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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 Malasaña & Chueca

La Carmencita

Around since 1854, La Carmencita is the bar where legendary poet Pablo Neruda was once a regular. The folk of La Carmencita have taken 75 of their favourite traditional Spanish recipes and brought them to the table,…
Top Choice Spanish in Malasaña & Chueca

Casa Julio

A citywide poll for the best croquetas in Madrid would see half of those polled voting for Casa Julio and the remainder not doing so only because they haven’t been yet. They’re that good that celebrities and mere mo…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Malasaña & Chueca

Museo Chicote

This place is a Madrid landmark, complete with its 1930s-era interior, and its founder is said to have invented more than 100 cocktails, which the likes of Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Frank…
Top Choice Spanish in Malasaña & Chueca

La Buena Vida

A cross between a Parisian bistro and an old-school upmarket Madrid restaurant, this prestigious Chueca place is popular with a well-heeled, knowledgable crowd. The menu is seasonal and leans towards classic Spanish…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in Malasaña & Chueca

La Tasquita de Enfrente

It’s difficult to overstate how popular this place is among people in the know in Madrid’s food scene. The seasonal menu prepared by chef Juanjo López never ceases to surprise while also combining simple Spanish sta…
Top Choice Flamenco in Malasaña & Chueca

Teatro Flamenco Madrid

This excellent new flamenco venue is a terrific deal. With a focus on quality flamenco (dance, song and guitar) rather than the more formal meal-and-floor-show package of the tablaos, and with a mixed crowd of local…
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…