The 38 Essential Madrid Restaurants

February 23, 2017

Where to find first-rate tapas, experimental fine dining, and chocolate-dunked churros

A cultural hub with world-class museums and gorgeous historic buildings and churches, Madrid is home to some of the most exciting and varied food in the country. “Spain’s capital is a destination that no gourmand should miss,” says deputy editor of Tapas Magazine Paula Móvil. “It simply has it all.”

It’s easy to find excellent homestyle staples like fried cod, snails, oxtail, and the city’s namesake stew, cocido Madrileño, all of which Móvil recommends washing down with a caña (a small glass of draught beer). But it’s not all about traditional fare: