Tortilla, patatas bravas, jamón serrano: Spain-lovers already know that we are going to talk about tapas, a food tradition that has become a Spanish symbol all over the world. Let’s go to Madrid, the capital of Spanish street food, for a tasty tour around its best tascas, the not-to-be-missed tapas bars.
So, first thing when you’re organizing a trip to Madrid is to get some info on local cuisine and, of course, what are the best places to taste it. This is why you might find our top 6 of Madrid tapas bars rather useful if it’s what you’re looking for. Let’s see where great tapas are in Madrid!
La Botega de la Ardosa
We start our taste tour in Madrid with this gorgeous tasca dating back to 1892 and located in the middle of the trendy barrio of Malasaña. In this charming tapas bar, surrounded by old wine bottles and wooden tables, you can try some original Spanish delicacies: from goat cheese to salmorejo, from chorizo slices to patatas bravas, and enjoy a glass of vermouth.
Where: Calle de Colón, 13
Smell of tobacco, old yellowed posters on the walls and a chilled atmosphere. This is what you can find in this charming tapas bar, loved by the great American novelist Ernest Hemingway: enjoy your glass of cherry with some delicious jamón serrano and slices of goat cheese. But bear in mind pictures inside the bar and tips to the waiters are not allowed.
Where: Calle de Echegaray 7
Mercado de San Miguel
This charming indoor market is the best place to enjoy some street food in Madrid: here you can actually find all kinds of tapas, from codfish toast to olives with anchovies, from smoked queso to Argentinian enpanadas: the best thing to do is just try something in each stand, you will leave satisfied!
Where: Plaza de San Miguel
Casa del abuelo
Literally in Spanish it means “grandfather’s house”: this historic Madrid ‘tasca’ dates back to 1906, and the atmosphere inside is an evidence of it. You can’t leave this place without trying the garlic prawns, the best course of this charming inn. Keep an eye on prices, they are a bit above average.
Where: Calle de la Victoria, 12
Wine, cheese and ham – these are the must-eats at Gonzales! You should also take a thourough look at the place, it’s definitely typical, and so are the owners. who will treat you with kindness and friendliness. Thumbs up for this tapas bar!
Where: calle del León, 12
During your food tour around Madrid tascas you can’t skip the vegetarian tapas: at “Vega”, this trendy restaurant in Malasaña, everything is “veggie-friendly”: from huevos rotos to croquettes with cheese and spinach, from potatoes tortilla potatoes to “escalidaba”, a delicious course with red peppers and eggs.
Where: Calle de la Luna, 9
We know you would love to try one of these places – they’re just great indeed.. So why don’t you try to find out how to get to Madrid? It’s cheaper than you think 😉