The Café de Chinitas is, first and foremost, about flamenco. Indeed, it is one of Madrid’s best-known haunts to witness this most evocative and idiosyncratic of Spanish traditions, strongly associated with the the large and often persecuted Romani community of Andalucía in the south of the country. Attendees can pick from a wide range of tapas snacks, or from heavier favorites like paella and tortillas, all while indulging in the local wines and passing a riveting evening watching skilled flamenco dancers and musicians.
Address: Calle Torija, 7, 28013 Madrid, Spain, +34 915 47 15 02
Rustika is a highly unconventional eatery situated in Calle Minas near the city center. The first obvious point of divergence with traditional Spanish cafes is the bright and whimsical decoration, which veers from the mystically-inspired to the almost psychedelic; taking a look at the menu, visitors will find a range of snacks and meals drawn from a wide variety of European, African and Oriental cuisines. A little off the beaten path, Rustika is an intriguing little corner.
Address: Calle del Limón, 11, 28015 Madrid, Spain,+34 915 42 15 67
The Café Central is an institution in Madrid live music. Regarding the staging of musical performances as a core part of its own identity and purpose, the Café gives performers a full week of performance time, ensuring that customers will be able to arrange a visit at a time of their own convenience. Also serving a range of typical Mediterranean options such as salads, tostas and platters of Spanish cheeses, there’s little not to like about this much-loved pillar of the capital’s live music performance circuit.
Address: Plaza del Ángel, 10, 28012 Madrid, Spain, +34 913 69 41 43
The so-called “Secret Garden” may be the worst-kept secret in Madrid, as the frequent queues on the street outside attest. Attracting all manner of visitors, El Jardín Secreto is one of Madrid’s most refreshingly distinctive cafeterias, accommodating all comers in a zany and eclectic environment which draws inspiration from some of its wackier Northern European and American counterparts. The Jardín particularly prides itself on its trademark cakes and pastries, which are a great shout for weary travelers wanting to sit a while and indulge a sweet tooth.
Address: Calle Conde Duque, 2, 28015 Madrid, Spain, +34 915 41 80 23