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Love meat? Love tapas? Love sangría? You will LOVE Madrid!

Spanish cuisine is so much more than tapas – and not being a foodie, I have to admit, I was adamant about not liking this form of eating. Maybe because no matter how much I love Spain, the only tapas I had prior to this was the Swedish kind, and that is… well… basically boring leftovers.

But when in Madrid, you have to try tapas. And thanks to my friend Linn, who accompanied me on this trip, I am now a fully fledged tapas-conenseur.

For tapas, I recommend following establishment

Hontanares

Type: Restaurant, Tapas
Location: Calle de Sevilla 6

Misia en Madrid_2 I really enjoyed this place – so much, that when Linn dragged me over a second time, I didn’t mind one bit. The tapas here are really quite good – you get 3 plates for €12, and it’s more than enough for two people to share. Plus, olives in garlic are always at the table, so you will fill up on those too.

Sangría for €4 per person, one of the cheaper ones in Madrid, is really good and fresh. You will feel refreshed and not one bit sticky, which sometimes is a problem that accompany sweetened wine drinks.

They also offer “Menu de día” with appetizer, entrée and dessert for €12. I fullheartedly recommend their gazpacho! If you are a sweet tooth, they have an abundance of cookies and cakes – the tarta de queso, with fresh berries, is a winner! Not a big fan of their churros, even though my company at that time disagreed and chowed down the plate.

Small outdoor seating by a busy street, but it’s a quiet and nice place to eat. Larger indoors. Opening hours till late every night!

Plus, really, really nice server…😉

My TripAdvisor review available here

VIPS

Type: Restaurant, breakfast, brunch, dinner
Location: Calle Alcala 23

Vips_breakfastVips is a chain. That doesn’t mean tired food, tired ambiance, tired waitresses. On the contrary, VIPS on calle Alcala 23, close to Metro Sevilla station, is a fresh, very popular breakfast place, with quick service, friendly staff and excellent, LARGE portions food.

From full English or full American, to french toast croissant with caramel sauce and fresh berries, freshly squeezed orange juice and excellent, hot and strong coffee, this is the best place for a hearty breakfast before exploring the city. Prices are moderate – €4 – €8, depending on what you feel like having. Worth a stop!

Beware, this place is popular and in the mornings, quite packed with locals! But, the C/Alcala 23 is a two-story building with outdoor seating, so I’m sure you’ll find somewhere to park your hiney!

 

My TripAdvisor review available here

 

Cafe y Tapas Carretas 14

Type: Restaurant, breakfast, brunch, dinner
Location: Calle de Carretas 14

Best sangría in town, hands down! Found this tiny place on a very hot day when my friend was really hungry, while I was just… well, in the mood for something wet. I had the beer. BIG mistake – next time I came by, I definitely ordered the sangría. It’s much more expensive than for instance Hontanares (about €9 per copa/large glass), but really, really good. Slightly too sweet, if I have to complain – but it’s a refreshing drink loaded with fresh fruits, perfect for a hot summer day.

Outdoor seating in full blasting sunshine (they have marquees, but being sun-starved, I demanded they stay rolled up) and perfect view over the small town square, with brick-a-brack market. Grab a drink and watch Madrid life slowly pass you by.

Tapas – a large variation of hot and cold dishes – are large and more than enough for two to share. For €12 you get tree plates, you mix at your hearts desire. Highly recommended!

My TripAdvisor review available here

 

La Puebla

Type: Restaurant
Location: Calle Ventura de la Vega 12

This is my favorite place to eat in Madrid so far. I stumbled into this place, seemingly a hole-in-the-wall, but as you enter, a very nice restaurant – completely by accident. It was late, we were both deadbeat tired and in such cravings to dig our teeth into a dead animal, we would have gladly ran after a dog, had one come by.

Thankfully, instead of chasing local pets, we entered La Puebla. It looked closed. It was completely empty. We risked it. Best risk I’ve taken so far!

The staff doesn’t speak much English, but God are they helpful – they dragged out the chef from the kitchen to explain to us what it is we wanted to eat. Smiles and friendly service all around – and not the fake kind, they were genuinely happy to see us.

La PueblaThe restaurant soon filled, only with locals. Mostly an older clientelle. Apparently, this is a place frequented mostly by regulars. Best kept secret – three course dinner for either €11,50 or €13 (different variations), excellent quality food and VERY large portions.

I can truly recommend the Castelan soup and the escalopes. For dessert, anything with chocolate looks good. I had the flan, which was very good, but companion at the table drooled senseless over what the other table had.

Quick service, excellent food, very good prices – and God, you feel like you are part of the family! I LOVED it here!

My TripAdvisor review available here