El Imparcial, the brainchild of five young Spaniards, embraces a growing local trend of dining and drinking establishments with a strong sense of visual branding that have added a quirky something extra.
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.
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.
A self-proclaimed, “house of coffees and espressos,” Toma Café single-handedly launched Madrid’s craft coffee craze and forever changed the standards of what qualifies as a proper café con leche.
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.
Eating at Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán, whether it be for a quick snack or a full meal, manages to feel casual and glamorous simultaneously. Their quirky combo of jamón sandwiches and sparkling wine is definitely something we can get behind!
Celler Casa Mariol brings age old traditions to the urban environment. They believe that wines should always be enjoyed in good company and their Barcelona bodega serves that purpose and then some.
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.
Galician cooking begins in Santiago de Compostela’s Mercado de Abastos. Ever since 1873 there’s been a market meeting along the eastern edge of the old walled city, a location that overlooks the busy north-south Virxe da Cerca street.
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.
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.
Mercado San Ildefonso serves to-go-friendly food with an emphasis on traditional Spanish flavors and makes for a great way to ease into the somewhat chaotic traditions of Spanish bar snacking.
With flashy decor, fantastic interpretations of traditional tapas, a cocktail bar and, depending on the hour, live music and Djs, Lolita Tapería embodies Spain’s convivial and vibrant spirt.
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.
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.
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.
With an ultra-central location in Valencia, a trendy interior, a quiet back terrace and live entertainment including Flamenco, it’s no surprise that Món gets a good share of visitors’ business.
Located within Valencia’s Central Market, Valenciano chef Ricard Camarena’s Central Bar delivers classic Spanish dishes infused with complex flavors, and of course, everything is market-fresh.
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.
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).
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.
Although it’s location is across the river, away from the center of Sevilla, DeÓ has some of the most coveted tables in town. Eating here requires a reservation and you better plan in advance because they tend to fill up.
El Rinconcillo has been around since 1670, and it shows, in a good way. Making part of it’s home in a former general store, the charming architecture of this historic locality contains a lively bar scene.
La Concepción is an eclectic and charming little spot with a kitchen that turns out a surprising variety of things to eat. The quirky touches in the decor help make it a fun and friendly place to be.
One of the few restaurants in the southern beach towns of Tenerife serving traditional Canarian cuisine, diners at Folelé are introduced to local ingredients in a way that’s not intimidating.
When you walk into La Hierbita, you’d be right to feel like you’ve stepped into someone’s home. Welcoming and warm, this restaurant lives in a 19th century Canarian house in the middle of Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s capital city.
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.
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.
Casa Pache looks more like someone’s home than a place to sit down and order off of a menu. This place is quirky, to say the least, but the service is friendly and the food comforting, classic and Canarian.
A lot has changed since 1700, but Can Joan de S’Aigo in Palma de Mallorca seems to have snuck by unaffected by time. Step off the street and back into a different century to taste some of the best pastries Mallorca has to offer, and if it’s a warm out, try the almond ice cream, made in-house with almond milk rather than dairy.