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Bodegas la Ardosa

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A tiny local bar with a lovely old tiled exterior (confusingly marked No.58) and walls lined with bottles of wine. There are especially good patatas bravas...

C/Santa Engracia 70

Bodegas Ricla

Restaurants & cafés

A tiny, bright and friendly mother-and-son operation, Bodegas Ricla does a great line in garlicky boquerones and an incongruous one in soft rock. Cheap but...

C/Cuchilleros 6

Café Figueroa

Restaurants & cafés

Madrid's original gay café is a sedate place where the lace curtains, 19th-century chandeliers and winding wooden staircase lend themselves nicely to a cosy...

C/Augusto Figueroa 17

Café Gijón

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Still charming after all these years, this is Madrid's definitive literary café, open since 1888. It still holds poetry tertulias on Monday nights, and...

Paseo de Recoletos 21

Casa Camacho

Restaurants & cafés

A rough diamond, the diminutive Casa Camacho has changed little since it opened in 1928, except for the addition of a fruit machine and a TV - both in...

C/San Andrés 4

Casa Manolo

Restaurants & cafés

One of the best sources of cocina casera, or home cooking, in Madrid, Casa Manolo has an endearing, homely atmosphere, enhanced by the black-and-white photo...

C/Orellana 17

Chocolatería San Ginés

Restaurants & cafés

Serving chocolate and churros (deep-fried batter sticks) to the city night and day since 1894, this veritable institution has had to introduce a ticketing...

Pasadizo de San Ginés 5

El Bierzo

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

El Bierzo is one of the best of Madrid's long-established casas de comida - honest, dependable neighbourhood joints where you can get a good menú del día at...

C/Barbieri 16

Freiduría de Gallinejas

Budget
Restaurants & cafés

Still going strong after a century, this is the best place in the city for deep-fried lamb intestines and other tasty titbits. Not for faint stomachs, this...

C/Embajadores 84

La Mallorquina

Restaurants & cafés

While the bakery downstairs supplies box after ribbon-tied box of flaky ensaïmada pastries, croissants and napolitanas to what seems like half of Madrid,...

Puerta del Sol 8

La Mallorquina

Restaurants & cafés, Shops

Always bustling with people, La Mallorquina occupies a prime location right on the Puerta del Sol. Downstairs, the pastry shop sells great cakes and...

Puerta del Sol 8

La Nueva

Restaurants & cafés

A gorgeous old bar, La Nueva was recently taken over and scrubbed up, losing a little of its character along the way. The new ownership has added a Russian...

C/Arapiles 7

Los Caracoles

Restaurants & cafés

Again, this is no looker, but it's a popular post-Rastro stop. Its specialities include the eponymous snails in spicy sauce, knuckle of ham, and zarajo, the...

Plaza de Cascorro 18

Los Gatos

Restaurants & cafés

With their reputation for staying out all night, madrileños are popularly known as 'los gatos' (the cats) and there's nowhere better than here to begin a...

C/Jesús 2

Los Jiménez

Restaurants & cafés

Refreshingly unpretentious, Los Jiménez was serving no-frills food long before Chueca became the gay capital of Spain. Ghastly fluorescent lights overhead,...

C/Barbieri 14
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