Vailima Salón de Té & Tienda, Madrid Vailima Salón de Té & Tienda, Madrid

Historic restaurants: Madrid

A city with a proud gastronomic history, the Spanish capital has no shortage of well-established tabernas and dining rooms.


Spain Editor

Madrileños take their food and wine seriously, and you will never be stuck for somewhere to enjoy a good meal in the city. Whether you're looking for hearty Castilian cooking, candle-lit interiors cluttered with antiques, or to follow in the footsteps of the left field artists and literary greats like Hemingway and Lorca, you'll find a piece of history in these restaurants in Madrid.

José Luis
Tasting 'pinchos' (the Basque name for tapas) at Jose Luis is a must when visiting Madrid. Its Spanish Omelette pincho is probably the best in town. Fifty years of tradition makes Jose Luis part of the city's history. You will want to repeat the experience due to the quality of their service and products, which is very high. As they have long opening hours, you can enjoy this venue from breakfast to after-dinner cocktails. Don't miss their daily homemade cakes, absolutely exquisite.

Jose Luis

LUXOS Recommends: Tortilla Tapa, Brascada tapa (meat, serrano ham, caramelized onion on top of a piece of bread), and lemon and meringue tart.

Since 1959, Hollywood film stars, visiting dignitaries from overseas, and the King of Spain himself, have all been heading for Casa Lucio. Located on Cava Baja in the La Latina District, it serves the best 'huevos estrellados,' free-range fried eggs 'broken' over a bed of crispy chips, and another fantastic speciality, 'solomillo,' grilled beef. The decoration is rustic, with exposed beams and dark wooden doors and windows. The staff is extremely professional, and you'll even find Lucio, the owner, asking you about your experience.

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LUXOS Recommends: Lucio's scrambled eggs and baby eels with olive oil and hot pepper

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Hevia continues to be one of the gastronomic jewels of Madrid. Walking through Calle Serrano you'll see an old neon sign placed on the façade of this small and elegant restaurant. A table on its chic terrace with white table linen and dim lighting is great, but one of the most difficult to book. Hevias' success is based on its impeccable service and its menu. Hevia serves a cuisine based on exclusive products and a meticulous presentation.

LUXOS Recommends: Smoked Scottish salmon keia, Madrid-style tripe, and the dessert Tocino de Cielo

Vailima first opened as a small tea-shop, also selling a selection of teas and accessories. Following the success of the store, in 2013 they opened Vailima Tea-Room, located a few steps away from famous Puerta de Alcalá, one of the most iconic spots in the city. This cosy tea-room offers more than 150 different teas and it is beautifully decorated in Parisian style. Ask for their daily home-baked cakes and pastry, which are delicious.


LUXOS Recommends: Their weekend brunch is not to be missed

Harina is a beautiful boulangerie located in the iconic Plaza de la Independencia. Everything they serve is made from the finest organic products. The wide variety of bread, cakes and pastries are home-baked daily. Their natural juices and smoothies are also prepared fresh. The place is very bright with white tables and chairs, and there is a great view of Puerta de Alcalá through its large windows. If you sit on the terrace you will be able to take the perfect picture of Madrid.

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LUXOS Recommends: Light fibre-rich breakfast, and the carrot cake

Embassy is one of the most renowned venues in Madrid, a Tea Room founded in 1931 by the Irishwoman Margaret Keamey. It was the first place in the city where ladies could go alone to have a cup of tea. Nowadays, this traditional yet trendy place is also a restaurant where you can have everything from breakfast to a late-evening cocktail. You shouldn't miss tea-time at Embassy, with its tea biscuits, fruit pastries, sandwiches and teas, a feast for the senses. Service is courteous and impeccable.Embassy

LUXOS Recommends: Cucumber sandwiches, moscovita tea biscuits, and strawberry pie

1 Hevia
2 Vailima
3 José Luis
4 Lucio
5 Harina
6 Embassy