Vibrant night lives, warm folks and delicate gourmet…oh how I miss Madrid!
Madrid is known to be a tourist friendly city, filled with lively bustling streets and activities. There is so much to do and see that you will never have a dull moment in this Spanish capital!
Spanish cuisine is known worldwide as one of the most renowned and you know what’s the best part, you do not need to splurge to experience and taste authentic Spanish dishes!
1.Mercado de San Miguel Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Here, the famous San Miguel market will have an array of food to satisfy your palette for all things Spanish.
San Miguel is an open market that sells fresh produces, they are also famous for their ready-to-eats.
Some of the must try dishes include:
- Tapas, which cost around 1 or 2 euros each.
- Oysters or ostras that taste like they are fresh out of the ocean. It is highly recommended to have some Champagne together with the oysters.
- The famous Iberian Ham or Jamón ibérico (lower image)
- Sangria, which means ‘blood’ in Spanish, is actually an alcoholic drink consisting of red wine mixed with a variety of chopped fruits. Brandy is added in the mix sometimes.
Pick a table with a great view of the outside streets.
The market sells really fresh seafood cuisines, cooked with ingredients from port cities around Spain, such as the gamba a la Gallega or prawns cooked in Galician style, and erizo de mar, the urchin.
2. Chocolatería San Ginés Pasadizo de San Gines, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
The best churros I’ve ever tasted. It’s a walking distance away from Puerta de Sol which is the city centre.
The hot chocolate sauce is heavenly: thick, creamy and with just the right amount of azúcar and chocolate powder. When dipped together with that crisped deep fried Churros, it makes for the perfect combination of savoury and sweet delight.
Usually it is recommended to order the Chocolate con 6 churros, or Café con leche y 6 churros.
3.Mercado de San Anton 28004, Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B, 28004 Madrid, Spain
There is another Mercado located in the neighborhood of Chueca, that serves similar food as the San Miguel, if you want to avoid the crowd. The first floor of the Mercado de San Anton sells fresh produce while the second floor sells cooked dishes in the San Miguel style. There are a few bars on the rooftop terrace on the third floor, where you can have a drink and enjoy the balmy atmosphere.
4. Taberna El Sur Calle de la Torrecilla del Leal, 12, 28012 Madrid, Spain
And our friends brought us here!
It is a little further away from the city centre, but definitely worth the visit!
This is Jamón on the left.
Ropa vieja con patatas. One of my favourite dish.
It is always good to end the day with a bottle of Sangria. ¡Salud!!