Gastronomía De España: Madrid’s Best Cultural Restaurants And Markets

Madrid | ©Maryge
Esha Chaman

Food is a way of life in Madrid. The city’s ubiquitous cervercerías, packed full of locals every hour of the day, are a testament to the Madrileños’ passion for eating. From modern organic cafes to quintessentially Spanish tabernas and bustling Sunday markets, Madrid promises a culinary experience that will open your mind to true Spanish dining.

Madrid’s Cultural Eateries


1. Casa Álvarez

Bar, Spanish

Café cortado
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Dotted along Madrid’s streets dwell many cervercerías, buzzing with locals and layers of conversation echoing from their doors. But few are as enriched with times gone by as Casa Álvarez. Founded in 1920, it continues to anticipate the wave of customers as a line of saucers wait on the bar especially for desayunos. The delectable display of home-made churros and croissants are on offer, but the pincho de tortilla reigns above these authentic desayunos options. Tuck into a fluffy, golden slice rich with olive oil, soft pieces of potato and onion, and sip on a cafè cortado whilst gazing at the black and white photos of the past.

Madrid’s Sunday Markets

Spain‘s capital never sleeps – not even on Sunday mornings. A morning stroll around Madrid will lead you to the city’s markets, where local crafts and delicious fresh produce at bargain prices are sure to sweep you off your feet. Here are our favourite weekend markets in Madrid.

Sunday market

2. El Rastro


Rastro flea market. Madrid, Spain.
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El Rastro beckons many tourists on Sunday mornings while the rest of the city remains fast asleep. Throngs of stalls bejewelled with antiques web out in every direction from Plaza de Cascorro, trickling through the long and narrow streets of La Latina like a cobbled stream. Europe‘s biggest Sunday market is the perfect place to drift along from stall to stall collecting quintessential hand-painted fans, vintage flamenco dresses, second-hand goods and local artwork. Whether you’re on a bargain hunt, or casually basking in the bustling atmosphere, this monumental flea-market is what Sundays are made for in Madrid.
Open Sundays and Public Holidays from 8:00-15:00.
By Esha Chaman

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