Plaza Mayor is one of the most visited spots in Madrid and for good reason. Plaza Mayor is a central plaza in the city, and it is the perfect place to marvel at Spain’s history, people watch and take pictures with friends or family.
Some people think that the food in this area is reserved only for tourists and isn’t “authentic” or tasty. But, they are wrong! (Fine, there are quite a few tourist traps, but we want to show you how to avoid those!) There are plenty of delicious corners to discover near Plaza Mayor. We’ve done our research on where to eat near Plaza Mayor, and your stomach will not be disappointed.
1. Casa Revuelta
Done wandering around Madrid’s city center? Looking to start your tapa crawl and for a good place to eat near Plaza Mayor? Well, you’re in luck! This bar is around the corner and is truly a local delight. It is always buzzing with people chowing down on their specialty—bacalao or cod. Their battered cod is light and buttery and pairs well with a cold caña. Get cozy, grab a spot at the bar and enjoy.
Address: Calle Latoneros, 3
2. Bodegas Ricla
Along the historic street Calle de Cuchillernos lies the tiny and bright Bodegas Ricla. This family-owned bar is the perfect spot to eat near Plaza Mayor. Choose from a variety of tapas such as boquerones, callos or even a selection of cabrales cheese in cider. Pair with wine, sherry or a glass of their delicious vermouth on tap and settle down for a delightfully delicious meal!
Address: Calle Cuchilleros, 6
3. Mesón del Champiñon
Just as its name suggests, this bar is famous for its chorizo- and garlic- stuffed mushrooms. At the Mesón del Champiñon, the humble mushroom is a savory morsel that will make you forget every mushroom you’ve ever eaten. This is truly one of our favorite places to eat near Plaza Mayor, and even featured on our Tapas, Taverns & History tour! After you get your fill of stuffed mushrooms, go ahead and try out their fried squid or fried green peppers.
Address: C/ Cava de San Miguel, 17
4. Cerveriz Bar
Hidden in plain sight beside the Mercado de San Miguel, this bar is one of best places to eat near Plaza Mayor. This cozy Asturian bar is known for its perfectly runny tortilla and of course, cider. Try your hand at pouring the cider like a true Asturiano. No worries if you get your shoes wet—it’s a sign you had a good meal, which is sure to be the case at Cerveriz Bar.
Address: Plaza de San Miguel, 2
5. La Casa de las Torrijas
This gem of a bar serves an excellent menú del día and plenty of regional wines and beer. But, you cannot leave La Casa de las Torrijas without trying torrijas! This sweet treat is similar to French toast, and Spaniards traditionally eat it during Holy Week. But, you’re in luck because this bar serves them year round and has a reputation for having the best torrijas in town. Order more than one to get your fill of this classic Spanish treat!
Address: Calle de la Paz, 4
6. Restaurante El Cogollo
This restaurant is one of our favorite places to eat near Plaza Mayor. Be sure to arrive hungry in order to enjoy their specialty—cachopo! Made with veal, ham and cheese, cachopo is simply delicious! If you want a lighter lunch, try their grilled octopus or scallops. No matter what you end up ordering, you will be happy and ready for the rest of your day!
Address: Calle Lechuga, 3
7. Bar La Campana
Tucked right outside of one of Plaza Mayor’s many exits lies this beloved bocadillo shop. This bar serves a variety of sandwiches including tortilla de patatas, chorizo and morcilla. But, La Campana is famous for their calamari sandwich. This dish is a typical snack from Madrid and is best eaten covered with aioli sauce and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Bocadillos at La Campana are budget-friendly, too, so you’ll have enough leftover to order a cañaor a nice glass of wine to go along with it.
Address: Calle Botoneras, 6
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After watching an episode of “Parts Unknown” in which her hero Anthony Bourdain wandered through the magical streets of Granada, Elysse signed up for a semester abroad there and then quickly realized one semester wasn’t enough. She returned to Spain and lived in Madrid for two years to technically teach English but mostly spent her free time traveling throughout the peninsula learning about Spain’s diverse culture (and tapas!). But what she loves most about Spain is the love and appreciation of tradition, history and long lunches with friends and family.