You probably already know that Spanish gastronomy is one of the best in the world. If you come as a student to spend some time in our country, we are sure that you are going to fall in love with it. But… What are the most famous dishes of typical Spanish cuisine? Read on and get to know the typical Spanish dishes par excellence, and where to find them in Madrid. Here we go!

Valencian Paella

Paella is one of the best-known Spanish dishes outside Spain. But, as well as being famous for being a Spanish recipe, it is also known as paella valenciana within the country. Paella comes from the Valencian region, located in the east of the country, where the original recipe only includes rice, chicken, rabbit, green beans and white beans.

This recipe has changed over the years, and nowadays you can eat paella in any corner of Spain. However, in every restaurant you will find different ingredients in your dish.

If you want to try the original recipe for real Valencian paella, you can do so in Madrid at L’Albufera, La Barraca or Bar La Gloria.

Cocido madrileño (Madrid stew)

We now move to a different region of Spain to talk about the most typical dish of the Spanish capital. As it happens with Valencian paella, you can eat cocido in many other regions of the country. However, the one that has the gastronomic recognition is the cocido madrileño.

Cocido madrileño consists of chickpeas, cabbage, chicken, morcillo (beef), bacon and chorizo. People cook all these ingredients to make a broth, which can be drunk, or used to make a noodle soup. After eating the broth or soup, you eat the vegetables and meat as a second course.

You can find the best cocidos madrileños in the capital at La Bola, Restaurante Lhardy or La Rayúa.

Potato omelette

To eat a good potato omelette, it is not necessary to talk about any specific Spanish autonomous community. The potato omelette is internationally known, and equally delicious all over the country.

The biggest debate surrounding the potato omelette is whether or not to make it with onion. This is something that will depend on your taste, but we are sure you will like it both ways.

For the best tortilla de patata in Madrid you can visit La Primera or Juana la Loca.

Andalusian Gazpacho

We go now to Andalusia to show you the Andalusian gazpacho. Gazpacho is a cold soup made with bread, water, olive oil, vinegar, tomato, cucumber, garlic and green pepper. It is, without a doubt, the perfect summer food, typical for any day at the beach, delicious and very refreshing.

For a good Andalusian gazpacho in the heart of the Spanish capital, you can visit La Taberna de Sanlúcar or La Tasquita de Enfrente.

Galician-style octopus

From one end of the country to the other, the best octopus in Spain is in Galicia. The octopus is cooked in a pot and served in slices, with salt, olive oil and sweet paprika. Some people also add boiled potatoes to this dish.

The best Galician-style octopus in Madrid can be found at Restaurante Lúa, La Gran Pulpería or Casa d’A Troya, among others.

We are sure that your stay in Madrid will be one of the best times of your life, and even more if you try all these dishes of the typical Spanish cuisine. Remember that you can also read other interesting posts in our blog!


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