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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Madrid is complete without tasting the traditional Madrid food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Madrid to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Jamón ibérico: type of cured ham.
  • Sobrasada: raw, cured sausage made with ground pork, paprika and salt and other spices.
  • Botifarra: type of sausage and one of the most important dishes of the Catalan cuisine.
  • Chopitos: battered, fried baby squid.
  • Soldaditos de Pavía: cod fish with red peppers.
  • Caracoles a la madrileña: a tapa consisting of snails cooked in a spicy sauce.
  • Oreja de cerdo (Pig's ear): a kind of ration served in Spanish bars consisting of pig's ears roasted on a plate.
  • Chorizo: pork sausage.
  • Croquetas: small fried food roll containing usually as main ingredients mashed potatoes, and/or minced meat, fish, vegetables.
  • Manchego cheese: a cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the Manchega breed.
  • Morcilla: blood sausage with a filler of rice and/or onions, seasoned with paprika.


  • Callos: a traditional Spanish stew.
  • Fabada: stew made of white beans, pork or bacon, black pudding, chorizos and saffron.
  • Gazpacho: a cold Spanish tomato-based raw vegetable soup.
  • Salmorejo: cream consisting of tomato, bread, oil, garlic and vinegar.


Main courses

  • Arròs negre: squid ink, cuttlefish or squid, white rice, garlic, green cubanelle peppers, sweet paprika, olive oil and seafood broth.
  • Bacalla a la llauna: salt cod with tomato, garlic and parsley.
  • Cocido madrileño: a traditional chickpea-based stew from Madrid, Spain.
  • Gallinejas: a popular dish consisting of fried sheep entrails.
  • Garbanzos con bacalao y espinacas: rich stew made of chickpeas, spinach, cod, onions, tomatoes, garlic, bay leafs, and flour.
  • Paella: there are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella, seafood paella and mixed paella..
  • Pescaíto frito: fish deep fried in vegetable oil.
  • Patatas bravas: white potatoes, cut into about 2 centimeter irregular shapes and then fried in oil and served warm with a spicy tomato sauce.
  • Solomillo: sirloin steak marinated in a multitude of condiments and grilled on both sides.


  • Arroz con leche: hot pudding made of rice and milk.
  • Buñuelos (bunyols): wheat-based yeast dough, often flavored with anise with a sweet topping, may have a variety of fillings.
  • Manjar blanco: milk, almonds, corn starch or gelatin, and sugar.
  • Marzipan: dessert consisting of sugar and almond meal, flavored with rosewater, covered with sugar or dipped in chocolate.
  • Milhojas: cake prepared with several puff pastry layers with Dulche de Leche in between.
  • Polvorón: type of heavy, soft and very crumbly Spanish shortbread.
  • Roscón de Reyes: a cake made ​​with a sweet dough garnished with sliced crystallized fruit.
  • Sorbet: a frozen dessert made from sweetened water flavored with fruit, wine, or liqueur.
  • Tarta de Manzana (Apple Tart): tart with apples, flour, water, butter and eggs.
  • Tocinillo de cielo: dessert made of egg yolks, sugar, water, lemon zest and vanilla extract.
  • Torrijas: delicious Spanish bread-based sweet.
  • Turrón (torró): honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts.

Fast food

  • Bocadillo: a sandwich made with Spanish or French bread.
  • Churro: fried-dough pastry-based snacks, sometimes made from potato dough.
  • Tortilla de patatas: an egg and potato omelette.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Sangria: drink made with red wine, fruit juice, sparkling soft drinks, sugar and fruit chunks.

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