You know how they say Madrid is the “most” Spanish of the big cities in Spain? Well, let’s find out if this is true. Spain without Madrid, is like a heart without love? Yes, the same way one of yoga’s prominent gurus, B.K.S. Iyengar once said (“Life without tapas, is like a heart without love.”). Yes, indeed he was referring to another “tapas” here… I changed up the quote a bit, and hey, the same should apply!
Through the centuries, tapas- those soupçons served in multiple bites per serving- have become a great exemplar of the Spanish cuisine of which Madrid has gained a reputation for. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a hand-picked Top 5 list of tapas bars in Madrid that our locals recommend.
Taberna Huevos de Lucio Madrid
As recommended by our Madrid Spotter Nadia, this little tavern may be exactly what it is you desire when looking for a local, traditional Spanish tapas bar. As the name Taberna Huevos de Lucio Madrid suggests, this spot specializes in “huevos” translated into eggs, in a variety of forms. This is a famous spot, also among the tourists… but the fact that it is just as popular among the locals, should also speak for itself, or in other words, it’s most definitely worth a visit. This tavern-like spot will give you a very “local” experience and of course as a real local spot should, offers prices that don’t break the bank!
La Cazorla Castelló Madrid
As our Madrid Spotter Andrea would recommend, La Cazorla Castelló Madrid seems to be what a traveler scrolling the streets of Madrid would be looking for after a day of hustling in the bustle. A mouth-watering range of different tapas is available. Like clams cooked with garlic, white wine, and parsley, fried fish, stewed kidneys, some well-dressed beef tomatoes…
Here’s the catch though: every drink you order by the bar comes with a complimentary tapas, urging you to only want that one more glass of wine!
La Caja Madrid
What’s great about La Caja Madrid is that it’s located on a street where you can find anything from the likes of shops, ice cream parlors, playgrounds, cinemas, and restaurants. This makes it a great spot to drop by whilst getting about with what it is you need to do for the rest of the day- making it of course- a potentially popular spot among the locals! Yes, La Caja has only recently opened its doors, therefore it’s a spot worth all the more uncovering.
A daily menu is not yet available, but the beautiful interior, cozy terrace, and a delicious array of authentic and delicious tapas and food is nevertheless made available to fine-tune the perfect entire package they want to offer.
La Verbena Madrid
La Verbena bar prides itself in serving traditional Spanish dishes and tapas with a little bit of a twist. They are located just steps away from Plaza Dos de Mayo in the heart of Malasaña and their bar is open all day! What’s so great about this place is that the prices are fair and they pride themselves in serving traditional Spanish dishes and tapas with a little bit of a twist. The decor is colorful but simple and they serve vermut straight from the tap.
At night It’s usually packed with people having a few beers or a gin and tonic to start off their night!
Mercado San Ildefonso Madrid
Without a doubt, this trendy urban market located in the trendy neighborhood Malasaña, makes for a perfect spot to drop by to treat yourself to a thirst-quenching and a couple finger-licking bites of tapas you can cherry pick from many different vendors.
Mercado San Ildefonso Madrid consists of three floors, of which the first floor caters to offering you a wide array of tapas, the second being Madrid Spotter Nadia’s favorite place to refresh on the terrace and the third floor having a cocktail bar on display to enjoy another drink into nightfall accompanied by good background music as a cherry on top for the cosy atmosphere.
Still hungry? Check Spotted by Locals Madrid for more local inspiration!