Late-Night Dining in Madrid

Food — By Sarah E. Rogers on September 19, 2011 at 2:45 am

If you enjoy eating late, then you will feel right at home in Madrid, as what many people call late-night dining anywhere else is just considered, well, simply dining here in Madrid.

Most Madrid restaurants don’t even open for dinner until 8:30 or 9:00 pm. Then the local crowds don’t usually sit down until 10:00 pm or a bit later.
It’s no mystery why Madrid locals eat dinner late, though, as lunch time typically lasts from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Late-night diners will be happy to know that Madrid restaurants often serve dinner until midnight or so, but will close as late as 2:00 am on the weekends.

If you show up at a Madrid restaurant after midnight and wish to be seated for dinner, you might be told the kitchen has closed already. (The secret is to get in by 11:30 and then stay as long as you like.) Not at Vips though. The casual American-style restaurant chain caters to late-night dining in the broad sense of the word, seats diners after midnight and is open until 3:00 am.

But for satisfying a real late-night sweet tooth, you should definitely head to Chocolatería San Ginés for Spanish-style pastries and thick hot chocolate. Popular with night owls, the place closes at 7:00 am.

[Photo: Javier Lastras]