Top 10 Tapas Bars In Madrid
Published on June 30, 2013
We're off to Madrid this weekend and will try to visit many of these Tapas bars. We're not local, so will use google maps - it would be fantastic if there was a way for you to place them as pins on a google map.
My wife's first visit to Madrid so she's pretty excited!
These all should delicious. I have only really had tapas in Barcelona but it seems like you might need to know where you are going to find the best places. There are a lot of touristy bad seeds I suppose.
An incredible choice of places, some of them I do not know but the ones I know are top indeed!! funny that you put together extremely traditional places with "Estado Puro" one of the newest!!! I love Taberna la Ardosa and la Venencia.
I've never been to Madrid, but this list makes me think that maybe I should give the place a try! In the mean time, I'll have to make do with the growing list of restaurants serving tapas in Hong Kong!
great list. Must get back to Madrid soon, another of your articles that makes me want to book an immediate one way flight to Spain!
I am referring to a restaurant called La Salseria. I thought there was more than one so I said Salserias. The one I am referring to was near La Puerta de Toledo. It used to be really popular with students. The main draw was fried potatoes served on wooden artist palettes. Instead of paint they would have different sauces to choose from like alioli or ketchup etc. it was awesome!!
I must return to Madrid soon!!! Is there nothing trendy in the Cuatro Caminos district near the Alvarado metro stop? The Museo de Jamón also was a great stop near the Prado at the Atocha metro stop.(Many years ago). What are the best Salserias?
Lots of surefire bets here, Robin. I often take visitors to Baco y Beto for the fried setas, and I'm also a fan of La Ardosa, Docamar, and Almendro 13. I have yet to make it to Tximiri, which I keep hearing about--it's on my list!
It's always hard to decide where to go and what to try when you visit a city for the first time and many travel guides just don't give enough of the right information. Thank you, Robin, This is the kind of information that I really need to make an informed decision.
Estado puro does not sound like my type of bar but El Almendro sounds a good place for us to share a stool or hang off the ceiling!
When I go to Madrid again, I will definitely check out at least some of these places. Living in the Canary Islands, it's almost impossible to find decent patatas bravas. Tis the land of papas arrugadas, after all.
Some great picks Robin! Thanks for the tour mention too. With so many places for tapas in Madrid, it's great to narrow them down!
Sounds like I need to visit some more! I really loved El Almendro, their roscas are great (as well as their huevos rotos, obviously).
Stylish, informative and interesting ... it is what we have come to expect from Robin. I'll be bookmarking this for my next trip to Madrid.
I'm not nomrally a fan of "Top Ten" articles... but how can I resist one written by Robin... that is focussed on food... and that is based in our country? Well I can't - so there you are then.
Good point about the map, Andy but these bars are all fairly central. Madrid has a good metro system that will help you get out to the La Latina neighborhood. Good luck and enjoy!
Thanks so much for commenting! Love your site and would recommend it to anyone looking for a passionate insider's take on the city.
Tapas is to Spain as Guinness is to Ireland - it might be available everywhere but it's at its best in the mother country ;)
Ah yes I just looked it up, had never heard of it. Crinkle cut fries and sauces, interesting twist on the bravas thing. You threw me because the word is more generally applied to Mexican restaurants.
Salserias are Mexican restaurants, aren't they? I'm sure you could find one or two in Madrid but you have to remember that Mexican food and Spanish food are two completely different things. I've never heard the word used in Spain except in reference to a Mexican restaurant.
Thanks Cassandra - Txirimiri is a winner, trendy without getting too precious about it, and a nice balance between very simple food and some more interesting options.
Thanks Sue, it would be great to think someone would have their visit to Madrid enhanced by this list.
The rough and tumble of the place did make feel a little old, if I'm being honest Paddy. Plenty of excellent bars to duck into for a rest though.
I hear you. Estado Puro wouldn't be for everyone and once I'd had my experience there, I was happy to get back somewhere more down to earth, but what they do they do spectacularly well and it's good to get outside the comfort zone once in a while and try the new.
Thanks Lauren. Yes, with the quality, quantity and variety on offer in Madrid it can help to pick out the gems as best we can, something I know you do very well yourself.
Nothing at all, Robin, I agree. And it fits in with my whole going local ethos. However, you never can tell how spicy the mojo's going to be. Whereas, as a bravas sauce, its piquancy is assured.
Thanks Matt - I only noticed yesterday. There's a bar of the same name - historically linked - at that other address and I hear it's very good but it isn't the one I reviewed :)