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Where to Eat the Best Cocido Madrileño in Madrid

Rustic, hearty and filling, Madrid’s most emblematic dish is a must-try whenever you’re in the city.

However, it’s probably best to eat cocido madrileño in Madrid after you’ve worked up quite an appetite—this delicious local stew is a two-course meal in itself.

Traditionally, the broth of the cocido is served first, sprinkled with delicate angel-hair noodles. Then, it’s time for the main event: chickpeas, meat and vegetables make up the heart of cocido madrileño. By the time you finish the second round, you’ll be stuffed.

With that being said, cocido madrileño in Madrid is a great wintertime option for those long, leisurely lunches Spaniards enjoy so much. Here are our top picks for the most delicious cocido madrileño in Madrid!

Want to try Madrid's most emblematic dish? It's not paella—it's cocido madrileño! Here's where you can eat the best cocido madrileño in Madrid.

La Bola

This tiny restaurant tucked away into the city center is famous for its hearty, traditional dishes. It should come as no surprise, then, that La Bola is home to the best cocido madrileño in Madrid!

What makes their cocido stand out is the fact that they still cook it the same way they did way back when the restaurant opened in 1870: in individual clay pots over oak charcoal. This old-world approach allows each portion to take on maximum flavor. Try the first course of their cocido with us (and peek into the kitchen to see how it’s made) on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour!

La Bola is home to our favorite cocido madrileño in Madrid. Join us on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour to see how it's made (and try it, of course)!
We feel nice and cozy just looking at these warm little pots of cocido madrileño simmering on the stove at La Bola!

Casa Carola

Despite having just opened its doors in 1998, Casa Carola has quickly become famous as one of the best places to eat cocido madrileño in Madrid. They serve the hearty traditional dish every day for lunch.

Can’t make it there at midday? No worries! The imaginative cooks use the leftovers of the day’s cocido to create unique tapas, such as cocido croquettes, available in the evening. Cocido madrileño isn’t just a dish here—it’s a way of life.

Casa Carola is home to some of the best cocido madrileño in Madrid, as well as some inventive tapas made with the leftovers!
Cocido croquetas? We’ll take some!

Los Arcos de Ponzano

Although they only serve it on Wednesdays throughout most of the year, the cocido at Los Arcos de Ponzano is not to be missed. Located on a lively street in the thoroughly authentic Chamberí neighborhood, this friendly restaurant will immediately make you feel at home. They allow unlimited refills of cocido broth, and the main chickpeas-and-meat course is comfort food like you’ve never experienced it before. Wash it all down with a glass of wine from their very own bodega!

Eating cocido madrileño in Madrid is an essential experience!
Hearty cocido is the perfect meal when you’ve worked up an appetite from a long day of sightseeing!

La Gran Tasca

Ready to take on the challenge of “the most complete cocido in Madrid?” Head to La Gran Tasca (Calle Santa Engracia, 161), where their gigantic servings of cocido are not for the faint of heart.

After eating as much broth as your heart desires, it’s time to take on the monster of a second course: 15 ingredients total! It all comes with olives and homemade rustic bread (if you still have room for more food!). Despite its huge size, this wonderfully filling cocido madrileño in Madrid is just as delicious as it is big, making it well worth the attempt!

The best cocido madrileño in Madrid is made with simple, rustic ingredients expertly prepared to bring out maximum flavor.
One surprising ingredient in cocido: these spicy pickled peppers, which cut the richness of the stew.

La Cruz Blanca de Vallecas

It’s a bit of a hike from the city center, but this unassuming little bar is the award-winning home of some of the best cocido madrileño in Madrid.

With 17,000 cocidos served each year (using 4,000 kilos of chickpeas!), they certainly know what they’re doing at La Cruz Blanca de Vallecas. Still don’t believe us? Ask former King of Spain Juan Carlos I, who visited the restaurant in 2017 to try what he had heard was “the best cocido in the world” (and it seems he agrees!).

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