Heading to Madrid with kids and wondering where to find good family friendly restaurants? We have got you covered with this guide to kid-friendly places to eat in Madrid by our latest guest writer: mum Samara!
Food is a great way to introduce children of all ages to the culture of Madrid. Eating out while traveling isn’t just about nourishment, it’s also an exciting educational opportunity.
While museums and monuments are an important part of getting to know a city, trying some of its most emblematic foods is just as important.
So whether you’re traveling with a baby (make sure you’ve got the right gear with you!), a toddler or a teen, encourage them to sample the local flavors.
Sometimes it can be challenging to cater to kids’ picky palettes at home, so finding places to eat with your children abroad may seem impossible.
But don’t fret!
These 12 restaurants and spots offer authentic Spanish cuisine while still being kid-friendly. Walk in ready to learn about Madrid’s most emblematic meals and walk out with full bellies and big smiles!
best places to eat in Madrid with kids
Ribeira do Miño
Crab and oysters and prawns, oh my!
Get ready to indulge in all the fresh seafood your heart desires. This marisquería specializes in typical Galician dishes and seafood platters. They offer large plates that are great for sharing, which make it a perfect spot for parents with larger broods.
Kids will also love the décor of fishing nets, oars, and other fun aquatic items displayed on the walls.
On evenings and weekends, this neighborhood spot can get packed with Spanish families enjoying incredible seafood feasts.
While this makes for quite the local and lively dining experience, it also means that reservations are encouraged.
Address: Calle de Sta Brigida, 1, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Madrid is famous for its fried squid sandwiches, locally known as bocadillos de calamares.
The best place to grab one of these iconic sandwiches is at Plaza Mayor in the city center. Plaza Mayor translates to Main Square and was built during the reign of King Philip III in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Typical Spanish spots like Bar La Campana and Bar La Ideal serve fantastic bocadillos de calamares for just around $3 each.
We suggest you grab your sandwiches to go, and then find a nice bench where you and your children can eat while learning more about the history of the square.
Chocolatería San Gines
Churros and chocolate is on the top of the list of fun things to do with in Madrid with kids and there’s no better place start than at Chocolatería San Gines.
This chocolatería has been an institution in Madrid since 1894. Enjoy your churro breakfast, dunked in hot chocolate, and then stroll around Madrid’s charming city center streets, taking in the beautiful architecture.
Address: Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Cocido madrileño is a traditional stew from the city of Madrid. It’s typically served as a two-course meal. The broth of the cocido is served first and followed up by a hearty plate of chickpeas, meat, and vegetables. It’s comfort food, perfect to warm and fill your kid’s bellies after a long day of exploring.
La Bola is famous for its cocido because they have cooked it the same way since the restaurant first opened in 1870. The dishes are made to order and cooked in individual clay pots over oak charcoal.
Address: Calle de la Bola, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Museo de Jamón
With a name like Museum of Ham, kids will require little convincing to check out this popular restaurant and deli chain.
Known for its Ibérico ham, Museo de Jamón boasts three locations in Madrid where ham is piled up in display cases and hangs from the ceiling.
Besides ham, they also serve cheeses, potato dishes, homemade flan, and more, so everybody is bound to find something to enjoy.
Juana La Loca
When people think of Spanish food, they often think of tapas. Tapas are smaller Spanish dishes perfect for sharing. They’re a great way for kids – and parents! – to get a sampling of different Spanish flavors.
Juana La Loca is known for its modern take on traditional Spanish tapas. Their tortilla española, or Spanish omelet, is a perfect example of their ability to update a classic recipe.
While the traditional tortilla is delicious, Juana La Loca includes caramelized onions in the mix and leaves the egg slightly uncooked. In a word: perfection.
Once your kids have mastered the basics, they may be ready to try some of Juana La Loca’s fancier dishes, such as oxtail fajitas and pork secreto.
Address: Plaza Puerta de Moros, 4, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Conveniently located less than 10 minutes walking distance from Villa Real, one of the best places to stay in Madrid as a family, Casa Toni is an old-school Madrid establishment famous for its pig ears.
While kids may squirm at the thought of trying pork ear, the restaurant also offers a variety of other tapas plates, including fried potatoes with garlic mayonnaise and ham croquettes, for the picky eaters.
They may even try a bite of pig’s ear, if you promise them a pastry from the charming Antigua Pastelería del Pozo, located just around the corner, afterwards!
Address: Calle de la Cruz, 14, 28012 Madrid, Spain
If you’re searching for a conventional, hearty, Spanish meal, then this is the place for you!
This historic Madrid restaurant is known for its tripe and for plentiful servings, so nobody will go home hungry.
In other words, it’s great for growing boys and girls! The restaurant, which has been around since 1895, is small, but chock-full of history.
Address: Calle de la Ruda, 5, 28005 Madrid, Spain
La Casa de las Torrijas
Craving a sweet snack? Have some torrijas at La Casa de las Torrijas!
Torrijas are a traditional Spanish Easter dessert. Similar to French toast, they are made from day-old bread dipped in a mixture of milk, eggs, and sugar, and then fried.
La Casa de las Torrijas is a popular spot in Madrid where locals can be found catching up with friends or resting their feet after an afternoon of running errands. Kids will enjoy this syrupy, sugary treat, while parents can enjoy a drink from the full bar.
Address: Calle de la Paz, 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Mercado de San Miguel
The Mercado de San Miguel is a MUST for parents and children alike when visiting Madrid.
This market is a temple for food lovers around the world. Inside a beautiful feat of 20th century iron and glass architecture, gastronomes can feast on local produce, fresh seafood and meats, paella, tapas, desserts, wine, and more.
For children, food markets are both fun and educational. Kids will get a kick out of checking out the 30+ local vendors and can even practice their Spanish while ordering items.
The beautiful Mercado is located near Plaza Mayor, offering space to eat outside when the weather is nice.
La Casa del Abuelo
Gambas al ajillo, also known as garlic shrimp, are a must try when visiting Spain. In Madrid, La Casa del Abuelo is known to have some of the best gambas al ajillo in the city.
The plates come out fresh and piping hot, so make sure the little ones let them cool down before taking a bite. With three locations, it’s is a convenient dinner option that you’ll smell (in a good way!) from down the street.
Address: Calle de la Victoria, 12, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Botín is perhaps Madrid’s most famous restaurant, but for good reason. It’s considered the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the world and has been open since 1725.
The suckling pig is the star of the show here, along with the almost three centuries of history. Plus, Botín has proven to be a hit with children young and old!
From kid favorites, like churros and chocolate, to more adventurous cuisine, like pork ear, these restaurants will offer your kids the chance to try something new when you visit Madrid.
Address: Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Food can help your kids create memories to last a lifetime. Just don’t be surprised when they ask you to learn the recipes so you can cook some of these dishes at home!
Samara Kamenecka is a VA specialized in SEO and writing, based in Madrid. When she’s not chained to her desk working, she likes to explore the city with her boyfriend, their two kids and their dog. She blogs over at Tiny Fry and pins her heart out on Pinterest.