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Madrid - Around Town : Old Madrid (part 4) - Places to Eat and Drink, Traditional Restaurants and Bars

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Places to Eat and Drink

  1. La Trucha

    Bar restaurant patronized by show-business types from the Teatro Español next door. Relaxed ambience and a great place to sample tapas. Try rabo de toro (bull’s tail).

    • Calle de Núñez de Arce 6

    • 91 532 0882

    • Closed Sun–Mon, Aug

    La Trucha
  2. Casa Alberto

    This historic tavern is where the author Cervantes wrote part of Don Quixote. Wood panelling gives it a warm atmosphere. Vermouth dispensed on draught from an antique pump. Traditional madrileño cooking.

    • Calle de las Huertas 18

    • 91 429 9356

    • Closed Sun D, Mon, mid-Aug–Sep

    Casa Alberto
  3. Casa Lucas

    There is a good choice of wines and large tapas for sharing on offer at Casa Lucas.

    • Cava Baja 30

    • 91 365 0804

    • Closed Wed

  4. Casa González

    This popular wine bar is housed in a converted 1930s deli. There is a huge selection of wines, empanadas (pies) and ice creams.

    • Calle León 12

    • 91 429 5618

    • Closed Sun, Mon

  5. Casa Lucio

    It’s worth splashing out on a meal in this restaurant renowned for its roasts. Booking ahead is essential.

    • Calle de la Cava Baja 35

    • 91 365 3252

    • Closed Sat L, Aug

  6. Taberna de Antonio Sánchez

    The ambience is reason enough for visiting this traditional inn. Tapas include black pudding with raisins .

    • Calle de Mesón de Paredes 13

    • 91 539 7826

    • Closed Sun D, Mon, 15–31 Aug

  7. The Penthouse

    This stylish rooftop terrace has two indoor bars and Bedouin-style tents for relaxing.

    • Hotel ME Madrid, Plaza Santa Ana 14

    • 91 701 6000

  8. La Venencia

    Sherry is the speciality of this small, lively bar. Simple tapas dishes.

    • Calle de Echegaray 7

    • 91 429 7313

  9. Alhambra

    Atmospheric tapas bar – from 11pm at weekends you can only eat standing at the bar .

    • Calle de la Victoria 9

    • 91 521 0708

  10. Taberna Almendro 13

    Tastefully decorated tapas restaurant with an Andalusian theme.

    • Calle del Almendro 13

    • 91 365 4252

Traditional Restaurants and Bars

  1. La Posada de la Villa

    This attractive inn dates back to 1642. Traditional Castilian cooking is served, especially roasts.

    • Calle de la Cava Baja 9

    • 91 366 1860

    • Closed Sun D, Aug

    • Dis. access

  2. Botín

    American writer Ernest Hemingway was a fan of this restaurant. His favourite dish, roast suckling pig, is still a house speciality .

    • Calle de la Cuchilleros 17

    • 91 366 4217

  3. La Torre del Oro

    Tapas are free when you buy a drink at this outrageous Andalusian bar decorated with mounted bull heads, videos of bullfights and gory pictures.

    • Plaza Mayor 20

    • 91 366 5016

    • Closed Jan

  4. La Casa del Abuelo

    This tapas bar par excellence was founded in 1906 and is still going strong. The speciality of the house is prawns .

    • Calle de la Victoria 12

    • 91 521 2319

  5. El Cenador del Prado

    French influenced cooking and a relaxed ambience are what make this restaurant a continued hit. Make sure you save room for the wonderful desserts .

    • Calle de Prado 4

    • 91 429 1561

    • Closed Sun, one week mid-Aug

    El Cenador del Prado
  6. Aloque

    A fine wine list accompanies delicious raciones (large tapas).

    • Calle Torrecilla del Leal 20

    • 91 528 3662

    • Closed Mon

  7. El Viajero

    The third-floor terrace is very popular during the evening and weekend, as is the restaurant below.

    • Plaza de la Cebada 11

    • 91 366 9064

    • Closed Sun D, Mon, 1–15 Jan, 15–31 Aug

  8. Taberna Maceiras

    Chaotic and noisy, this restaurant is still well worth a visit for the great seafood, almond cake and wines.

    • Huertas 66

    • 91 429 5818

    • Closed Tue L

  9. Arrocería Gala

    The glass roofed terrace is the main attraction of this restaurant specializing in rice based dishes.

    • Calle Moratín 22

    • 91 429 2562

    • Closed Mon

  10. Asador Frontón

    A classic asador where meat and fish dishes are grilled over charcoal.

    • Plaza de Tirso de Molina 7

    • 91 369 2325

    • Closed Sun D, Easter, Aug (15 days)

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