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The 7 Best Tapas Bars In Madrid

On a quest for some world-class bites in Madrid? You’re in luck. Spain’s capital is home to one of the best gastronomy scenes in the country. Here are our favourite tapas bars in Madrid – your tastebuds will thank us later!

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1. Bodega de la Ardosa

For 127 years, Bodega de la Ardosa has been wowing with their sensational drinks and tapas. It’s no surprise either as the bar screams late 1800’s charm with its rich wood panelling and wrought iron detailing. You can’t miss the chance to try their sherry beef cheeks with an ice-cold pint.

2. Casa Amadeo Los Caracoles

Know by locals as “Los Caracoles” or, “The Snails” you can’t miss a chance to try Casa Amadeo’s famous snails. While it may not be your first choice on the list of tapas to try, you won’t regret it. They guarantee a delicious garlicky flavour every time. If you still aren’t up for snails, though, we recommend their gambas (shrimp) tapas.

3. Casa Gonzalez

Nobody does jamon Iberico like Casa Gonzalez. Since 1931, this cosy tapas joint has been serving up the best regional ham and cheese in the area. Like most authentic Spanish spots, it’s small and fills up quickly so get there early. Be sure to sample their ham tapas and have some Tempranillo.

4. Melo’s

Cash only, no website and a menu with less than ten items make Melo’s charming, old-school and a must-visit. While their menu is small, it does not lack in flavour. Their smoked Galician ham is drool-worthy, and the zapatilla is practically a right of passage. Don’t miss out on this charming and quaint tapas spot.

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5. Taberna de Antonio Sanchez

Our next pick is the ideal spot for history buffs. Taberna Antonio Sanchez is Madrid’s oldest tapas bar with every bit of charm you’d expect. Miraculously, much of the interior has remained untouched over the years. In fact, you can still see the original glass lantern that illuminated the bar so many years ago. You can’t leave without trying their most famous tapa and Madrid staple, rabo de toro (oxtail).

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6. El Tempranillo

Pinchos or, slices of french bread topped with everything you can imagine is a delicious Spanish bite and what El Tempranillo does best. Take your pick of toppings from cured ham, tortilla de patatas, cuttlefish and more. Don’t forget to indulge in their traditional Spanish wines while there.

7. Sanlúcar

Tucked away in Barrio La Latina, you’ll find Sanlúcar. This boho taproom is the perfect spot to enjoy the local company and delicious tapas. It’s covered with everything Spain, bullfighting, flamenco memorabilia and football scarfs. Knock back a few cañas and enjoy some of their famous tapas such as salmorejo and ortiguillas.

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Melanie Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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