Madrid is a city for art lovers, culture vultures or business travellers. But, above all, it is a place for foodies. Tapas, vermouth, beer after work, food stalls, gourmet or deli markets, traditional restaurants where you can have popular dishes like cocido madrileño, haute cuisine… A food tour of Madrid can take you to the heart of the Spanish capital.
Eating out in Madrid:
- Michelin-starred diner: The most exclusive and creative restaurants in Madrid can be found next to Gran Vía and in Chueca. In our hotel, the Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía, chef Paco Morales, awarded with the most prestigious accolade in French and international cuisine, is in charge of the kitchen to serve the most outstanding dishes. A fashionable place to have lunch or dinner in central Madrid.
- San Miguel Market: An experience for your palate and all five senses, this traditional market underwent renovation a few years ago to become a gourmet venue. Popular with locals and tourists alike, it offers an interesting design and a series of stalls serving all kinds of delicacies. You can eat there or carry some of the dishes to eat as you get around central Madrid.
- Tapas in the Literary Quarter: If you have never been to La Taberna de Quevedo, then you have never been to Madrid at all. The alleys bearing the names of the most famous Spanish poets and writers around Huertas Street and Las Cortes are lined with small bars and taverns where the art of making tapas has been preserved for centuries: cheese, ham, tortilla and croquettes washed down with draught beer. Come to the Literary Quarter and try Madrid’s most traditional flavours in small bites.
- Vermouth or aperitif in Lavapiés: Eclectic and original, Lavapiés is filled with smells and flavours from all over the world. This district is home to people from very different countries and backgrounds, who have brought along the food from home. Having your vermouth in one of the bars on Argumosa Street could be a nice experience. The giant croquettes and ‘zapatillas’ (huge sandwiches) at Café Melo’s are a must. And securing a table at La Playa or El Económico could be great too. In Lavapiés you can also have the best Indian, Thai, Chinese or Moroccan food in Madrid.