10 Things to eat in Madrid and where

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Joel Fulleda

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What do we remember of a trip? The accommodation? The means of transport we used? Generally yes, but only if they were really terrible. There is another thing we always remember, but positively: the food. From sandwich to coffee taken in an unknown bar; eat it is one of those things that allows us to determine the success or otherwise of our stay. If you think of Rome, you can't help but think of the cappuccino taken in a bar in the center, or the fried food bought in some typical restaurant in the alleys of the historic center. For this it is essential to know where, how and what you absolutely must eat and if you are planning a trip to Madrid! We can give you some tips to make it unforgettable. Whether it's the classic evening "aperitif", or a breakfast of churros, here you will find the 10 things to eat absolutely in Madrid.


  1. Madrid stew
  2. Bocadillos de Calamares
  3. Churros y Chocolate
  4. Skewers
  5. Tapas
  6. Andalusian gazpacho
  7. Caracoles alla Madrilena
  8. Tortilla
  9. Bocadillos de jamon
  10. Chocinillo asado
  11. Where to eat in Madrid: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Cocido Madrid

Il Cooked it is one of the most significant dishes of madrid cuisine. It is a stew of meat, vegetables and sausages that is served in three stages (also called tres vuelcos): first the soup is eaten, then the chickpeas with vegetables and finally the meat. More than a typical dish, it is a real institution of Madrid cuisine.

  • Recommended to: lunch or dinner, but especially in winter
  • Average cost: € 25
  • Main ingredients: beef, chickpeas, sausages, vegetables (potatoes, carrots, cabbage)

2 - Bocadillos de Calamares

It is one of best known dishes of Madrid cuisine. It is sandwiches stuffed with fried calamari. They can be found almost everywhere in the city. In bars, in kiosks, they are one of the most popular dishes for a quick, tasty and affordable meal.

  • Recommended to: snack, lunch
  • Average cost: € 3
  • Main ingredients: bread, squid, lemon or mayonnaise

3 - Churros y Chocolate

I Churros they are sweets known all over the world by now. Fried and covered in sugar, here in Madrid they are served with a hot chocolate to drink between bites, or in which to dip the Churros. Try them for a Madrid citizen-proof breakfast, or as a sweet and satisfying snack.

  • Recommended to: breakfast and snack
  • Average cost: € 3
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, chocolate, milk

4 - Pinchos

I skewers they are "appetizers" that are served during the aperitif. These are slices of bread topped with cheese, sausages, fish etc. As tradition dictates, the pinchos are held together by a toothpick that allows them to be eaten without worrying about the sauce falling almost everywhere.

  • Recommended to: appetizer
  • Average cost: € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: bread, cold cuts, cheese, peppers, olives

5 - Tapas

Le caps they are not a real dish, but a set of several dishes in a reduced format that are served as an accompaniment to beer.
Just like the pinchos, it comes to small samples of different dishes which are strictly eaten standing up as a "cap" (hence the name) during a beer drink and the other. If you go to Madrid, you cannot fail to taste this typical dish not only of the cuisine, but also of the Madrid way of life.

  • Recommended to: appetizer
  • Average cost: € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: bread, cheese, shrimp, potatoes, onion, sausages

6 - Andalusian Gazpacho

It is a fairly special dish. Gazpacho is one tomato-based soup which is served cold and generally accompanied with croutons. If you are not used to it, it is very easy that you will not like it at first taste, but if you are in Madrid you must try it at least once.

  • Recommended to: lunch
  • Average cost: € 4
  • Main ingredients: tomato, onion, peppers

7 - Caracoles alla Madrilena

Now we come to something very special, the caracoles. These are snails cooked and seasoned with a very tasty sauce based on garlic, tomato and chilli.

If you have never eaten snails, it may not be exactly the dish for you, but a chance must always be given, also because it is one of the typical dishes of Madrid.

  • Recommended to: dinner
  • Average cost: € 9
  • Main ingredients: snails, spicy sauce, garlic, tomato

8 - Tortilla

In Italy we would call it "omelette with potatoes", but it is much more. It is one of the typical dishes of Spanish cuisine and is served everywhere and in any way, even as a "condiment" for tapas and pinchos. Versatile, tasty and easy to make, the tortilla allows you to go safe if you don't know what to eat.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4
  • Main ingredients: eggs, potatoes

9 - Bocadillos de jamon

It is sandwiches filled with typical Spanish ham, much appreciated by meat lovers. They are served during aperitifs, including tapas and pinchos but can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: bread, jamon

10 - Chocinillo asado

Another typical dish of Madrid is the chocinillo asado. It is a whole suckling pig being roasted slowly until cooked through. Recommended for meat lovers, it seems to be a real delicacy

  • Recommended to: dinner
  • Average cost: € 20
  • Main ingredients: suckling pig

Where to eat in Madrid: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Madrid is one of the liveliest culinary capitals of Europe. A crossroads of past and present cultures that have also influenced from a gastronomic point of view. But this culture is not alone caps e tortillas.
Entering a grocery store, you can taste the typical ones cheese with excellent cold cuts such as black leg el ' hamon serrano.

The restaurants are lively and noisy and the markets are filled with smells and colors. Don't miss the famous San Miguel market or those of San Fernando and Antón Martín, a few hundred meters from each other. An essential ritual which no Madrid can resist is "tapear", or "ir de tapas" or rather spend the evening from one bar to another to sip a good glass accompanied by tapas of various kinds.
For the people of Madrid, eating is one of life's essential pleasures, a moment of sociability.
Here are the best places to eat in Madrid.

1 - Vinitus Gran Vía Madrid

  • Description: trendy restaurant offering typical dishes, including a very long list of tapas, prepared on sight and at reasonable prices
  • specialty: croquettes, grilled cuttlefish, fried fish
  • Average price: from € 18,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Ciudad de Tui

  • Description: typical place in the center specializing in paella and fish dishes
  • specialty: Paella
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Website

3 - Cebu

  • Description- Elegant, upscale restaurant specializing in creative cuisine. It offers small 10-course tasting menus consisting of typical products but cooked and assembled in a creative and contemporary way
  • specialty: tasting menu of creative dishes
  • Average price: from € 150,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Website

4 - Entre Santos Madrid

  • Description: restaurant-bar, run only by young people, in the heart of the Chueca where to dine with simple dishes or have an aperitif or spend the after dinner
  • specialty: various cocktails, risottos, bravas potatoes
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get Directions - Website

5 - Taberna Más Al Sur

  • Description: very small place in the district of Embajadores where you can taste paella but also other typical fish dishes at very reasonable prices
  • specialty: paella, octopus, grilled chipirones
  • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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