lovely cuisine of Spain, where the ham and pig is king. It has branches in the city, the most known to visitors is at Gran Via. the ambiance is very nice if a bit touristic for my local taste. lived... more
An institution in madrid for as long as I remember. I used to come here with my mother when living in the city when I was 10 yrs old, way back, and still there ,and still doing the best hot chocolate... more
Stayed in Madrid at an out-of-the-way Ibis Hotel in September 2008. There were a few restaurants around the hotel, but nothing that truly shouted Spanish to us. We saw a little bar called La Hacienda... more
I was excited to go to the Oldest restaurant in the world, yet disappointed with my experience. I ordered a steak dish and asked for it to be made well done. Instead, I got a steak that was very rare,... more
ahh what of memories the orig poster brought on this post. Canillejas, my aunt used to live there, and when I visited needed to take the tramway from Ciudad lineal to Canillejas hehehe now its the... more
Canas y Tapas is a local chain restaurant. You can stumble upon it all over Madrid.
It is touristy, all right, it is! But don't be afraid of it. The food is honest, the price is honest and the service... more
I've been to the Bodeguita del Medio in Havana and to Les Deux Magots in Paris, so I could not go to Madrid without stopping by the Cerveceria Alemana. So what do these 3 restaurants have in common?... more
Las Bravas is Tapas bar which specialises in patatas (potatoes). The serve patatas with their famous Bravas sauce which is delicious. There were plenty of different tapas on the menu, but we went for... more
This must be one of the funniest restaurants I've ever been to! Not only it's salad buffet is great (you can eat as much as you want!), but the show is just "something else". There are two shows per... more
Casa Rua is one of those places that fed our fathers and grandfathers. The bocadillos are excelent however the plase itself changes it spirit.
When we ate there is 2005 the place was full of local men... more
We ate twice out on the terrace at the Ritz and it was fantastic. I know what your thinking, the Ritz? way too expensive and snotty! But it wasn't! I had my two kids and we had great service and the... more
Café Gijon has been a popular restaurant since it opened in 1888. It seems it is a gathering place of writers and journalists. In the past well known novelists and poets like Federico Garcia Lorca,... more
I ate at El Cuchi, and would definitley recommend this restaurant. The waitstaff were so much fun, they have white paper table cloths and give you crayons so you can color on the table. Our waiter... more
Small, tightly packed restaurant frequented by locals and tourists alike. If you order the cocido as just about everyone else does it will served almost immediately.
Have a light breakfast as this... more
This is one of my best place to go for a great sushi in the city.
TAO is a chain of japanese restaurants finding some around in Madrid capital, but also in the neighbourhoods too.
They serves high... more
Very close to the 'Puerta del Sol', this tiny restaurant offers tasteful 'tapas' to have just before lunch or (why not?) instead of it. Ask for the famous 'bacalao' (haddock) along with a chilly beer... more
A new & cool cafe, very freshly decorated. Young cosmopolitan ambience with a 'spanish' flavour. It opens at night too as 'Bar de Copas'.
Try the Pincho de Tortilla (a small sandwich of spanish... more
I’ll put it simple. La Taquería del Alamillo has all the characteristics that I look for in a good restaurant: Excellent food, deserts to die for, nice decoration, good ambience, friendly staff, more... more
This restaurant has such an upbeat, lively vibe and its different than most other Spanish locales. Still excellent selection of wines and tapas, but the ambiance, music and layout of the restaurant is... more
La Musa is always packed, the reason is its excellent quality /price ratio and great location in 8 Manuela Malasaña street. This area is not as popular for the tourists as it is for local people (yes,... more
El Maño is a place where all kind of people of this district like to meet. This place makes you feel comfortable at first. Have a tasteful "Caña" (draught beer) and eat one of the delicious "tapas"... more
Hello everybody and welcome to Madrid!
I hope you find here what can help you if you come to Madrid. Please, feel free to ask me whatever you need to know. I add more tips and pics quite often.
In April 2008, I went on my first (notice the use of the word "first?!) Spanish-language immersion and spent 3 weeks in the capital of Spain. I knew very little about Madrid before I got there, but I...
In 1996 i was in Madrid for the first time. Then, I had my prejudice that this city was way not that exciting as Barcelona was, the city i had been so many times before. Later on i found out that i......