The Puerta de Alcala, the Prado Museum, the Campo del Moro Gardens and more sights make Madrid a wonderful city to be in. However, there are those who also wish to see their favorite celebrities while they’re visiting the city as well. Whether it’s those handsome footballers from Spanish clubs or celebrities from the big screen, Madrid is a pit stop for all the stars thanks to its richness in every layer of its cultural and modern ways.
The distinguished restaurants of Madrid are of course the best places to catch a glimpse of these stars while they take a breather and replenish their appetites with the best food the city has to offer. Here’s a list of 5 classy restaurants where you have the best chances of spotting your favorite celebs.
La Terraza del Casino
alle Alcalá, 15, 28022 Madrid, Spain
If three Repsol suns and two Michelin stars don’t say it, nothing will! La Terraza del Casino is formal, stylish and elegant and while first time diners take a while to get used to the muted splendor on display, the professional and efficient staff will ensure that you feel welcome.
Next comes the surprise you have heard so much about which is the progressive dining experience. Ferran Adria’s creation and now managed by his disciple Chef Paco Roncero, every dish is doled out with the best presentation and taste, making fans of you even by the sight of it all. The staff’s recommendations are of course highly valued here and this is one place where you can let yourself go and simply enjoy the experience because few other restaurants in the world can offer what this establishment does!
Paseo de la Castellana, 57, 28046 Madrid, Spain
Two Michelin stars make this restaurant one of the most sought after in Madrid, and yes, the stars make it an expensive affair as well! The service, the ambiance and the dishes surely make up for the exorbitant prices and you will walk away with a feeling of satisfaction. The culinary experience offered by Chef Oscar Velasco is well backed up by a wine list that could very well be the envy of the classiest restaurants around the world.
The service is extraordinarily friendly and makes you feel at ease while the cigar lounge is a thoughtful touch for those who love their smokes at the end of a hearty meal. Of course, reservations weeks in advance are recommended!
Corral de la Moreria
Calle de la Morería, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
While in Spain, flamenco performances top almost every tourist’s list and if they do not feature on your list only because you would rather spend the time trying out the best restaurants in Madrid, here’s a place that helps you do both at the same time.
Corral de la Moreria is one of the most popular and renowned flamenco tabloas, not only in Madrid or Spain, but also across the globe. The music and the performances here remind you of the traditional roots of Spain and the food served to you in the festive atmosphere helps your spirits soar.
The passion you see in the performances also reflects in the dishes served here and one cannot miss the pride with which the waiters and servers help you decide on the best ones to try out. While most tourists usually book their tables at the Corral de la Moreria for the flamenco shows, the quality of food pleasantly surprises them!
Ramon Freixa Madrid
Calle de Claudio Coello, 67, 28001 Madrid, Spain
I cook what I am is the exhortation that Ramon Freixa delights in and this is what you get to experience at his establishment, the Ramon Freixa Madrid. Taking pride in what he does best, the technical expertise and creative instincts of the renowned chef reflect in each dish presented to you and you will know immediately why his establishment has been decorated with two Michelin stars.
Even the breads here are a departure from what you will find at other restaurants – being the proud creations of the father of the chef! From traditional to modern, the courses here are delectable and complex and at the same time bringing out even the most basic elements – culminating in a once in a lifetime experience indeed!
Calle de Álvarez de Baena, 4, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Forty years ago, Zalacain made an appearance on the culinary front of Madrid, and it would be safe to say that it has dominated the scene for a large part of those decades. The distinguished diners’ list presenting themselves to partake in the gastronomic delights of the restaurant include the King and Queen of Spain, as well as esteemed ministers and Nobel Prize winners. If this does not impress the foodie in you, the fact that even the cutlery and crockery here are exclusively designed for the restaurant surely will. Most other restaurants in Spain are held against the light that this one emits, the grand interiors and formal atmosphere seem to set the mood for a royal affair with majestic fare. “Food fit for a King” finds new meaning here!
A romantic dinner in any of these beautiful restaurants in Madrid for a night out with special friends and family, no matter where you choose, will be an experience you won’t soon forget! Of course, if your favorite celebrity is enjoying a meal at the next table, even better!