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Eating in Madrid

There are a lot of restaurants of all kinds in Madrid. You can find not only Spanish food but also other kinds of food that come from other countries: Asian food, Chinese food, Japanese food, Italian food, Peruvian food, you name it, they got it. This is because there is a need for demonstrating customers that they can take a part of their own home country with them. Foreign restaurants are also created because there is a need to create new businesses to revitalize the economy and to give chefs a chance to show off their culinary skills.

If you decide to cook your own food you can always go to a supermarket or to a farm market to buy food ingredients for a cheaper price. Of course, these prices always vary depending on how the market is fluctuating. Some of the cheaper ingredients are: flour, rice, tortilla, artichokes, potatoes, cabbage. Spanish people prefer to buy Spanish food rather than buying imported food. Imported foods are certainly cheaper, but there's a strong sense of nationality among the Spanish people.

Some of the most known Spanish dishes are: Gazpacho, Paella, Calamares Fritos (Fried Squid), Jamon Serrano (cured ham), Puchero, Gambas al Pil Pil, Salpicon de Marisco, Berberechos, Bacalao fritters, etc. It is also worth mentioning that Spain is known as one of the countries that offers the best seafood in the world. The most influential chef that is known worldwide is Ferran Adrià. He is Spanish, and he has applied new kinds of culinary techniques that revolutionized the gastronomy. Some of the best restaurants in Madrid are: El Chaflan, La Terraza del Casino, La Broche, El Bodegon, Jockey, La Dorada, Izamar, Coque, Café de Oriente, etc.

Eating out in Madrid is less expensive than in most European capitals, and the very sensible tradition of the fixed-price lunch menu.
see more: Restaurant prices in Madrid
Generally, tapas or snacks can be had with a drink in most bars and cafes, a good way to sample a large variety of tastes in a short time.
see more: Cañas y Tapas Bars in Madrid
Every night, people meet in the streets, go to numerous sidewalk cafés, café-bars and restaurants in the area of La Puerta del Sol.
see more: Sol, Plaza Mayor and Opera
You should spend at least an evening eating and drinking at the historic, tiled bars in this central area. Restaurants around Santa Ana and Huertas are good.
see more: Around Santa Ana and Huertas
Gran Vía is Madrid's busiest and best-known street. Wide sidewalks, amazing buildings and proximity to the centre make it one of the best residential neighbourhood.
see more: Gran Vía and Plaza de España
To the south of the city you can find interesting areas such as La Latina and Lavapiés. This is the city's most diverse, artistic, and un-touristed neighborhood.
see more: La Latina and Lavapiés
There are many reasons for to visit Madrid, once of them are its restaurants like Chueca and Santa Bárbara
see more: Chueca and Santa Bárbara
Trendy, youthful, Malasaña is another characterful area, with a big nightlife scene and dozens of bars. Although Malasaña have better bars and clubs than restaurants.
see more: Malasaña and north to Bilbao
There are a number of open-air terraces in the area of Paseo de la Castellana and the Parque del Oeste, where you can enjoy a glass of sangria and a plate of tapas.
see more: Paseo del Prado, Recoletos and Retiro
If you've got a fortune to blow on dinner, Salamanca is exactly the place to come. Salamanca is where Madrid's very best restaurants are tucked away.
see more: Salamanca
In Madrid the people drink café in many ways and every time. You'll find here several "cafeterias"; although some of them offer no hot meals.
see more: Café life in Madrid

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