Where to Eat in Spain

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Celso y Manolo: Spanish Bar Food Gets a Makeover

This little “neo-tavern”, located in the heart of Madrid, has done an exceptional job of honoring its heritage, and in more than one way. With their modern interpretation of traditional Spanish food and the love that goes into their cooking, Celso y Manolo draws in diners from all over the city.

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Mama Campo: Restaurant, Cantina, Organic Market & More

The aim at Mama Campo is simple, to raise awareness about what, exactly, it is that you are eating and to give you the option to buy organic food that isn’t prohibitively expensive. Their restaurant is a shining example of what you can do with simple, seasonal ingredients, and what real food should taste like.

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Vinoteca Moratín: A Market-Fresh Neighborhood Bistrot & Wine Bar

It’s no secret that owner and chef Marcos Gil has a passion for wine, cheese, hospitality and dining. He and his dedicated team serve up a modern interpretation of homemade family recipes. With delicious food, amazing wines and service that’s always warm and welcoming, it’d be foolish not to visit Vinoteca Moratin.

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Elsa y Fred: Creative Cooking with a Side of Charm

Elsa y Fred is quirky in an enchanting sort of way, much like the neighborhood that surrounds it. With food that falls under the “gastrotapas” category, prepare yourself for a menu full of tapas and traditional dishes with a modern, international twist.

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Mercado de la Reina: Serving the Classics, Reinvented

Divided into several distinct areas, this 3-in-1 establishment boasts a pinchos bar, restaurant and gin bar. Mercado de la Reina serves up a thoughtful list of traditional Spanish dishes, reinterpreted with a lighter hand but retaining all of the flavor of the recipes that inspired them.

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La Pulpería: Spanish Comfort Food in Seville

In a city that has no shortage of restaurants serving delicious tapas at unbelievably low prices, La Pulpería has something that most gastrobars in Sevilla lack, charm. The interior is quirky and warm with an eclectic mix of furniture and decor, but not in the cliche way that seems to have become a trend in many Spanish restaurants.

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La Azotea: Tapas with a Modern Twist

A meal at La Azotea is not your typical Spanish dining experience, but in all of the right ways. The food is bold, modern, inventive, and served with finesse, while maintaining a recognizable loyalty to the pillars of Spanish cuisine.

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Deli-rant: A Place to Play with Your Food

Deli-rant is an enigma in the best possible way. Part beer shop, part art gallery, part library and a plaza-front terrace to boot, without knowing better you might think that Deli-rant is all style and no substance, but that is where you’d be wrong.

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El Tap i Altres Terres: Top-notch Food and Well-chosen Wines

In central Valencia, a stone’s throw from the Torres de Serrano, El Tap i Altres Terres stands out among a sea of restaurants. Their decor is plain and simple, there is no one out front urging you to come eat, but if you catch a whiff of the food they are serving, the smell will stop you dead in your tracks.

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Taberna Coloniales: A Local Go-to Spot for Cheap Eats

Taberna Coloniales is the kind of place you would live at if you were going to college in Sevilla, although the crowd certainly isn’t limited to university students. While the food isn’t refined and doesn’t compare to some of the other places in the area, it is representative of the local cuisine, the servings are huge, and the prices are low.

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Bar La Eslava: A Unique Take on Andalusian Cuisine

The prize-winning La Eslava might not be located in Sevilla’s historic center, but it’s certainly at the center of the local food scene. The seasonal kitchen and informal vibe are magnetic, drawing everyone from groups of elderly men to modernillos (Spanish hipsters).

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Casa Moreno: Seville’s Best Kept Local Secret

Casa Moreno, the oldest existing ultramarino, or grocery store, in Sevilla is still serving it’s original purpose, and then some. Apart from stocking a bounty of quality canned and bulk foods, cheeses and charcuterie, Casa Moreno contains a hidden bar that most tourist never come across.

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El Cine: Delicious Local Seafood for Next to Nothing

Situated in Los Cristianos, possibly one of Spain’s least Spanish cities, El Cine stands proud, tucked into a corner amidst a sea of tourist-packed places. This is a restaurant for both locals and tourists as is evident by the line that forms up a nearby alleyway.

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El Rincón de Juan Carlos: Going Gourmet in Tenerife

If you are looking for expertly crafted cuisine, look no further than El Rincón de Juan Carlos. Surprisingly not found in one of the many 5 star resorts on Tenerife, this unassuming restaurant is tucked around a corner just off of the main plaza in Los Gigantes.