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Madrid, Spain

A Short History

Foodie Madrid

Cocido a la madrilena

Patatas con huevos

Tortilla de patatas

Pincho de tortilla

Huevos Rotos

Padron Peppers

Napolitana de chocolate



Drinking in Madrid

Strawberry /tree fruit

Vermut de grifo (Vermouth on tap)

Things to do in Madrid


Plaza Mayor lamp post carvings






Devour Tours

Great food tours.

Museo del Prado

One of the finest collections of European art in the world including several Goya masterpieces.

Calle de Ruiz de Alarcon, 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Spain’s 20th century art museum featuring Picasso and Dali, including Picasso’s Guernica.

Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

The third of Madrid’s three great art museums.

Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Palacio Real

Spain’s Baroque Royal palace.

Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain

Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Chapel with incredible Goya frescoes.


Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida, 5, 28008 Madrid, Spain

Plaza Mayor

Beautiful plaza with lots of dining and shopping.


Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Iglesia de San Ginés

Church with El Greco’s “Expulsion of the Moneychangers from the Temple.”

Calle del Arenal, 13, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

Church featuring many Goya paintings.

Calle San Buenaventura, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Museo de Historia

Museum features Goya’s “Allegory of the City of Madrid.” Free admission.

Calle de Fuencarral, 78, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Teatro Flamenco Madrid

Excellent Flamenco show.

Calle del Pez, 10, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Parque del Buen Retiro

Beautiful park with monuments. Great place for a picnic.

Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Real Jardín Botánico

Botanical Garden near Parque del Buen Retiro.

Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain

La Tabacalera de Lavapies

Public art and performance space in a converted tobacco factory. Lots of free events.

Calle Embajadores 53, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Casa Patas

Flamenco venue with food and drinks.

Calle de los Cañizares, 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Tablao Flamenco Las Tablas

Excellent flamenco spot.

Plaza Espana 9, 28008 Madrid, Spain

La Coquette

Blues bar.

Calle de las Hileras, 14, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Estación de Chamberí

Madrid’s abandoned “ghost station.”

Calle de Luchana, 38-40, 28010, Madrid, Spain

Plaza de Santa Ana

Beautiful square near lots of dining and drinking establishments.

Plaza de Santa Ana s/n, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

Several Goya works on display (he was a director at the Academy).

Calle de Alcalá, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Casa Pueblo

Cool jazz bar with nightly live music.

Calle del León, 3, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Cafe Central

Live jazz.

Plaza del Ángel, 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Atocha Station Tropical Garden

Large tropical garden inside train station.


Estación de V, s/n 28045, Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, Madrid, Spain

The Rocker Grandma

Statue honoring heavy metal loving grandma Ángeles Rodríguez Hidalgo.

Calle Peña Gorbea, 22, 28053 Madrid, Spain

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Historically the royal residence. 28 miles from downtown.

Calle de Juan de Borbón y Battemberg s/n. 28200 San Lorenzo de el Escorial - Madrid

Eating and Drinking

Restaurante Sobrino de Botin

The world’s oldest restaurant

Calle de Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain


Three Michelin stars.

NH Eurobuilding, Calle de Padre Damián, 23, 28036 Madrid, Spain

Juana La Loca

The place for Tortilla de patatas. Theirs are unique because they are served with onions.

Plaza de Puerta de Moros, 4, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Mercado San Miguel

Part produce market, part tapas.

Plaza de San Miguel, 5, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Casa Gerardo

Hidden gem with wonderful cheese choices.

Calle Calatrava, 21, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Mesón del Champiñon

Everyone comes here for the mushrooms.

Cava de San Miguel, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Casa Revuelta

Excellent tapas joint known for its cod.

Calle de Latoneros, 3, 28005 Madrid, Spain


Andalusian tapas. The place for a glass of sherry.

Calle de San Isidro Labrador, 14, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Gourmet Experience

Food hall on the 9th floor of El Corte Ingles.

Centro Comercial El Corte Inglés, Plaza del Callao, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain

La Ideal

The place to get calamari roll.

Calle de Botoneras, 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain

La Casa del Abuelo

Authentic tapas joint.

Calle de la Victoria, 12, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Chocolateria San Gines

The place for churros y chocolate.

Pasadizo de San Gines 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain

La Mallorquina

Restaurant and bakery. The place to get Napolitana de chocolate.

Calle Mayor, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain


Basque tapas.

Calle del Humilladero, 6, 28005 Madrid, España

Taberna Almería

The place for Tostas (toast with toppings).

Calle de las Aguas, 9, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Casa Labra

Famous for their cod.

Calle de Tetuán, 12, 28013 Madrid, Spain

El Anciano Rey de los Vinos

Tapas and wine bar with Vermut de grifo (Vermouth on tap).

Calle de Bailén, 19, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Casa Gonzalez

Family run place has been making great tapas for almost 90 years.

Calle del León, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain

La Sanabresa

Home style Spanish restaurant.

Calle del Amor de Dios, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Casa Toni

Excellent and inexpensive tapas.

Calle de la Cruz, 14, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Casa Alberto

Great atmosphere in this tapas place that has been operating for almost 200 years.

Calle de las Huertas, 18, 28012 Madrid, Spain

La Berenjena

Bar with some delightful food.

Calle Marques de Toca 7, 28012 Madrid, Spain

La Terraza del Casino

Chef Paco Rancero’s restaurant has earned two Michelin stars.

Calle de Alcalá, 15, 28014 Madrid, Spain


Cozy restaurant manned by famous Chef Abraham Garcia.

Calle de Juan de Mena, 14, 28014 Madrid, Spain

El Riojano

Historic pastry shop with authentic Spanish sweets.

Calle Mayor, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Lateral Santa Ana

Pinchos (snacks) and cocktails.

Plaza de Sta. Ana, 12, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Museo Chicote

Cocktail bar made famous by Ernest Hemmingway.

Calle Gran Vía, 12, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Pez Tortilla

Quite possibly the best tortillas in Madrid. Good craft beer list, too.

Calle del Pez, 36, 28004 Madrid, Spain

La Buena Vida

One of the Madrid’s most respected restaurants.

Calle del Conde de Xiquena, 8, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Tasca Celso y Manolo

Crowded but excellent tapas.

Calle de la Libertad, 1, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Taberna La Carmencita

Traditional Spanish dishes.

Calle de la Libertad, 16, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Angelita Madrid

Restaurant with a great wine bar.

Calle de la Reina, 4, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Lolina Vintage Cafe

Cafe that takes you back to the 1970’s

Calle del Espíritu Santo, 9, 28004 Madrid, Spain

1862 Dry Bar

Unique cocktail bar.

Calle del Pez, 27, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Del Diego Cocktail Bar

Huge selection of well-made cocktails.

Calle de la Reina, 12, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Café Manuela

Coffee, cocktails, board games. Fun spot.

Calle de San Vicente Ferrer, 29, 28004 Madrid, Spain

La Terraza del Urban

Chill rooftop bar.!es/restauracion/la-terraza-del-urban/

Carrera de S. Jerónimo, 34, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Jazz Bar

No live jazz, but a great soundtrack while enjoying a cocktail.

Calle Moratin 35, Zona Huertas, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Cervecería Alemana

One of Heminway’s spots for beer and/or coffee.

Plaza de Sta. Ana, 6, 28012 Madrid, Spain

La Venencia

Sherry bar complete with old barrels.

Calle Echegaray 7, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Salmon Guru

Unique cocktails served creatively. Named one of the 50 best bars in the world.

Calle de Echegaray, 21, 28014 Madrid, Spain

El Imperfecto

Cool bar, great mojitos.

Plaza de Matute, 2, 28012 Madrid, Spain


Excellent mojitos and fun desserts.

Costanilla de San Andrés, 14, 28005 Madrid, Spain


Edgy and hip altbar.

Calle Union 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Taberna Bodegas Ricla

Authentic and tiny wine bar.

Calle de Cuchilleros, 8, 28005 Madrid, Spain


Cute, family-run spot.

Calle Serrano, 118, 28006 Madrid, Spain


Good tapas. Open for breakfast, too.

Calle de Hermosilla, 46, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Mallorca Pasteleria

Nice bakery and a good place to grab provisions for a picnic. Near Parque del Buen Retiro.

Calle Serrano 6, 28001 Madrid, Spain


Mercado de San Miguel

Gourmet food for picnics or taking home.

Plaza de San Miguel, 5, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Mercado de la Paz

Indoor market filled with food shops and artisans.

Calle de Ayala, 28B, 28001 Madrid, Spain

De Viaje

Both a travel bookstore and travel agency. A few English titles.

Calle Serrano, 41, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Mantequerías Bravo

A top gourmet food shop in Madrid. Mostly locals shopping here.

Calle de Ayala, 24, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Cuarto de Juegos

Toy store.

Calle de Jorge Juan, 42, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero

The place to get Spanish olive oil.

Calle Mejia Lequerica 1, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Antigua Casa Talavera

The place for authentic Spanish ceramics.

Calle de Isabel la Católica, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Casa de Diego

The shop for authentic fans and shawls.

Puerta del Sol, 12, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Mercado Antón Martin

Excellent local food hall.

Calle de Santa Isabel, 5, 28012 Madrid, Spain

El Arco Artesania

Artisan crafts and papier-mache.

Plaza Mayor, 9, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Flamenco Vive

Flamenco guitars, CDs, and costumes.

Calle de Moratín, nº 6, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Licores Cabello

Top-notch wine shop.

Calle de Echegaray, 19, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Mercado de Vallehermoso

Smaller food hall with local charm.


Calle de Vallehermoso, 36, 28015 Madrid, Spain