Eating in Madrid is a wonderful experience. Tips to make your stay in Madrid delicious Do you know about tapas and raciones? Our chocolate con churros? Let’s explain it to you now!
Chocolate con churros.
Churros, which are thin looped deep-fried doughnuts, are typically eaten dipped in hot chocolate. You’ll find them at street stalls and cafés, and they also make a great late afternoon snack.
Pan con tomate.
The healthiest option: a toasted baguette slice topped with freshly grated tomato, garlic and olive oil. The quintessential Mediterranean-style breakfast.
“Solo”, “cortado” or “con leche”
Coffee is served in cups as well as in small glasses similar to those used for cañas (small draught beers). The latter option is very typical in popular bars around Madrid. Remember: you should order “un café solo” if you want an espresso, “un cortado” if you prefer your coffee with a splash of milk and “un café con leche” if you want half coffee half milk.
Bocata de calamares.
Although Madrid is over 300 kilometres from the sea, battered calamari is a staple on the menu of any bar worth its salt. The popular version served in a baguette is the capital’s typical fast-food dish.
Pincho de tortilla.
A small serving of any food is known as a pincho. The most ubiquitous of these is the tortilla de patata, a potato omelette which is also known as a tortilla española, or Spanish omelette, due to its undeniable status as one of Spain’s highest rated and iconic foods.
Cured Ibérico ham is a typically Spanish food, and it is one of the delicacies most longed for by Madrid natives who find themselves outside Spain.
Aceite de oliva.
Spain is the world’s top producer of olive oil, the basic ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, which has been recognised by UNESCO as forming part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.
A tapa is a small portion of food served alongside a drink. Practically any traditional dish can be served this way, so you can find tapas consisting of callos (tripe), paella (a rice dish), migas (fried breadcrumbs), bacalao (cod), salmorejo (chilled tomato, bread and garlic soup), and much more. When the Spanish use the verb tapear, it means to visit the bars of various taverns and pubs trying out different tapas.
Tapas route in Madrid
- The House of Austria neighbourhood – Plaza Mayor. This is the quintessential neighbourhood for tapas in Madrid. In streets such as Cava Baja, in Plaza de la Cebada and around the Plaza Mayor, there are a host of taverns with a tempting selection of wines and tapas.
- Huertas – Plaza de Santa Ana. In the Barrio de las Letras – the Las Letras neighbourhood – next to the Plaza de Santa Ana, streets like Huertas Street are dotted with bars and taverns offering varied cuisine. You can have tapas in the bar or sit outside enjoying their summer terraces.
The custom of sharing platters as a group is very common throughout the Mediterranean. A good example is the ración, a platter that may consist of sausage or cold meat, cheese, calamari, octopus, cuttlefish, peppers, meatballs, potatoes – the list goes on. These are almost invariably ordered to share, as a symbol of the friendship among a group of people.
Every neighbourhood in Madrid has its own market where you can buy fresh food like fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. In a lot of the farmers’ markets there are also bars where you can enjoy a mid-morning snack (almuerzo) or an aperitif (aperitivo).
Don’t miss the Mercado de San Miguel!
Gastronomic proposals near the hotel:
- Puerta 57 http://puerta57.es/en/ Elegance and tradition in a restaurant overlooking the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Puerta 57 is located in the emblematic temple of the Real Madrid football team, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Its entrance, via gate 57, which gives its name to the restaurant.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Calle de Padre Damián, s/n, 28036 (Madrid).
- Al paseo https://www.alpaseo.com/ Located in the vicinity of the Bernabéu stadium, this restaurant boasts one of the most pleasant and quietest garden terraces to be found in Madrid. Paseo de la Habana, 65, 28036 (Madrid).
- El jamón del abuelo http://www.eljamondelabuelo.es/en/ Mediterranean-Andalusian Restaurant. Speciality oxtail, fresh fish and Ibérico ham.
Victor Andrés Belaunde, 36, 28016 (Madrid).