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Cervecería Santa Bárbara

Restaurants & cafés

The prawns are the thing here, consumed in rosy platefuls by the uptown shoppers crowded round the horseshoe-shaped bar. Always full, with a loyal...

C/Goya 70

Champagneria Gala

Restaurants & cafés

This garden atrium, dripping in ivy and gaudy chandeliers, is a festive place to stick your fork in one of 28 varieties of paella. But it's the porrón - a...

C/Moratín 22

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

Colby Urban

Restaurants & cafés

It's red, it's urban, it's aspirational. Colby Urban is the flagship of a string of cool eateries and chilled-out cafés with a concept. We're not sure what...

C/Fuencarral 52

Come Prima

Restaurants & cafés

The toothsome risottos and own-made pastas here are a godsend for Italian gastronomes. Don't miss the risotto with mushrooms, parmesan and white-truffle...

C/Echegaray 27

Conache

Restaurants & cafés

The Conache look is casually hip, even though the bright lighting and fruit machines keep scenesters at bay. The food, however, is absolutely where it's at....

Plaza de San Ildefonso

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

Delfos

Restaurants & cafés

Delfos is here to prove that Greek food is not all kebabs and salads. In taverna-style surroundings, with just-on-the-right-side-of-tack Greek details -...

Cuesta de Santo Domingo 14

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

Diurno

Restaurants & cafés

A minimalist and sexy film-rental café spinning all-day chill-out sounds (and occasional techno). As well as a fabulous selection of movies, there are...

C/San Marcos 37

D'Mystic

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This den of cool is located at a strategic crosssroads, with bigger-than-average cocktails that make up for the aloof staff. Watch the real world stroll by...

C/Gravina 5

Don Paco

Restaurants & cafés

Don Paco, now in his 80s, is a former bullfighter from Jérez, and the Andalucian matador in him is charmingly apparent in his 45-year-old restaurant. With...

C/Caballero de Gracia 36

Dosa Grill

Restaurants & cafés

An airy little café to grab a quick and delicious dosa, currently getting rave reviews.

C/Libertad 17

El 26 de Libertad

Restaurants & cafés

With its deep colours and lavishly set tables, El 26 de Libertad is over-the-top elegance bordering on the camp. But not too fine to be fun, and a favourite...

C/Libertad 26

El Almendro 13

Restaurants & cafés

A sleepy, traditional bar during the week, it hots up at weekends, and drinkers often drift on to the pavements. A peculiar speciality is the rosca, a sort...

C/Almendro 13