Madr’eat: 18 Places for Food in Madrid

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Hi!

As a lot of you may know, I'm a foodie, so I always look for good places to eat when I move to a new city. I now feel qualified to share my Madrid food favourites with you! With a lot of help from my friends who have stayed here for a long time and have infinite foodie wisdom, I present to you my 18 places to eat in Madrid! All of them tried personally by me, so I can honestly vouch for them. All photography by me. By the way, I'm not getting sponsored by any of these places to review them, so these are all my personal favourites!

 

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Coffee

Zero Point

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One of the best iced coffees I've ever had!

This little spot is perfect for grabbing a cup of (hot or iced) coffee when exploring the city. Located near the Prado, it's in the perfect place to stop by for a break. They have so many types of coffee, you'll have trouble choosing!

Brunch

La Gringa

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Not the bunny plate, but still delicious!

La Gringa is one of the best brunch restaurants in Madrid! Their brunch menu is very extensive, but you have to try the Bunny Plate, which has a selection of Eggs Benedict with bacon, salmon, and avocado. Heavenly!

P.S. Make sure you make a reservation online in advance, as it fills up fast!

Bendita Locura

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Such a great brunch...

Another great brunch place. Their coffee is on point too! For brunch, they have 2 options: the big brunch and the little brunch. The big one lets you choose 5 options including drinks, the little one lets you choose 3. I go for the little one and it's always plenty! In my opinion, the salmon Eggs Benedict is the best main.

Lunch

Gourmet Experience Gran Ví­a

This place is more of a food court than a restaurant. It's located on the 9th floor of El Corte Inglés (department store), so you get a great view of Gran Ví­a (main high street)! Great photo opportunities. There are many food options to choose from, and also check out the delis on the sides with typical Spanish food products to bring home as a souvenir.

29 Fanegas

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How great does this food look?

A great place for a casual lunch, or even dinner. They serve higher-end tapas, so don't expect it to be cheap! The food is delicious, especially the seafood dishes like the Tuna Tataki are fresh and flavourful.

Mercado de San Miguel

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Always buzzing with people and yummy food!

This food market is located in the heart of the city, next to Plaza Mayor (the main square of Madrid). It's packed at all times and all hours because tourists love it, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have loads of great food! I would say just go there to cross it off your list, and if you don't like the touristy vibe, don't purchase anything.

 

Mercado de San Ildefonso

I love this market for its trendy crowd and feel. The food stalls are superb as well, and the terrace is great for warm summer evenings. Come here to people-watch through the floor-to-ceiling glass, or just to chill with a drink and some finger food.

Mercado San Anton

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Great rooftop terrace with nice decor

This is a new one I discovered just recently! It's a very quirky and hipster market with an awesome rooftop terrace and covered casual restaurant. Come here to grab some food or some drinks and enjoy the sunny days.

La Fragua de Vulcano

This restaurant is a gem in the middle of the city centre. It's a very casual Spanish tapas place, and you get great value for money. The decor is very quirky and cheesy, but it has a great feel to it. They normally blast a lot of Spanish guitar music, so be prepared for an immersive experience! I love the garlic shrimp here.

La Buha (La Latina)

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THE place to have a tortilla in Madrid.

Ok, hold on to your hats. La Buha in La Latina (not to be confused with La Buha in Chueca), has hands down the LARGEST tortillas I have ever seen. These monstrosities are larger than my head (and I don't have a very small head)! Make sure you can take the rest home with you, or you share with at least 3 others. Their tortilla menu is quite extensive, so pick your favourite filling!

Casa Jaguar

This is a South American restaurant where you can get classics such as Arepas, Tacos, Nachos, etc. The food is really good, but being next to Opéra and the Royal Palace, it's not great value for money (meaning it's quite expensive). But if you want to treat yourself to some good Latin American food, here's the place!

Maru Restaurant

Maru is a Korean place where they do Korean barbecue. Yes, you heard me! There's a big grill plate set into the middle of the table and you can grill your food on it. Yum! The day menu is also reasonably priced, and you get a whole lot of food with it. Haven't tried the barbecue yet, but definitely planning to one of these days.

If you're craving a good bibimbap, check this out!

Dinner

Alcaravea

alcaravea madrid
A beef cheek stew at Alcaravea. It was dark in the restaurant so my photo got a bit blurry!

Absolutely one of my favourite dinner venues in Madrid. The food is superb, albeit pricey (due to the high quality and the ambiance). It's a classy place with delicious food that you have to try. The (vegetarians look away!) octopus tastes great, and the grilled artichoke is crunchy and fragrant. I definitely recommend!

Okashi Sanda

okashi sanda madrid
A simple yet delicious Japanese curry, tastes like homemade

This lovely little Japanese place is a revelation! Its decor is all Japanese, with origami hanging from the roof and a Japanese TV channel playing. The food is very home-style, with curry and rice dishes. The mains are gluten-free (says the menu), so if you're celiac, you know where to go!

Swagat

Yum, Indian food. I'm a huge fan! This restaurant makes the classic curries very well, and the atmosphere is distinctly Indian-restaurant-like (having never been to India, I wouldn't know that vibe). The day menu is cheap-ish and gets you a curry, rice/naan, drink, and dessert.

Restaurante Viva Burger

For all of you vegetarians out there, this is the one to visit!! All the dishes are vegetarian. The burgers, the wraps... And boy, are they tasty. They have loads of options to choose from, and the portions are enormous. Dig in, and enjoy!

Cava Baja 17

cava baja 17 madrid
Grilled vegetable plate, mmmh!

Cava Baja 17 is in Cava Baja street (duh!), which is a very lively street in La Latina. The perfect spot to grab some dinner before heading out for a few drinks. It serves medium-scale tapas (meaning it's not dirt cheap but also not pricey). So check it out! It gets especially lively if the football's on TV, so if you want to catch a game while having dinner, you should come here.

Casa Mono

This one's an expensive one. It's a classy venue, quite trendy, with a great bar. The cocktails are lovely, if you can spare the dime, and the food very elegantly presented. Treat yourself to a higher-end dinner here!

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Did you enjoy this list? Please let me know whether you tried any of my suggestions, and how it turned out! And don't forget to share it, so that others who visit Madrid can treat themselves to some good food too! Thank you <3

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Helene is a lifestyle blogger whose goal is to inspire others to live their life to the fullest. She loves dancing, and she would love to see as much of the world as possible!

47 Comments

  1. Kayleigh Zara
    July 24, 2017

    The food all looks super delicious but I have to say that the two brunches would be my favourites, and the coffee place looks awesome too x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 24, 2017

      Brunch is the best!! I love getting up late at the weekends and brunching:) I’ve been to those places multiple times:) thanks for your comment!

      Reply
  2. Ysabelle Graham-Smith
    July 24, 2017

    I’ve never been to madrid, but when I do i’ll come back to this list <3

    Thanks for sharing!
    Xx

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 24, 2017

      You should definitely! I might be biased because I live here, but it’s a wonderful and underrated city to visit:)

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  3. yourfriendkate
    July 24, 2017

    I love Spanish food, you’ve definitely made me hungry!!! I’ve also always wanted to go to Madrid so at least if I ever did get to go at least now I know where to try for food!!! Yum!!!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 24, 2017

      Haha, I’m glad I accomplished my goal of making people hungry with this post 😀 Ohhh yes, you should definitely come visit, it’s such an underrated city with loads more to do and see apart from the amazing food!

      Reply
  4. GorgeousAndGeeky
    July 24, 2017

    Wow! What an extensive list of places to eat! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post as I’m a foodie as well 🙂 all your pics are amazing. I especially want that first eggs Benedict meal!! 🙂

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 24, 2017

      Thanks!! Hehe eggs benedict is one of my faves (as you can probably tell)! You’re always welcome to visit Madrid!:)

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  5. Ooh some of this food looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never been to Madrid but will definitely keep this post in mind if I get a trip booked there in the future x

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 24, 2017

      Thanks! You should come visit, the weather’s also amazing:)

      Reply
  6. Sarah
    July 25, 2017

    Yum! I’m hungry just looking at all this food! Hopefully one day I’ll get to visit and try it all!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      Yes definitely!:) thanks for reading!

      Reply
  7. ohgabieoh
    July 25, 2017

    All this looks so good!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      Hehe thanks!!:)

      Reply
  8. lifeofamomboss
    July 25, 2017

    Thank you so much for sharing! These places look amazing 😍

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      Thanks!!:) glad you liked it!!

      Reply
  9. Rolli Beauty
    July 25, 2017

    Every time you post I feel desperately hungry I swear

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      That’s my job😋😋

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      1. Rolli Beauty
        July 25, 2017

        😂😂😂

  10. Hrishikesh
    July 25, 2017

    Perfect places you put in. Now this will definitely help me for my next year trip to Madrid 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      Yay, I’m so glad it helped! And it’s so awesome you’re visiting Madrid:)

      Reply
  11. neeliev
    July 25, 2017

    I’m such a big food lover so needless to say I love this post. And I love Madrid 🙂 Already pinned this for my next visit to Madrid!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      So happy about that!!:) I love Madrid too! When are you visiting next?

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      1. neeliev
        July 25, 2017

        I don’t know yet, going to Northern Spain in August, we may be able to squeeze in a little visit to Madrid then 😉

      2. Helene Choo
        July 25, 2017

        Great! Have lots of fun:)

  12. Familyearthtrek
    July 25, 2017

    I have never been to Madrid but just by looking on those food want me to book a flight ticket now!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      Hehe you definitely should, its worth it:)

      Reply
  13. Nikki
    July 25, 2017

    madrid is on my to do list cant wait to try these places well at least some of them

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      Great! Let me know what you think;)

      Reply
  14. Josh @ lookdwn.com
    July 25, 2017

    All of these look delicious! Would love to know how you set up the food map? I’m yet to visit Madrid but have been to Barcelona

    Josh
    http://www.lookdwn.com/

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 25, 2017

      Sure, PM me on Facebook or something. You should definitely visit Madrid, it’s a totally different vibe:)

      Reply
  15. Wanda
    July 26, 2017

    The food looked really good. Wish Madrid wasn’t so far.

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 26, 2017

      Thanks! Whereabouts are you based?

      Reply
  16. justaddgigi
    July 26, 2017

    Oh, the food in the pictures looks delicious. I wish I could go to Madrid one day so I can eat them myself. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 26, 2017

      Thanks! You should come visit!:)

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  17. Aprisa
    July 26, 2017

    Oh yuuum! Put them on my list! <3

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 26, 2017

      Aw thanks!!❤️

      Reply
  18. Cath
    July 26, 2017

    Helene, this is fantastic. Love the map. Have added it to my Madrid to do list

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 26, 2017

      Thank you! When are you visiting?

      Reply
  19. Lynn White
    July 26, 2017

    All of these restaurants sound great and the food looks so good!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 26, 2017

      Thank you!

      Reply
  20. Kristin
    July 26, 2017

    The food looks so yummy. Thanks a lot for the great list, now I’ve got a few places to check out if I’m ever going to Madrid.

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 26, 2017

      Thanks for your kind comment!:) you should visit!:)

      Reply
  21. Kareemah
    July 27, 2017

    La Buha is amazing!

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 27, 2017

      Hehe so much food!!

      Reply
  22. lolitambonita
    July 28, 2017

    Yummy. I actually know where to go and eat if I head to Madrid! x
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita@gmail.com

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    1. Helene Choo
      July 28, 2017

      Definitely!!:)

      Reply

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