A glass of bold red wine, a plate of fine sliced ham, a crisp salad bowl dressed to perfection… Need I go on? A trip to Madrid is the ideal destination in which to unleash your inner foodie.
Though the Spanish capital is teeming with places to tickle your palate, the neighborhoods of Sol, La Latina and Chueca are particularly worth your time.
Sol’s foodie cred is infinitely bolstered by the presence of San Miguel Market. The market features attractive stalls of quality and gourmet foods, mostly from across Spain but from abroad as well. Sample the wine, tapas and other small bites on site, or take them away for relishing later. Afterwards, follow your foodie radar and try some of the smaller restaurants directly south of Sol, too.
Madrid’s neighborhood of La Latina has some of the best and most creative restaurants in the city. A good bet is trying one of the places lining Cava Baja street. Another surefire recommendation is to hit up the many tapas restaurants located in the La Latina neighborhood. The only downside is that even with a pretty serious tapas crawl you couldn’t possibly try them all.
Chueca has the honor of being Madrid’s trendiest neighborhood. Here quirky and fashionable clothing stores rub elbows with a number of stylish eateries – some of which transcend the success of their décor to become true foodie havens. Bazaar is one such restaurant I like.
[Photo: Herry Lawford]