A few suggestions for eats in Madrid:
- Mercado de San Miguel, a gorgeous covered market dedicated to all things gastronomic. Do a little tapas crawl all in the one place - Jamon, Croquetas, Tocino del Cielo and more! I made multiple visits as there was just too much to eat in one sitting!
- Restaurante Botin, which is sort-of-round the corner of Plaza Mayor and the Mercado de San Miguel, claimed as the oldest restaurant in the world and famous for their Cochinillo or Suckling Pig. (Thanks to David for the tip!)
- The 9th Floor of the El Corte Ingles department store in Plaza Callao, which houses a sort of Gourmet Experience with restaurants, food hall and stunning views of Madrid's centre.
- La Mallorquina, bakery and cafe near the Plaza del Sol for their gigantic ensaimadas (a sort of spanish brioche, although I must say I think the Filipino version is so much yummier.)
- El Brillante for their fried calamari bocadillos or baguette sandwiches (makes for a nice rest stop if you're visiting the Museo Reina Sofia)
- Casa Mira to stock up on sweets like turron (nougat) and polvoron
- Chocolateria San Gines, for light as a feather churros and thick hot chocolate (and a pretty good cafe con leche!)