Madrid recipes

flag of Madridmap-of-madridRegion: Community of Madrid

Capital: Madrid

Population: 6,446,000 (Madrid)

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madrid-plaza-de-la-cibelesThe cuisine of Madrid reflects the history of Spanish gastronomy. Ever since King Felipe II established Madrid as the capital of the Spanish kingdom, people from all corners of the empire migrated to the city bringing with them their different culinary influences.

Whatever food you associate with Spain, you will find in Madrid - plus so much more; this is a city that has embraced international cuisine from all over the world.

Despite this eclectic mix of influences, the capital still has some traditional fare drawn from the surrounding countryside that will satisfy even the most die-hard of locals. Cocido madrileño is a typical Madrid recipe that still remains a regular feature on local menus. It is a stew made of beef, sausage, vegetables and chickpeas and is served in three courses; first a soup, then the beans and vegetables and finally the meat.

Tapas is probably the most common way of dining and is an important part of the late night eating culture that is a tradition of Madrid and much of Spain. Most local people will eat a larger meal at lunchtime - which means between two and four in the afternoon - and then eat a light meal or tapas in the evening between ten and midnight. It is not until after this time that the bars and clubs begin to fill up and the famous nightlife really gets going!

Some popular Madrid recipes for tapas include: patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy sauce), bocadillo de calamares (basically a fried squid sandwich) and soldaditos de pavia (cod fried in batter).

There are a huge variety of pastries to be discovered and the smell when you walk past one of the many bakeries can often prove hard to resist. You could also pop in for some churros, or some Rosquillas tontas y listas (traditional glazed or dusted doughnuts) often served around the time of the festivals.


For the more adventurous diners, Madrid can offer some surprising and exciting alternatives to traditional Spanish cuisine. Chefs such as Ricardo Sanz at restaurant Kabuki and David Muñoz of DiverXo are producing exciting Asian-inspired cuisine that has seen them both awarded Michelin stars; Kabuki has one star and DiverXo received its second in 2012. This influence can been seen in some of the new trendy tapas bars in the City, where Asian and Spanish food are being combined in new and exciting ways.

All the different cuisines of the Spanish regions have gravitated towards Madrid at one time or another, creating a true showcase of Spanish cooking; as a result traditional Madrid recipes are hard to define and nearly always began their life elsewhere before being drafted onto the menus of the city. Madrid gastronomy is always evolving and is now embracing new ideas and flavours from all over the world and integrating them with apparent ease. It is an exciting and intriguing time to be eating out in Madrid!

Madrid recipes

Salmon and beetroot

Churros recipe

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