This blog post was originally posted on January 7, 2016, and was updated on December 12, 2017.
La Latina is a beautiful and historic neighborhood in central Madrid which is famous for its tapas bars, winding streets and leafy squares.
La Latina is 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 are 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 when wondering where to eat in La Latina. They specialize in seasonal dishes prepared with the freshest local produce. Their ensaladilla rusa (creamy potato salad topped with tuna and hard-boiled egg) is a local favorite and classic Spanish dish. 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 bite-sized servings 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 confit and foie gras.
Insider’s Tip: Madrileños love tostas—hearty toasts 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 when choosing where to eat in La Latina. Try the roasted suckling pig, the bull’s tail stew, or the migas—a traditional dish made of breadcrumbs sautéed with fried pork belly, garlic, eggs and grapes. Also, be sure to sample one of the Rioja Reservas wines, 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 classic jamón. We also love the creamy rice with mushrooms, foie gras and poached egg (deftly mixed tableside 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 abuzz 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
Juana La Loca
Named for the mad queen who ruled over Spain in the 16th century, locals and travelers alike go mad for the tapas at this cozy spot. Ask any savvy Spaniard where the best tortilla española (Spanish omelet) can be found, and 9 times out of 10 the answer will be Juana La Loca. This spot should always be on your list for where to eat in La Latina neighborhood! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, so be sure to ask for a recommendation from their excellent wine list. Whether you’re coming in for dinner or stopping by for a quick bite, every item on the menu is guaranteed to delight your palette.
Insider’s Tip: This place is always packed, so call ahead to make a reservation or ask for the current status of how busy they are.
Address: Plaza Puerta de Moros, 4
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 food stops and learn all about central Madrid’s history and cuisine!