Preparation Madrid | where to eat
The city trip to Madrid will be a 5-day trip with 5 friends. We like to eat good food but on a budget. Luckily, in Spain, the prices are on average lower than in our country, so this will not be a problem. You can find all the places that I listed on the map, followed by pictures and a short description of each place. The opening hours in the description are the opening hours of most of the weekdays, but can vary on some days. It’s just to give an idea.
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Spain is a country where everything is like being on vacation, even the locals are always relaxed. Most Breakfast cafés open at 10h or later. You can get good coffee in most places, and almost always have some sort of breakfast or lunch with it.
A family-run coffee- and brunch cafe. They have good coffee, toasts, salads, smoothies, and cake. It is the ideal place to start your day or take a break in the afternoon.
LOCATION: Costanilla de los Desamparados, 13, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Café de l’institut Français
This café is hidden inside the French Institute. They have a beautiful garden and you can get a croissant and a coffee for only €2,20.
LOCATION: Calle del Marqués de la Ensenada, 12, 28004 Madrid, Spain
This cozy bar offers simple but tasty options for you to have breakfast, lunch, just a coffee or a snack.
HOURS: 18:00-00:30 on weekdays, 10:00-00:30 on the weekends.
LOCATION: Calle Velarde, 24, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Il tavolo verde
This organic cafe and antic market gives a very cozy feeling. You can eat simple dishes with organic ingredients, while also admiring their antic and exhibitions.
LOCATION: Calle Villalar, 6, 28001 Madrid, Spain
In this small but trendy cafe, you can eat simple dishes and have a beautiful view of the arena Las Ventas.
LOCATION: Calle de Alcalá, 200, 28028 Madrid, Spain
Here you can get typical Canadian sandwiches and burgers. This small place has also vegetarian options.
HOURS: 13:30-16:00 and 20:00-00:00
LOCATION: Espíritu Santo, 3, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Olivia te Cuida
This small restaurant serves healthy options, so you can vary your meals after all those tapas.
LOCATION: Calle Sta. Teresa, 8, 28004 Madrid, Spain
This is a chocolate lovers’ dream. With handmade chocolate truffles and an entire wall for their chocolate bars, it is a must visit if you like chocolate.
LOCATION: Calle Orellana, 4, 28004 Madrid, Spain
This cozy cafe serves simple food for a good price. Its location is close to many museums.
LOCATION: Calle de Santa Isabel, 42, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Good coffee, cake, and a “menu del dia” of 3 courses for only €10.
LOCATION: Plaza Cristino Martos, 2, 28015 Madrid, Spain
Here you can get delicious smoothies and milkshakes.
HOURS: 12:00-16:00 and 19:00-21:00
LOCATION: Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 53, 28004 Madrid, Spain
La cantina del matadero
Here at El Matadero, an art center in an old slaughterhouse, you can eat something and enjoy their delicious vino tinto de verano on the terrace. For lunch, you can get a 3-course menu for only €9,50.
LOCATION: Plaza de Legazpi, 8, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Because Spaniards have a siesta, dinner starts pretty late and the locals also stay up late. Don’t go to have dinner at 18h, many places don’t serve dinner at that hour yet. Most people go to dinner around 20h or later.
This modern restaurant serves great tapas and other dishes, at a good price.
HOURS: 9:00 (13:00 on weekends)-01:00
LOCATION: Calle de Manuela Malasaña, 18, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Because it is open all day, this place serves all sorts of dishes. You can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, cake, and cocktails here.
LOCATION: Calle de Barbieri, 15, 28004 Madrid, Spain
This is a neighborhood cafe that serves with good coffee and a relaxing atmosphere.
LOCATION: Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 25, 28004 Madrid, Spain
With its innovative menu of sustainable ingredients, its picturesque location, and its creative interior, this one is worth trying.
HOURS: 13:30-16:00 and 21:30-23:30
LOCATION: Calle de Trafalgar, 22, 28010 Madrid, Spain
Where to have a drink
When you think of a bar in Spain, you probably think of a bodega with some tapas. But Madrid also has some trendy and unique bars to explore.
Trendy interior with very good cocktails.
LOCATION: Calle Tutor, 37, 28008 Madrid, Spain
A board game cafe, a great evening activity!
LOCATION: Calle de San Vicente Ferrer, 29, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Azotea del Circulo
This rooftop bar is the ideal spot to enjoy your drink in the sun.
LOCATION: Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2, 28004 Madrid, Spain
This rooftop bar at the train station of Madrid is perfect to drink a cocktail.
LOCATION: Calle Ombu 16, Dentro de la Estacion de Cercanias de Renfe de Mendez Alvaro, 28045 Madrid, Spain
Something you should eat in Spain is tapas. And what is a better place to eat tapas than in a food market? You can also just walk through the markets and enjoy the atmosphere.
Mercado de San Miguel
The central market in Madrid, you can find various tapas here. Also the oldest food market in the city.
LOCATION: Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Mercado de San Ildefonso
Urban food market of three floors, with a terrace if you want to enjoy a cocktail in the sun.
LOCATION: Calle de Fuencarral, 57, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Mercado San Anton
A fairly new and modern food market in the trendy neighborhood of Chueca. You can buy fresh ingredients or you can eat a whole meal or tapas there. It also has a terrace.
LOCATION: Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B, 28004 Madrid, Spain