It’s a known fact that Madrid has more restaurants than any other European city…. So picking a place to eat at can be a daunting task. Here’s my list of five restaurants I’ve tried and loved, plus a few more worth checking out! These are the best eats in Madrid:
This was my first dinner in Madrid, and I was blown away. The entire world needs more restaurants like this! Mouthwatering beef carpaccio for only 7€? Incredible! We had amazing service inside this beautiful restaurant, and our bill was only 42€. That included one appetizer, two entrees, one bottle of wine and one bottle of water. The dishes were unique, fresh and presented nicely. I can’t recommend this place enough.
I chose this restaurant for lunch because they offered “gourmet-style” take-out and they were a short 10 minute walk from Retiro Park. I got the Luigi Salad, which was essentially a pasta salad with olives and feta cheese. It was fresh and very convenient for my busy day. At 4€ I was also happy with the price. Their selection of salad and sandwiches was impressive, and you can also dine in instead of take-out!
I had high expectations for Bazaar since it’s owned by the same company as Public. The decor was drastically different (although equally nice), but the menu was quite similar to Public This of course, is not a bad thing. Dinner cost us 39€ and we had one appetizer, two entrees, a half litre of wine, a bottle of water and dessert. My salmon was particularly delicious, and Paul’s veal cannelloni was so unique. As with Public, this place is highly recommended by me if you’re looking for a great dinner in a modern restaurant, without breaking the bank.
It doesn’t matter what country I’m in, I always eat pizza. I don’t think I could go one week without a slice of pizza if I tried. Opera Pizza certainly filled my craving with their delicious Hawaiian pizza. They come in three different sizes, making them perfect for an individual serving or sharing. Hawaiian pizza is quite the treat here when they use that delicious Spanish ham! Two individual pizzas, a beer and a bottle of water set us back 19€.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of churros. They’re way too greasy for me and I’ve never tried one I liked. That being said, I think San Gines is worth mentioning because it’s famous in Madrid and I think a lot of other people will enjoy it! The place was fairly busy when we stopped by on a weekday afternoon. Order the classic “Chocolate con 6 Churros” which is essentially 6 churros and a cup of hot chocolate. You dip the churros in the melted chocolate and eat away. Or, you can leave all the churros for your boyfriend and drink the melted chocolate yourself. Not that I did that….
I was only in Madrid for 2 nights so there were quite a few restaurants I never got the chance to try. Since I was so blown away by Public and Bazaar I think it’s worth noting that the owners also have four other restaurants in Madrid. They are: La Gloria de Montera, Ginger, La Finca de Susana and La Caña. I would be very quick to try any of these restaurants after the great experiences I had at Public and Bazaar. Another restaurant that was highly recommended to me is called Emma Cocina. Emma cooks everything in the kitchen, and her husband runs the bar. Although we didn’t have time to eat here we did walk past the restaurant and it looked really charming. It’s also conveniently located near Plaza Mayor.