Hungry yet? Here are some staples and popular restaurants in the foodie barrios.
The restaurant on the rooftop of the Casino of Madrid boasts one of the most spectacular dining experiences in the city. The décor and ambience is lavish and magnificent with excellent two Michelin star gastronomy to match. The kitchen is headed by renowned Spanish chef, Paco Roncero, and is known to produce original and high quality tapas and degustation menus. For one of the best restaurants worthy of Madrid’s royalty and socialites, don your most elegant attire and get your wallet ready for a night at the Casino on Gran Via.
Juana la Loca is famous in Madrid for having the best Spanish tortilla. I dream about their juicy, salty and moist omelet all the time. One of the best and well-known tapa restaurants in La Latina, everything on display at the tapa bar looks fresh and high quality with a wide variety of fine wine and drink options. There’s also a menu of bigger plates to share along with salads and some meat entrees.
The restaurant and bar are usually super packed on any given day so be prepared to eat standing or wait some time for a table. Let me tell you, that tortilla is definitely worth the wait!
Perrachica is a restaurant that’s been popping up on Instagram a lot lately. With a super trendy and colorful interior, it’s not difficult to imagine why. The restaurant defines its cuisine as modern Mediterranean and that’s exactly what it offers, with a lovely mix of classic Spanish tapas and others with creative twists.
Also you know a restaurant in Madrid is super trendy if it serves brunch on the weekend! Perrachica does with all sorts of delicious sounding items like Latin eggs benedict and crepes with sweet jamón. If you want some cute Instagram photos and delightful decor to go with your meal, Perrachica is one of the best spot in Madrid for that so go get it!
El Viajero €€
El Viajero is a staple in the foodie barrio of La Latina that everybody knows about. It’s low key, hip and welcoming. It has dining areas over two floors and on the roof where there is a happening bar that stays open every night. It’s the best place to soak up good vibes as it’s always lively on the terrace with drinks, sunshine, lots of chatter and good food.
The menu is fun and versatile with lots of modern Mediterranean options and Spanish raciones to share. I would highly recommend the burrata de Puglia salad for a mind-blowing mozzarella experience, as well as the grilled cuttlefish (sepia a la plancha), cannelloni with a bottle of ice cold white wine.
La Biblioteca €€€€
La Biblioteca Restaurant is located in the library of a historic palace in Chamberí which is now the AC Santo Mauro Autograph Collection Hotel. There’s nothing that can possibly top dining in the breathtaking, decadent interior of an old library, which is like a dream. The menu consists of classic fine dining options made with market ingredients of the highest quality. This is one of the few restaurants in Madrid that has a dress code and is reservation only, so be sure to book a table before going.
Photo: La Biblioteca Restaurant
Matadero is a cool cultural center housed in the old slaughterhouse next to the river. Within the complex there’s a trendy tapa bar next to the theatre as well as a really nice, low key restaurant right near the entrance called Cantina.
Cantina has a super chill, boho vibe with a charming terrace in the garden to sit in. It’s got a fire brick oven which makes delicious pizzas as well as simple and healthy Menus del dia that feature lots of vegetables. Most tourists don’t make it all the way to the river so you know the restaurant will be quiet and occupied by more locals than tourists.
Photos: Nadia Cho
What’s your favorite restaurant in Madrid? Let us know in the comments.