Party Earth Review Located on a quaint, quiet street just outside the stone arches of Plaza Mayor, Cafeeke (Small Café) is a cozy and cheerful Belgian-owned bar that attracts an easygoing group of international and local customers in need of Belgium's finest hops. Inside this narrow little venue, patrons either huddle at the bar to chat or ... more
Calle de los Cuchilleros, 3
Party Earth Review It has often been said that Madrid, which is located right smack in the middle of the country, would be the perfect city if only it had a beach. Enter Ojalá ("I wish"), a hip bar and restaurant that has provided a partial solution to this fatal flaw by throwing a generous six inches of sand on the basement room floor. While ... more
Calle de San Andrés, 1
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 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 Tapas bars are a dime a dozen in Madrid, but La Chilostra offers a truly authentic atmosphere where patrons can find an amiable mix of bohemian and no-frills locals from the Lavapiés and Tirso neighborhoods who spill out into the street with drinks and tapas in hand. The peculiar yet homey décor consists mainly of a rustic ... more
Calle de la Cabeza, 1
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
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 El Tigre is regularly packed with groups of club-goers who have turned the bar into their favorite pit stop for economical drinks and the complimentary plates of traditional tapas that come with them. Patrons on a budget may want to overlook the moose heads on the walls and the dirty napkins that litter the floor, because ... more
Calle de las Infantas, 30
Gay Club / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Although the clientele may be ambiguous at Madrid’s premier drag show venue, the unstoppable energy at Gula Gula – which translates to "gluttony gluttony" – certainly isn’t. Situated right on Gran Vía, the posh venue attracts a diverse crowd ranging from bachelorette parties to older visitors who stop by to experience a ... more
Calle Gran Vía, 1
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 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 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
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.