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Antigua Casa Talavera


This long-standing family business specialises in traditional blue and white Spanish ceramics. Every available space is crammed with hand-painted designs...

C/Isabel la Católica 2

Bar El 2 De

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Bars & pubs

This is the emblematic Malasaña hang-out, packed at weekends and drowsily mellow in the afternoons, with a tiled bar and engraved mirrors, nicotine-stained...

C/Velarde 24

Bodegas la Ardosa

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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 Comercial

Bars & pubs

Still the classic Madrid bar, with its original battered brown leather seats, revolving doors and marbled walls. A nod to the modern age comes in the shape...

Glorieta de Bilbao 7

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

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



Well-chosen stock from the likes of g-sus, Miss Sixty, Kangol and Black Flys, all presided over by über-hip and highly pierced, highly tattooed staff.

C/Mayor 19

Freiduría de Gallinejas

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

Guitarrería F Manzanero


For a real taste of Spanish guitar-making, drop by at this master guitar-maker's shop, which also has a great display of old and rare string instruments....

C/Santa Ana 12

La Ardosa

Bars & pubs

Having an affair? Then simply duck under the counter to find the most intimate bar-room you could wish for. Out front, meanwhile, this is a lovely old tiled...

C/Colón 13
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