When thinking about Spanish Gastronomy, our minds tend to forget the capital, Madrid. Crassus error! In the following lines, we are going to discover 10 amazing food places in Madrid so that every foodie that prides itself enjoys to the maximum its visit to this fantastic city.
From the most affordable to places where only the richest pockets can reach. A week in Madrid allows you to live a culinary adventure at the height of the worlds’ largest gastronomic capitals. The key? To know where to go. How to find out? Just scroll down.
1. Bar La Campana
If the Madrid coat of arms (composed of a bear and a strawberry tree) were to incorporate another element, this should be a person holding a squid sandwich while grabbing a beer on the other hand.
In “La Campana”, they have been preparing squid sandwiches since 1870. They must be doing something right! For just under 5 quids you can enjoy a “bocadillo de calamares” along with a large beer. Not bad at all to be all over downtown Madrid, right?
Calle de botoneras, 6, 28012, Madrid, Spain.
2. Chocolatería San Ginés
Mmmh churros with chocolate! I don’t know anyone who has tasted churros and has not been captivated by their flavor. “Chocolatería San Ginés” is a classic among the best food places in Madrid. You can´t take the return flight without having made your mandatory stop at this establishment that opened in 1894.
The chain is in the process of expansion and has come to open stores in Tokyo, Shangai and Bogota. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just for over 3 pounds, you can enjoy this delicious pleasure. A real MUST!
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013, Madrid, Spain.
We completely changed the restaurant type! At DiverXo we enter the acclaimed fusion cuisine. His chef, Dabiz Muñoz, has been named the third best chef in the world recently and a visit to his restaurant shows why.
Muñoz is famous for his avant-garde dishes and limitless cuisine so you can expect a different price from those mentioned above, but it is worth it. 2 menus to choose from. 195 euros the basic or 250 the “menu glotón”.
Get ready to eat in a totally different way!
NH Eurobuilding, Calle de Padre Damián, 23, 28036, Madrid, Spain.
DiverXo’s biggest rival for the throne of Madrid’s best restaurant. While Sanceloni’s contemporary restaurants have been disappearing or falling into oblivion, our protagonist remains on the ball year after year. Its cuisine always bordering on perfection and combining tradition with avant-garde will make the 185 euros that the menu costs one of the best investments you make in a long long time.
Don’t forget to try his out of this world selection of cheeses! I (strongly) doubt there is a similar one anywhere else in the world.
Paseo de la Castellana, 57, 28046, Madrid, Spain.
5. Yakitoro by Chicote
We are back to prices within mortal reach! Alberto Chicote, the Spanish version of Gordon Ramsey and his Hell’s Kitchen, brings a fusion between Japanese cuisine and Spanish flavors with yakitoros as the star of the menu. A yakitori is a typical Japanese skewer that is brilliantly prepared by Chicote’s team in a wide ways variety.
One of the best food places in Madrid value for money. For about 20 pounds you will enjoy a menu designed by one of the best Spanish chefs.
In addition, the drinks are kept cold in an ice pool in the center of the table. What else could you ask for?!
Calle Reina, 41, 28004, Madrid, Spain
6. Goiko Grill
One of the most successful chains in Madrid in recent years. Goiko Grill’s delicious and overwhelming hamburgers have led the company to open various establishments outside the Spanish capital.
Homemade burger accompanied by crunchy hand cut fries. That’s the recipe for their success as well as a remarkable price that doesn’t go over 15 pounds.
Don’t miss the “Kevin Bacon”! Their signature burger and very likely, the best burger you’ll bring to your mouth in years.
Calle del Prado, 15, 28014, Madrid, Spain.
7. Takos al Pastor
In a place as cosmopolitan as Madrid, Mexican food could not be missing. The spell of this place? Tacos for 1 euro! The reason why there is always a queue of at least 20 minutes? The taste of these tacos.
When TripAdvisor situates “Takos al Pastor” as the best ‘quick bites’ place in the city is full of meaning. National product and 100% natural are the ingredients of their hit.
Don’t let the queue scare you, the wait will be worth it. And remember, get 2 or 3 Tacos “suadero”. You will appreciate this advice once you take the first bite.
Calle de la Abada, 2, 28013, Madrid, Spain.
8. Casa Lucio
What’s more Spanish than a fried egg with fried potatoes? At Casa Lucio, they can boast say that they have been triumphing for more than 40 years in “La Latina”, a famous Madrilenian neighborhood. As well as remark their star ingredient, the fried egg. Whether with fried potatoes as previously mentioned or with ham in a dish called “huevos rotos con jamón”, or with pisto (similar to the well-known ratatouille), Lucio’s fried eggs are notorious throughout Madrid.
Moreover, they prepare one of the best “cocido madrileño” in the area. This is a stew made with a soup base and meat, chickpeas and cabbage as main ingredients.
It’s not the cheapest on the list but if you’re lucky enough, you’ll share your time with one of the many celebrities who come to Casa Lucio to eat.
Cava Baja, 35, 28005, Madrid, Spain.
9. El Capricho Extremeño
A very curious food place in Madrid. It only opens on Sunday and becomes a must for anyone spending his money at the famous Madrilean street market, “El Rastro”.
Its menu is very simple, a wide variety of toasts with quality products from Extremadura (a Spanish region) and very affordable prices. The toasts of ham, “gulas” or octopus are the place hits and none of them go over 3.50 euros.
Also, incredibly refreshing “gazpacho” sold during the summer months for 1.50 euros.
Calle Carlos Arniches, 30, 28005, Madrid, Spain.
10. La Barca
We travel to Velilla de San Antonio, a town on the outskirts of Madrid that worths a visit to try “La Barca” cuisine. Varied menu and much higher quality than the marked by the price.
The lean meat with tomato and the “huevos rotos con jamón” are superior but the Carabineros rice would turn a corpse back to life.
Homemade food up to a magnificent level. A MUST for every food lover landing in Madrid.
Calle Madrid, 28891, Velilla de San Antonio, Madrid, Spain.