A tapas restaurant, specializing in seafood. This well-known tapas restaurant has a few locations dotted around the city. I normally went to the Plaza de Santa Ana location which has great outdoor seating.
This spot was right by our Airbnb when we first moved to the city. A busy spot with the locals with a good selection of tapas at reasonable prices.
Another tapas restaurant, with loads of locations around the city. We frequented the del Carmen (as it is in-between Gran Via and Sol) and de Prado (near our apartment) locations. It is a great place just to grab a few tapas and a glass of wine in a nice setting. They do have other options on the menu too if you’re not feeling tapas.
Mercado Anton Martin
A typical Spanish indoor market with cool food stalls mixed in-between fruit, fish and even tea stalls. Pop down if you fancy a quick bite with a glass of vino. I loved wandering through just trying out different places.
Plaza de San Miguel
My favourite market in Madrid, this glass market is a great place to grab lunch or later in the evening some dinner with a wine or beer. They have loads of different food and drink stalls filled with all your Spanish favourites. There is a stall that does great paella.
My all-time favourite restaurant in Madrid. This restaurant is a Venezuelan restaurant with Latin influences throughout the menu. This spot makes the best motijos and if you aren’t in the mood for alcohol then their homemade lemonade is insane. Not to mention the service in this spot is top notch. Make sure to book as it can be busy.
The best tacos in town and at only €1 each it’s no wonder there is a queue out the door in both locations at any time of the day. Takos Al Pastor is one of the best places to get authentic tacos in Madrid. I know the queue can be a turn-off but I would highly recommend sticking it out and waiting. It can move pretty quickly and trust me the tacos are worth it
Fun Mexican spot, full of colour. If the queue at Tako Al Pastor isn’t for you then this is a good alternative. Their margaritas are super cheap too.
The best spot for sushi in the city, located in the Anton Martin markets, it is a small stall with limited seating. They don’t take bookings so it is first come first served. For that reason, I would recommend coming as soon as they open for the evening, around 7 to beat the locals who normally come out to eat that little bit later.
A really cool indoor street market catering to all your Asian food cravings. This spot has a really cool vibe with neon lights and colourful tables surrounded by different food stalls. This is a good spot to go if no one can agree on where to eat!
Our go-to Indian spot, I loved the food and especially the decor. It is such a colourful restaurant. Their menu del dia is great for during the week.
Good spot for a Neapolitan styled pizza.
An Italian chain restaurant, with so many locations all around. I probably wouldn’t recommend it if you are only visiting because there are plenty of great Spanish restaurants to try. But if pasta or pizza is what your craving this hits the spot. We went to Oven a good bit over our time in Madrid and I loved it.
A great burger spot, located just off a side street from Gran Via. Definitely the best burger spot in Madrid in my opinion. For dinner, I would recommend booking ahead as it can be quite busy.