Every meal in Madrid is a culinary adventure. Whether it’s Tapas or a sit down Lunch and Dinner, Madrid offers the gourmet lover excellent restaurants, exquisite traditional gastronomy and a Madrid Fusion Cuisine, always accompanied by the best wines. There are over 3,000 restaurants to choose from. Many with Michelin stars.
Start your tour of Madrid’s Gastronomy with a visit to two of the city’s great markets which reflect the diversity of Spain’s Gastronomy. First you’ll visit the popular Mercado de San Miguel Market next to Plaza Mayor, a beautiful turn of the century building. Here you will join the locals and international ‘food lovers’ savoring the incredible produce and dishes from all regions that can be found, as well as great Spanish wines. This market is also a favorite for evening Tapas.
Your next stop is the Mercado de San Anton Market in the popular neighborhood of Chueca. The Market dates back to the 19th century, and also offers an impressive variety of Spanish specialties. During your ‘foodie’ adventure don’t be surprised if you run into some of Madrid’s popular Chefs buying and tasting the freshness of the daily produce, seafood and meats. After your tour of this market you might want to enjoy ‘tapas’ and excellent wines in their rooftop bars.
Every evening all of Madrid chooses to visit their local neighborhood bars, or walk to the historic Tapas District the largest in Spain, and partake of Tapas accompanied by a glass of wine, beer or the popular Sangria. If you choose to join them, you can stop in one of the very traditional bars dating back to the 18th century or a modern bar, each with its very own special Tapas.
You may choose to relax in one of the many open cafes while sipping a glass of wine. Madrid has great open cafés in places like Plaza de Santaor Plaza Mayor which come alive every evening. You will find that most places are open past two or three in the morning!