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 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 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…
Top Choice Tapas in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Casa Alberto

One of the most atmospheric old tabernas (taverns) of Madrid, Casa Alberto has been around since 1827 and occupies a building where Cervantes is said to have written one of his books. The secret to its staying power…
Top Choice Tapas in Malasaña & Chueca

Pez Tortilla

Every time we come here, this place is full to bursting and not surprising given their philosophy of great tortilla (15 kinds!), splendid croquetas (croquettes) and craft beers (more than 70 varieties, with nine on …
Top Choice Tapas in Malasaña & Chueca

Albur

One of Malasaña's best deals, this place has a wildly popular tapas bar and a classy but casual restaurant out the back. The restaurant waiters never seem to lose their cool, and their extremely well-priced rice dis…
Top Choice Tapas in La Latina & Lavapiés

Juana La Loca

Juana La Loca does a range of creative tapas with tempting options lined up along the bar, and more on the menu that they prepare to order. But we love it above all for its brilliant tortilla de patatas, which is di…
Top Choice Tapas in La Latina & Lavapiés

Txirimiri

This pintxos (Basque tapas) bar is a great little discovery just down from the main La Latina tapas circuit. Wonderful wines, gorgeous pinchos (the tortilla de patatas – potato and onion omelette – is superb) and fi…
Tapas in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Casa Labra

Casa Labra has been going strong since 1860, an era that the decor strongly evokes. Locals love their bacalao (cod) and ordering it here – either as deep-fried tapas (una tajada de bacalao goes for €1.50) or una cro…
Tapas in Malasaña & Chueca

Bocaito

Film-maker Pedro Almodóvar once described this traditional bar and restaurant as ‘the best antidepressant’. Forget about the sit-down restaurant (though well regarded) and jam into the bar, shoulder-to-shoulder with…