Tapitas in Madrid
If there is one thing Madrid is known for it is the city’s awesome food scene. Spain’s capital is home to a plethora of great markets, restaurants, and nightlife – and one of the best ways to experience the city is through the tapas.
Tradition of Tapas
Tapas are a traditional style of food served throughout Spain. There are tapas bars all over the world, but you don’t generally see them served in the traditional Spanish way. In Spain, tapas are small, bite-sized snacks meant to accompany your drink; this could be a fried salt-cod croquette, olives, a meatball, or cured cheese with an anchovy on top. There are plenty of places throughout Madrid to partake in this unique experience.
Food scene discoveries
Mercado San Miguel is a gastronomic wonderland. With over twenty stands offering authentic Spanish food highlighting the beautiful ingredients and flavors of Spain, this world-class market is a perfect place to try a few tapas. Keep an eye out for the fried seafood, artisanal burrata, and seared, smoky padron peppers. The market is open until 2 am Thursday through Saturday and until midnight the rest of the week, so it’s also a great place to have a late night snack or dessert.
Casa Alberto is an institution that has been open for nearly 200 years. It is part of the city’s history serving traditional tapas and more avant-garde style dishes. Their on-tap vermouth is simply amazing. This historic space has been a meeting place throughout the years for bullfighters and writers and should not be missed if you want to experience a taste of authentic Madrid.