Madrid — Gourmet & Tips

The first season of Gourmet & Tips walks around 5 neighborhoods in Madrid (Justicia, Retiro, Chamberí, Ópera and Letras) to unveil the best gastro trends. We wander from classical places where traditional dishes like “cocido” are made, to modern restaurants where innovative chefs improvise their daily recipes to offer the freshest products.

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Best restaurants in Chamberí (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips

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Best restaurants in Chamberí (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips - Bodegas Montecillo

In this new episode of Gourmet & Tips around Madrid, James Blick takes us to Chamberi, a typical Madrilenian neighbourhood which most cool blogs have featured thanks to its vintage stores and restaurants full of character. Surprisingly enough, one of its most famous streets has generated its own hashtag: #ponzaning

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Best restaurants in Ópera (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips

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Best restaurants in Ópera (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips - Bodegas Montecillo

The Royal Palace of Madrid, which is a lot bigger than Versailles or Buckingham, is located in the city´s oldest neighbourhood, where the old Alcazar and the Arabic wall of the 11th century used to safeguard the capital of Spain. That is why it is common to find in this area Parisian-style squares, and Medieval and Muslim alleys. In this touristic neighbourhood known as Opera, as it is home to the Royal Theatre, James has spotted three heavens for foodies.

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Best restaurants in Letras (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips

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Best restaurants in Letras (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips - Bodegas Montecillo

Let´s continue strolling around Madrid whilst James Blick surprises us with the best places to eat and drink in the capital of Spain. After filling our stomachs in Retiro and Opera, now is the turn to explore the neighbourhood Letras. The original publisher that printed out Don Quijote de la Mancha, used to be here in Atocha St 87. But now, leaving literature aside, you must know these streets will leave its most greedy character satisfied: Sancho Panza.

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Best restaurants in Retiro (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips

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Best restaurants in Retiro (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips - Bodegas Montecillo

We continue discovering Madrid singular spots thanks to James Blick, and this time we get close to its magnificent park: El Retiro, founded in the 17th century as part of the palace with the same name. Last year, a whole string of new tapas bars and restaurants has started opening up, joining some old classics resulting in the most exciting dinning scene of the city right now, that James is eager to show us.

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Best restaurants in Justicia (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips

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Best restaurants in Justicia (Madrid) - Gourmet & Tips - Bodegas Montecillo

The neighbourhood Justicia, located in Madrid centre, owns its name for being the home to the Supreme Court and the Court of Audits. Nowadays it is one of the most touristic areas of the capital where it is easy to find gourmet stores, traditional pubs, art galleries and other places that boast the latest cosmopolitan designs. This is the neighbourhood to see and to be seen and this glamorous setting, the challenge for James has been to pick up just 3 restaurants out of a huge an excellent offer.