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DISCOVER
Is your foodie instinct awake? Then let if fly!
People and Food

Spaniards eat to celebrate that they are alive and together, with relatives, colleagues and friends, and any occasion is good to toast to life inside a bar, at home or in the street, where they talk loud, laugh, and embrace their feelings with good tapas & wine. In Spain, every single bar is also a restaurant, and overall a daily meeting point afterwork, or most commonly at the weekend and on Sundays, when vermouth is a religious ritual before a big meal, followed by the typical spanish sobremesa (a looong conversation which can easily merge with dinner time).

As they wake up later (not in weekdays), eating late (later than you can expect) is something that you will need to get used to do if you want to live a real local experience in Spain, but, believe me, it will be worthy, because a previous "pinchos" or "tapas" (dishes for sharing) route will satisfy your most intriguing appetite towards Spanish food and, by the time you want to enjoy a first, second and dessert whole meal, your body will be saying: "a siesta, por favor". And the siesta will come, for sure, but maybe later on.

If you want to eat like a real spaniard you just need to flow and warm your body with its Mediterranean sun and food which they pride in so much. It is so diverse and its people and traditions across the country: made for survival and connecting deep with your soul in the north and centre of the country, and more light hearted and celebratory when you go down.

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Food made with love

Spanish locals normally take pride in their diet and food and, more and more, is becoming a world trend. They love their food (and even more their mum or grandma food) and you won't resist to a good "tortilla de patata", "croquetas", "paella" or "jamón" (it's a pitty if you are vegetarian or don't like pig meat).

No simplicity; food is Spain is full of ingredients in every dish, based on fruits, vegetables and legumes, as well as bread, pasta, rice, fish, meat and, overall: olive oil and wine. But, be prepared to be dancing at different rhythms: The north will welcome you with consistent dishes, based on fish, legumes and meat (like Fabada, "pulpo a la gallega", good seafood or "bacalao al pilpil"); Cocido and lamb, "Cochinillo" or a good dish of "migas de pastor" can full your stomach in the Meseta región; whereas Paella is the queen of the east (also extended across the geography) and "pescaíto frito" and Salmorejo, the main characters in the South.

But these are just some of the delicacies that will make your tastebuds tingle in Spain, so get ready to eat good Gazpacho (made from tomatoes) or letting your skin try good tomatoes at "La Tomatina", melt yourself in their wonderful wines from La Rioja, Ribera de Duero, Toro or other Denominations of Origin. Also "patatas bravas", "calamares en su tinta", "escalibada", "chicharro al chacolí", "embutidos", and many other especialities which you will fall in love with once you let them shine bright for you.

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Paella

A Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings. See here a recipe of paella.

Vermouth

Vermouth is an aromatized, fortified wine flavored with various botanicals. See here a recipe of vermouth.

Tapas

A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. It may be cold or hot and it is usually a shared dish.

Cider

Cider is raw apple juice made from pressed apples that hasn't been filtered to remove pulp. See here a recipe of cider.

Salmorejo

Salmorejo is a purée consisting of tomato and bread, originating from Cordoba in Andalucia. See here a recipe of salmorejo.

Spanish Omelette

Spanish Omelette is a delicious Spanish tapa made of egg and potatoes. See here a recipe.

  • Paella

    A Spanish dish prepared by simmering together chicken, seafood, rice, vegetables, and saffron and other seasonings. See here a recipe of paella.

  • Vermouth

    Vermouth is an aromatized, fortified wine flavored with various botanicals. See here a recipe of vermouth.

  • Tapas

    A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. It may be cold or hot and it is usually a shared dish.

  • Cider

    Cider is raw apple juice made from pressed apples that hasn't been filtered to remove pulp. See here a recipe of cider.

  • Salmorejo

    Salmorejo is a purée consisting of tomato and bread, originating from Cordoba in Andalucia. See here a recipe of salmorejo.

  • Spanish Omelette

    Spanish Omelette is a delicious Spanish tapa made of egg and potatoes. See here a recipe.

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AMBASSADOR
Local experts to help you find the best local food
Helena & Yogesh

"We love sitting at the terrace of one of the oldest cafés in Madrid by the Bilbao plaza. From there you can observe the people passing by and have tasty tapas. Café Comercial has been refurnished, it has this special tradicitional Madrid flavor combined with a dynamic staff team who make you feel at home"

Write us an email if you need tips for eating in Spain!

 

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ESSENTIALS
To take back home!
  • Manchego Cheese

    Manchego is a cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the manchega breed

  • Spanish Ham

    Spanish ham is greatly prized as a gourmet food both in Spain and around the world

  • Ensaladilla

    The tasty Spanish version of the Russian salad which combines vegetables cut to the brunoise and mixed with mayonnaise

Manchego Cheese

Manchego is a cheese made in the La Mancha region of Spain from the milk of sheep of the manchega breed

Spanish Ham

Spanish ham is greatly prized as a gourmet food both in Spain and around the world

Ensaladilla

The tasty Spanish version of the Russian salad which combines vegetables cut to the brunoise and mixed with mayonnaise

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Insider Tips
Local Tips around food
What is your best secret around food in your country?
  • Alberto Aranda

    My favorite brunch happens in Café Federal. An Australian-style restaurant with cool atmosphere. People work and read there while having a piece of cake.

  • Lidia Gómez

    My favorite place for lunch on Sundays is Arz?bal restaurant, by Sofia Museum. They have a terrace where to spend long hours after a good lunch.

  • Carlos Corredero

    The best Spanish omelette can be eaten in La Bodega de Ardosa, it is a standing up place with great madrilian atmosphere

  • Ramón Pérez

    I love the restaurant inside the hotel Villamagna, it is an elegant Asian restaurant where you find the best Pekin duck of Madrid and amazing dim sums.

Alberto Aranda

My favorite brunch happens in Café Federal. An Australian-style restaurant with cool atmosphere. People work and read there while having a piece of cake.

Lidia Gómez

My favorite place for lunch on Sundays is Arz?bal restaurant, by Sofia Museum. They have a terrace where to spend long hours after a good lunch.

Carlos Corredero

The best Spanish omelette can be eaten in La Bodega de Ardosa, it is a standing up place with great madrilian atmosphere

Ramón Pérez

I love the restaurant inside the hotel Villamagna, it is an elegant Asian restaurant where you find the best Pekin duck of Madrid and amazing dim sums.

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