I almost never pass up a chance to see some live music, and Madrid has a lot to offer these days, although that wasn’t really the case when I first lived here. Café Central however, has had concerts every single day of the week for the last 35 years – it’s legendary. I’ve seen many unforgettable performances in Central’s beautiful mirrored interior over the years, and I plan to see many more!
What makes it unique for me is that you can see amazing jazz artists up close – during the 2 hour concert you can be sitting within feet of the performers. You don’t need to be a massive jazz fan to be blown away by the experience. The programme changes every week; each group plays for 7 nights in a row, from 21:00 – 23:00. Ticket prices depend on who’s playing, and range from 10 – 20 euros. There is generally an older crowd, and the audience is respectful; it makes a nice change to hear music without people talking all the way through.
The food here is good too – they have a terraza and an excellent fixed price lunch menu. Now the good weather is coming, it’s a good spot to sit outside, right by Plaza de Santa Ana and the popular Calle Huertas. I like it especially because there is always something for me – I don’t eat meat, and they offer a different fish and vegetarian option every day, which isn’t true of most “menu del dia”!
Great coffee too!