Where does Madrid hide her tapas-gems? Spaniards enjoy small meals and snacks alongside a nice drink. Usually a little later at night than most Europeans. Even though patatas bravas and omelettes are delish, be adventurous when in Madrid. Most restaurants and bars serve many other fantastic and unique tapas. Go off the beaten path, pick the flavour of the day.
ENTRE CACERES Y BADAJOZ
Small, but cosy. Entre Caceres y Badajoz in a nutshell. Forget about the crowds at this tapas bar, as they serve quality food against competitive prices. Every drinks order is accompanied by a tapa. The adjoining rooms offer space for sumptuous wining and dining, however, after enjoying drinks and tapas in this classic Spanish bar, all food-needs are fully met. Entre Caceres y Badajoz is popular amongst tourists as well as locals. Metro stops: Manuel Becerra and Lista. Address: Calle de Don Ramón de la Cruz, 109, 28001 Madrid
CALLE CAVA BAJA STREET
South of Plaza Major lies the buzzy Calle Baja Street. This narrow, vibrant street in the Spanish capital is known to locals as ‘Tapas Street’. Warning: Your eyes, ears and taste buds might overload. Tapas Street is filled to the brim with bars that serve Spanish dishes and fine wine. The one even better than the other. Every day after 9pm, Calle Cava Baja Street comes to life. Don’t feel hungry? Head for Tapas Street for a mosey and a nightcap.
MERCADO SAN ILDEFONSO
For an unforgettable eating experience go to the creative, countercultural Malasaña neighbourhood. At Mercado San Ildefonso. A street market pur sang, amazing. You’ll find plenty of food stalls vending fresh produce from the Madrid region. The building itself has plenty of room to sit and enjoy everything that’s on offer. For example on the two terraces. On average, you’ll spend about €10-20 per person on food and drinks. Mercado San Ildefonso lies only a stone’s throw from Museo Municipal. Metro stations: Tribunal or Chueca. Address: Calle Fuencarral, 57, 28004 Madrid
Its outward appearance might look a bit dingy. Also, the name of this tapas bar sounds more Italian than Spanish. However, Casa Toni proves an excellent spot for a beer and a snack. Whether early in the evening or in the dead of night; after a boisterous night out or a solitary saunter under the stars. Place your royal rear on one of the wooden stools and consume like a king for less than €10. Address: Calle de la Cruz, 14, 28012 Madrid. Metro: Puerta del Sol of Sevilla.