Rustic, hearty and filling, Madrid’s most emblematic dish is a must-try whenever you’re in the city.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.