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Eatting in Madrid by Tapas

 
 

Many foreigners have heard of "tapas" but aren't quite sure what this means. "Tapa" simply refers to a small plate of food. Its larger version, "ración," is much better for sharing with a large group and actually more pervasive than the tapa these days. You will never get a free ración, but the tradition of receiving a free tapa with a drink still exists at some establishments.

Just about any manner of Spanish food comes in the form of tapas, and as such it's a very good way to go about trying the huge variety of Spanish dishes
. Don't worry if you don't understand the menu, most tapas bars have their goods on display at the bar so you can simply point at what looks appealing to you.

There's a fine line between a tapas bar and a proper restaurant: many places give you the option of eating at the bar or sitting down with table service. "Ir de tapas" is a dynamic activity which consists of hopping from bar to bar sampling a little of everything. Don't expect to sit down eating if you're with madrileños!

Below is just a sampling of the great tapas restaurants in Madrid where you can try the most typical foods of the region.

Popular Tapas Restaurants in Madrid



El Almendro 13

c/ Almendro 13
Metro La Latina (line 5)
Neighborhood: Plaza Mayor
Tel +34 91 365 42 52
Price range per person: under 10€-20€
Speciality: pisto manchego & huevos rotos


Casa Antonio


c/ Latoneros 10
Metro La Latina (line 5)
Neighborhood: Plaza Mayor
Tel +34 91 366 63 36
Price range per person: under 10-15€
Speciality: callos a la madrileña, croquetas & pisto manchego


Tasca la Farmacia

c/ Diego de León 9
Metro Velázquez
Neighborhood: Salamanca
Tel +34 91 564 86 52
Price range per person: 15€-20€
Specialty: Basque food & bacalao


Albur


c/ Manuela Malasaña 15
Metro Bilbao
Neighborhood: Malasaña
Tel +34 91 594 27 33
Price range per person: 15€-20€
Specialty: morcilla & Spanish wines


La Botillería de Maxi


c/ Cava Alta 4
Metro La Latina (line 5)
Neighborhood: Plaza Mayor
Tel +34 91 365 12 49
Price range per person: 15€-25€
Speciality: callos a la madrileña & rabo de toro

 
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