If you’re the type who believes that in order to know a place you should try the food, good news: you’re not alone! Madrid’s food scenery has been exponentially evolving throughout the years with long-established traditional restaurants keeping their magic-sauce recipe at its best while new approaches and trends emerge from unique & sexy Madrid. Below you’ll not only find nice and tested suggestions on where to eat in Madrid but also without spending much.
#1. FOR BREAKFAST | Churros con chocolate, por favor at Chocolatería San Ginés
Aren’t churros one of the best things in life? Yes, they are. And who doesn’t believe it, should stop reading this right now. Chocolatería San Ginés is also located in the centre and it’s one of the capital’s landmarks since 1894. It has a pay-in-advance ticketing system as it’s always packed – prepare yourself to wait a bit tho. Since only God and Tupac can judge you, order as much churros you need to feel happy. Just make sure you enough thick hot chocolate to dig them in.
#2. FOR BRUNCH | El Jardín Secreto of Salvador Bachiller
The brand Salvador Bachiller started as a shop selling travel items in the 40’s but has grown exponentially. This particular shop located near Puerta del Sol has an enchanting secret on top. Once you step inside, you’ll get lost with their beautifully designed products, making it a bit difficult for you to reach the last floor. Once you get there, a retro-vintage vibe will welcome you. It has a minimum consumption of 9€ per person. We highly recommend the brunch for 19,95€ each served everyday between 11:00AM and 1:00PM – reservations are recommended.
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#3. FOR MODERN LUNCH | Cheapest trendy restaurant in town at La Gloria Montera
This is the place where Asia meets Spain on a plate everyday creating a very cool outcome. La Gloria Montera has an unbeatable price of 11,65€ per person including couvert, starter, main dish, dessert, drink and coffee from a good selection. For the dishes’ quality, price, restaurant ambiance and exquisite service you get, this restaurant is a must. It works on a first comes, first serves basis with a no-reservations system so arrive early. It’s common for guests to queue outside before the restaurant’s opening so don’t get surprised.
#4. FOR TRADITIONAL LUNCH | Real meaning of tapas
Located close to El Corte Inglés store in Sol, the centenary tavern Casa Labra – opened since 1860 – is a must go if you want to try Madrid’s old delicacies such as the homemade codfish croquettes, the stuffed veal’s pastries, the prime Iberian ham cured over a period of 36 months or their secret sauce specialty: battered codfish. The star of the house is definitely the codfish, cooked in innumerous and delicious ways but you’ll find a diversity of meat dishes as well. As for the drinks, you’ll be more than fine with a great selection of wines, vermouths, beer, sangría, and so on.
#5. FOR DESSERT | Ice cream experience at Rocambolesc
This is not a regular ice cream shop suggestion – it’s the ultimate signature Chef ice cream suggestion. From the famous Chef Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca), you’ll taste ice creams with unique flavors, shapes and textures like cotton candy, carrot confit, roses, toasted brioche, mojito, honey rocks, to name a few. The shop itself is pretty funky, located on the rooftop of a building. Price wise, if you only have 4,00€ in your pocket, you have guaranteed party!
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#6. FOR MODERN DRINKS | Rooftop & cocktail at The Hat
For a drink with a view, head to The Hat. Located inside a hostel with the same name near la Plaza Mayor, its informal ambiance make it a perfect place to relax and chit chat. In case you’re not in the mood to chit-chat, take advantage of the free Wi-fi connection. It’s open both for hostel guests and non-guests turning it into a mix of travellers and locals.
#7. FOR TRADITIONAL DRINKS | Vermouths to die for at 7 de la Cava
If you want to try the most authentic Madrid drink, aside from the overrated sangría, head onto 7 de la Cava bar at Calle Cave Baja for unique vermouths. It’s packed with locals and you’ll find a huge variety of tasteful mixes like caramel, azahar, rose, spicy chili or simply the classic. Each one costing between 2,50€ and 3,00€ (#winner) and the green olives are to die for. And please pick a sit on the bar!
#8. FOR DINNER | Lateral Fuencarral
This restaurant was the 3rd one opening from Lateral brand and it’s definitely a must go. It’s really well located in the centre and is constantly busy. Its large open doors and windows plus the terrace turns it warmly inviting and cool. The dishes are meant to share it has a good selection of beers. It’s open throughout the day from 12:00PM to 12:00AM/2:00PM which adds more flexibility to your schedule.