Churros y Chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines

Spain. Looking back it seems like a dream, but the afternoon siestas, colorful buildings & streets lined in orange trees were, in fact, real. If you are thinking about where to go on your next vacation, let me stop you there. España is the place to be.

Like most things in my life, my vacations are typically centered around food, and Spain was no exception. What was on my list of must-eats? Rioja (for starters), spanish olives, jamon, manchego…shall I continue? Needless to say, Spain did not disappoint in the food category. In fact, some of the best food we had was in the capital city, Madrid.

Although I wish I could say that I just stumbled upon these places, I did a lot of foodie research pre-departure. In fact, Lonely Planet became my best friend during the months preceding our trip. But, the preparation was half the fun. And now, I share with you my list of “must eats” for your next trip to Madrid.

Madrid Food

Stand at the counter of La Mallorquina to start your day with a breakfast pastry & cafe con leche.

Taste one of everything in the gastronomical splendor that is Mercado San Miguel.

Grab a table & do some people watching in Plaza Mayor with a glass of  Sangria in hand.

Go tapas bar hopping along Calle Cava Baja & chat up the locals.

Dine like Hemingway & Bourdain at Casa Salvador. Don’t miss their traditional oxtail stew.

Finish off your food-packed day at Chocolateria San Gines for some churros y chocolate.

La MallorquinaBreakfast pastry at La Mallorquina near Plaza del Sol

Mercado De San MiguelMercado de San Miguel

Tasting all the things at Mercado de San Miguel

Food 2 at Mercado de San MiguelCheese, cheese & more cheese, please

Tapas 2Taberna Los Huevos de Lucio on Calle Cava Baja

Fig & jamon wrapped tapas at Txacolina along Calle Cava Baja

Spanish TortillaSpanish Tortilla at Txacolina along Calle Cava Baja

Ox Tail Stew at Casa SalvadorOx Tail Stew at Casa Salvador

churros in madrid

Churros y Chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines