The gastronomy of Madrid is a mixture of tradition and modernity, the most traditional restaurants are mixed with others of vanguard, with a good number of Michelin stars in their stoves..
The gastronomy of Madrid is something that you cannot miss either. It is very typical to have “Cocido Madrileño” and “Tapas” in any of the traditional bars, where a stop is required in order to restock on energy and keep on touring the city. Madrid is able to satisfy any demand. It has more than 10,000 restaurants, 40,000 bars and 3,000 cafes. A wide range of establishments represent the best of the Madrid’s cuisine, as well as national and international cuisine due to the strategic positioning of Madrid. According to the most prestigious gastronomic guides, Madrid has the highest recognized quality. This fact makes Madrid the most important city in Europe when it comes to gastronomy and cuisine.
There are many Michelin-starred restaurants, the highest award in this sector, thanks to chefs like Dabiz Muñoz (Diverxo), Mario Sandoval, Diego Guerrero, Óscar Velasco, Ricardo Sanz, Ramón Freixa, or Paco Roncero. All of them are international benchmarks of the Spanish creative cuisine, which have made Madrid and our region their refuge.
But if you prefer tradition, you must visit our centenary restaurants, such as the Taberna Malacatín, Casa Ciriaco, La Bola, Botín, Casa Labra, el Café Gijón or Lhardy. There, history and culture of Madrid come together with the pleasure of a great dish, the best way to finish a night in Madrid.
As a curious fact, Madrid hosts the oldest restaurant in the World: Casa Botín.
Tapas and events
If you are an impassionate gourmet, there are many events and performances related to haute cuisine celebrated in Madrid that you can’t afford to miss. Events like Madrid Wines Show, Millésime, the Gourmet Club International Exhibition or the important “Madrid Fusión” Gastronomic Summit, make Madrid the Gastronomy Capital of the World.
There are a lot of areas around the capital where you can taste the best gastronomy of our bars and restaurants. In the Central Area you can have the traditional squid baguette or try tap vermouth and centenary restaurants. La Latina neighbourhood hosts typical and classic taverns, and especially on weekends it becomes one of the most dynamic areas of the capital, as well as Huertas, the Cava Baja and the Plaza de Santa Ana (Santa Ana square). The traditional Chamberí neighbourhood, the gourmet markets like San Miguel, San Antón or San Ildefonso Markets and Platea Madrid are dedicated to national and international gastronomy. In Platea Madrid you will find restaurants, cocktail bars, pastry shops, stores and shows, and it is one of the biggest gastronomic areas in Europe and the most interesting in the World, with 6000 square meters, six Michelin stars and eleven Repsol suns.
Image credits: Juan Castro (Comunidad de Madrid)