In this city of Madrid, gastronomy is culture, leisure, and business. There is a vast range of culinary variety on offer: in Madrid you can find everything from traditional homemade dishes to the most innovative and creative cuisine. Here, one is lucky enough to enjoy international food from all over the globe made with the best raw ingredients on the stoves of a city offering some of the most surprising dishes of modern cuisine.
Going out for tapas is one of the most enjoyable traditions of Madrid. Locals love their tapas and order delicious little dishes of calamari, cod, tripe, and more. Tapas dining is a not-to-be-missed culinary event in the city.
Discover the most typical dishes from Madrid, cocido, besugo, and callos, but also traditional pastries such as torrijas, barquillos, and huesos de santo. Don’t forget to taste on your culinary tour the well-known tapas and the wines from the Madrid community region.
When you are in Madrid enjoy the local cuisine and try typical dishes from other parts of Spain. There are eateries serving a myriad of dishes from across the country – visit them and you’ll soon understand why Spaniards are so proud of their cuisine!
Gastronomy has always played an important part in the life of Madrid, as can be seen from the number of restaurants in the city that have been serving traditional local dishes and the region’s wine for over 100 years. Don’t leave the capital without having dined in one of them.
Madrid is home to around 3,100 eateries of which a number have Michelin stars: Santceloni, La Terraza del Casino, SergiArola, Ramon Freixa Madrid, Diverxo and El Club Allard with 2, and Zalacain, Kabuki Wellington, and Kabuki with 1.
MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL MARKET
Built in 1916, this market is the finest example of cast-iron architecture in Madrid. Today it is a temple to gastronomy, home to 33 stalls selling mouth-watering products and select ingredients, offering food to take home or to consume right there on the premises.
MERCADO DE SAN ANTON MARKET
A box of surprises is what you’ll find in Chueca’s Mercado de San Ant’on, one of the oldest markets in Madrid: three floors lined with traditional shops, show cooking, takeaway stalls, an art gallery, and a restaurant with a stunning rooftop terrace.
Recently, more and more restaurants that promote vegetarian cuisine have opened up in the city offering elaborately-prepared recipes which yield innovative and very tasty dishes combining basic ingredients such as fresh fruits, vegetables, seitan, or tofu.