Madrid travel guide


Madrid Travel Guide

Restaurants in Madrid

We've reviewed Madrid's best places for eating and drinking and included bars, cafés, cervecerías (beer halls), marisquerías (seafood bars) and restaurantes . They have been divided simply between " tapas bars " and " restaurants ", depending on whether they concentrate more on bar food or sit-down meals. Sometimes this division is arbitrary, as many places have a bar area, where you can get tapas, together with a more formal comedor (canteen) or restaurant out the back or upstairs. At almost any of our recommendations you could happily eat your fill - money permitting - though at bars madrileños usually eat just a tapa or share a ración of the house speciality, then move on to repeat the procedure down the road.

Sol, Plaza Mayor and Ópera: The central area is the most varied in Madrid in terms of price and choice of food. Indeed, there can be few places in the world which rival the streets around Puerta del Sol for sheer number of places to eat and drink. Around the smarter Ópera district, you need to be more selective, while on Plaza Mayor itself, stick to drinks. Unless we indicate otherwise, all these places are easily reached from Metro Sol .

La Latina and Lavapiés: the Rastro area: South from Sol and Huertas are the quarters of La Latina and Lavapiés whose tiny streets retain an appealing neighbourhood feel, and have a great selection of bars and restaurants

Salamanca: Salamanca is Madrid's equivalent of Bond Street or Fifth Avenue, full of designer shops and expensive-looking natives. Our recommendations are correspondingly pricey but high quality

Restaurant prices in Madrid: As a rough guide, you'll be able to get a three-course meal with drinks in Madrid for:

Inexpensive Under €12 a head
Moderate €12-24 a head
Expensive €24 and upwards

But bear in mind that the lunchtime menú del día often allows you to eat for much less than the price category might lead you to expect; check the listings for details. Most - but by no means all - of the restaurants listed as "moderate" or "expensive" will accept credit/charge cards ( tarjetas ). If in doubt, phone ahead to check.

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