Madrid, as every cosmopolitan city in the world, offers its visitors a large variety of good restaurants where they can enjoy a great meal. Eating tapas is the most commonly known practice in Madrid but if you are looking for a traditional Spanish meal there are numerous dishes you must try.


    Cocido madrileño

    Cocido madrileño is a famous meat-and-vegetable stew consisting of 3 courses. It’s usually served at restaurants on Tuesdays, especially in winter. Each course is called vuelco – the 1st consists of the broth with a small amount of rice, the 2nd has chickpeas and vegetables, while the final course has meat. One of the best places to try this traditional dish is La Bola, which can be found in the city centre. Nearby, and a good base for your accommodation, is the surrounding areas closest to Plaza de Oriente.

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    Callos a la madrileña

    Also try callos a la madrileña, a stew made of a mixture of beef tripe, snout and hoof, chorizo, black pudding, tomatoes, hot pepper, onion and garlic. Like most dishes in Spain it is usually accompanied by fresh bread to spread its delicious sauce. It is also most commonly eaten in wintertime.

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    Tortilla de patatas

    If we are talking about traditional dishes in Madrid, tortilla de patata is a name that you are going to come around for sure. This potato omelet is the simplest most delicious dish ever. You can have it plain (just potatoes and eggs) or add onions, pepper, and even tuna. Yummy!!

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    Garlic soup

    Garlic soup is another great thing you have to try while visiting the city. It initially came from Castilla y Leon but nowadays is considered as one more of the city’s traditional dishes. It became famous when famous writer Alejandro Dumas praised about its great taste.

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    Traditional dessert

    It’s now time to try something for the sweet lovers. If what you are looking for is a traditional dessert, don’t leave without trying the world famous nougat candy. They used to be only available in Christmas time but now you can find them and all its different varieties all year round.

    You can try some tapas like patatas bravas, potatoes with spicy sauce, and huevos rotos, fried eggs with French fries too. These are usually served as appetizers when having a beer at any local bar.

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