Before going to Madrid, we asked a friend who is studying there for restaurant recommendations. I am so glad we did, because we managed to avoid the tourist traps (for the most part.) Here are some incredible food options in Madrid.
Takos al Pastor
When we went to Takos, the line was way out the door, and so we knew it would be an excellent place to start off our trip. The tacos are incredibly cheap (1 euro) and very authentic. The place was PACKED with locals and students. Definitely some of the best tacos I have ever had!
Mercado de San Miguel
A MUST SEE for tourists. The tapas are incredible, but the variety is perfect for trying to feed a large group because there is something for everyone. The market can be a little overwhelming at first, so definitely start by getting an overview of the entire place before making food suggestions. And don’t miss the blue wine!
This is by far the brunch place I have ever been to while traveling. With an English menu and symbols showing what is gluten free, it is easy to select what you want. And all the food is incredible. I definitely recommend the avocado toast with poached egg.
An incredibly fresh spot that is perfect any time of day. The juices and smoothies are great here, as well as the salads. During evening hours, the bottom section of the restaurant opens up and it is beach themed, equipped with sand, floor seating, and low lighting. It’s the most unique restaurant I have ever been to!
The cutest little lollipop shop that we ran into a few times. The pops are refreshing, but not overly sweet, so they are a great pick-me-up.
Definitely a tourist destination, but the churros con chocolate did not disappoint. Go at night to avoid the throngs of tourists and have a more authentic experience. The chocolate is extremely rich, so definitely be prepared to share!
Another tacos place that we tried, and it was such a cute atmosphere. I loved the restaurant itself, but honestly the Takos al Pastor was a much better value and the food tasted fresher.
*Be on the lookout for a future post explaining how to eat tapas while following a gluten free diet!