Looking for the best tapas Madrid in Plaza Mayor? Read this article and avoid the tourist traps that are almost in each corner of Plaza Mayor. Plaza Mayor is located in the heart of Madrid a few meters from Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace. It was designed by Juan de Herrera in baroque style and is one of the must-see visits to Madrid.
Plaza Mayor has always been a big market, a place for big announcements and royal celebrations. It is full of commemorative plaques, historic places and other symbols of great value. It was built by various architects in the time of the great King Carlos III and at first it was made entirely of wood. With the passing of time and after suffering various fires, Plaza Mayor was reconstructed and made as we can see in our days. To reach the square, you can use one of the different access doors that surround it, each with a special charm.
In the 15th century, the Plaza Mayor received the name of Plaza del Arrabal and, subsequently, were assigned other names such as: Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza Real and Plaza de la República. The current name has been preserved since the end of the Civil War. This square is an ideal place to eat nice tapas Madrid in Plaza Mayor and enjoy a sunny day. It’s surrounded by many tapas bars that can be hard to decide where to eat Spanish and Madrileñan tapas. We are experts in all that is related with tapas, so follow our recommendations and enjoy an experience as you deserve.
Top TASTY and CHEAP tapas Madrid around Plaza Mayor
Croquettes at ROSI LA LOCA
It’s a special and a bit crazy place located 3 blocks from Plaza Mayor. In addition to the friendly and kind staff, the croquettes reign supreme! In Madrid there is no shortage of croquetas but not all have this amazing flavor. Stuffed and fried with ham, fish or mozzarella, you can find these croquettes that are literally a bomb. Another few reasons to go here are the paella and the fried eggplant with honey and more delicious things. Ideal to accompany them with excellent beer and extravagant cocktails. Better if you book before coming to eat this tapas in Madrid Plaza Mayor! There is always a line to sit down….
Address: Calle de Cádiz 4
Fried squid sandwich in LA CAMPANA
If you want to eat the typical bocadillo de calamares (sandwich with fried squid) then you have to come here. This is Madrid’s authentic and tasty street food ideal to make a walking tour while eating. Bar La Campana is located a few steps from the Plaza Mayor. They don’t serve at the table, here you need to order at the counter and then you can sit if there’s available space. You can always order take away and eat outside while enjoying the sun in the square. Fresh and crispy squid, generous portions and low cost spending (only 3€!). What more do you want?
Address: Calle Botoneras 6
baked hake fillet from Botin restaurant Madrid
Okay, big portions of meals are not considered tapas, but you can find really great food here. This restaurant is the oldest in all Spain and maybe one of the oldest in all europe. This place is not that cheap but the food is so delicious with unique taste that it is really worth it. From big portions of Madrileñan soup to Baked hake. Definitely this is one of the top restaurants in Madrid that the Foodies should try. You can have a small trip to the past without getting on a time machine.
Address: Calle Cuchilleros 17
Spanish garlic prawns from LA CASA DEL ABUELO
For more than 100 years, La Casa del Abuelo has been serving its now famous shrimps in virtually all possible variations. With garlic, served in terracotta bowls and boiled with olive oil and parsley. On the plate, at the right point of cooking and with coarse salt. Made in gabardina style, battered and fried. Made like banderillas (shrimp skewers). We can be speaking all day about all the different preparations but it is better that you go there and try by yourself.
Of course always accompanied by sweet wine “El Abuelo” or our Toro wine. Today La Casa del Abuelo has four branches: the oldest is this, in Calle Victoria 12, the second in Calle Núñez de Arce 5, both in the Sol district. The third in Calle Goya 57, which also has a terrace, and the fourth in Calle Toledo, 11 near Plaza Mayor. In those of Calle Núñez de Arce and Calle Goya, in addition to prawns, other traditional Madrileñan tapas are served. This place has one of the best tapas near Plaza Mayor Madrid that you will find.
Address: Calle Toledo, 11
Iberico bellota ham at MERCADO DEL JAMON IBERICO
This is an ideal place after visiting the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. A small typical shop, frequented by locals and with few seats in a simple and welcoming environment. Also, here the Iberian jamon is the master and they have 3 varieties of it. You can give yourself a fantastic bocadillo (a large parade with abundant padding) or a cutting board full of ham. All this will be at a reasonable price for the high quality food you will eat. All very simple and informal tapas bar with very kind managers and mouth-watering serrano ham!
Address: Calle Mayor 80
Sardine tapas from LA CONCHA
This bar offers good dishes and a place to rest after a long walk around Cava Baja. In Taberna La Concha they will offer you a varied menu based on Spanish cuisine. According to the opinions of the users, here their waiters offer you a perfectly elaborated Spanish tapas. Ask for a salmorejo and a tasty tapa made of sardine. Try the well-prepared pudding, the tasty strawberries with cream and the generous parfait that this place proposes. It is time to taste an irresistible sangria or a unique cocktail prepared with vermouth. One of the locals favorite Plaza MAyor Madrid Tapas bars of all.
Address: Cava Baja 7
Churros with chocolate from CHOCOLATERIA SAN GINÉS
After a long day of walking and eating tapas, what about a typical Spanish afternoon snack? Located in the passage of San Ginés, in the heart of Madrid you can find the centennial chocolate shop San Ginés. Between Puerta del Sol and the Royal theater is an iconic place ideal to take in a nice desert. It was declared a Historic Tourist Centre by the City of Madrid in the 90’s. This place offers the best churros con chocolate in the city. The churro (often said in the plural: churros) is a snack, typical of Iberian (particularly Madrid) and Latin American cuisine. It is based on a fried batter, usually sprinkled with sugar and dipped in hot chocolate.
Address: Pasadizo de San Ginés 5
These places are definitely the best ones to try tapas in Madrid Plaza Mayor. Remember that every day we have an amazing tapas tour Madrid where we will try some of these amazing tapas places. At the same time, you can meet more people and learn about fun facts of the city.