Today, I’ve got a guest post from the lovely Sam and her Beautifie blog about the incredible food in Madrid.
Although I was only in Madrid for two nights, I fell in love with the place. The food was obviously one of the many reasons that I loved Madrid, so I thought I would bring you a foodie guide, as there is just so many things to try.
Rather than just tell you what to eat, I thought I should also include the best places to try them in and what you can get up to when visiting that specific area.
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ONE OF THE BEST FOOD MARKETS IN MADRID – MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL
So let’s start with the basics, Tapas. You cannot go to Madrid and not try the tapas. The acclaimed spots do get super busy, but I can’t urge you to at least pop into Mercado de San Miguel for a quick bite.
If you don’t fancy the busy, bustling market vibe, Calle de la Cava Baja is called the home to Madrid’s best selection of tapas.
MADRID’S SEAFOOD AND FAVOURITE SANDWICH
And if you’re into your seafood, there are a few other things to try.
A local’s favourite sandwich, Bocadillo de calamares (calamari sandwich). This is a carb heaven, bread and crispy calamari, what a dream. You’ll find the locals eating in Bar la Campana. Honestly, I was the only tourist and had to order in Spanish.
I’ve also heard Cazorla is a good place to try. Although I didn’t have time to get there myself, it’s a little out of the way from the local tourist spots but a well-recommended tapas restaurant.
I mean you can’t go to Spain and not have Paella. One of the things I did not realise is the various selections of tapas available. Vegetarian, the most amazing seasonal vegetable paella is cooked fresh. Try Mas Al Sur restaurant or Artemisa.
What about squid ink paella? Yes, it’s black but surprisingly tasty, try Que is Quieres arroz Catalina.
Want to eat like the locals do with regards to Paella? Then try Casa de Valencia, it’s where all the locals hang, nothing fancy but tasty paella.
FANCY SOMETHING SWEET? YOU HAVE TO TRY CHOCOLATE CON CHURROS
Yes that’s right, melted chocolate with churros. The most famous place to try them (and does attract a lot of tourists) is San Gines near Plaza Mayor. It does get super busy, so I would recommend going early. If you can’t get in there, Case Minga is equally as delicious.
ALTERNATIVE FOOD THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU
If you’re a huge fan of Japanese food, you have to check out Junto a la Plaza de Tirso de Molina. Japanese street food in the heart of Madrid, cool right?
Or stroll through MadrEat Food truck festival, which comes every month and provides a whole range of both traditional and alternative food. Click here to find out when it’s on.
It was so hard to keep this list short but can’t urge you to try anything and everything in Madrid, it won’t disappoint. I’ve shared my “Instagrammers guide to Madrid” which includes where you can find peacocks roaming around in an amazing park.