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Casa Labra
Tuck in to a favourite local snack; deep-fried battered cod, or bacalao, at Casa Labra: a firm favourite with locals that has queues coming out the door at lunchtime and weekends. Wash down the mouth-watering bites with a cold glass of beer and enjoy the busy atmosphere where locals and visitors mix.

Address: Calle Tetuán, 12 | Telephone: +34915310081 |

Bar La Campana
This no frills bar is the best place to sample a Madrid classic, a bocadillo de calamares or calamari baguette: a weekend staple that locals eat al fresco in the streets surrounding the Plaza Mayor. 

Address: Calle Botoneras, 6 | Telephone: +34913642984 |

Greek and Shop
If you're looking for a delicious pit-stop while out exploring, head to Greek and Shop, which serves freshly made pitas and wraps. Veggies are spoiled for choice with falafel pitas and aubergine baguettes, while carnivores can choose between chicken and lamb. It's open until the early hours so is also an excellent choice for a post-bar snack. 

Address: Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 9 | Telephone: +34915326083 |

Cool off from the soaring summer temperatures with an ice-cream from this popular Madrid haunt. They pride themselves on their homemade produce and they source their ingredients from farms on the outskirts of Madrid. It's the perfect treat for a summer day. 

Address: Calle Ciudad Rodrigo, 6 | Telephone: +34810524641 |

Café Comercial
This Madrid institution, founded in 1887, recently re-opened. Its original features, including vintage mirrored walls and grand columns have been beautifully preserved. A great place to people watch over a traditional Spanish breakfast of tomato bread or a slice of tortilla. 

Address: Glorieta de Bilbao, 7 | Telephone: +34910882525 |

Casa Revuelta
Just off Plaza Mayor lies this local gem, beloved of Madrileños who elbow in to order some of the tastiest and best value bacalao (cod) you're likely to taste in the city. Order the tajadas de bacalao (battered cod chunks). Other specialities include albondigas (meatballs) and callos (tripe).  

Address: Calle de Latoneros, 3 | Telephone: |

Fun Falafel
Just off Madrid's main shopping street, Gran Vía, this is the perfect pit stop for hungry sightseers. This cheap and cheerful Lebanese café offers freshly made falafel and hummus, as well as a sticky and delicious baklava. A great veggie option. 

Address: Calle Jacometrezo, 7 | Telephone: 912976913 |

La Libre
Avoid the tourist traps outside the Reina Sofia and head around the corner to this cute and comfy café/bookshop for a post-museum coffee or snack. Sink into a sofa and enjoy a range of breakfast and tapas dishes, all named after famous writers. There are lots of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. 

Address: Calle Argumosa, 39 | Telephone: |

El Riojano
This bakery, founded in 1855, is full of sumptuous treats, from Spanish classics to miniature eclairs, cheesecakes and tarts. The café hidden at the back is an ideal place to breakfast in style alongside some of the most glamorous grandmas in Madrid.  

Address: Calle Mayor, 10 | Telephone: +34 913 6644 82 |

Pum Pum Café
A recent addition to Lavapiés, this hip organic café serves breakfast all day, perfect in Madrid, where late nights mean you might not wake to see midday. The menu is hearty and healthy, with specialty breads, great coffee and lots of vegetarian options, as well as a delicious weekend brunch. 

Address: Calle Tribulete, 6 | Telephone: |

Egeo Suvlaki Griega
The perfect pit stop if you're wandering around Madrid's hippest barrio, Lavapiés, Egeo offers a simple menu of fresh Greek pitas, stuffed with an array of different ingredients. Meat eaters will love the lamb, while veggies can get stuck into the pumpkin “meatballs”. 

Address: Calle San Carlos, 17 | Telephone: +34918264644 |

La Hummuseria
Israeli couple Lotem and Shai are on a mission to bring the food of their homeland to Madrid in this cool Malasaña cafe. Their freshly-made hummus comes with a choice of five toppings that you can sample alongside a range of Israeli tapas and salads. Perfect for a chilled weekend lunch.  

Address: Calle Hernán Cortés, 8 | Telephone: +34910226240 |

Affordable Restaurants

Mercado Antón Martín
Sample a range of local delicacies, from mouth-watering jamón ibérico (cured Iberian ham) to local cheeses, olives and wines at this excellent covered market. There are plenty of modern stalls too, from veggie food to an oh-so-now cereal bar. So whether a traditionalist or hipster, there'll be something for you.

Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 5, | Telephone: +34913690620 |

Poncelet Cheese Bar
A mecca for cheese lovers, diners can construct their own personal cheese boards from the extensive menu or choose cheesy favourites like fondue and raclette at this stylish restaurant in the upmarket Salamanca neighbourhood. Those with a sweet tooth shouldn't miss the cheesecake for dessert. 

Address: Calle de José Abascal, 61 | Telephone: +34913992550 |

Le Comptoir de la Crepe
A little piece of France in the heart of Madrid, this laid-back restaurant, run by a French couple, offers delicious savoury and sweet crepes accompanied by cider served the traditional way, in little bowls. We recommend going hungry and getting a galette (savoury crepe) to start followed by a sweet crepe for dessert. You won't be disappointed. 

Address: Calle de las Huertas, 68 | Telephone: +34910246902 |

Situated just off the bustling Plaza del Dos de Mayo, this tapas restaurant specialises in the cuisine of Galicia, the northwest region famed for its seafood. Sit on the outdoor terrace and try the octopus with paprika and the garlic prawns. Veggies should not miss the fried aubergine with honey, or the patatas cabreira: chips slathered in parsley and garlic sauce.   

Address: Calle Ruiz, 2 | Telephone: +34915930200 |

La Musa
La Musa offers a modern take on tapas, with a hip interior and lovely outside terrace. Downstairs a converted cellar with whitewashed walls is atmospheric and funky.

Address: Costanilla de San Andrés, 12 | Telephone: +34913540255 |

Taberna el Sur
This laid-back tavern specialises in a range of tapas dishes with a South American twist. Try ropa vieja, a Cuban dish of spicy shredded beef, crispy mushroom croquettes and don't forget to leave room for a slice of one of the delicious cakes on display at the front of the bar.  

Address: Calle de la Torrecilla del Leal, 12 | Telephone: +34915278340 |

La Berenjena
This popular neighbourhood joint is always packed with locals coming back again and again for its creative and abundant tapas dishes. Meat and fish dishes include sliced beef, razor clams and a Spanish take on fish and chips, while vegetarian options include leek croquettes and aubergine with miso.  

Address: Calle del Marqués de Toca, 7 | Telephone: 914675297 |

La Casa Tomada
This small restaurant specialises in big sandwiches: the perfect lunch after a morning of hunger-inducing sightseeing. Carnivores should try the classic roast beef while vegetarians can enjoy the crunchy falafel. There are a range of fries to choose from, loaded with different toppings. 

Address: Calle San Lorenzo, 9 | Telephone: +34 915138448 |

Making the news much easier to swallow is Paperboy, a small restaurant to the north of Madrid specialising in hotdogs named after some of the world's most famous newspapers. Try The New York Times: a hotdog slathered in cheddar cheese, caramelised onion, bacon and BBQ sauce.

Address: Calle de Luchana, 11 | Telephone: +34 916492086 |

Taberna Antonio Sánchez
Opened by legendary bullfighter Antonio Sánchez in 1830 little has changed in this traditional tapas bar since its heyday. The walls are covered with photographs of famous matadors and the menu features Madrid favourites like cocido madrileño, a meaty stew and the French toast-like torrijas, for which the place is famous. 

Address: Calle del Mesón de Paredes, 13 | Telephone: +34915397826 |

Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience
At the top of Madrid's most famous department store lies a gourmet food court where you can sample a range of Spanish classics and international hits as well as picking up some Christmas presents in the gourmet food shop. Make sure to check out the iconic views over the city's Gran Via.

Address: Plaza de Callao, 2 | Telephone: +34913798000 |

Taberna Maceiras
This Galician restaurant specialises in dishes from the northwest of Spain. Try the octopus, cooked the traditional Galician way with plenty of paprika and olive oil. Other highlights include the padrón peppers, cod croquettes, clams and mussels, all washed down with a crisp Albariño white wine. 

Address: Calle de Las Huertas, 66 | Telephone: +34914295818 |

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