Don’t-Miss Dishes in Madrid
With its homely cuisine and penchant for languid lunches, Madrid is a delightfully laid-back food destination with a reputation for serving up delicious Spanish classics. Whether you like sweet or savory cuisine, here are some of the don’t-miss dishes to try while in Madrid.
Spanish Omelets: Known as tortilla de patata (literally, potato tortilla) in Spanish, these dense but delicious circles of potato, egg, and onion are Madrid comfort food at its finest. Try a slice from any downtown Madrid spot, served either warm, in a crusty baguette, or both.
Churros and Chocolate: The quintessential Spanish dessert, sugary deep-fried churros (which are typically skinnier than Mexican churros) are served alongside a cup of thick, sweet chocolate that’s more like a sauce than a sippable drink. Enjoy on any Madrid plaza and people watch as you eat.
Cocido: Rich and hearty, cocido is a typical Madrid stew of sorts, made from chickpeas, meats, and assorted vegetables. You might learn how to make cocido, best enjoyed on a cool evening, during a Madrid cooking class.
Iberian Ham: Available across the city, Iberian ham is commonly included in tapas tastings at restaurants and markets all over Madrid. Bonus points if you enjoy Iberian ham alongside patatas bravas, Manchego cheese, and fat, stuffed olives, as well as red wine.
Squid Sandwiches: Squid rings aren’t typically thought of as a sandwich food, although you might be convinced otherwise after eating one (or several) with a beer in Madrid. Typically served on crusty bread, they make for excellent midsightseeing snacks.
Patatas Bravas: Cubed and fried potatoes topped with a sometimes-spicy sauce similar in appearance to ketchup plus an optional drizzle of aioli, patatas bravas should be enjoyed washed down with a local Spanish beer.