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El capricho extremeño – Enormous tostas!

Only open at the weekends, this is the place to go for a break from browsing at the Rastro (flea market) and a snack to keep your energy levels up. They only serve tostas (open sandwiches on chapatta bread), but these are no ordinary tostas – they are enormous and heaped with delicious toppings like ham, cheese, octopus, mushrooms, smoked salmon, prawns, and many more! This is basic, good food at its best.

The popularity of this place with the locals is obvious when you arrive and see the queue forming out of the door. But don’t be put off, because the service is very quick. Once you get to the bar, shout your order to the waiter (so you can be heard above the hubbub of noise inside this tiny little bar), and wait a few seconds while they grab the tostas which are mostly piled up haphazardly behind the bar. You can order a drink too, a caña (small beer) is usually my choice, but don’t expect to be able to stand at the bar to drink it. This is takeaway food, so you’ll be shooed away to eat and drink out on the street. In the summer, the square at the bottom of the street, just a few metres away, is always full of people perched on walls, or sitting on the ground, enjoying their little tosta picnic.

This place is a must!

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Calle de Carlos Arniches, 30, Madrid

Opening Times

Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:30


Tosta from: € 2

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)