Delicious Morsels of Madrid: A Look into the Spanish Captials Food Scene
Wednesday, September 20th
This week we are digging into the vast and delicious culinary scene that Madrid has to offer. Join us on a culinary journey through Madrid, where we’ll explore the flavors, dishes, and dining experiences that make this city a food lover’s paradise.
As we mentioned previously, we will be opening an office in Madrid (and are already looking to fill positions there). So, in honor of this exciting new change, we are going to be exploring Madrid through some blog posts - from nightlife to the music scene, and everything in between! Today we are looking at all things cuisine.
No visit to Madrid is complete without indulging in the beloved tradition of tapas. While the origins of this delicious tradition are still hotly debated, the love of tapas is not. These small, flavorful dishes are meant to be shared amongst friends, and Madrid is home to countless tapas bars that serve up both classic and experimental options. Whether it’s patatas bravas (crispy potatoes with spicy sauce), jamón ibérico (cured ham), or more contemporary creations like mini-burgers with foie gras, you’ll find something to tantalize your taste buds on every corner.
The beauty of Madrid’s food scene continues in its bustling food markets, such as Mercado de San Miguel and Mercado de la Cebada, which are sensory playgrounds for food enthusiasts. These markets are filled with stalls offering fresh produce, seafood, cheeses, and an array of prepared dishes. Grab a glass of Spanish wine and sample your way through the market, savoring local specialties and soaking in the lively atmosphere.
For a taste of traditional Madrid, make sure you try cocido madrileño. This hearty chickpea-based stew features a rich broth filled with vegetables and various cuts of meat. It’s a comforting dish that has been cherished by Madrileños for generations. While it is most often served in winter, some restaurants offer it all year round. Many restaurants (Casa Carola and La Bola being some local favorites) serve their unique takes on cocido, so be sure to try it and see which version becomes your favorite.
If the mercados aren’t your cup of tea, you can also immerse yourself in Madrid’s fine dining scene. The city offers several Michelin-starred restaurants pushing the boundaries of culinary creativity. Restaurants like DriverXO and Ramón Freixa Madrid offer delectable tasting menus that combine traditional Spanish ingredients with more modern techniques. These gastronomic experiences are perfect for both special occasions and those seeking culinary artistry.
Churros con Chocolate
Indulge your sweet tooth with one of Madrid’s favorite treats: churros con chocolate. For those who don’t know, churros are deep-fried dough sticks that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Plus, they are perfect for dipping into a thick, velvety chocolate sauce! Enjoy this delightful combination at any time of day (as a breakfast treat or a late-night snack) at renowned churrerías like Chocolatería San Ginés.
So there you have it! It was impossible for us to include all of the amazing culinary delights that Madrid has to offer, but we hope that this small snapshot gives you a taste of what you can find there. And yes, this is the point where we remind you that we’re still looking for people to join our Madrid team, so if living and working in a foodie destination like Madrid sounds interesting to you, check out our careers page to learn more!