Madrid’s food scene is as vibrant as they come. Like most capital cities, it has a long list of restaurants from fine dining to fast food. But to fully immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of Madrid, it’s essential to try at least one famed tapas bar.
Tapas are small snacks traditionally served with drinks. The choices available depend on which region of Spain you’re eating in. Madrid’s tapas scene is vast, ranging from spots run by famous chefs to lively markets and old-school establishments. Some bars include tapas in the price of your drink, usually a pre-set assortment, while others let you choose, and pay, a la carte. To get the full experience, hop around to a few different places on a tapas crawl to start your evening, or do as the Madrileños do and spend a Sunday afternoon wandering from bar to bar.