Food Guide: Madrid

Madrid, my second home. I have lived, studied and worked there for in total one year, and I have visited the city 10 times. Everyone is always talking about Barcelona, but believe me, Madrid is just as much fun! In early May I visited this nice place with friends N. and S., with whom I also lived here, and it felt like we had never left the city.

Food has a central place in the life of the Madrileen and therefore also for us. From the classics, where we have been coming for years, to a number of new hip spots, we have visited them all. My tips (thanks to friend N.) can be found below:

Breakfast / Lunch

Harina
Want to have a real Spanish breakfast? Visit Harina! Delicious bread and fine spreads. There are several locations, I prefer the terrace at Plaza de la Independendica! (Salamanca, Chueca, Tetuan)

Museo del Jamon
Are you on a small budget? Then visit one of the many branches of Museo del Jamon. This is typical Spanish, a butcher with huge serrano ham in the shop windows. For just one euro you can buy good sandwiches with fresh serrano ham or manchego cheese.

La Tita Rivera
This finely priced restaurant serves mainly burgers. Ask for a table in the courtyard, where you are nicely sheltered but still outside. (Chueca)

Frida
This is a hip restaurant with a nice terrace. No tapas, but nicely made one-person dishes. (Chueca)

Lolina Vintage cafe
Lolina Vintage cannot be missed because of the amazing interior. The name says it all, everything inside is vintage. Nice place to go for brunch! (Malasana)

100 Montaditos
Just like Museo de Jamon, this is a famous name in Spain. With this chain, you can buy a hundred different small rolls. Very budget-worthy you can choose from rolls of 1 euro, 1.5 or 2 euro. A roll is always accompanied with a portion of chips.

Le Coco
Feel good dishes with a crazy twist. Put some delicious butter right out of the barrel on your bread. The pizza contains truffles and the hummus tastes just as good as in Tel Aviv. (Chueca)

Dinner

Lamucca
Lamucca is a restaurant where we have been coming for years. Good food, not very special but just fine and especially a very nice setting. (Huertas and Malasana)

La Musa
The best cheesecake according to N. can be found at La Musa. With a wall of moss located in the middle of La Latina a nice restaurant in a neighbourhood where you normally would not come. (La Latina and Malasana)

Habanera
Wow, this beautifully chic and trendy restaurant has surprised us. Delicious wine, dishes with lots of vegetables and special tasty combinations. Furthermore, the interior is top notch. Every corner is different, and there are beautiful attributes everywhere to be seen. The price was very reasonable in our opinion, especially given the chicness around us. From the same owner as Frida. (Chueca)

Lateral
Another chain, normally I am not a fan of that, but in Madrid this is different. Lateral you visit for good tapas that are not too standard. Think of salmon rolls filled with cream, serrano ham and caramelized apple. (Huertas, Salamanca, Chueca, Tetuan)

Maricastana
Simple but nice restaurant in Malasana. It is known for the meat skewers and for us, the good service jumped out. Desserts were a bit disappointing. (Malasana)

Drinks

Vacaciones
The name says it all, you imagine yourself in tropical atmospheres when you walk into this bar. Good cocktails and even better service. Nice to chat with friends for an evening! (Malasana)

Mercado de San Anton
This gem is tucked above a beautiful market hall in the middle of Chueca. The vegetables and fruit in the market hall are way to expensive, but the drinks are surprisingly mildly priced. The terrace is half open and is next to a nice restaurant where you can have a delicious lunch in the afternoon. Highly recommended: the menu del dia during lunch time. (Chueca)

Mercado de San Miguel
This famous market hall is worth a visit anyway. Beautiful vegetables, meat and fish and also a lot of tourists. There is no better place to watch people with a glass of Cava and a tapa then here. (Sol)

Vinoteca Barbechera
Delicious wines and some tapas, really a very nice place at Plaza Santa Ana! (Huertas)


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