Madrid has a number of "typical" dishes:

  • Gallinejas and Entresijos - Portions from different parts of lamb fried in its fat. Very traditional and typical from Madrid city.
  • Callos a la Madrileña - A hot pot of spicy beef tripe similar to those found in and the Balkans.
  • Cocido Madrileño - Chickpea stew with meat and vegetables. The particularity of this stew is the way it is served. The soup, chickpeas and meat are served and eaten separately.
  • Oreja de Cerdo - Pigs ears, fried in garlic. This popular dish is widely eaten throughout central Spain.
  • Sopa de Ajo - Garlic soup is a rich and oily soup which generally includes paprika, grated Spanish ham, fried bread and a poached egg. A variation of this soup is known as Sopa Castellana.
  • Cervecería 100 Montaditos, Several locations. Home to the famous 100 "montaditos" (small sandwiches), you'll find several branches dotted around the city. Great place to go for a cheap drink with a bite to eat. CURRENT OFFER: Buy a montadito (1-2 euro) and a pint of beer is just 1 euro
  • Home Burger, 2 locations: Malasaña District and Plaza de la Luna(Gran Via). THE place for serious hamburgers. Americans will feel at home!
  • Antigua Huevería, Malasaña District, Calle San vicente Ferrer, 32, ? 915312882. 14:00-17:00 and 20:00-00:00 weekend until 2:00. The very best huevos rotos ("broken eggs") and croquetas. Cheap, beautiful and delicious!!
  • Freiduría de Gallinejas Embajadores, Calle de Embajadores 84 (near Glorieta Embajadores, Metro lines L3 and L5), ? 915175933. 11:00-23:00. Another classic tapas bar in Madrid. Not for conservative stomachs. Their most popular tapas are two of the most typical and traditional dishes in Madrid: Gallinejas and Entresijos. A treat for adventurous palates and lamb-lovers.
  • Museo del Jamon, Several locations. Offers deli takeout service as well as tapas and raciónes at reasonable prices. They offer €1 ham sandwiches and a "picnic" lunch consisting of a said ham sandwich, fresh fruit and a drink for €2

El Tigre

Address: calle de los Infantas 30
Metro: Gran Vía / Chueca

Probably the most well-known tapas bar in Madrid, a must do. Don't get frightened by how crowded the bar is and go in anyway. This is one of the most lively places in the city! Get beers, big glasses of wine or "un mini de mojito" and get free big plates of tapas every time you order.

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Cafe Olmo

Address: Calle del Olmo, 12, 28012 Madrid, Spain
No 6 on tripadvisor. Café and tapas bar, where the tapa comes free with each beer, wine or soft drink, and you can choose from a list of different tapas. There are options for vegetarians and vegans. There are also "raciones" (larger dishes or dishes to share), breakfasts and and spirits. Good quality food and drink at very affordable prices, in a friendly and clean atmosphere.Local artists hold exhibitions here.

This is bar but a very original one at that. Caña (small glass of beer) is 1.4 Euros and includes a tapa to choose from a list. We tasted four of them and all were very good. I cannot think of a place were you can have 4 beers and 4 quality tapas for 5,4 Euros many places close Sun and Mon night - be warned!

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Cafe del Art

Address: Plaza San Miguel, Madrid, Spain
It is like a market a lot of stands and little bars where you can choose what to eat. There are tables and sitting places all around the place. There is a choice of all kinds of Spanish food, Tapas, Paella, Fish, Yogurt, Meatballs,and so on.

Can be crowded in day, prices can be cheap or up to 30euros.


Address: Plaza de Chueca, 5, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Best budget place on tripadvisor. Greek, coffee and fresh waffles.

San Wich

Hortaleza 78, Madrid, Spain (Centro)
Very small place with only a few tables and some bar stalls so head there early if like me you refuse to eat standing up perched against a bar. When you get there though, you won´t be disappointed. for 8€ you definitely won´t feel short changed at the portion sizes

Casa Labra

Calle Tetuan, 12, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
Unbeatable price/quality combination. Both the croquetas and tajada de bacalao are truly excellent, especially the bacalao. Good wine, very inexpensive. Do not miss this place on your tapas walk. bacalao (cod), two croquettes and a fist sized piece of battered fillet for €2.90. you can order it takeaway at no extra charge. croquettes costs EUR0.80 and the fried cod is EUR1.25. Be aware that there might be bones inside,