Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Mercado de San Miguel

This is one of Madrid’s oldest and most beautiful markets, within early 20th-century glass walls and an inviting space strewn with tables. You can order tapas and sometimes more substantial plates at most of the cou…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Parque del Oeste & Northern Madrid

DiverXo

Madrid's only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, DiverXo in northern Madrid is one of Spain's most unusual culinary experiences. Chef David Muñoz is something of the enfant terrible of Spain's cooking scene. Still i…
Top Choice Castilian in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Restaurante Sobrino de Botín

It’s not every day that you can eat in the oldest restaurant in the world (the Guinness Book of Records has recognised it as the oldest – established in 1725). The secret of its staying power is fine cochinillo asad…
Top Choice Spanish in La Latina & Lavapiés

Casa Lucio

Casa Lucio is a Masdrid classic and has been wowing madrileños with his light touch, quality ingredients and home-style local cooking since 1974 – think eggs (a Lucio speciality) and roasted meats in abundance. Ther…
Top Choice Tapas in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Estado Puro

A slick but casual tapas bar, Estado Puro serves up fantastic tapas, such as the tortilla española siglo XXI (21st-century Spanish omelette, served in a glass…), quail eggs in soy sauce or pig's trotters with cuttle…
Top Choice Spanish in Parque del Oeste & Northern Madrid

Mama Campo

Mama Campo breaks the mould of sameness that unites the bars surrounding Plaza de Olavide. Positioning itself as an ecofriendly take on the Spanish taberna (tavern), it's gone for a winning white decor within and a …
Top Choice Japanese in Malasaña & Chueca

Yakitoro by Chicote

Based around the idea of a Japanese tavern, driven by a spirit of innovation and a desire to combine the best in Spanish and Japanese flavours, Yakitoro is a hit. Apart from salads, it's all built around brochettes …
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Malasaña & Chueca

Bazaar

Bazaar’s popularity among the well-heeled Chueca set shows no sign of abating. Its pristine white interior design, with theatre-style lighting and wall-length windows, may draw a crowd that looks like it's stepped o…
Top Choice Spanish in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Lhardy

This Madrid landmark (since 1839) is an elegant treasure trove of takeaway gourmet tapas downstairs and six dining areas upstairs which are the upmarket preserve of traditional Madrid dishes with an occasional hint …
Top Choice Tapas in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Casa Revuelta

Casa Revuelta puts out some of Madrid’s finest tapas of bacalao (cod) bar none – unlike elsewhere, tajadas de bacalao don't have bones in them and slide down the throat with the greatest of ease. Early on a Sunday a…