Chocolat‘s slogan “your whims made chocolate” sums up this churreria perfectly. Their melting cup of chocolate comes with churros or porras (humongous churros sticks). You don’t want to miss out on this!

Our Huertas Neighborhood Food Market & Tour drops by Chocolat to give you the most memorable Madrid breakfast you’ll ever have. Book now to ensure a place on this popular tour!

San Gines

What’s fantastic about this churrería is it’s open 24/7, every day of the year! Have a plate of crispy yet sweet churros any time you get a craving.

Valor

Valor is hot on the tourist trail and a favorite among locals. They sprinkle their delicious churros with sugar, but are known for their cup of heavenly chocolate.

Best of Brunch in Madrid: churros con chocolate from Chocolat, San Gines and Valor!

A mouthwatering mug of hot chocolate with crispy churros makes a super brunch.

Best Tortilla in Madrid

Bar Cerveriz 

Found in a heart of Madrid, this Spanish bar boasts a melt-in-the-middle tortilla. You’ll be left wanting more!

Dying to taste fabulous tortilla? Join us! Our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour visits Bar Cerveriz to show you what good food actually tastes like.

Txirimiri

This is the tavern for great pinchos, as well as a huge tortilla. Do you have a big appetite? Then Txirimiri has a tasty tortilla big enough to share!

Casa Dani

Casa Dani is said to cook the best tortilla in Madrid! Found in Mercado de la Paz, have a quintessential Spanish experience in this buzzing bar.

Best of Brunch in Madrid: tortilla to start your day, Spanish style!

Want to start your day like a true Spaniard? Tortilla is the most delicious Spanish breakfast!

Best Smoothies in Madrid

Federal Café

This modern cafe is a haven for health-foodies and vegans alike. Try Federal‘s Green Tommy Smoothie with apple, cucumber, chia seeds and celery.

Juicy Avenue

Nothing refreshes you more in the scorching heat than Juicy Avenue‘s Splash smoothie. Mango, pineapple and strawberry are blended together for a cooling pick-me-up.

Anticafe

In this fancy, city central establishment, take a break with their melon smoothie – a health kick and an innocent sweet treat. Anticafe also boasts an extensive fruity cocktail menu if you’re feeling cheeky.

Have a glass of sunshine with a mid-morning smoothie!

Have a glass of sunshine with a mid-morning smoothie!

Best Café con Leche in Madrid

Toma Café

Hidden away in the streets of Calle de la Palma is this hip, little cafe. Start your morning right with Toma Café‘s strong, freshly ground coffee with milk.

La Bicicleta

One of the most popular cafe bars in Madrid is La Bicicleta. This bustling arty cafe is the place for you if you love Fixie bikes and coffee.

Cafe de la Luz

For a cosier cafe, Cafe de la Luz has everything you need! Comfy armchairs, jazz music in the background, an eclectic selection of cakes and more! Have a great coffee whilst dreaming about Madrid in this great cafe.

Best of Brunch: you'll be spoiled for choice when you want a cafe con leche! Head to Tomacafe, Cafe de la Luz and La Bicicleta for a great coffee.

A strong cup of coffee sets you up for the rest of the day.

Now it’s your turn! Help us find the best food for brunch in Madrid by answering our super easy poll. Remember, you can taste even more amazing food with us on our Madrid Food Tours!

Best of Brunch: what makes the perfect brunch for you in Madrid?

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Churros
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Smoothies
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Photo credits: Hedvigs on Flickr, Jon Mountjoy on Flickr, Demi on Flickr, Ken Hawkins on Flickr and Seba Sofariu on Flickr. 

6 Beautiful Places to Go for a Jog in Madrid

Madrid has more green spaces than any other European city. Mixed with the gorgeous weather and runner-friendly routes, it’s the perfect city for jogging! Get active with the 6 most beautiful places to go for a jog in Madrid.

El Retiro Park

With its wide roads, beautiful lakes and  greenery, this park is a runner’s favorite! It once belonged to the Spanish Monarchy so it’s hot on the tourist trail. Don’t let this deter you, the Crystal Palace and boating lakes are a must-see! It has a perimeter of 5km and the terrain is flat with lots of drinking fountains.

El Retiro, beautiful places to go for a jog in Madrid

Jog around El Retiro’s gardens for some exceptional plant life!

Parque del Oeste

If you like a more varied jogging terrain, then Parque del Oeste is your 5km challenge. This site used to be the city’s landfill in the 20th century, but has now become  a place of beauty. You’ll see streams, lakes and a landscape covered in oak trees and rolling hills .

Parque del Oeste, beautiful places to go for a jog in Madrid!

Madrid Río

The Madrid Río is a place of relaxation with its vibrant park and pungent rose gardens. Along your jog you’ll find various, impressive bridges that connect the two river sides together. If you’re an Atlético de Madrid fan, the Vicente Calderón stadium is on the route too!

Arganzuela footbridge over the Madrid Río.

Arganzuela footbridge over the Madrid Río.

Juan Carlos I Park

For modern art, Juan Carlos I Park is a brilliant jogging route. The park is covered in open-air sculptures, big lakes and olive groves. An added bonus is that if you get tired, you can hop on the free train to see the rest of the park!

Catch your breath on the free train at Juan Carlos I Park!

Catch your breath on the free train at Juan Carlos I Park.

Templo Debod

If you want a short jog with fantastic views, try a couple of laps of Templo Debod! This 1km jogging route is a great place to see the mountains behind Madrid. Found near the Royal Palace and Sol, it’s an easy choice for a perfect, sight-seeing jog– day or night!

Warm Weather Date Ideas in Madrid

Casa de Campo Park

Casa de Campo park is a glorious example of Madrid’s love of nature. It used to be a royal hunting ground, but now it’s home to a beautiful lake. Get the cable car to Casa de Campo, then jog around the lake and surrounding green areas. Stop for a coffee at one of the cafe stands to soak in this great urban jungle.

Casa de Campo Park, beautiful places for a jog in Madrid!

Go for a lazy, summer’s jog around Casa de Campo’s lake.

After having a healthy morning’s jog, why don’t you join us on our Madrid Food Tour! Book now to taste delicious Madrid cuisine, meet great people and carry on your sight-seeing!

Before leaving, make sure to check out Date Ideas for Warmer Weather in Madrid for more things to do in this fabulous city!

Where’s the best place you’ve gone for a jog? What made it so special?

Photo credits: Visit Tuscany on Flickr, Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias on Flickr, Diego David Garcia on Flickr, Rick Ligthelm on Flickr and mcxurxo on Flickr.

7 Great Things to Do in Madrid in July

During the scorching summer months, Madrid is full of life. Festivals celebrating the arts invade the city, and people take to the streets for beer and tapas. Visiting Madrid soon? Follow these tips for things to do in Madrid in July!

1. Dance at Madgarden Festival

From 1st July to 30th August, Madgarden Festival celebrates music from all over the world. With genres ranging from jazz to flamenco, there’s music to please everyone! Festival goers can try out the flamenco bars, sample an array of delightful foods and lay out and work on their tan, a must when visiting Madrid in July!

2. Celebrate Gay Pride

Madrid’s Gay Pride (MADO) celebrations open the door to diversity in Madrid. With events held in many plazas around the center and over two million people participating, it’s hard to miss! From 1st – 5th July, you’ll find live music and even a running race in high heels. Tick this unique experience off your list of things to do in Madrid in July.

Madrid's Gay Pride is but one of the things to do in Madrid in July.

Thousands of people flocking the streets for Gay Pride.

3. Eat, Drink and Be Merry on a La Latina Tapas Crawl

With the sun shining and endless blue skies, you must head over to the La Latina neighborhood for tapas and beer. Calle Cava Baja and Cava Alta are covered with bars that serve both traditional and modern tapas. Make sure you’re hungry before you come here to try all the tasty delights! Also, expect there to be huge crowds of people when visiting Madrid in July– unless it’s the weekend when many escape to the beach!

Try a tapas crawl on Cava Baja, La Latina, when visiting Madrid in July!

4. Soak in Culture at Veranos de la Villa

If you have a soft spot for theatre, the arts festival Veranos de la Villa is perfect for you. This event is one of the most cultural things to do in Madrid in July. Flamenco, zarzuela operetta and musical theater are key showcases here. Expect to see performances from prestigious Spanish artists!

5. Watch Horse Racing in the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela

The racecourse La Zarzuela is opening its race course to evening horse racing every Thursday in July. It seems odd, but if you want an evening far from the ordinary then try this! After watching the nail-biting races, enjoy a delicious meal in La Zarzuela‘s restaurant.

Feel the adrenaline at La Zarzuela race course!

Feel the adrenaline at La Zarzuela race course!

6. Relive Your Childhood at the Titirlandia International Puppet Theatre Festival

The Titirlandia International Puppet Theatre Festival will charm children and adults alike. Held in El Retiro, you’ll see endless performances by traditional puppeteers in this beautiful park. Bring a blanket and picnic to make a day of this festival.

For things to do in Madrid in July, visit El Retiro for the International Puppet festival.

The beautiful Crystal Palace at El Retiro.

7. Join us on a Madrid Food Tour

What’s one of best things to do in Madrid in July? Well, nothing’s better than spending a day tasting delicious delicacies with great people! Our Madrid Food Tours give you a little bite of culture with a sightseeing twist all year round.

July is a busy month so book now to ensure your Madrid holiday is the most memorable yet!

Join us on our Madrid Food Tours to experience the things to do in Madrid in July!

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Have you visited Madrid in July? Recommend and share your experiences with us!

Photo credits: Juanjo Zanabria Masaveu on Flickr, Juan Antonio F. Segal on Flickr and Jiří Zůna on Flickr.

Take a Bite: Common Spanish Desserts in Madrid

When visiting Spain, it’s crucial that you taste as many delicious desserts on offer as possible! Forget your waistband and treat your taste buds. Here are some of our favorite Spanish desserts and where to taste them in Madrid!

Leche Frita (or Fried Milk)

Leche frita is a typical dessert of northern Spain. Its history is unsure, but it’s thought that nuns created them for their convents.

To make it, combine milk, eggs and lemon zest to create a custard and then coat in flour. The mixture is moulded into rectangles, then fried in olive oil leaving a crispy but oozing texture. You’ll often find it glazed with sugar and dusted with cinnamon. Fried milk has become a popular Spanish dessert throughout Spain, so there’s no excuse not to try it! In Madrid, head to Casa Alvarez for a traditional take on one of the common Spanish desserts.

Leche Frita, a common Spanish dessert.

A close up of some delicious leche frita.

Address: Calle de Santa Ana, 10

Bizcocho

Bizcocho is a Spanish dessert with many  forms: it can be a biscuit, a cake or somewhere in the middle. The bizcocho we’re talking about today is a delicious sponge cake!

The sponge is like pound cake, quite soft and fluffy. It has a base of eggs, flour and butter, but yogurt is now a popular addition. Sugar, chocolate, lemon and cinnamon are also common and tasty add ins. Believe me, it’s the best energy booster after a long, sight-seeing stroll!

When you’re checking out Plaza Mayor, make sure to wander over to El Riojano. There you’ll find amazing common Spanish desserts made with natural ingredients in a traditional way.

We visit El Riojano on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour to try the bizcocho they’ve been making for centuries!

A common Spanish dessert is yogurt bizcocho.

Delicious Spanish bizcocho.

Address: Calle Mayor,  10

Torrijas

If you love to start your morning with French toast, try torrijas. Stale brioche bread is soaked in milk and eggs, then fried in olive oil. The end result is an amazing little torrija with a crispy outside and fluffy inside. Usually it’s topped with sugar or honey, and sometimes soaked in sweet wine.

Torrijas is a common Spanish dessert, eaten during Lent and Easter Week. Try Sylkar for an authentic Spanish restaurant experience and unforgettable torrijas.

Tasty torrijas being prepared.

Address: Calle Espronceda, 17

Flan

Not to be mistaken for crème brulee, Spanish flan is a caramel pudding. You’ll see it served in every bar and restaurant in Madrid. It’s no wonder why it’s famous in Asia and South America too!

Caramelized sugar and a custard base are cooked in a bain-marie. When turned out, the soft custard has set and the sweet caramel sauce drizzles all over it. If you prefer the lighter side of desserts, then opt for this for your postre.

For a beautiful and historical setting, eat the flan served in the Gran Cafe de Madrid!

Flan, one of the common Spanish desserts.

Address: Calle Mayor, 45

Churros with Chocolate

The most mouthwatering Spanish dessert has to be churros con chocolate. You’ll find this well-loved pastry all over the world! Traced back to Spanish shepherds, take a bite of history with this family favorite!

Churros is a simple fried dough. You can find it in thick and thin strips, as well as spiralled or knotted. Often it’s dusted with sugar or dipped in a velvety, hot chocolate.

For a true Madrid experience, visit the famous Chocolateria San Gines. Serving one of most common Spanish desserts, it’s open 24/7 and all year round! Stop over here for a city central breakfast and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere. If you’re having a few drinks in the area, head here for a sobering snack at any time in the early hours.

Churros con chocolate, the most common Spanish dessert of all time.

San Gines’ delicious churros con chocolate.

Address: Pasazido de San Gines, 5

Roscón de Reyes (or King’s Ring)

To eat like a Spanish king, Roscón de Reyes is the crown of all Spanish desserts. It’s the most common Spanish dessert to eat on 6th January for El Día de los Reyes (The Day of the Kings).

The King’s Ring is a sweetened bread in a circle or oval shape. You can find it filled with whipped cream, chocolate or even mocha truffle for modern tastes. For children, holy figures are hidden within to commemorate the day. For the pièce de résistance, it’s covered with candied fruits to look like a multicolored crown. Have a nibble of this impressive Spanish dessert at Antigua Pastelería del Pozo. Don’t forget to order a cup of hot chocolate to dip your roscón in!

Roscón de Reyes, a King's Day delicacy.

The ornate Roscón de Reyes in all its glory.

Address: Calle de Pozo, 8

Natillas

Natillas is one of the most versatile and common Spanish desserts. Nuns all across Europe prepared a similar dish but Spain has refined it. What’s more warming is that it’s reminiscent of a Spanish childhood.

This custard dessert is eaten either on its own or with an accompanying dessert. To taste a killer cheesecake with natillas, venture over to El Mollete. With its funky outside and Gaudi-like interior, you’ll want to come again!

It’s made from milk, sugar, vanilla and eggs with a texture like flan. Often cinnamon is infused into the mixture. Other flavors include chocolate, lemon and turrón, so try as many as you can.

And you’re a fan of turrón, join us on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour to try some fantastic turrones!

Natillas, the most versatile Spanish dessert.

Cinnamon dusted natillas for one.

Address: Calle de la Bola, 4

What is the best Spanish dessert you’ve ever had? Have you tried any of these delicious bites before?

If you’re hungry for more, check out A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Madrid for the tastiest tips!

Photo credits: Javier Lastras, Sol Cardona, Javiar LastrasShubert Ciencia, Nacho, Secret Tenerife and Javier Leiva.

Our 7 Favorite Restaurants Inside Madrid Markets

Not sure where to dine in Madrid? Have no fear! We’ve chosen our 7 favorite restaurants inside Madrid markets to give you the best of Spain’s food and the most memorable holiday experience yet!

La Casa Del Bacalao in Mercado San Miguel

One of our favorite restaurants inside the famed Madrid markets is La Casa Del Bacalao, a seafood specialist for all you fish fanatics! Located near the famous Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel symbolizes true Spanish culture. For a taste of the ocean, try the mejillones en escabeche (mussels in a vinegar based sauce) and, a personal favorite, smoked bacalao fillets. Alternatively, mix-and-match the huge selection of fresh seafood tapas to eat like a true Spaniard.

La Casa del Bacalao markets in Madrid

A stop at the lovely Casa del Bacalao

Address: Plaza San Miguel

Bar Omaira in Mercado de Antón Martin

For good wine and exquisite tapas, Bar Omaira is a fantastic stop. This restaurant inside Mercado de Antón Martin, one of the oldest Madrid markets, takes a modern outlook on traditional Madrileño and Venezuelan cuisine. A speciality of theirs is the callos a la Madrileña, a tripe-based dish which is famous in Madrid’s winters. This and the ensaladilla Rusa, known to us as the Russian salad, are must-eats for an authentic Madrid experience.

We visit Bar Omaira on our Huertas Neighborhood Food and Market Tour and learn all about her story and her specialities. Find out more here!

Callos, one of our favourite tapas from restaurant Bar Omaira in Madrid Markets.

Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 5

DP Tapas in Mercado de San Ildefonso

Inside the bustling San Ildefonso market on Calle Fuencarral, restaurant DP Tapas captures Spanish cuisine in a mouthful. This little vendor is a perfect choice for trying all Spanish delicacies in tapas form.

Travel to Cordoba with a helping of salmorejo, a tomato based bread purée topped with Iberian ham. To please a meat craving, try the delicious albóndigas, meatballs covered in a rich sauce, which is served all over Spain.

One of favourite restaurants inside Madrid markets, DP Tapas in Mercado San Ildefonso

DP Tapas’ display of traditional Spanish tapas and more.

Address: Calle Fuencarral, 57

Casa Dani in Mercado de la Paz

Tortilla is known by all as the most famous (and most loved) Spanish food, so why not eat it in the best restaurant? Hidden amongst endless food stalls inside Mercado de la Paz is Casa Dani, the home of Spanish cooking. You’ll find the typical delicious nibbles such as patatas bravas and calamari. What you want, however, is the outstanding tortilla. Casa Dani is well-known by locals and tourists as one of the best restaurants in Madrid markets for a melt-in-your-mouth tortilla. Unleash your adventurous side and try the tortilla with salsa de callos, a tripe sauce.

Yummiest Tortillas in Madrid - Madrid Food Tour

Address: Calle de Ayala, 28

Fiaschetteria La Saletta in Mercado Antón Martin

If you’re a die-hard for good Italian food, Fiaschetteria La Saletta is the place for passionate Italian cooking. As no pizza should be without cured meat, you won’t be disappointed by the pollo diavoli. If you’re more of a cheese lover, the four cheese lasagna is a great homemade favorite for all. Enjoy these dishes and more while soaking up the buzzing atmosphere.

Try some amazing Italian dishes on our Huertas Neighbourhood Food and Market Tour where we make at stop at Fiaschetteria La Saletta and other fantastic restaurants inside Madrid markets.

A close-up of beautifully layered lasagne.

Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 5

Bond 40 in Mercado de San Fernando

For a restaurant that serves delicious food with character, look no further than Bond 40 inside Mercado de San Fernando. Found in Lavapies, this is up-and-coming neighborhood serves food from all over the world.

Bond 40 is one of our favorite restaurants inside Madrid markets as it specializes in grilled seafood. Every day they serve up dishes-upon-dishes of grilled razor clams, prawns and fresh crab. The best off the menu, however, has to be the grilled sardines. You’ll find that you’ll eat the whole plate without realizing it!

grilled sardines

Address: Calle de Embajadores, 41

Yokaloka in Mercado Antón Martín

As Madrid is the city of culture, it’s not surprising that it boasts a huge selection of Asian-inspired eateries. Yokaloka is one of the best Japanese restaurants inside Madrid markets as it only uses local produce from the surrounding market sellers. Try Chirashi with flambéed salmon, along with the green tea ice cream, will give your taste buds a unique Asia-meets-Europe sensation.

Yokaloka, our favourite Japanese restaurant inside Madrid markets.

Yokaloka transports you to Japan with an authentic street food experience.

Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 5

Where are your favourite restaurants inside Madrid markets? What makes the perfect eating experience for you?

Loved what you read? Check out The Top 5 Markets in Madrid. Or even better, experience it for yourself on our Madrid Food Tour!

Photo credits: lokate366 on FlickrJameson Fink on Flickr and cheeseslave on Flickr

A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Madrid

Are you a chocolate lover? Then you’ll love Spain! Though the Spanish are more known for their wine and paella, there are numerous Spanish sweets that will help you get your chocolate fix. Our chocolate lover’s guide to Madrid includes what to eat and where to try them!

Madrid for Chocolate lovers

Churros con Chocolate

Start your day the Spanish way, with a breakfast of churros con chocolate. These treats are made from a simple dough of butter, eggs, water and flour. To give churros their distinctive look, the dough is passed through a star-shaped tip before being deep-fried. Dip the churros into a hot cup of thick, melted chocolate for a perfect start to any day. Get your fix at Chocolateria San Ginés, a celebrated establishments that sells churros con chocolate 24/7 every day of the year.

A chocolate lover's guide to Madrid

Address: Pasadizo San Ginés 5

Palmeras de Chocolate

This heart-shaped cookie is made with puff pastry resulting in a delicious, flaky texture sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. To make it even sweeter, after they’re baked the cookies are coated with a generous helping of chocolate. Want to sink your teeth into a palmera de chocolate? Head over to El Riojano, a 160 year old bakery that counts the Spanish royal family as loyal customers.

Address: Calle Mayor 10

Napolitanas de Chocolate

This yummy treat is made with croissant dough, so you know it’s going to be nothing less than amazing. A dark chocolate mixture is enrobed in croissant dough, then baked until the dough is a lovely golden color. Try the famous napolitanas de chocolate at La Mallorquina, located right in the heart of the city at Puerta del Sol.

A chocolate lover's guide to Madrid

Address: Calle Mayor 2

Turrones

Though this treat is traditionally eaten during the Christmas season in Spain, they’re worth having any time of the year. Turrones derive their name from the latin word torrere which means ‘to toast’, in reference to one of the key ingredients in turrón: toasted nuts. Though the traditional version of turrón was chocolate-less, nowadays many confectioners offer chocolate-based versions such as coconut & chocolate, almond with chocolate & pistachios, and orange & chocolate.

Try some amazing turrones on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour where we make at stop at Torrons Vicens.

Bombones

Indulge in some Spanish bonbons while here in the city. Perfect as a luxurious snack or as a tasty souvenir, the chocolate shop Cacao Sampaka offers a diverse range of fun flavors and imaginative pairings. The Flowers, Herbs and Infusions collection includes chocolates flavored with violets, roses and jasmine tea. Other collections include unconventional flavors like curry, whisky, parmesan cheese, and wasabi!

Not so adventurous when it comes to your chocolate? Cacao Sampaka also sells classic flavors like dark chocolate, almond, and coffee.

A chocolate lover's guide to Madrid

Address: Calle de Orellana, 4

Before you go, make sure to check out our list of the best pastry shops in Madrid!

Have you tried any of the chocolate treats above? How often do you eat chocolate?

Photo credits: Sheila Herman on Flickr, Dominic Lockyer on Flickr and Beckmann’s Bakery on Flickr.

Date Ideas for Warm Weather in Madrid

One way to create and maintain a healthy relationship is to try something new as a couple. Instead of another ‘dinner and a movie’ date night, try one of these fun date ideas for warm weather in Madrid.

Date Ideas for Warm Weather in Madrid

Grab Drinks on a Rooftop Terrace

When the weather gets warm the people of Madrid head to the top, the rooftop that is. The change in weather heralds the return of hot nights tempered with cold drinks, high above the bustling streets below. Rooftop bars offer breathtaking views and a relaxed ambiance, and can be found throughout the city. Need some suggestions? Check out our article on rooftop terraces in Madrid.

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The view from the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes.

Get Physical

Going on a ‘sporty’ date is a wonderful way to create a strong bond with someone you’re dating. Why? Because when you’re doing a physical activity your body releases endorphins. Endorphins help calm anxiety, reduce stress, and are associated with feelings of attachment. When else does the body release endorphins? When we are in love. Working up a sweat with your date will help their brain associate those feelings of attachment and calm to you, which will hopefully lead to more dates in the future!

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The beautiful scenery of Pontón de la Oliva in northern Madrid, a popular hiking spot.

Get those endorphins going and head out on an athletic date. Rent a bike for an afternoon and explore the city together. If you really want to work up a sweat, head to the mountains for a good hike.

Have a Bite at the Market

Can’t decide which restaurant to take your date? Why not have a bite in one of Madrid’s mercados (markets)? A number of the traditional markets in Madrid have been transformed into upscale, gourmet food courts. Mercados are great because they offer a variety of cuisine, all in the same building. Portions are usually tapas-sized, so you and your date can indulge by ordering a bit of everything.

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Seafood on display at Mercado de San Miguel, including raw oysters which are said to be an aphrodisiac.

There are a number of great mercados throughout the city which offer a wide selection of delicious food. The most popular, the Mercado de San Miguel, has a lively atmosphere but it can get very crowded during the weekend. As an alternative, check out the Mercado San Antón in Chueca which is a bit quieter.

Take in Romantic Views of the City

Start your date with a ride on the Teleférico de Madrid, a suspended cable car on the western side of the city. During the ride you and your date will get a bird’s eye view of the Royal Palace, the Manzanares River and the surrounding countryside.

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Sunset at Temple of Debod

After that, head south to the Temple of Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple gifted to Spain in the 1960s. The Temple of Debod is a very popular spot to watch the sun set, so take a seat on a bench or on the grassy, green lawns and wait for dusk. As the sun moves further south of the horizon, the sky fills with rich shades of blue, pink and purple, creating a romantic atmosphere for the perfect kiss.

Spend an Evening Wine Tasting

Are you and your paramour wine lovers? Then we’ve got the perfect date night for you! Spain produces some amazing wines, so why not spend an evening tasting some of the best Spanish vinos? If you don’t know much about wine, no worries. During our Madrid Uncorked Wine Tastings our wine aficionado shares his expertise in a fun and informative way. After the event, head to another bar with your date and put your newly acquired wine knowledge to use!

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Learn more about Spanish wine at our Madrid Uncorked events!

Take a Delicious Day Trip

Probably not a good idea for a first date, but a day trip is a great choice after you’ve established that you guys actually like each other. There are numerous places for an exciting day trip from Madrid, and many are an hour or less away by public transit. Spend the day exploring cities from eras long passed and feast on delicious specialities from the region.

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Visit Segovia to see the aqueduct built hundreds of years ago by the Romans.

Looking for some gothic architecture and sweet marzipan treats? Head to Toledo, the former capital of the country. If you want to check out an ancient Roman aqueduct and have a bite of suckling pig, then it’s off to Segovia. For more ideas, read this list on delicious day trips from Madrid.

Stroll through Parque del Buen Retiro

This luscious park is located in the heart of Madrid, but it’s so large that you actually feel like you’re no longer in the city. Get to know your date better as you stroll along the many trails and paths running throughout Parque del Buen Retiro. Make sure to stop by the Palacio de Cristal along the way to check out the latest art installation. Feeling extra romantic? Up the cheesy factor by renting a boat and rowing your way around the lake.

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The Palacio de Cristal in Parque del Buen Retiro.

If your walk works up an appetite, head to Fonty a French inspired bakery within walking distance from the park.

What would be the perfect date for you? Do you have any suggestions of date ideas for warm weather in Madrid?

Photo credits: Eleazar on Flickr, Antonio Tajuelo on Flickr, Bea on Flickr, Emilio García on Flickr, Frank Kovalchek on Flickr and Rodney on Flickr.

Party the Spanish Way: Upcoming Spanish Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Planning a trip to Spain? Read our list of upcoming Spanish festivals you won’t want to miss for ideas on how to party the Spanish way. Find out where you can run with bulls, throw tomatoes at complete strangers or take a midnight dip in the ocean.

Feria de Abril

The Feria de Abril (April Festival) is a highly anticipated festival in the Andalusian capital of Seville. During the festival Sevillanos (Seville residents) eat, drink, dance and party for a week. All the action takes place in the real de la feria where you’ll find over a thousand casetas. These canvas tents are put up by businesses, groups of friends, clubs, affluent local families, or political parties and can be accessed by invitation only.

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Women in their flamenco dresses at the Feria de Abril.

Within the walls of a caseta, you can expect drinks to be flowing, delicious tapas being served, and people dancing to Sevillanas, the official folk music of the city. Don’t have an invite? Don’t worry! There are also a number of public casetas which are happy to welcome everyone. This festival is usually held about two weeks after Holy Week. This year the Feria de Abril runs from April 21st to the 26th.

Heading to Seville and looking for an authentic taste of scrumptious local cuisine? Check out the newly launched Seville Food Tour!

La Diada de Sant Jordi

In Catalonia, a Spanish autonomous community in the north, Valentine’s Day isn’t in February but in April! On this day of love and romance, friends and lovers exchange books and roses. Traditionally men are supposed to buy roses for women, and women should buy books for men. However, times have changed and gender no longer dictates who gets what. La Diada de Sant Jordi commemorates Catalonia’s patron saint, St. George and is celebrated on his death anniversary on April 23rd.

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On St. George’s day gifts are often decorated with the flag of Catalonia, as seen on these roses.

Fiesta de San Isidro

Every year on the 15th of May, Madrileños (Madrid residents) celebrate their patron saint’s feast day. During the Fiesta de San Isidro (Festival of St. Isidore) the city celebrates with concerts, fireworks and other special events. The festival originally began as a religious holiday, and many Madrileños still celebrate the festival with a religious pilgrimage.

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Rosquillas, ring-shaped cookies eaten on San Isidro come in a variety of flavors such as strawberry, lemon or sugar-glazed.

The pilgrimage finishes at the la Pradera de San Isidro (St. Isidore’s Meadow), where people can picnic on the grassy green lawns or purchase prepared meals from the many food vendors set up specifically for the event. If you head to the pradera de San Isidro don’t forget to try rosquillas, the sweet treat typically eaten on this day.

La Noche de San Juan

To welcome the summer, coastal cities all over Spain celebrate La Noche de San Juan (the Night of St.John) on June 23rd. This festival takes place on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and a period of time believed to be magical.

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A fireworks show during the festivities of La Noche de San Juan.

During La Noche de San Juan, revellers come together around bonfires and partake in superstitious activities. These include jumping over fires, burning a piece of paper with a lover’s name or burning something personal to cleanse their spirit. Once the clock strikes midnight, many will also go for a swim in the ocean as they believe it will purify the body and soul. Celebrations take place in many Spanish cities, but the biggest party is held in Alicante in the south of Spain.

Fiesta de San Fermín

The Fiesta de San Fermín (festival of San Fermin) takes place in the city of Pamplona. It is rooted in celebrating Saint Fermin the co-patron saint of Navarre, the region where the festival is held. Often referred to as the running of the bulls, this festival was made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his classic novel The Sun Also Rises.

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During San Fermín, people traditionally wear an all white outfit and a red scarf.

Though there are numerous events during the festivities, the running of the bulls is the most popular event. It occurs every morning from the 7th to the 14th of July at 8 o’clock in the morning. During this event, hundreds of brave participants try to outrun six bulls which have been trained for bullfighting. Thinking of doing the run? Think carefully! Over it’s history, 15 people have died and hundreds have been wounded during the event.

La Tomatina

Dubbed the “World’s Biggest Food Fight”, La Tomatina is a fun festival that encourages participants to throw tomatoes at each other. Though no one knows for sure, there are various theories as to how this messy tradition started. Some say it began as a class war, others say it began with townspeople started throwing tomatoes at local politicians. Who knows that they truth is!

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During the tomato fight, homes and shops are covered in plastic to protect them from the mess.

What is clear however, is that the event attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the world. In previous years attendance was as high as 50,000 people, but due to safety concerns it is now limited to “only” 20,000 participants. The event takes place in the normally quiet town of Buñol, near Valencia on the last Wednesday of August. This year La Tomatina will be held on August 26th.

Have you attended any of these Spanish festivals? Which one sounds like the most fun to you?

Photo Credits: David Sim on Flickr,  Núria on Flickr, Estrella Sansait, Dennis van Zuijlekom on Flickr, Tammy Friesen on Flickr and Graham McLellan on Flickr.

Off the Beaten Path: 7 Unique Tours in Madrid

Planning a trip to the vibrant Spanish capital? Let us help you plan an unforgettable trip with these unique tours in Madrid. Whether you’re a history buff, art aficionado or a foodie, there’s something for everyone. Read on to discover the 7 unique tours in Madrid that await you.

7 Unique Tours in Madrid

Bike Tour

If you’re a bit short on time, a bike tour of the city may be just what you’re looking for. Bravo Bikes offers tours of all the major sights in Madrid, including the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and the Prado Museum. Perfect for cyclists that are used to cycling in a city environment, it’s a fun way to see the city and get a bit of exercises in for the day. If you have more time, and are up for a bit of a challenge, Bravo Bikes also offers bike tours to popular day trip destinations from Madrid. Ride to Segovia to see the Roman aqueducts, or to Toledo to visit the Alcazar.

Flamenco Tour

Spaniards are proud of their cultural heritage, which includes the passion-filled musical style and dance called Flamenco. Learn about the origin and history of Flamenco with Ogo Tours and then visit the place to shop for Flamenco clothing, instruments and accessories. To cap off the experience, you’ll watch an authentic Flamenco show in one of the oldest Tablaos (Flamenco venues) in Madrid.

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Segway Tour

Segway tours have been popping up in cities all over the world, but this one comes with a sweet Spanish treat at the end. Standing on an electric, two-wheeled vehicle, you’ll stop by popular landmarks across the city. Without breaking a sweat, take in the sights at Plaza de EspañaPuerta del Sol and the Almudena Cathedral. To finish off the tour, you get to indulge and enjoy a decadently sweet treat of churros con chocolate at Mercado San Miguel.

Madrid Food Tour

Enjoy an authentic taste of Spanish cuisine with a gastronomical tour of the city. Madrid Food Tour offers guests a tasty cultural experience that is sure to leave you satisfied. This experience is much more than just a eating at bars and restaurants. Madrid Food Tour take you on a journey through the history of the city, introducing you to local food artisans and chefs and of course, giving you a taste of Madrid’s best dishes.

Spanish Civil War Sites Tour

History comes alive with Spanish Sites, as they take you on a tour to key sites from the Spanish Civil war. The Spanish Civil War is one of the most important events in Spain’s modern history, and ended with thousands dead and a dictator in power. Learn more about the the conflict, and how it has influenced Spain today on this historical tour.

Hot Air Balloon Tour

For an experience that will take your breathe away, why not book a hot air balloon tour? Aerotours offers a unique view of Madrid’s natural surroundings. As you slowly ascend upwards towards the sky, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the mountains, the Guadarrama river and monuments like the Castle of La Mocha. It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience!

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Contemporary Art Tour

If you’re an art lover, you’ll be happy to know that Madrid is home to a number of wonderful art museums, including the Prado and Reina Sofia. These museums house pieces from the biggest Spanish artists that ever lived. However, if you want to discover the current art scene, than a Contemporary Art tour is your best bet. The Art Gallery Tour takes guests to a number of contemporary art galleries showcasing the works of Spanish artists. Don’t know much about contemporary art? The Art Gallery also offers an Initiation Tour, which explains how art galleries work, the different techniques and formats used, and how to appreciate Contemporary Art.

What’s the most unique tour you’ve been on? What’s your favourite way to tour a city?

Photo Sources: Littlemoresunshine on Flickr and Flavio~ on Flickr