Part of the Museum of Romanticism, this charming coffee shop and tea salon welcomes customers into a romantic setting that reminds of the 18th century. Apart from its delicious home-baked cakes, pastries, and aromatic coffee or tea, Café del Jardin del Museo del Romanticismo also offers access to a gorgeous garden with lush vegetation and a fountain.
Originally built in 1916, Mercado de San Miguel has transformed into the most popular food market among tourists who visit Madrid. The iron and glass building underwent a long renovation process, opening its doors to customers in 2009. Since then, it has attracted foodies looking to buy fresh produce, delicacies, tapas, and many, many other sweet and savory treats.
Quesería Cultivo offers an amazing range of artisan cheese sourced not only from all over Spain, but also from countries like Italy, France, or Holland, to name a few. Inside, you’ll discover an array of cheeses to choose from, with friendly staff always ready to give you a helping hand. The shop also sells butter and wine – all you’ll need is fresh bread to make a picnic out of it!
Fan of offal or want to take the plunge and give it a try? Then you have to put La Tasquería at the top of your list while visiting Madrid. Opened by Javi Estévez, a former Top Chef contestant, this restaurant takes the traditional and humble offal recipes and gives them a fresh, modern twist, all in gorgeously plated dishes you’ll probably put on Instagram.
Opened in 1941, Casa Salvador is as traditional and authentic as its gets. Think red and white checkered covers on the table, black and white bullfighting photos on the walls, and an abundance of rustic wood. Apart from the exquisite food, this family-run restaurant also offers a warm atmosphere and service that make one feel at home.
Located in the Retiro neighborhood, Laredo is a great choice if you want to get a taste of authentic Spanish food in a friendly atmosphere. Like many other Spanish restaurants, here you can order some mouth-watering tapas on the lower level or head up to the first floor for a full and hearty meal finished with a bottle of fine wine.
Arzábal opened in 2009, serving simple and beautifully made traditional Spanish food and tapas along with great wine. The restaurant quickly gained notoriety, leading the two founders to open a second, larger location. At both restaurants, each meal starts with fresh bread and French butter – a tasty intro to excellent food.
If you like seafood, a visit to El Pescador in the Salamanca neighborhood is a must. Modern and cozy, this restaurant is ideal for lunch or dinner with friends. The menu features freshly-caught fish and shellfish that are truly the stars of the show thanks to the minimal, premium quality ingredients that accompany them.
Sala de Despiece celebrates food, ingredients, and gastronomy in a creative way. The restaurant features a white décor inspired by butchers’ and fishmongers’ work tables, with plastic boxes used to transport produce appearing on the ceiling and walls. Locally sourced seafood and seasonal dishes are also completed in front of the customers, for a special touch of authenticity. You can just drop in, as the restaurant doesn’t take reservations. Just make sure you’re there early.
A family-run restaurant, Sacha was opened in 1972 by a couple who named it after their son. Sacha Hormaechea took over the reigns after finishing culinary school, bringing a modern touch to the traditional, bistro-style menu. Apart from its fixed Spanish menu with Galician influences, the popular restaurant also offers dishes that change with the seasons.
Casa Paco opened its doors in 1933. Since then, it has served delicious food made with only the best local ingredients, providing an authentic taste experience of Spanish cuisine. The restaurant has maintained its old-time charm intact, from the eye-catching facade down to the décor and traditional recipes.