If you need a Cuban escape in Madrid, Habanera is the place to go. The enormous restaurant – which is 900 square meters spread over several floors – will make you feel as if you’ve ended up in Havana for dinner, with bold colors, low lighting and sprawling tropical flora. The salsa tunes and delicious Cuban-inspired bites complete the ambiance.
Habanera, Calle de Génova, 28, Madrid, Spain, +34 917 372 017
Chef Fernando Ruiz whips up Spanish delights and delectable international creations like the signature PAIPÁI maki roll featuring crunchy prawns, avocado, Japanese mayo, corn flakes and secret sauces at this newly-opened restaurant. The décor is stylish and trendy, yet cosy at the same time, with low-hanging light fixtures, distressed wooden tables, a fireplace and a variety of books in English which you can read while waiting.
Restaurant PAIPÁI, Plaza del Perú nº4, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 486 788
Fusing Mediterrean and Asian food, Bacira’s high ceilings, Spanish-style iron columns (painted bright blue, of course) and industrial lighting make this spot seem light and airy, but still decidedly Spanish thanks to the vintage plates and Spanish tiles mounted on the walls. Sporadically placed plants give the place a natural feel.
Bacira, Calle del Castillo, 16, Madrid, Spain, +34 918 664 030
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Aside from the fact that the rabo de toro (oxtail) and manchego cheese sandwich is to die for, Mérimée‘s whimsical décor – complete with wood tables, plants, the Mérimée icon plastered around the restaurant and the penny farthing high-wheel bicycle – is adorable. It’s a great spot for a relaxing lunch break when shopping along Madrid’s famous Fuencarral street.
Mérimée, Calle de Fuencarral, 61, Madrid, Spain,+34 911 166 702
El Perro y La Galleta
With light flooding into El Perro y La Galleta thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows, this bright restaurant features vintage décor like old radios, books and lamps. The wooden tables and off-white benches plus the antique wooden bar make dining here a truly delightful experience. Let’s not forget the dog décor; after all, with “dog” in the restaurant’s name, it’s clearly a spot for animal lovers.
El Perro y La Galleta, Calle de Claudio Coello, 1, Madrid, Spain, +34 606 822 421
Bosco de Lobos
Located in the building where the Official Architecture Office and School of Madrid resides, of course Bosco de Lobos has to have sharp lines and cool décor. The outdoor patio is one of the best in town during the warm weather months, and the indoor high ceilings and geometric shapes will have diners admiring the design just as much as the Italian-Spanish fusion cuisine.
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Saporem’s funky indoor patio is romantic and fun, styled with flowers, glass bottles and dangling, criss-crossed strands of lights, reminiscent of a Brooklyn fire escape on a humid summer evening. Don’t worry about winter, as heat lamps ensure you can have the patio experience year-round. If you love Saporem so much you want to stay forever, you can, because it’s also attached to a neighboring hostel.
Saporem Chueca, Calle de Hortaleza, 74, 28004 Madrid, Spain, +34 913 688 137
With a sexy lounge area, a loft spot with tables and a half-indoor, half-outdoor patio, Perrachica is one of the most stylish spots in Madrid for a drink or dinner. With plenty of comfortable yet chic seating, giant glass bulbs suspended from the ceiling and ivy hung from above, Perrachica’s décor matches its food in perfect presentation.
Perrachica, Calle Eloy Gonzalo, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 917 377 775
One of the many cave-style restaurants in Madrid, don’t be distracted by the upstairs bar area at Amargo. Head down the stairs into the dark, cave restaurant, which changes the paintings hung on the walls to feature local artists regularly. Late night flamenco bands and musical groups sing as restaurant-goers enjoy Spanish fusion cuisine and dance through the cave’s aisle once the wine really starts flowing.
Amargo Place To Be, Calle del Pez, 2, Madrid, Spain, +34 910 847 990