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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

Café de Oriente

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

The belle époque interior is entirely fake yet entirely convincing, making this one of the most peaceful and elegant spots to flick through the newspapers...

Plaza de Oriente 2
Tags: Café

Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A quintessential point of reference in the city's café society, the Bellas Artes is utterly elegant. Under new ownership, it is now free to enter at...

C/Alcalá 42

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 Alberto

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

One of the city's most evocative old tabernas, hung with oil paintings and presided over by a septuagenarian. It still has its old zinc bar complete with...

C/Huertas 18

Casa do Compañeiro

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A tiny jewel among tapas bars, with wonderful tiling inside and out. The tapas are mainly from Galicia, with lots of octopus, gammon, pig's ear and, of...

C/San Vicente Ferrer 44

Casa Lucio

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A restaurant unsurpassed by any other in Madrid for its famous patrons: King Juan Carlos, Bill Clinton and Penélope Cruz among them. This is the place of...

C/Cava Baja 35

De 1911

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Despite the address, De 1911 actually sits on the tiny pedestrian street C/Coloreros, on which it has tables. It is indeed from 1911, but is a curious mix...

Plazuela de San Ginés 5

Delic

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A perennial favourite with seemingly everybody; from those looking for a peaceful morning coffee on the leafy Plaza de la Paja to those meeting up for a few...

Costanilla de San Andrés 14

El Pez Gordo

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Popular with audiences and actors from the nearby Teatro Alfil, the Fat Fish buzzes at night and is fabulously mellow during the day. The main attraction...

C/Pez 6
Tags: Tapas

El Sobrino de Botín

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

The world's oldest restaurant (with a signed Norris McWhirter certificate to prove it) is still coming up with the goods after nearly 300 years. For all its...

C/Cuchilleros 17

Gelati e Frullati

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Under Italian, ownership, this fabulous gelatería serves the best ice-cream in the city and probably the whole of Spain. Twelve flavours (which rotate...

Avda Felipe II 8

Home

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

If you associate burger bars with junk food, then think again. Home is the brainchild of a French Canadian restaurateur, who has created a carefully...

C/Espíritu Santo 12

J&J Books & Coffee

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés, Shops

J&J is at once a relaxing little café (at ground-floor level) and a well-stocked second-hand bookshop (in the basement). Activities held here include...

C/Espíritu Santo 47

La Ida

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

La Movida meets Friends in this cramped but jolly little café, where everybody knows everybody else. This is where the painfully cool neo-punks from the...

C/Colón 11
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