Madrid, Spain, is heaven for foodies. The city has a vibrant food culture and represents a meeting point for various Spanish regional cuisines and food traditions. This allows tourists to try the country’s authentic dishes without having to cover much ground.
Next time you find yourself hungry in Madrid, make sure to try these three dishes.
Paella is one of the staples of Spanish cuisine. It consists of ground rice cooked in chicken broth and olive oil with the addition of green beans and meat. And while the dish originated in Valencia, Madrid is as good a place as any to get some tasty paella.
Bocadillo de Calamares
Popular all across Spain, Bocadillo de Calamares, aka squid sandwich, holds a special place among sandwich-lovers in Madrid. The dish is quite simple, consisting of deep-fried squid placed in a loaf of bread. There are several varieties you can get, but we recommend the one that includes the addition of tomato sauce and garlic mayonnaise.
You can’t leave Madrid without trying the city’s traditional dish, Cocido madrilène, aka Madrid stew. Especially popular in winter but served across the year, the stew has chickpeas, potatoes, and pork as its main ingredients. It can also contain a variety of other vegetables, sausages, and meatballs known as bola.