Hi Paradise Seekers, I’m back!
While I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve certainly missed telling you about my travel stories, so here I am…excited to share what I’ve been up to all summer. What better subject to begin with, than an ode to one of my favorite things: Food. I hope you enjoy my Foodie Guide to Eating in Madrid and find it useful for your next trip to this beautiful city.
Mercado de San Miguel: This is your one-stop-shop. The market is open from 10:00 am to midnight most days and until 2:00 am from Thursday-Saturday, so go for breakfast in the morning or enjoy a midnight craving of delicious Spanish croquetas. There are dozens of stands with fruits, paella, cured meats, seafood and everything in between. Oh and by the way, the Sangria here is the best in the city! #paraisotip: make sure to bring cash.
Harina Madrid: This trendy spot has a minimalist vibe and an airy space, perfect for brunch. You can enjoy an assortment of baked goods or a refreshing gazpacho for the hot summer days of Madrid. #paraisotip: There’s outside sitting where you have a great view of La Puerta de Alcalá, but sitting outside will cost more! The inside menu is slightly cheaper.
Restaurante Ten con Ten: Try having a meal at an elegant, up-scale restaurant during your vacation…that’s right, treat yourself! For a fancy-yet-fun spot look no further than Ten con Ten. The gazpacho is to die for and so are the canelones de ossobuco. The service is impeccable and the food presentation is a foodie’s fantasy. #paraisotip: make reservations in advance.
La Naviera: I’ll start this one with my #paraisotip: take a day trip to Toledo, a neighboring town south of Madrid. The medieval-esque town looks like it’s from a fairy tale and it’s home to La Naviera. This seafood restaurant has a friendly staff, great wine selection, and of course, great seafood paella. Another #paraisotip: one paella will feed up to four people.
Mesón Rincón de la Cava: You can’t go to Spain and not eat tapas…well, a mesón is the perfect place to do so. This petit-endroit is one of the several mesones behind Plaza Mayor in Madrid, where you can try gambas al ajillo, pulpo a la gallega, jamón ibérico, I could go on an on…#paraisotip: order the solomillo, you can thank me later.
Ojalá: A creative gastronomic concept for sure, Ojalá offers a diverse menu in an eclectic venue with hanging gardens and its own beach! The restaurant is located in the millenial-mecca of Madrid, the Malasaña neighborhood (an artsy/boho-chic area with restaurants, galleries, and bars). #paraisotip: this place is so picture-worthy, you should go during the day to capture the best shots with natural light. Also, make sure to visit the lower level for the restaurant’s beach.
El Imparcial: This was probably my favorite restaurant in Madrid. Period. The restaurant is located in the old building of El Imparcial newspaper, in the El Rastro neighborhood (between Malasaña and La Latina). Its aesthetic and contemporary concept can be seen throughout the venue with beautiful décor and exquisite dishes. #paraisotip: Order the Tartar de solomillo de ternera con helado de mostaza…yes, you read it right, mustard ice cream…so delicious!
I hope you get a chance to enjoy these recommendations. If you go or have been, make sure to comment below and tell me what you liked about these places. Are there any other restaurants in Madrid I should know about? Join the club and leave a comment below.