Spanish Food – Madrid Street Food

Madrid Street Food and Spanish food in general is varied and delicious. There is something on offer around every corner. There are a number of food markets in Madrid selling street food, including jamon, tapas, sangria, paella, churos, thick hot chocolate, pinchos (pintxo) and various other delights.

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We’re in Madrid in Spain. It’s lunch time and we’re always hungry. Today we are going to experience the street food of Madrid and all that the city has to offer.

Right near the centre of Madrid, near the Plaza Mayor, there is a food market call Mercado de San Miguel were we are now. It’s an indoor food market that has an amazing selection of food to offer.

If you come to Madrid, then one of the things that you have to try is the Jamon. It’s a delicious Spanish cured ham. There are lots of varieties, so there is lots to choose from. The best way to have jamon is in these little paper cones. The jamon is really nice, it’s not too salty and it’s got a creamy texture. It’s really delicious.

One of the best things about coming to a market is that you can try some new things. We’re going to go for the sea urchin. I’ve never had sea urchin before. This is kind of like a stuffed sea urchin. It smells kind of fishy. It has a really strong fishy flavour, kind of like mashed potatoes from the sea. It’s not my favourite thing ever.

The San Miguel Market is really vibey. It’s really busy and there are a lot of tourists, but it’s got a fantastic atmosphere and vibe. It’s a great place to eat street food.

One of the main things that you must try is called pinchos (pintxo) which is basically a baguette type bread with various ingredients on it. Fresh ingredients on bread, you can’t really go wrong. The hardest part with pinchos is keeping the ingredients on the bread.

One baguette with fried squid rings please. We’ve already had a lot to eat, but we’ve seen these all over Madrid. It’s fried calamari in a bread roll. Sounds like heaven, looks like heaven and tastes like heaven. Not good for your health, but very tasty.

You can’t come to Madrid without having some sangria. It’s fruity, it’s cold, it’s alcoholic magic. It’s super refreshing. I’m more of an ice cream fan to cool down. There’s a lot of places selling ice cream in Madrid. I’ve gone for chocolate. It’s always my go to flavour.

Down a narrow street in the middle of Madrid (Pasadizo San Ginés), there’s one of the oldest chocolaterias in Madrid. They do the most amazing thick hot chocolate with churros in Madrid. Churros is this kind of fried dough that they put in sausage / finger shapes which are perfect for dipping. The hot chocolate here is thick, warm and delicious and not too rich.

There are a number of terraces dotted throughout Madrid. I suggest to not go to Plaza Mayor as it’s very expensive and a bit of a tourist trap. We’ve on one of the smaller squares (Santa Ana) and we’re trying tapas. which are little, small dishes in various types. This is the croquette and we’re also having calamares or fried squid.

That’s it for our food tour of Madrid.

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  1. why do you say that the best way to eat jamon is in those cones? Im from Spain and spanish jamon should be eaten in slices of 8 cm more or less. I add that eating jamon in cones is blasfemy here.

  2. I loved the indoor market, try the Jamon Museum there amazing. Myself and my fiancee went to the ham museum, Anauco which is an amazing burger/grill restaurant with amazing cocktails and the best guacamole you will ever try. We also ate at restaurante Bodin which was really good 🙂


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