The city is home to 17 Michelin-star restaurants, but there's great food everywhere. So here's your guide to a variety of restaurants you shouldn't miss—including places offering extra chances to dive into Spanish history and culture.
Restaurants & MarketsWe'll kick off the list with some of our favorite places for a fabulous meal.
La Finca de Susana
Hours: 1–11:30 p.m. (Sunday–Wednesday), 1 p.m.–12 a.m. (Thursday–Saturday)
Address: Calle del Príncipe, 10
This stylish spot offers traditional Madrileño cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Bright, delicious pastas and a to-die-for Caprese salad make a perfect addition to the other Spanish fare on the menu. Don't miss the broad selection of house-made desserts.
- 1–4 p.m. (Mondays)
- 1–5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Tuesdays)
- 1 p.m.–1 a.m. (Wednesdays)
- 1 p.m.–2 a.m. (Thursdays)
- 1 p.m.–2:30 a.m. (Friday–Saturday)
- 1 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Address: Calle del Marqués de la Ensenada, 16
Under the direction of Chef Cesar Galán, Pointer Madrid is one of the most exciting fine-dining restaurants in Madrid. Pointer offers its own take on some of Spain's most iconic dishes, from risotto negro (risotto in squid ink) to perfectly grilled steaks. The restaurant's luxurious digs are perfect for a romantic dinner.
Hours: 1:30–4:30, 9–11:30 p.m. (Monday–Friday), 1:30–4:30 p.m., 9 p.m.–12 a.m. (Saturday), 1:30–4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Address: Calle de la Verónica, 3–4
La Tragantúa, like many Spanish restaurants, has a rotating menú del día at lunchtime, offering a series of courses that include the freshest food possible. But based on the incredible merluza (hake), pasta, and paella dishes I had during my visit, I have little doubt that anything La Tragantúa serves up will be of the utmost quality. Highly recommended.
Mercado de San Antón
Hours: 10 a.m.–12 a.m. daily
Address: Calle del Príncipe, 10
Located at the heart of Madrid's energetic Chueca neighborhood, the San Antón Market offers a slew of fresh foods and produce, as well as a variety of trendy spots to sit and have a tapa and glass of wine. Have a snack here, or a full dinner in the rooftop bar.
Hours: 9 a.m.–10 p.m. daily
Address: Calle del Barquillo, 19
It's not easy to find gluten-free and vegetarian food in Spain. But it's not just the wealth of healthy, alternative options that makes Celicioso so worth a visit. Every sandwich, salad, and homemade juice is crafted with the utmost care and incredibly fresh. There's even a broad selection of gluten-free baked goods. Try the macaroons!
Mercado de San Miguel
Hours: 10 a.m.–12 a.m. (Sunday–Thursday), 10 a.m.–1 a.m. (Friday–Saturday)
Address: Plaza de San Miguel
This centrally located market opens early and stays open late, meaning that at any time of day, it's the perfect place to try a broad range of Spanish foods. Try some delicious Iberian ham at the Carnicería Raza Nostra, sample Spanish cheeses and olives, or pick from a huge variety of freshly crafted tapas. If you find yourself stopping by the Mercado de San Miguel more than once during your stay in Madrid — you're not alone!
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Hours: 12–11:30 p.m. (Sunday–Thursday); 12 p.m.–1 a.m. (Friday–Saturday)
In the mood for something different? Nigiri offers fresh, quick sushi and other Japanese fare. If you don't have much time in Madrid, it's a great, centrally located option so you can stay on the go. And if you've had your fill of Spanish food, there's no better city than Madrid to discover alternative options.
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Snacks & Desserts
Madrid is an incredible city to explore on foot — but you'll need some fuel along the way. Try one of these delicious stops.
Helados Patagonia Artesanal
Hours: 1 p.m.–12:30 a.m. (Sunday–Thursday), 1 p.m.–1 a.m. (Friday), 12 p.m.–1 a.m. (Saturday)
Address: Calle del Dr Cortezo, 9
This may be one of the most delicious — and unique — ice cream shops in Europe. Try the artisanal strawberry ice cream, and you'll have no doubt it's made entirely from freshly picked strawberries; the same goes for every flavor they offer. But don't hesitate to try some of their wilder flavors, including the blue cheese ice cream, which is surprisingly one of the most delicious they offer. Tomato ice cream is also on the menu. Helados Patagonia is an absolute can't-miss.
Hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily
Address: Calle Serrano, 6
There aren't many places to eat in Retiro Park, so I'd highly recommend picking up some small sandwiches and pastries at the Pastelería Mallorca before diving in. Retiro is a gorgeous city park and well worth exploring, and the Mallorca's delicious small jamón ibérico sandwiches, fresh juices, and other delicious Spanish foods make for the perfect fuel.
La Chocolatería San Ginés
Hours: Open 24/7 daily
Address: Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5
This establishment, famous for its chocolate and churros, is at the heart of Madrid. It's also featured in some iconic Spanish literature, like the play Luces de Bohemia (Bohemian Lights) by Ramón del Valle-Inclán. The diner-style atmosphere is equally charming at breakfast time and late at night — and equally delicious.