Four Historical Food Joints in Madrid

If you are ever lucky enough to travel in Madrid, you’ll realize that there are a ton of historical sites to visit. While I love visiting monuments with significant importance, I also love food. So, I thought, why not combine both things that I enjoy? So if you consider yourself a foodie, like me, check out these must-visit historical food places in Madrid. 

Los Alpes:

This ice cream shop was founded in 1950, and I think it has stuck around because it is absolutely delicious and cheap. I went to this ice cream place the first time on accident, but I was surprised with how many flavors they have and how much ice cream I can get for so little. The largest cup/cone only costs 4.80 Euros (trust me, that’s a good deal in Madrid). 

Address- Calle Arcipreste de Hita 6, 28015 Madrid 

San Gines:

This place is my favorite churros and hot chocolate place in Madrid. One of the best parts is its is open 24 hours a day. My friends and I love to go here for late night hang outs, or to warm up after walking around in Puerta del Sol in the chilly fall weather. San Gines was established in 1894, and since it opened its doors it has been a hit with Madrilenos and tourists alike.

Address- Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, 28013 Madrid 


If you like pastries and baked goods, then this is the place for you. Everything you order will be freshly baked that day, and they have plenty of options. They have strawberry shortcake, croissants, macaroons, candies, and so much more. I have been plenty of times, and I have never been disappointed in what I tried. This bakery opened in 1894 and I am guessing it is here to stay. 

Address- Puerta del Sol 8, 28013 Madrid

Restaurante Botín:

Let me begin with the fact that this restaurant has been operating since 1725. Making it the oldest restaurant in the world, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. But that is not the only reason you should go. The food they make their is traditional and amazing. The specialties are suckling pig and lamb, both in the Castilian style. They also have my favorite Spanish soup, gazpacho. The only downside to this restaurant is that it is a little pricey for the student budget. That being said, it is still worth a visit at least one time. 

Address: Calle Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid


Katelyn Rapp is a student at Rowan University and is an ISA Featured Blogger. She is studying abroad abroad with ISA in Madrid, Spain.


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