Experience the Passion: Where to See Flamenco in Madrid

This blog post was originally posted on July 22, 2015 and was updated on March 17, 2017.

When you think of Spain, of course flamenco comes to mind. But finding an authentic, traditional show in Madrid can be tricky!

You may think that the best place to see a flamenco show is in the south. While it’s true that flamenco has its roots in Andalusia, over the years, the top dancers, singers, and guitar players have traditionally come to Madrid to launch their careers. This makes Madrid a wonderful place to see a quality flamenco show. But with so many venues promising authentic flamenco, how do you know where to go? Read on to discover where to see flamenco in Madrid—the best places, hand-picked by us!

One of the essential things to do while in Spain is to see a flamenco show. But with so many geared towards tourists, how do you know you've found the real deal? #flamenco #dance #seville #sevilla #spain

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Casa Patas

When you enter Casa Patas, you’re surrounded by beautiful Andalusian decor and music. Casa Patas prides itself on hosting a memorable flamenco show that many Madrileños adore. Even better, there’s an extensive menu filled with Spanish gastronomic delights and the best Spanish wines! If you’re wondering where to see flamenco in Madrid, this is a great choice.

Address: Calle de los Cañizares, 10

Cardamomo

Cardamomo combines “skin, blood and passion” into every flamenco show. This flamenco tablao has witnessed performances from the crème de la crème of the flamenco world. It’s currently the only Madrid flamenco tablao recommended by the New York Times! With only the most impressive singers, guitarists and flamenco troupe, you won’t be disappointed!

Address: Calle de Echegaray, 15

If you're wondering where to see flamenco in Madrid, join us at Cardamomo for a Tapas & Flamenco Tour.
The view of the show at Cardamomo is unbeatable from the front-row seats on our Tapas & Flamenco Tour.

Las Carboneras

When people ask us where to see flamenco in Madrid, Las Carboneras is one of our top picks. Located in the heart of historic Madrid inside an old palace, Las Carboneras is a venue that was started by two dancers. Their objective was to capture the essence of a traditional flamenco show from the past, while still incorporating modern aspects from the flamenco of today. Their dinner menu features paella, with a vegetarian paella option as well.

Address: Plaza del Conde de Mirada, 1

Villa Rosa

Villa Rosa promises a flamenco performance with drama and passion. With its Andalusian Arabic design, reminiscent of the Alhambra, you’ll feel like you’re in the south of Spain! They also offer dinner, and the tasting menu is an option if you want a little bit of everything Spanish.

Address: Plaza de Santa Ana, 15

Villa Rosa is one of the picks in our guide of where to see flamenco in Madrid.
Villa Rosa is one of our top picks for traditional flamenco in Madrid.

Cafetín la Quimera

Located out by Madrid’s bull ring, this flamenco tablao takes you back to 19th century Spain. Cafetín la Quimera doesn’t use microphones or modern technology in their flamenco shows. You’ll only hear the raw voices and guitar melodies resonating around the room. If you’re wondering where to see flamenco in Madrid, this is an authentic option. After you’ve watched the performance, you’ll want to sign up for their flamenco dance classes!

Address: Calle de Sancho Dávila, 34

Corral de la Morería

Right by the Royal Palace in the center of Madrid is Corral de la Morería. In this flamenco show, you’re treated to a huge selection of star dancers and musicians. The choreographer of the performance has even won the National Award of Flamenco! After your trip, if anyone asks you where to see flamenco in Madrid, this is sure to be one of the places you recommend.

Address: Calle de la Morería, 17

If you're wondering where to see flamenco in Madrid, check out our guide. You'll hear beautiful guitar music like that depicted in this photo.
You haven’t experienced flamenco until you’ve seen it in Madrid!

Café de Chinitas

What makes Café de Chinitas different from some other tablaos is the fusion of traditional flamenco with great cuisine. You can enjoy dinner while the vibrant flamenco costumes and performers mesmerize you. Café de Chinitas invites guest stars to each show, so you’re in for a unique experience every time. This show is also really fun for kids, as they often invite them up on stage when the show is over for a peek behind the scenes!

Address: Calle de la Torija, 7

There are so many great flamenco venues in Madrid, but you have to know where to look! Check out our guide of where to see flamenco in Madrid and join us to witness soulful performances like this one.
Flamenco is made up of three parts: dance, singing and guitar, each with its own importance. Photo Credit: Luke Darracott

Want to make your night of flamenco in Madrid even more special? Join our 2-in-1 Tapas & Flamenco Tour for an evening filled with food, wine, music, dance and great conversation! Your local guide will lead you on a tapas tour of Madrid’s Literary Quarter, complete with three tapas taverns. Between stops, you’ll learn all about flamenco in Spain, and visit the excellent Cardamomo flamenco tablao for a full show. This tour will give you an understanding of flamenco that most visitors don’t get. Join us!

Although Flamenco's origins are in Andalusia, the top dancers, guitar players, and singers have traditionally come to Madrid to launch their careers. This makes Madrid a great place to see a flamenco show. You have to steer clear of the tourist traps though! Check out this list to find out where to see flamenco in Madrid.

7 Comment

  1. March 18, 2017 at 6:53 am

    get the best flamenco experience possible, be sure to check out our Where to See Flamenco in Madrid post!

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  2. Angela says
    April 4, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I am debating between the show at Cardamomo and Cafetin La Quimera. I have been to see flamenco twice, once in Granada and the other at Casa Patas in Madrid. I would really like to see a traditional and authentic show and not fall into a tourist trap. Dinner is fine but it is not the most important thing, I want to focus on the music, especially the singing and guitar. What do you recommend more?

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    1. Brianne Garrett says
      April 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Angela, thanks so much for reaching out! In our opinion, both places are great options. La Quimera is a small, immersive experience, with great dancers and no microphones. Cardamomo is where the cream of the crop of flamenco performers have performed over the years. Both are excellent choices! We hope you enjoy your experience!

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  3. Aida samara says
    March 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I ENJOYED SURFING THE BEST PLACES TO ASSIST FALMENCO DANCE
    IN ADDITION CAN WE DANCE FLAMENCO IN THESES PLACES ?

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    1. Devour Tours says
      March 12, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Aida! Here are some places to check out for flamenco classes in Madrid: https://madridfoodtour.com/flamenco-classes-in-madrid/

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  4. David Leeds says
    July 10, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I’m a flamenco fanatic and have been to Seville several times. Is there a place in Madrid similar to the Casa de la Memoria in Seville, which is small and intimate with just a show of perhaps 3 or 4 performers? Thanks

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    1. Devour Tours says
      July 10, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Hi David! You might like the small and intimate performance at Cafetín la Quimera

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