7 Budget Worthy Tapas Places in Madrid

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If you’re new to Spain you will soon discover that tapas will become a regular part of your life! On every street and every plaza there will be some kind of taberna offering these small portions of traditional food to eat along side a cold beer. Madrid is a cosmopolitan city and so you can find all kinds of tapas places – from fusion, to modern and gastronomic! But for those of us on a budget, sometimes you just need a simple, cheap and delicious tapas bar! And here they are!

Taberna la Tia Cebolla


The tortilla de patatas is absolutely to die for from La Taberna la Tia Cebolla! However, they also offer delicious omellets and pies among other delightful menu items. The food here is great for anytime of the day for a light snack, lunch, as well as dinner. And remember, while you can always get a beer + tapa for 1.50€, with the DMM discount you can get your choice of beer or wine + tapa for just 1.00€!

When: Everyday 8:00 to 2:00

Where: Calle de la Cruz, 27, 28012 Madrid

Taberna Las Brasas de Vulcano

While the famous chicken wings are often why people come to this taberna, the great atmosphere and wonderful service are certainly why they keep coming back. While the beer + tapa deal is usually 1.50€, DMM members also get the choice of beer or wine + 1 tapa for just 1€ at Las Brasas as well. Come hungry to this place too, the plates can be very big & filling.

When: Everyday 12:00 to 1:00

Where: Calle Álvarez Gato, 7, 28012 Madrid

El Tigre 


El Tigre is definitely one of the coolest classic tapas spots in Madrid. You can get great beer, tinto de verano, or other drinks for 4 or 6€ (the 6€ cups are basically the size of 2 drinks), and then you get gigantic plates of tapas for free. They have wonderful croquettes, Spanish tortillas, and patatas bravas.

When: Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 to 1:00

Where: Calle de las Infantas, 30, 28004 Madrid

Taberna la Pompeyana 


This lovely taberna is most known for its fantastic Patatas Ali Oli. Its pizzas and lasagnas have also received rave reviews. While you can get a beer and a tapa for just 1.50€ anytime, DMM members have the choice between a beer or glass of wine as well as a tapa for just 1€. This discount is available anytime during restaurant hours.

When: Wednesday through Monday 12:00 to 2:00 & Tuesday 17:00 to 1:30

Where: Calle Álvarez Gato, 5, 28012 Madrid

100 Montaditos


100 Montaditos is an absolute staple for cheap dining in Spain. The system for ordering is wonderful; you and your friends sit down at a table, browse the menu and write down on an organized sheet which tapas, drinks, and desserts you each want & how many. You then bring the sheet to the cashier, you pay, and then they call your name when it’s all ready.

When: Around 9:30 to 12:00am Everyday

Where: You can spot Montaditos on almost every block!

Fragua de Vulcano

This wonderful taberna is most famous for its delicious paella and menu full of delightful seafood & traditional Spanish dishes. Furthermore, on any weekday you can get a beer as well as a tapa for just 1.50€. However, if you’re a DMM member, you can receive a glass of beer or wine as well as a tapa for just 1€! This discount is valid every day of the week at anytime.

Where: Calle Álvarez Gato, 9, 28012 Madrid

When: Open everyday 13:00 to 1:30

La Sureña


La Sureña is a wonderful Cerverceria with buckets of beer and delicious sandwiches always ready for you. On Thursdays the second ration of whatever food you order is free. You can also get a plate of chicken strips & chips and two beers or sodas for 5€ on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays!

Where: Av. de Brasil, 14, 28020 Madrid

When: Around 12:00pm to 1:30am everyday!

Hi all, my name is Joachim and I am one of the founder of Citylife Madrid. It's my pleasure to help you guys get oriented in Madrid. I moved here in 2010 for one year, fell in love with the city and never left since then. When it comes to blogging I mainly write about topics related to getting settled in Madrid, from banking, transportation and how to find the perfect place to live to legal topics like how to get your NIE/TIE & Empadronamiento. I am also organizing the Madrid Student Welcome Day every year together with the city council of Madrid. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me via whatsapp under +34622565583, happy to help whereever I can. Saludos and see you around in this beautiful city!

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