58 Small Businesses in Madrid You Can Support Right Now

Alfonso making churros at Chocolat cafe in Madrid

2020 has changed Madrid in unimaginable ways. Our co-founder James noticed an interesting, if sad, phenomenon upon heading out into central Madrid to film a recent video. Some of the most iconic parts of the city that are normally bustling with life—Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor among them—are eerily empty these days. The reason? […]

Eating in Ávila – Our Guide to the City’s Best Bites

El Almacén is one of our favorite restaurants in Ávila and comes complete with stunning views of the city walls.

Within Ávila’s fortified walls, you’ll find a wealth of history, heritage, culture…and cuisine. From grilled meats to local sweets, these are the specialties that every visitor should sample! Located just over 100 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Madrid, Ávila makes for the perfect day trip from the Spanish capital. Its impressive medieval walls have been […]

Neighborhood Guide: 8 Spots for Tapas in Chamberí

Patatas bravas - tapas chamberí

Just north of the city center, Chamberí is a residential refuge and home to some of Madrid’s best tapas bars.  When locals want to live in the city, but not “in the city,” many choose Chamberí. It’s the shortest distance you can travel from the center—just three metro stops north of Puerta del Sol—to get […]

8 Tapas Bars and Restaurants to Show You All That Lavapiés Is Made Of

Bodegas Lo Máximo is one of our favorite Lavapiés tapas bars.

If you want to understand Madrid—the real Madrid—the tapas bars of Lavapiés are a great place to start. Until recently Lavapiés was one of central Madrid’s most affordable neighborhoods. With its hilly streets and characteristic corralas (Madrid’s characteristic housing style where neighbors share an interior patio), throughout the 19th and 20th centuries Lavapiés attracted migrants […]

5 Spots for Tapas in Chueca that Locals Love

Don't forget the vermouth when you go out for tapas in Chueca!

Going out for tapas in Chueca isn’t just a way to devour Madrid’s culture—it’s a way to honor the city’s history. Chueca’s tapas bar scene symbolizes what the neighborhood stands for: modernity, diversity, dedication to quality and continuous evolvement. In the 1970s, Chueca was considered a dangerous area that even the president of Madrid’s LGBTQ+ […]

Insider’s Guide to the Most Instagrammable Places in Madrid

Instagrammable places in Madrid

With beauty and unique sights around practically every turn, Madrid was made to be immortalized in photos. From elegant, gold-gilded buildings to perfectly arranged tapas plates, Spain’s capital is full of stunning photography opportunities. With this in mind, you’ll be hard-pressed to try and put your camera away as you keep encountering jaw-dropping view after […]

Small Plates, Big City: Top Tapas Bars in Valencia

This blog post was originally posted on June 28, 2017 and was updated on April 16, 2019. Enjoying a night out complete with tasty tapas, endless drinks and good company is an integral part of Spanish culture. Although tapas aren’t typically associated with Valencian cuisine (that honor goes to paella!), valencianos have adopted this beloved tradition […]