In Madrid, there’s a restaurant on practically on every corner (sometimes two or three)! In fact, it can sometimes seem like there are more bars than people in the city.
But with so many options, where should you go if you’re looking for a true taste of Madrid? We’d love to help! Here are some of our favorite places for modern and traditional Spanish fare. With ideas for exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, markets, and foodie destination streets, you’ll have plenty of great options for where to eat in Madrid!
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Some of the coolest and newest restaurants in Madrid can be found on Calle Ponzano. Located in the chic Chamberí neighborhood, it’s a total culinary destination. The street pulses with life and is lined with some of the brightest stars of the contemporary dining scene.
For meat lovers, try the ultra-modern Sala de Despiece (Calle Ponzano, 11), where you can treat yourself to expertly grilled meat, seafood and vegetable dishes in a bright, post-industrial frenzy of great food and wine.
If you’re craving a truly elegant night out, try Toque de Sal (Calle Ponzano, 48) for a journey through modern Mediterranean cuisine. The lush interiors are the perfect backdrop for enjoying the top-notch menu of everything from grilled fish to quinoa salad!
The Anton Martin Neighborhood
The Anton Martin Neighborhood, located a short walk from the Puerta del Sol, is a great place to dive into the Madrid wine and tapas scene. Check out Calle Santa Isabel, the neighborhood’s main drag and the lovely side streets. Vinícola Mentridana (Calle de San Eugenio, 9) is a great place for a glass of wine and a tosta. Tostas are typical Madrid tapas, grilled country bread with delicious toppings like cured meat, cheeses or smoked fish.
To transport yourself to the beach without leaving Madrid, try a fried fish feast at La Caleta (Calle Santa Isabel, 38). This Andalusian-style restaurant serves up perfectly fried fish on large pieces of butcher paper just like at the small beach bars all along the Spanish coastline.
For a real hidden treasure, walk a few blocks to Bodegas Alfaro (Calle Ave María, 12) for a glass of wine and a shared plate of their amazing cured meats. Opened in 1928, this traditional bodega, or wine bar, is a slice of history in the center of Madrid.
Calle Cava Baja
Cava Baja Street is a foodie heaven in Madrid’s vibrant La Latina neighborhood. Small tapas bars line the street and you can wander from bar to bar, sampling local delights.
To plan your own tapas crawl, try starting with a vermouth cocktail from Taberna La Concha (Calle Cava Baja, 7). Then cross the street to La Antoñita (Calle Cava Baja, 14) for modern tapas like an updated version of Madrid’s classic oxtail stew. At La Antoñita, the melt in your mouth meat is wrapped in crunchy pastry and served with an au jus reduction.
After such a strong tart, pop into Taberna Txacolina (Calle Cava Baja, 42) to sample Basque pinchos, artfully prepared nibbles that feature amazing ingredients on small toasts skewered with a toothpick!
La Chispería in Mercado Chamberí
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path culinary experience, try the newly opened La Chispería. The space features six restaurants serving market-driven cuisine all located inside the lovely Chamberí neighborhood market. Sample modern tapas, traditionally prepared Madrid staples and international flavors.
Enjoy your meal at long, shared tables and feel like you’ve discovered a secret corner of Madrid! And if after that you’re ready to dive into Madrid’s market culture, take a look at our list of our favorite restaurants located in markets.
Address: Calle Alonso Cano, 10
The Conde Duque Neighborhood
Just north of Gran Vía, Conde Duque is a great neighborhood with dozens of options for eating and drinking. One of our favorite local haunts is Bodegas El Maño (Calle Palma, 64) a traditional tavern serving great wines and homemade tapas. Try the albóndigas (meatballs in tomato and pepper sauce) with a glass of Rioja wine!
If you’re craving cheese, head to La Carbonera (Calle Bernardo López García, 11). Sample lovingly prepared cheese plates featuring Spanish cheeses and great wines from lesser known vineyards. For hip, modern tapas try La Dichosa.
Mercado Antón Martín
Mercado Antón Martín is one of the great neighborhood markets in central Madrid. With an eclectic mix of traditional market stalls and modern bars, the market has something for everyone. Pick up freshly sliced cured meats and a few olives for a picnic at the nearby Retiro Park. Or grab a seat at one of the great eateries dotted throughout the market.
Some of our favorites bites are the freshly fried croquettes at The Original Globet Croquettes. We also love the Italian classics made using great Spanish ingredients at La Fiasschetteria La Saletta and the market-fresh ceviche at El Mono de la Pila.
Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 5
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As the daughter of a barbecue master and a pseudo-vegetarian, Amy’s culinary obsessions run deep. She spent time in Galicia before settling down in Madrid, where you’ll usually find her browsing the bottles of a local bodega or ogling the produce at the weekend farmer’s market.