Tapas in Madrid: The Simple Pleasure of Small Bites, Red Wine and Good Conversation

Going out for tapas is one of Madrid’s most delicious traditions. Whether in a tapas bar, a local tavern or a trendy restaurant, the pleasure is the same: small plates of tasty, creative morsels perfect for sampling, glasses of red wine to wash them down and good conversation as accompaniment.

Go ahead and try some tapas before lunch, after dinner or even instead of dinner with a fun, traditional tapas crawl! This simply means sampling a tapa or two at one establishment before heading on to the next, and it is the perfect way to find the tapas you like best!

Customarily, the city’s taverns and tapas bars have been located in the La Latina neighborhood or near the Puerta del Sol, with those featuring zinc bars, marble tables, tile walls and a red exterior most closely following the city’s long tapas tradition. Today you can certainly find lots of delicious places to have tapas throughout the Spanish capital; no neighborhood is without a place to go for tapas. However, the biggest concentration for tapas establishments continues to be in the La Latina neighborhood or near the Puerta del Sol. The problem will be choosing which one to try first!

Chueca & Malasaña
La Bardemcilla
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Run by the cinematic Bardem family (the Oscar-winning Javier, along with sister M�nica, brother Carlos and old screen legend mother Pilar). Miniature movie sets, family photos and film stills adorn the walls. The tapas and larger raciones...  Read More

Cerveceria Santa Barbara

Cervecer�a Santa B�rbara is a local restaurant and tavern that serves up plates of tapas, sandwiches, shrimp and other Spanish fare that is more often than not washed down with small glasses of the Mahou beer on tap. At...  Read More

You will have a pleasant dining experience in this charming restaurant situated in the previous home of Miguel de Cervantes. You can mingle with the locals at the bar while enjoying delicious tapas, or you can have a full meal in the restaurant....  Read More

100 Montaditos
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100 Montaditos is a fun, cheap Spanish sandwich and beer chain with a slightly Andalusian feel to it. But true to its name, the restaurant offers 100 types of sandwiches, and as they are small ("montadito" means a small sandwich), diners are...  Read More

La Latina & Lavapiés

The only thing that was less than perfect about the original La Musa in Malasaña was its cramped dimensions. This newer branch solves the problem with large airy spaces and even slicker décor. The excellent menu expanded too, particularly for...  Read More

Casa Lucio promises great authentic Spanish food regardless what you choose to order. You can choose from a selection including Jabugo ham with broad beans, shrimp in garlic sauce, and hake with green sauce. You can also choose from several...  Read More

La Latina & Lavapiés
Taberna del Zapatero

Named after its charming location in an old shoemaker's shop, this boisterous tavern is festooned with old tools of the cobbler's trade. In homage to the restaurant's origins, its signature flat little canap�s are known as suelas or shoe...  Read More

Casa Labra

Casa Labra has special historical significance because the Spanish Socialist party was established here in 1879. When you enter, you'll get the impression that the dark wood interior and Spanish-style d�cor appears to have changed very...  Read More

Antonio Sanchez (Tabernas)

The original owner, a bullfighter, took the tapas bar's name in honor of his son who was killed in the ring. The walls still display bullfighting paraphernalia, and the conversation within often turns to the best bullfighters. You can order from...  Read More

Casa Paco is Madrid's finest steak house. The meat is exquisite, and the service mirrors the quality of food. Casa Paco's trademark is that all steaks are served on plates hot enough to continue to cook the meat while it is at your table. There...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah

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