La Latina is a beautiful and historic neighborhood in central Madrid which is famous for tapas bars, winding streets and leafy squares.
It’s a neighborhood that is well loved and frequented by locals, making it one of the most authentic neighborhoods in the center of the city. This means that there are plenty of delicious choices when it comes to local bars and restaurants. But where to start? To help you make that decision, here’s some of our favorite places to try when you are deciding where to eat in La Latina.
La Taberna Errante
For creative Spanish dishes prepared with love and care, La Taberna Errante is a must. They specialize in seasonal dishes prepared with the freshest local produce. Their Ensaladilla Rusa (creamy potato salad studded with tuna and hard cooked egg) is a local favorite. For pre-dinner drinks, stand at the bar for a cold beer or glass of wine. While you are there, why not try a few pinchos? We love the small pieces of bread, topped with ham, sausages, cheese, anchovies and more.
Address: Carrera San Francisco 8
Taberna La Concha
For great Spanish tapas with a modern twist, Taberna La Concha is not to be missed. You can let the food do the talking, or you can accompany your meal with one of their expertly selected white or red wines for a truly special experience. If you’re looking for something sweeter, order one of their famous vermouth cocktails! We love the salmorejo (like gazpacho but smoother and richer) and the homey yet elegant lentils with duck cofit and foie.
Insider’s tip: Madrileños love tostas: hearty, toasted bread topped with everything from grilled shrimp to blue cheese and steak. Taberna La Concha has a wide selection of tostas and they are a great way to try small portions of big flavors.
Address: Calle Cava Baja 7
Taberna del Capitán Alatriste
Set in a 16th-century palace, with some dining rooms set in the original cellars, this sit-down restaurant features history, hearty food and great wines, making it a perfect choice for enjoying excellent versions of Madrid classics. Try the roasted suckling pig, migas (a traditional dish made of fresh bread crumbs sautéed with chorizo, garlic, egg and grapes) or the bull’s tail stew. Also, be sure to sample one of the Rioja Reservas served by the bottle or by the glass!
Insider’s tip: In warmer months you can also enjoy your meal outside on their terrace!
Address: Calle Grafal 7
Taberna Casa Lucas
This small, gem of a location has a wonderful wine list and a delicious menu. There are only six tables plus seating at the bar. Arrive early and be sure to order the croquettes with either wild mushrooms or jamón. We also love the creamy rice with mushrooms, foie gras and poached egg (deftly mixed table side by one of the expert waiters). Complement the food with a Somontano red wine, or if the event calls for something special, there are plenty of great cavas (Spanish sparkling wine) to choose from.
Insider’s tip: Casa Lucas is located on the popular Cava Baja street. On weekends this area is a buzz with people young and old out to enjoy tapas and a drink. Go on the early side to make sure you get a table!
Address: Calle Cava Baja 30
Want to take your tapas experience to the next level? Try our Tapas, Taverns and History Tour and you’ll enjoy five of our favorite places and learn all about central Madrid’s history and cuisine!