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What to Eat in Madrid

The cuisine of Madrid is very diverse and influenced by Northern and Southern regions of the country. The large number of immmigrants from Andalucia, Extremadura, Galicia, Asturias or Castilla León, who arrived in Madrid decades ago in search of work, helped create an amazing culinary mosaic only possible in Madrid.

When harsh winter arrives in the Spanish capital, the gastronomy is dominated by red meats, soups and high calorie recipes such as “Callos a la Madrileña” (Madrid-style tripe stew), “Cocido Madrileño” (chickpea stew), “Sopa Castellana” (Castilian Soup) or roast lamb. Without forgetting the typical sausages from Castilla León like “Morcilla de Burgos” (blood sausage) or “Cecina” (cured meat).

What to Eat in Madrid
Bar El Abuelo, the best place in Madrid to try garlic shrimps. Delicious! | Image credits: OgoTours

When summer comes, fatty dishes give way to lighter dishes such as salads, “Salmorejo” (cream consisitng of tomato and bread), “Tortilla de Patatas” (Spanish omelette) or fried fish. 

Despite this obvious influence of other Spanish regions, Madrid boasts some local dishes absolutely delicious: Patatas Bravas” (fried potatoes topped with spicy sauce), baked red bream, lombardy cabagge (Christmas dish) or Bocadillo de Calamares (squid sandwich).

What to Eat in Madrid
Patatas bravas, one of the signature dishes in Madrid | Image credits: OgoTours

And of course, if we speak about Spanish cuisine, we cannot forget the mouth-watering Tapas (small portions of food served with the drink). The variety and originality of Tapas is really striking. Even the City Hall holds a constest every year in which the best bars and taverns compete to create the best Tapa of Madrid.

Some of the most popular tapas in Madrid are “Boquerones en Vinagre” (anchovies in vinegar), “Pincho de Tortilla” (slice of Spanish omelette), “Croquetas de Jamón” (ham croquettes), “Patatas Bravas”, “Jamón Iberico” (Iberian ham), “Morcilla” (blood sausage) or “Callos a la Madrileña” (tripe stew).

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There is nothing more "Madrileño" than Calamari Sandwiches 🙂 | Image credits: OgoTours
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Private Gastronomic Tour in Madrid

If you want to discover the genuine Spanish cuisine, join our fantastic Madrid Gastronomic Tapas Tour. For about three hours we will visit typical bars and hundred-year-old taverns where real “Madrileños” enjoy tapas. The tour includes around 10 delicious tapas, exquisite Spanish wines (or another drink if you prefer), explanations of each dish and incredible stories about the Spanish cuisine.

If you are looking for a local restaurant, let yourself be advised by our local experts. We will send you a list of our recommended restaurants where you will enjoy the genuine local gastronomy. if you wish we will even reserve a table for you at no additional cost! Just email us at reservas@ogotours.com and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Travelling also to Barcelona? Learn about the best traditional food in Barcelona and complete your Spanish experience!

About Javier

Hola! My name is Javier Redondo, tour guide in Madrid for more than 8 years.
As a good "Madrileño", I love football (I support Atlético de Madrid), eating tapas and walk the cobblestone streets of old Madrid 🙂

This Madrid blog is where I share tips on popular attractions, local food and off-beat spots.

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