In Spain, gastronomy is a pleasure. It is known for its wines, its ham, its olive oil, its tapas, its pintxos and its Mediterranean diet. It offers a variety of dishes and flavours that change depending on the region.

Madrid people like to have a coffee with milk and toast, either with butter and jam or with oil and tomato for breakfast. I am one of those who prefer bread with a good olive oil.

But what we really love in Madrid is snacking, going out for tapas with friends, whether for lunch or dinner. The city is full of places to go for tapas.


Some of the typical dishes of Madrid are:

  • Bocadillo de calamares: bread with Roman squid. There are many bars around the Plaza Mayor that serve them. 
  • Callos a la madrileña: stew based on casserole meat.
  • Cocido madrileño: chickpea, meat, bacon and vegetable stew that warms the body,especially during the cold months.
  • Chocolate con churros o porras: one of the preferred breakfasts based on dough for fritters with a cylindrical striated shape (churro) or with elongated striated shape but thicker (porra). Don’t miss the Chocolatería San Ginés, open since 1894.
  • Croqueta: fried portion of dough made with egg hash, ham, meat or fish and bechamel, battered in egg and breadcrumbs.
  • Huevos estrellados: fried eggs with fried potatoes and accompanied or not with serrano ham, chorizo or chistorra. 
  • Patatas bravas: fried potatoes in oil and accompanied by a hot sauce, known as brava sauce.
  • Rosquillas de San Isidro: Round sweet made with sugar, flour and eggs, typical of the festivities of San Isidro, in the month of May. You can find them “dumb” without glass sugar, and “smart”, which are given a sugar bath. 
  • Sopa de ajo: soup made with garlic, ham and bread. 
  • Torrija: slice of bread soaked in milk or wine and battered with egg, fried and sweetened, typical of Holy Week. 
  • Tortilla de patatas: omelette made with eggs and potatoes previously cooked in oil.

In the “Tips” section of Madrid you will find some of the city’s gastronomic markets where you can enjoy some of its typical dishes.

Let’s not forget the strawberries from Aranjuez, melons from Villaconejos, sangria, clara (beer with soda), summer red wine (red wine with lemon or soda), chinchón (aniseed drink made in Chinchón , town of the Community of Madrid).

“Enjoy your meal” – Buen provecho!

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