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Bars and Restaurants in Madrid


At night we like the area around Plaza Santa Ana, a square Sangria at Naturbier just off Puerta del Sol and situated in an older barrio of Madrid which has a really nice atmosphere at night and a good selection of bars and restaurants with seats inside and out. We haven't found a restaurant that we particularly like here, but a nice bar is Naturbier which brews its own beer and where we had great Sangria - loved the mixed nuts too! Be aware that, as in many places in Spain, it costs more to have a drink on the outside terrace than inside the bar. Visit Naturbier's website for more information and photos.

Calle Huertas in this area also has many places to eat and drink, and in 2013 we had a meal at the very popular El Picolino de la Farfalla, an Italian restaurant. Because it was so busy we thought it would have to be good, but we were very disappointed with the doughy pizza and the spaghetti arrabiatta had the blandest of tomato sauces, without a hint of spicyness.


The Plaza Mayor area also has a lot of bars and cafes but is more touristy and you can expect to pay more because of the location.The square is a nice place to sit and have a drink but if you're going to eat there, check the price first.


We have twice eaten at Pasta Nostra, Pizza Nostra (Carrera de San Jeronimo 32) with a great selection of pasta and pizza at reasonable prices. This is a chain with several branches throughout Spain, and their lunch deals are particularly good value.

A nice place to spend some time, do some shopping, have a glass of wine and eat some tapas is the lively Mercado San Miguel. It's an indoor market with stalls selling gifts and food, but also has bars and stands where you can buy tapas or snacks -Mercado San Miguel, Madrid everything from olives to oysters. You can get a glass of wine from one stall (we like the rosado at Pinkleton Wine's stall - €3 per glass in October 2013, see left), then buy something to eat from another and wander around the market or (if you're lucky enough to get a seat!) sit down and enjoy! The food and drink aren't cheap, but the quality is good and the place has a real buzz about it. We've been there a few times now and it's now a must-go for us when we're in Madrid. Visit their website for more information.

Mercado San Anton is another similar place to Mercado San Miguel. There are food stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, bread, etc on the first floor, then a selection of places where you can have some tapas and a drink, and there's a roof top terrace. We didn't like it as much as San Miguel as we felt it didn't have a same buzz about it, but it's still worth a visit. Visit their website for more information.Chocolateria San Gines

 If you get the munchies at the end of the evening, try some thick hot chocolate and churros (long, skinny version of the donut!) at Chocolateria San Gines near Calle del Arenal (see photo on right). It's open from 6pm till 7am! Not the healthiest of late night snacks, but probably good to soak up some of that alcohol! Visit their website.

There's an amazing bakery on Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, 2 near to the Sol Metro station called La Mallorquina. It's an institution in Madrid, established in the late 1800s, and it feels like you've stepped back in time, but it always seems to be packed out the door and its popularity is well deserved. Try their cakes, pastries, sandwiches etc, many still warm and freshly baked. Mmmm...!!! There is a coffee shop upstairs where you can sit down and have a coffee and snack. Visit their website for more information.

El Museo de Jamon is a very popular chain of bars selling low price beer and snacks. As the the name suggests, the focus is on ham and you can get a sandwich or plate of ham to have with your drink. It's not luxurious, but is busy with locals and tourists alike and the prices are very cheap. They also do breakfasts, and other food such as paella, burgers, salads, croissants, etc and even a menu del dia. Visit their website for more information.

We had nice stuffed croissants (one with chicken in a mango and curry sauce and one with tuna with cherry tomatoes) at Pepe Botella at Plaza de 2 de Mayo in the Malasana area.

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