Party Earth Review Most of the historical center of Madrid was built on a high plateau amid a network of lush green gardens and parks – and situated on a corner in the southern part of that plateau, far away from the city’s constant swarm of tourists, is a little café called El Ventorrillo. Although the small, indoor bar is rather nondescript ... more
Calle de Bailén, 14
Party Earth Review Halfway between the heart of Chueca and the historic Calle Alcalá is Libertad 8 Café, a surprising little haven for artists tucked away on the narrow street that gives the place its name. A typical Spanish bar with its cracked wood furnishings occupies the front of the café, where a few relaxed regulars can usually be found ... more
Calle de la Libertad, 8
Cuban Bar / Cuban Restaurant
Party Earth Review Tropical cocktails liberate the inhibitions of the laid-back crowd at La Negra Tomasa, an animated Cuban music bar where waitresses dressed in traditional island attire serve up Cuban favorites like mojitos and special black bean dishes. The cluttered décor features countless photos, posters, vintage advertisements, newspaper ... more
Calle de Cádiz, 9
Party Earth Review Villa Rosa, an elegant yet hopping flamenco club on a corner of Plaza de Santa Ana, offers a break from the modern, ultra-flashy nightclubs of Madrid. A massive chocolate- and vanilla-hued mural of a bygone era graces the façade of the building and hints at the nostalgic interior to come as patrons step into a warmly lit ... more
Plaza de Santa Ana, 15
Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review From its dignified steel sign and austere stone façade to the shining hardwood floors, dim orange lighting, and soft jazz and funk music, Del Diego successfully sets the mood for a suave, stylish crowd to spend a cool night on the town. While the décor and attentive tuxedo-clad waiters suggest swanky and upscale, there ... more
Calle de la Reina, 12
Party Earth Review Tucked away on a tranquil corner of the otherwise clamorous neighborhood of Malasaña, Café Ruiz is a charming little spot that offers a more subdued atmosphere than the other bars in the area. An authentic 1920s vibe is helped along by the lovely hardwood fixtures and furnishings, as well as by the bluesy piano sounds and ... more
Calle de Ruiz, 11
Party Earth Review Chocolatería San Ginés has been a staple of Madrid’s nightlife scene for over a hundred years, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their most famous concoction – churros con chocolate, a delightful dessert of fried dough served with a large teacup of thick, melted chocolate for dipping. The Chocolatería is one of the ... more
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5
Party Earth Review A spirited and cheery hangout, Café del Soul is a narrow bar and eatery where easygoing patrons of all ages enjoy a chill vibe and a hearty selection of both tapas and cocktails. Warm, coral-colored adobe walls and groovy electronic dance music add to the mellow vibe, while the Gaudí-inspired tables and booths in the back ... more
Calle de Espoz y Mina, 14
Party Earth Review A swanky Japanese restaurant by day, Shoko transforms by night into a sexy dance club that offers a unique and upper scale alternative in the otherwise rustic and old-fashioned neighborhood of La Latina. Patrons are introduced to the beautiful space first through an open-air arboretum whose centerpiece is a grand ... more
Calle de Toledo, 86
Restaurant / Tapas Bar
Party Earth Review Tapas have dominated Madrid’s gastronomic scene since before it became the capital in the sixteenth century, but La Musa has taken that tradition and run with it. Part of a small population of restaurants seeking to reinvent age-old dishes, the venue fuses traditional Spanish tapas with international flavors. Not surprisingly ... more
Calle de Manuela Malasaña, 18
Party Earth Review A massive covered market that’s been doling out fabulously fresh fare since 1916, the Mercado de San Miguel attracts a wide variety of Madrileños and tourists daily, from local homemakers hunting sliced ham to statuesque Spanish ladies relaxing over oysters and champagne. Built almost entirely of exposed iron beams and ... more
Plaza San Miguel 1
Party Earth Review With its prime location on the corner of Plaza de Santa Ana and its façade of bamboo shutters and dried grass awnings, it’s hard to miss Mauna Loa, the only place in town that offers a truly Hawaiian experience and fabulous tropical drinks. Although patrons are greeted in the bar by the sounds of exotic birds and an elaborate ... more
Plaza de Santa Ana, 13
Restaurants in Madrid may be the most varied in all of Spain! Whether hungry denizens crave Andalusian classics like gazpacho, the majesty of Valencia paella, the Basque region’s signature take on cod, or Madrid’s own 1001 ways to make pork stew, it’s very hard to go hungry in this town or even eat the same dish twice.
Even though Madrid is miles from the ocean, cool seafood restaurants abound with fresh catches of the day that are trucked in like clockwork.
For those in need of light American cuisine, fun budget cafeterias serving items like fried eggs and simple salads are rarely far away, and all Madrid restaurants offer a prix fixe menu that is often a very economical way to fill up before or after exploring the city. Keep in mind that the menú turístico, often offered at lunch, can be quite large, but those with hearty appetites will find it a great value.
Trendy international eateries, while not as prevalent as many other European capitals, are also plentiful, with heavy emphasis on Latin American, North African, Middle Eastern, and Asian restaurants.