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Where to Eat Tapas in Madrid

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The Spanish tradition of tapas—small plates meant to be shared—is a way of life in Madrid. Eating tapas can seem intimidating at first, so let this guide take care of your first question: Where to eat tapas in Madrid? And remember, it’s okay to throw your napkins on the ground in these traditional tapas spots—it’s a way of letting future patrons know the bar has been busy!
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Madrid, Spain
This tavern-based tapas bar in Madrid was founded in 1906 and fiercely carries out the tapas tradition. It has had many famous patrons, including Andy Warhol, and has a great wine selection as well as beers to go along with the famous garlic...
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Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Renowned chef Paco Roncero re-interprets everyday Spanish food without crossing the line into pretentiousness at Estado Puro; here, flavor matters more than presentation and dishes are perfectly portioned. Patatas bravas, fried potatoes spiked...
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Calle de la Bola, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Dinner at El Mollete Taberna was my most memorable meal during a solo trip to Spain last year. This tiny Tapas bar is run by an amazing family and their passion for food and wine comes through in every bite. The family tucked me in at the bar, set...
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Calle del Duque de Medinaceli, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
I once heard that eating tapas while standing builds character. Going into a tiny dark tapas bar in Madrid and ordering parts of a pig that aren't normally consumed does too. Toni, owner and cook at Casa Toni in Madrid, sautées this...
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Known for their Andalusian-style trout and asparagus, La Trucha tapas keep the locals coming back for more. The food is excellent (their omelet is absolutely amazing) and the place is always crowded with both locals and tourists, a good sign!
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28005, Calle de Toledo, 21, 28005 Madrid, Spain
El Rastro is overwhelming. As one of the largest outdoor flea markets in Europe, you're going to need a break at some point. Enter El Capricho Extremeño, a Sunday afternoon institution in Madrid. The line will be long, but it's part of the...
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Calle del León, 12, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Cheese connoisseurs, welcome to heaven. Casa Gonzalez has been serving up the widest selection of queso (cheese) with an authentic flair for years. The wine list does not disappoint and somehow the service is always smiling, even when the bar is...
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Plaza de Sta. Ana, 9, 28012 Madrid, Spain
I simply love Naturbier. The atmosphere is always warm, regardless of the weather; perhaps due to the delicious beers on tap—light (rubia) or dark (tostada) and the happy attitude of the staff. Calamari and Gazpacho always seem to be coming out of...
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Calle Gran Vía, 72, 28013 Madrid, Spain
The Museum of Ham, Museo del Jamon has a hold on the heart of Madrid. The excellent prices, large spaces, and convenient hours of operation mean that the Museo is nearly always packed after working hours. Feel like a local, and push your way to...
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Calle de Espronceda, 17, 28003 Madrid, Spain
Traditional and outstanding Spanish tapas and small plates at Sylkar in an urban and common Madrid neighborhood. Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette) is known as one of the best in the city, also order their croquettes and torrijas a specialty...