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!
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 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
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 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
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
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
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!