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Where to eat in Madrid

Among the many things to do in Madrid when you book with Gomio, be sure not to miss an evening of tapas. Most bares will serve a free snack with every drink, so you can actually top yourself up after a hard day’s tourism by ordering only drinks at any bar. “Tapear” is certainly one of the top Madrid tourist attractions, and a very popular alternative to dinner (which in Spain happens at around 9-10 pm) among Spaniards.

But if it’s a proper meal that you are after, you’ll also find lots of restaurants around the city centre. The area behind Sol is packed with typical bars and restaurants, although they can be a little overpriced for tourists, so head outside that area and look for any bar: the less sophisticated, the more authentic. You’ll find lots everywhere, just be sure to carry your Madrid map as the maze of streets can get a little tricky, and ask for the daily menu (menú del día), which consists of two courses, drink, bread and dessert for a set price, usually around 10€. Most will serve Madrid’s speciality, the cocido madrileño, a hearty combo of chickpeas, cabbage, beef, salt pork, and chicken.

Unfortunately these bars don’t usually cater for vegetarians, but do not fret if you want to enjoy a meat-free dish. You’ll find many other types of restaurants, serving every cuisine in the world, around the city centre. There are for instance delicious Patatas Bravas, potatoes with a hot sauce.

 

Hostels in Madrid, Spain close to the main Square Placa del Sol