This blog post was originally posted on July 28, 2016 and was updated on October 16, 2017.
Traveling with little ones can be an adventure! Where to stay, what to do, how to keep young travelers entertained on long flights… There’s so much to plan!
When visiting Madrid, what to eat won’t be a problem! Madrid has a ton of kid-friendly Spanish food—you just need to know where to look. Read on to discover eight typical dishes from Madrid that kids will love. You’ll have no trouble ordering for the whole family!
1. Churros and Chocolate
Chocolate for breakfast is a classic in Madrid in the form of crispy fried churros dipped into thick hot chocolate! This yummy treat will awe little travelers for breakfast or a sweet afternoon snack. Be sure to try a chocolatería where they fry the churros on-sight. One of our favorites is Chocolatería Valor near the Puerta del Sol (Calle Postigo de San Martín, 7). It’s a chocolate lover’s paradise with perfectly crisp churros for dipping into your steaming mug of hot chocolate!
Another Madrid icon is Chocolatería San Ginés (Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5). Locals have adored this cozy churros spot since 1894. Step inside this Madrid favorite and learn how to enjoy churros like a local in the video below!
2. Huevos Rotos
What could be better than a heaping plate of hand-cut french fries topped with fried eggs and thinly sliced ham? Huevos rotos (broken eggs) is a traditional Madrid tapas dish. It’s delicious and fun! When the large plate of potatoes and eggs arrives, someone has to do the honors of cutting up the eggs (hence “broken”) and mixing everything up. You can also get huevos rotos with grilled sausage or other cured meats.
Who doesn’t love meatballs? In Madrid, meatballs are served in a yummy sauce made of stewed onions and extra finely diced carrots. Albóndigas are a typical lunchtime meal that come with french fries or steamed rice. They are Madrid comfort food at its best and a perfect meal for little adventurers.
4. Sandwich Mixto
Spain’s gift to grilled cheese lovers is the sandwich mixto. Sandwich mixto is a classic choice for breakfast time and for an afternoon snack that we call merienda. Definitely a kid-friendly Spanish food, it’s a heavenly combination of melted cheese with ham between two slices of bread, grilled to crisp-buttery perfection!
No trip to Madrid is complete without a thick slice of tortilla! Tortilla is a Spanish potato and egg omelet with rockstar status in Madrid. It’s a perfect example of Spanish cuisine: simple ingredients that together are more than the sum of their parts. This kid-friendly Spanish food is great at any time of day on its own or served in a bocadillo (a hearty baguette sandwich).
6. Sopa de Cocido
Cocido madrileño is Madrid’s hearty meat, vegetable and bean stew. Enjoying a cocido is usually a three-course, several hour affair. Young eaters will love the soup made from the cocido broth and fine noodles. It’s an abridged version of the full experience that many restaurants offer at lunch time.
7. Macarrones con Chorizo
The menú del día, or set lunch menu, in restaurants around town often offers comfort foods perfect for young palettes. Kids in Madrid go crazy for macarrones con chorizo, pasta with tomato sauce and chunks of meaty and smoky chorizo (not spicy!).
Infamous in the world of kid-friendly Spanish food, croquetas are balls of tapas paradise that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They consist of bechamel sauce studded with everything from bits of ham to cooked chicken. They are so good that there are even restaurants that specialize just in croquetas. Plus they are perfect for little hands!
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As the daughter of a barbecue master and a pseudo-vegetarian, Amy’s culinary obsessions run deep. She spent time in Galicia before settling down in Madrid, where you’ll usually find her browsing the bottles of a local bodega or ogling the produce at the weekend farmer’s market.