José Andrés' Guide to Madrid
The best places to eat and shop in the Spanish capital, according to Chef José Andrés.
To me, Spain’s capital is not unlike Washington, DC, where I have most of my restaurants—there’s this eclectic vibe because people move here from all over. Madrid has an incredibly strong culinary tradition, with century-old restaurants that are preserving history. But there’s also a vanguard here that makes the food scene so exciting.
Where to Eat in Madrid
Bibo Madrid: Paseo de la Castellana, 52; +34 918 05 25 56
My friend Dani García is among the most talented young chefs in Spain. BiBo is an Andalusian brasserie, high-end yet fun and casual.
De La Riva: Calle Cochabamba, 13; +34 914 58 89 54
This old-school lunch place opened in 1932. There’s no written menu: The servers tell you about the specials, which are always changing.
Fismuler: Calle de Sagasta, 29; +34 918 27 75 81
Spanish cuisine with Nordic influences from chefs Nino Redruello and Patxi Zumárraga. You need to order the tarta de queso (cheesecake).
Floren Domezáin: Calle de Castelló, 9; +34 915 76 76 23
Floren is the king of vegetables, grown in the restaurant’s garden. .
Mercado de la Paz: Centro Comercial La Paz, Calle de Ayala, 28; +34 914 35 07 43
You’ll find the finest tortilla de patatas in all of Madrid at Casa Dani, tucked away in a stall in this bustling market.
O’Pazo: Calle Reina Mercedes, 20; +34 915 34 37 48
One of the best seafood restaurants in Spain. I love the giant cigalas (langoustines) a la plancha and the percebes, or goose barnacles.
Sacha: Calle Juan Hurtado de Mendoza, 11; +34 913 45 59 52
An institution in Madrid, it’s a chef’s hangout, and one of the foremost representations of Galician cuisine in Spain. The chef-owner, Sacha Hormaechea, is such a character.
Streetxo: Calle de Serrano, 52; +34 915 31 98 84
David Muñoz’s casual, “street” version of his Michelin three-star DiverXO. It’s decorated like a street-food alley in Asia.
La Tasquita de Enfrente: Calle de la Ballesta, 6; +34 915 32 54 49
The chef is my good friend Juanjo López. I always get the callos a la madrileña (Madrid-style tripe).
Where to Shop in Madrid
Club del Gourmet in El Corte Inglés Department Store
This is like the Harrod’s of Spain; it carries all of the finest food from Spain and beyond.
Hands down the greatest selection of Spanish cheeses.
Spotight on a Dish: Cocido Madrileño
I believe that one day, cocido, the traditional stew from Madrid that’s full of meat, vegetables and chickpeas, will become the next ramen. Now every region has its own recipe. I particularly like the versions from Charolés Restaurante (they only do it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and Restaurante El Carmen, both in Madrid.