the best tapas bars in downtown Madrid

Tapas in downtown Madrid is one of the most appealing activities for locals, and even more for visitors and tourists who are travelling through the city.

Get ready to enjoy, because today we bring you a gastronomic stimulating top five with the best tapas bars in downtown Madrid. Do you want to join us?

A tour to the city will never be complete if it does not include a tapas route through Madrid, and you know it! That’s why we want to help you to bridge the gap on your activities agenda, if you are willing to visit the city.

Madrid is the perfect city to get into gourmet mode and enjoy high quality gastronomic products. We do not only benefit from an excellent local cuisine, but we also have countless tapas bars, restaurants and wineries with culinary specialties from any other part of the country (also, of course, from abroad).

The capital is, therefore, a city with an endless gastronomic offer, that constantly reinvents itself. The ideal scenario, if you want to go for beers and tapas in Madrid, or maybe soak the tapas with a good wine.

Is anyone´s mouth watering? Well, do not wait any longer!

The 5 best tapas bars in downtown Madrid

If you are finally ready to make your itinerary more pleasant with a tapas route through Madrid, our proposal with the best tapas bars in Madrid is as follows. Note down!

#1. Bodega de La Ardosa

At number 13 of Colón street you can make your first stop. It is a nineteenth century winery that is, today, one of the most emblematic taverns in the city. As a wine bar it hardly has a rival, thanks to its great wines.

To access its wonderful cellar, you will have to pass, curiously, under the bar, something that adds a unique touch to this picturesque tavern of wines and tapas.

You can try its delicious vermouths or enjoy its small portions of Spanish omelette, its croquettes and a wide variety of tapas.

#2. La Castela

Believe it or not, in this bar you could enjoy some of its culinary delights sitting in the same place where Michelle Obama herself and her daughters or the adventure movie actor par excellence, Harrison Ford , enjoyed their tapas one day. And these are just some of the most famous names of celebrities that have been in La Castela.

With mirrors and marbles typical of the traditional decoration of a typical Madrid tavern, La Castela retains a classic atmosphere that combines with modern times.

Draft vermouth, tuna belly millefeuille, chickpeas sautéed with prawns or the house specialty bull´s tail are some of the delights of the typical gastronomy of Madrid that you can enjoy in this mythical tapas bar at number 22 of Doctor Castelo street. Bon appétit!

#3. La Catapa

It is one of the most visited places by locals, who go tapas hopping in downtown Madrid. It is located at number 14 of Menorca street, where Laredo used to be, another mythical tavern that moved to the same street as La Castela (Doctor Castelo street).

Delicious tapas of baby broad beans with baby squids, red shrimp, tripes and snout with potatoes, sweetbread with boletus and foie gras … and much more!

#4. Taberna Tempranillo

Its name, taken from one of the most important wine varieties of our geography, honors this tavern-winery, where you can enjoy an interesting variety of certificates of origin and which logically is specialized in tempranillo grape wines.

Its wide variety of tapas and dishes offer, along with the wines, a solvent and complete gastronomic experience for visitors.

#5. Txapela

We go to number 64 of Gran Vía, one of the most beautiful streets of Madrid, to enjoy a tapas bar that mixes the best of traditional Basque cuisine with own creations, achieving a good balance between the old and the modern.

Just a tip: avoid going in the rush hours, because it will be full. There must be a reason!

The ideal place to stay after a day of tapas in Madrid

And it is not a coincidence that we have finished our trip through the best tapas bars in downtown Madrid in Gran Vía. Very close to the Txapela, at number 61 of Gran VíaVitium Urban Suites is located, where you can enjoy all the comfort and attention of an authentic urban boutique-hostel in Madrid.

Our rooms, decorated with motifs that refer to the seven deadly sins, offer all the elegance and comfort necessary for your five senses to continue enjoying, while you rest from your walk through the best tapas bars in downtown Madrid.

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