Best Places to Eat and Drink in Madrid

When you plan a visit to Madrid, eat and drink as the locals do. To get the taste of the city rolling on your tongue, you must head towards the best places to eat and drink in Madrid. While a few places may lead you to small eateries offering mouth-watering food, others would take you to high-end restaurants in Madrid serving sumptuous meals. From cafes serving hearty breakfasts to delis serving a variety of cuisines, this extensive list of best restaurants in Madrid itself will take you on a gastronomical journey. After exploring all the best things in Madrid, treat your taste buds at any of these places.

Let's discover the best spots for foods, drinks and nightlife in Madrid:

  1. Mercado San Miguel

    4.4 (6576 Votes)
    Mercado San Miguel

    Food And Drinks, Market, Street Market, Architecture

    Madrid’s oldest market gets more beautiful and interesting by the decade! The city renovated it, but everyone was still surprised that it made such a great public space. The architecture is cool enough – Beaux-Arts in steel and iron an glass. But the food… ah, the food. Pastries, tapas, wine and everything in between – it’s 33 stalls of sheer delight. Heck, they ...Read more
  2. Sobrino De Botin

    4.3 (308 Votes)
    Sobrino De Botin

    Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    Grab a bite at the oldest restaurant in the city. Oh sorry, I meant the oldest in the country. What?? … the oldest in the world? Really? All the time since 1725? Spoken of in literary classics? Try the roast suckling pic (a favourite of Ernest Hemingway), the roast lamb and the baby eels. You’ll be eating in a vaulted cellar. Also, visit nearby attractions which are covered in Mad...Read more
  3. Bellas Artes Center

    4.4 (178 Votes)
    Bellas Artes Center

    Art And Culture, Food And Drinks

    This fine but underrated academy often gets overlooked in the rush to see Spain’s other main treasures. Yet Picasso and Dali have both graced these halls, and the halls are resplendent with the works of countless masters, right from the 16th century onwards. There’s a rooftop restaurant and bar too and the leisure and the panoramic view only adds to the charm of the place. Heck, it...Read more
  4. Platea Madrid

    Food And Drinks, Entertainment, Performance, Fine Dining

    One of the most loved places in Madrid, the Platea Madrid is a melange of live entertainment with an urban market. The place offers a range of cuisines- from Japanese, Spanish to classic American, Peruvian and Italian. Add to that the sea of small eateries and cafes that serve delicious a wide range of drinks and fast food and you have the perfect spot for foodies. Don’t forget to try the...Read more
  5. Calle Mayor

    Historical Site, Street Market, Street Food, Streets

    The Calle Mayor forms the main street in Madrid and is one of the oldest one in the city. Starting from the Puerto del Sol to Cathedral de la Almudena, the street is perfect to taste the spirit of Madrid and truly explore all its historic buildings, grab a bite at its many eateries, shop for everything from fashion to gifts and simply watch people go by. The hustle-bustle of the street is its m...Read more
  6. Corral De La Moreria

    4.4 (812 Votes)
    Corral De La Moreria

    Food And Drinks, Restaurant, Entertainment, Performance

    They’ve been doing flamenco for 50 years and it shows – the performance is one of the best known in the world. This is what’s called the rich man’s flamenco, but it’s a good thing. The oldest flamenco restaurant in town is loacated in a fancy area, can seat one 150, gives an absolutely rousing experience and is interior decorated to play up every spine-tinglingly g...Read more
  7. El Corte Ingles

    4.1 (37 Votes)
    El Corte Ingles

    Bar, Restaurant, Mall, Shopping Center

    One of the best malls in Madrid, the El Corte Ingles offers gourmet restaurants and bars, fashion stores, books stores and shops that sell decor, cosmetics, shoes and bakery good. The place also accommodates Dentists, Tailors, Locksmiths, a Travel agency and every thing else that you can imagine and more! The range of eateries are perfect to take a break from exploring the shops and make for a ...Read more
  8. Calle De Las Huertas

    Food And Drinks, Pubs, Restaurant, Entertainment

    The Calle de las Huertas is one of the best places to experience the nightlife of Madrid. The flood of restaurants, eateries and pubs here have truly transformed the historic part of the city into an entertaining urban place. Like the rest of the neighbourhood, this place does have a few historic highlights. The Santona Palace built in the late 19th century and owned by Ruy Lopez de Vega is a m...Read more
  9. Museo Del Jamon

    Museum, Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    If this doesn’t get your bacon in the best way (sorry, couldn’t resist), then there’s no hope for you. They serve some of the best ham sandwiches in the city along with coffee, beer, cheese… you name it. Service is damn quick too. It’s basically a bar, without explicitly saying so. Surprisingly, it’s also really easy on your wallet, even when it comes to the...Read more
  10. Las Carboneras

    4.6 (185 Votes)
    Las Carboneras

    Food And Drinks, Cafe, Performance, Dinner Show

    This is basically a modern café cantante – an intimate venue designed to deliver a rousingly good flamenco experience. The performances are usually an hour long, and there are two of them every night! The dancers improvise a lot depending on how they’re feeling the music. There are lots of photographs and artwork including sketches and paintings used to decorate the venue &nd...Read more
  11. Cafe De Chinitas

    4.2 (180 Votes)
    Cafe De Chinitas

    Food And Drinks, Cafe, Restaurant, Entertainment

    Tapas. Drinks. Flamenco. A Spanish evening out in Madrid does not get more classic! Unlike the other flamenco bar restaurants around town, this one has a much more business like feel to it. In a way, the performers and musicians here feel more like normal people at an evening job. It brings the whole culture of flamenco bar dancing alive for you, even though there are better shows around town. ...Read more
  12. Cooking Point

    4.9 (270 Votes)
    Cooking Point

    Educational Site, Food And Drinks

    Not exactly mainstream tourism, but these guys actually try hard to sell their idea to tourists. What is it? Spanish cooking! (In skills that you can take home with you). This hands on school teaches in English,  believes immersion in cuisine is an important part of getting to know any culture. So while we’re usually content to just eat, here, you can take home the following skills: ...Read more
  13. Cafe Central

    4.2 (262 Votes)
    Cafe Central

    Food And Drinks, Entertainment, Performance, Concert

    Jazz. That’s the venue’s main claim to fame. Nowhere else in Madrid does jazz better than Café Central. In the last 30 years, the place has hosted over 10000 concerts. It’s a pleasant enough place to spend your afternoon (when it’s just a good restaurant), but its’ after 10:00pm that the place really livens up, with a whole slew of performances by local arti...Read more
  14. La Venencia

    4.5 (93 Votes)
    La Venencia Image

    Bar, Food And Drinks, Winery, Entertainment

    Ever been to a sherry bar? Doesn’t matter, because this is the only one you need to know about. The second you step in. It’s like going back to the early 20th century; the shelves are dusty and the wine is poured directly to you form barrels; the décor isn’t vintage… because everything IS vintage. Don’t expect any loud music or sycophantic staff; the waiter...Read more
  15. Vinicola Mentridana

    4.2 (260 Votes)
    Vinicola Mentridana

    Bar, Food And Drinks, Winery, Adults

    A winery in the 1920s-1990s, the place was brought by a (reportedly) beautiful Swedish woman who made it into the wonderful bar it is today. The very second you enter it, it’s like a spell has been cast: you feel warm and cozy and romantic. Dusty wine bottles line the shelves around you. The crows is hip and Bohemian. The wines are terrific and even more terrifically priced (you can taste...Read more