If you’re staying in Madrid for any period of time, paella is one of the traditional Spanish dishes that you have to try at least once. Yes, you can have it in other parts of the world – you can even look up a recipe on the internet and cook it yourself – but trust us, it just wouldn’t be the same. To make sure you get the opportunity to taste the best paella while you’re in town, we put together a list of some of the top restaurants in Madrid that have it on the menu. But first, let us tell you a bit about the dish and its origins.
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What is paella?
Originally a Valencian dish, this ancient recipe has become the most popular representative of Spanish cuisine all around the world. A rice-based dish, it is seasoned with saffron and rosemary and features a rich variety of ingredients and flavours – traditionally white and green beans, chicken, rabbit and snails. In Madrid restaurants, you’ll be able to find not only classic paella but also its many variants, of which seafood paella is the most popular.
Best places for paella in Madrid
Doña 59 – Claiming to serve the best Mediterranean cuisine in Madrid, Doña 59 might be a modern and sophisticated restaurant, but when it comes to its food, it’s still firmly rooted in time-tested traditions. We highly recommend that you try their magnificent lobster paella.
Address: Calle de Zurbano, 59.
Casa de Valencia – If you’re looking for authentic Valencian paella, this is the place to go. With a prestige that dates back to its 1975 inauguration by the Spanish Royal Family and was maintained through the years due to excellent service and delicious food, Casa de Valencia is a true treasure from the past – a cosy place with traditional decoration and a very friendly atmosphere.
Address: Paseo del Pintor Rosales, 58.
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La Barraca – Founded in 1935 by the Valencian Solís family, the historic La Barraca has been a stable of the city centre for over 8 decades. Throughout three generations of owners, it has stayed true to the values and recipes of traditional cuisine, delighting both locals and tourists with various paella dishes cooked only with carefully chosen quality ingredients. Your taste buds will never forgive you if you don’t go there at least once.
Address: Calle de la Reina, 29.
That’s it! Now you know where to find the best paella in Madrid. Which of these great restaurants are you going to try first? Let us know using the comment box below. Buen provecho!
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