Happy Eats: Nosh Your Way Through Madrid’s Sol District

Calle de Barcelona in Sol District is a small street holds at least a dozen restaurants with delicious Spanish food, drinks, tapas and vibe.

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Before leaving for Spain, it seemed that everyone insisted on the greatness of the tapas, or small plates, in Sol District. Let me tell you, I now understand the assertions after spending four days in Madrid. A friend and I went to Spain’s capital for a concert, some sightseeing, and nightlife but left a little heavier than before. It was totally worth it.

Calle de Barcelona in Sol District is a small street holds at least a dozen restaurants with delicious Spanish food, drinks, tapas and vibe. Of all our meals, dinner at Cocotito was by far my favorite. The small restaurant and friendly service could not have been better. Also, it was difficult to stop ordering their mojitos, which were the best I’ve had in Spain. The drinks were complimented by “las tostas,” sharable toasts with meat, cheese, and veggies, and sauces. Lucky for us that the Spanish culture supports spending hours at a bar ordering tapas and drinks. We did not want to leave.

The next morning, before exploring more of the city we added another favorite place to our list. Nata Lisboa became our spot for coffee and pastries. Although they present a full menu, the real find was something that needs no searching for. Nata dishes out hundreds of custard pastries that were absolutely scrumptious and are in plain view for the customer. They even had take-out boxes, a rarity in Spain. Make sure to get your pastries with cinnamon and powdered sugar when offered the option, they will not disappoint.

The entire Sol area is filled with one-of-a-kind, vivacious eateries. When in Madrid, make a point to at least spend a few hours in the sunniest part of town with the greatest food.

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Taylor Dodson

Originally from southern California, Taylor's favorite country to travel to is England. When she visits somewhere new, her experiences have to fill all five senses, she wants to embrace it all.

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