You’ve been studying in Madrid for a while now, getting to know the ins and outs of life in Spain, its customs, its places, its culture. But sometimes you miss some things from your home country, like the food. If you want to take a break from tapas, we offer you this guide with some places where you can find American-style food.

Creativity in the world of burgers is endless, there’s something for everyone. In Madrid, there are several places where you can enjoy them, some even with gourmet style. Here are some of those places, all close to Marli House, along with their addresses so you don’t miss any: Hamburguesa Nostra (El Corte Inglés, Plaza del Callao, 2), where you can dine in or take your burgers to go; Hamburguesería Don Oso (Calle de Donoso Cortés, 90), a place frequented by students; Burger Grill Madrid (Calle de Toledo, 65, local 10) offers a wide variety; Goiko (Calle de la Princesa, 26) is a Basque-origin chain with an incredible burger menu; Restaurante Viva Burger (San Andrés, 16), an option if you’re looking for vegan burgers.

Hot Dog
In Spain, hot dogs have been adapted as “perritos calientes” and they’re easy to find in Madrid, as they’ve been well incorporated into Iberian gastronomy.
Some places specializing in hot dogs are: Mr. Hot Dog Madrid (Calle de Guzmán el Bueno, 41) offers Mexican-style hot dogs; El Perro Salvaje (Calle de Felipe V, 2), for dine-in or takeout; Chicago Hot Dog (Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 2), with homemade sausages; Doggo (Calle de Juan de Austria, 25), a project by 29 friends who put in a lot of effort to serve a good hot dog; Five Guys (Gran Vía, 44), a fast food chain that offers free peanuts.

Philly Cheesesteak
Although not very popular in Madrid, there are several places serving this sandwich style originating from Philadelphia.
We recommend the following places: La Sanducherie (Calle de Santa Teresa, 1) offers signature sandwiches; San Wich (Calle del Espíritu Santo, 3) is a Chilean restaurant but serves Philly cheesesteak; Ojalá (Calle de San Andrés, 1) offers Philly cheesesteak with a chill-out beach in the basement; Goiko (Calle de María Molina, 20) also offers this type of sandwich; Food Truck (Calle de San Lucas, 11) also offers burgers and hot dogs; Alright (Calle de Pedro Rico, 41) sells all kinds of American-style food.

Reuben Sandwich
You probably enjoy this type of sandwich with its melted cheese, toasted bread, and pastrami. Believe it or not, you can get it in Madrid.
Here are some places: Craft 19 (Mercado de Vallehermoso, Calle de Vallehermoso, 36), where you can also try one of their 14 craft beers; Federal Café Madrid (Plaza de las Comendadoras, 9), where they also serve good breakfasts.

Chicago Style Pizza
You surely crave this crispy pizza, filled with cheese and tomato sauce. Well, in Madrid, you can order it and even choose from a wide variety at Chicago Style Pizza (calle Maudes, 21, calle Ferraz, 9, and calle de San Emilio, 8), you can even order them on their website (link

Fried Chicken
Fried chicken is one of those foods where you lose the formalities and have no problem eating with your hands. In Madrid, you can even find specialized places: Harold´s Bar Fried Chicken (Calle Alonso Cano, 60) has an extensive menu for all tastes; Jollibee (Calle del Arenal, 4), a Filipino chain that arrived in Spain in 2021; Roost Chicken (Calle de San Andrés, 26); KFC (Calle de la Montera, 7), a chain with several locations in Madrid.

Barbecue Ribs
Sometimes you crave tasty pork ribs, barbecue ribs. In Madrid, you’ll find several places to eat them: Ribs (Calle de la Abada, 8) has locations throughout Spain; Tony Roma’s (Calle Gran Vía, 68), a North American franchise in Madrid; Jimbo Smokehouse (Plaza del Descubridor Diego de Ordás, 4), a Southern-style US restaurant that sells smoked ribs; Lara Grill (Calle de Hortaleza, 96), Slow Street Food style food; Las Brasas de Vulcano (Calle de Alvarez Gato, 7), American food but also Spanish menu.

If every time you eat paella, it reminds you of jambalaya, a typical dish from New Orleans, it’s time to go to one of the places we suggest.
In Madrid, this dish of chicken, ham, shrimp, and pepper, can be eaten at Trikki (Calle de Santa Engracia, 109), where they also serve other New Orleans foods; Gumbo (Calle del Pez, 15) merges American and Spanish food.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe, a hot sandwich filled with seasoned minced meat with tomato sauce or barbecue sauce, can be found in Madrid at the following places: Roll Madrid Restaurante (Calle Amaniel, 23), where there’s also language exchange; Jimbo Somkehouse (Plaza del Descubridor Diego de Ordás, 4), where they smoke their meats.

That’s the list with some of the American foods you can find in Madrid, a city that offers you everything. If we’ve forgotten any, leave us a message and we’ll include it. Which one do you like the most?

In Spain, there are traditional markets in every city. In Madrid, they can be found in almost every neighborhood, with several located very close to Marli House residences. Many of these markets are quite old and have been renovated to expand their offerings to visitors, making them beautiful places to visit: in addition to shopping, you can also go to eat and drink. These are essential stops on gastronomic routes.

San Miguel Market

This market, opened in 1916, is one of the most visited by tourists as it’s very close to Puerta del Sol and next to Plaza Mayor. Additionally, it’s a very attractive site after the renovations carried out in 2009. Today, it’s one of Madrid’s landmarks. Although not the cheapest, it’s the place where you can try gourmet appetizers and tapas thanks to the creations of renowned chefs, some of whom are Michelin-starred. It has 29 stalls and opens from Sunday to Thursday, from 10 am to 12 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and eve of holidays, from 10 am to 1 am. Where is it located? Very close to Marli House residences: at Plaza de San Miguel S/N, 200 meters from Plaza Mayor. You can learn more about its stalls on its website:

San Fernando Market

The San Fernando Market has been located in the Lavapiés neighborhood since 1944, and you can find numerous stalls to taste foods and drinks, although there are also fruit stands, butchers, bakeries, and other shops where you can buy everyday provisions. The highlight of the market is that you can find a great gastronomic variety from Madrid, Asturias, El Bierzo, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, Greece, and Germany. A curious fact is that it’s the only place where you can buy books by weight. You’ll find it at Calle de Embajadores, 41, open from 9 am to 10 pm. If you want to see it before going, you can take a virtual tour at this link:

San Antón Market

The San Antón Market, opened in 1945, is located in the central Chueca neighborhood, has three floors, and includes a supermarket. On the first floor, you’ll find perishable products in its twelve stalls. The second floor has eleven stalls where you can taste and enjoy cultural activities. On the third floor, there’s a restaurant and a large terrace where you can enjoy views of the Chueca neighborhood. The San Antón Market is located at Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, and opens from Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 12 am. Here you can see the market stalls:

San Ildefonso Market The San Ildefonso Market was Madrid’s first covered market, covering about 700 square meters with 20 stalls and three bar service areas. It defines itself as Spain’s first Street Food Market, similar to those found in London, New York, or Singapore. In this market, you can also find different events. You can visit it at Calle de Fuencarral, 57, and it opens on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7 pm to 12 am; Thursdays, from 6 pm to 12 am; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1 pm to 12 am, while it remains closed on Tuesdays. At this link, you can learn more about its stalls:

Barceló Market

In the Malasaña neighborhood, you’ll find the Barceló Market, which was the first supermarket in Spain in 1956. In 2014, it was completely renovated to become what we know today. Here you can find a traditional market (with fruit shops, fishmongers, bakeries, poultry shops, butchers, ice cream shops, delicatessens, shoe stores, florists, watchmakers, haberdasheries, barbershops, and tobacco shops), a wide gastronomic offer in its Food Market Barceló, and a terrace with outdoor events. It is located at Calle Barceló, 6. Learn more about the market on its website:

Antón Martín Market

This market was created in the 1950s to organize the street stalls located around the Plazuela del Metro Antón Martín. Today, it brings together neighbors who go to do their daily shopping but also others who go to enjoy its gastronomy. It houses about 80 premises and even a dance school. You can visit it at Calle Santa Isabel, 5, and its opening hours are from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 9 pm; Saturdays, from 9 am to 3 pm, while it remains closed on Sundays. Regarding its gastronomy, you can enjoy it from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 11:30 pm. Discover its offer on its Facebook page:

Vallehermoso Market

Vallehermoso Market was built in 1930 and has never gone unnoticed since then thanks to its architecture and colorful appearance. There you can taste and buy gourmet products made with raw materials from the same market. In the place, 62 stalls coexist, combining quality with good prices: butcher shops, fishmongers, fruit shops, grocery stores, poultry shops, and bakeries or stores with Italian products. There is also a tasting area to consume the products right there. The food area opens from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2:30 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, and on Saturdays, from 9 am to 2:30 pm. On the other hand, restoration and producers open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 pm to 12 am, and on Sundays, from 12 pm to 5 pm. If you want to know more about this market, you can visit its website:

Los Mostenses Market

Another market not far from Marli House residences is Los Mostenses, located very close to Gran Vía and meters from Plaza de España. It offers cuisine from all over the world but also other services such as hairdressing or floristry. This market, in operation since 1946, opens in winter from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, and on Saturdays, from 9 am to 2 pm. In summer, the hours are from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5:30 pm to 8 pm; Fridays, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. It remains open on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

Maravillas Market

Although not as close to Marli House residences, it’s worth visiting the Maravillas Market, as it houses about 200 stalls from all over Spain, Latin America, and Asia, and is the largest in Madrid. Since 1942 it has been located in the Tetuán neighborhood, and you can take a metro or bus to get there in a few minutes. The best thing about this market is that it offers many gastronomic products that you can try at the stalls themselves, which is ideal if you want to travel to other places through flavors. You can also go for a walk, as it’s a special place to take photographs. The Maravillas Market is located at Bravo Murillo, 122. It opens from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, and on Saturdays, from 9 am to 3 pm, while it remains closed on Sundays. If you want to know more, you can visit its website

La Paz Market

Since 1879, the La Paz Market has been open in the Salamanca neighborhood, although it was renovated in the 1940s. Today it offers a wide variety of products thanks to its 70 stalls. If you like to try foods from other countries, you can find French, Italian, or Venezuelan products, although there are also butchers, delicatessens, frozen foods, fruit shops, herbalists, florists, and fishmongers. La Paz Market is located at Calle Ayala, 28, and its website is It is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 8 pm; Saturdays, from 9 am to 2:30 pm, while it remains closed on Sundays.

We hope this guide is useful for you to discover these spaces that will surely surprise you. In them, you can get to know the city a little more in-depth. Enjoy!

You come to Madrid and you are fascinated with the city, but you want to go one step further. What better way to get to know a place well than to try the local food? From Marli House, we show you the ones you must definitely try to feel like a true Madrileño.

In almost any bar in Madrid, they serve you free tapas just by ordering something to drink, but there are places that turn them into an art form. They say that tapas were introduced in the inns and taverns of the 12th century to prevent drunkenness. Tapas are small portions of food that come in all kinds of flavors: croquettes, ham, omelette, bravas potatoes, broken eggs, and many more. It all depends on the creativity of the place. It is very common for the tapas to change as you order more drinks. In Madrid, the most renowned tapas place is Sidrería El Tigre (Calle de infantas, 23), but there are other bars like La Abadía (Calle de Jacometrezo, 15), Los Angeles (Calle del Angel, 8), Preciados (Calle Preciados, 38), or the tavern of Angel Sierra (Gravina, 11). The list could go on, but these are some in the city center.

Cocido madrileño

The cold winter of Madrid invites you to eat hot meals, and cocido madrileño is one of the best options. It is a stew whose main ingredient is chickpeas accompanied by various vegetables, meats, and pork fat. It is a very calorie-rich meal to face the low temperatures. We suggest some places where you can taste it: Casa Lhardy (Carrera de S. Jerónimo, 8), Malacatín (Calle de la Ruda, 5), Taberna de la Daniela (Calle Cuchilleros, 9), Los Galayos (Calle Botoneras, 5), or La Clave (Calle Velázquez, 22).

Callos madrileños
Callos are nothing more than the tripe of pork or beef, and in Madrid, they are a gastronomic specialty. In the case of the Madrid specialty, beef tripe is used and combined with Asturian chorizo, blood sausage, bacon, tomato sauce, chili pepper, and other spices. Everything is boiled, resulting in a special dish for winter. The recommended list to try them is as follows: La Tasquería (Calle del Duque de Sesto, 48), Zalacaín (Calle Álvarez de Baena, 4), Viavelez (Avenida del General Perón, 10), Latasia Casa de Comidas (Paseo de la Castellana, 115), or La Tasquita de Enfrente (Ballesta, 6).

Calamari Sandwiches
Calamari sandwiches are slightly cheaper than some of the dishes we have presented in this list, but that doesn’t mean they are any less delicious. They are simply battered and fried squid rings served in a sandwich. It is very common to see tourists eating them while seated in Plaza Mayor, as the traditional places where they are cooked can be found nearby. You can get calamari sandwiches at La Campana (Calle de Botoneras, 6), Bar La Ideal (Calle de Botoneras, 4), Bar Postas (Calle de Postas, 13), Cervecería Restaurante Plaza Mayor (Plaza Mayor, 2), or Bar El Brillante (Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, 8).

Estrellados Eggs
That’s right, they are called “estrellados” or “broken” eggs. They are one of the most popular dishes in Madrid. It is a dish where eggsshare the spotlight with ham and also includes potatoes. Although it is a very simple dish, it is a delight. In Madrid, you can find them at places like Los Rotos (Calle de Huertas, 74), Los Huevos de Lucio (Calle de la Cava Baja, 32), Taberna Almendro (Calle del Almendro, 13), Restaurante Taberna Madrid Madriz (Calle de Fuencarral, 85), or La Casa del Abuelo (Calle de la Victoria, 12).

Garlic Soup
Another typical Madrid recipe is garlic soup, which also includes eggs, bread, chicken broth, and paprika. You can order it at Restaurante Al Socaire (Calle de Pío Baroja, 10), Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas (Calle de Cuchilleros, 1), Casa Labra (Calle de Tetuán, 12), Casa Carola (Calle de Padilla, 54), Ajo y sal (Paseo de San Francisco de Sales, 41), or Taberna Casa Maravillas (Calle de Jorge Juan, 54).

Besugo a la madrileña
You know that Madrid is not located on the coast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good sea bream, thanks to the direct supply from Cantabria and Galicia. Sea bream in Madrid has been cooked since the 18th century, and tradition dictates that it should be prepared with onion, garlic, potatoes, parsley, olive oil, lemon, and breadcrumbs. The result is a crispy dish that can be savored with wine. Where can you try it? At Casa Lucio (Cava Baja, 35), Madrid (Calle Bureta, 7), Filandón (Carretera de Fuencarral al Pardo km 1,900), El Pescador (Calle Ortega y Gasset, 75), or O´Pazo (Reina Mercedes, 20).

Potaje de garbanzos
Potaje de garbanzos is one of those dishes that are preferably eaten on a specific date. It includes chickpeas, spinach, cod, and is especially consumed on the Friday of Lent during Holy Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t order it throughout the year. This dish, dating back to the Middle Ages, was prepared in clay pots with many spices. In Madrid, you can order potaje de garbanzos at places like Restaurante La Clave (Calle de Velázquez, 22), La Gran Tasca (Calle de Santa Engracia, 161), La Rayúa Gran Vía (Calle de la Luna, 3), El Pescador de Monte Carmelo (Avenida del monasterio de Silos, 22), or Restaurante Los Galayos (Calle de Botoneras, 5).

Tortilla de patatas
Do you prefer it with or without onions? This is the eternal debate about how a true Spanish omelette should be. The truth is, in Madrid, it is generally eaten with the center slightly runny, meaning the inside is somewhat soft or the eggs are slightly undercooked. It is a very common dish that you can find in almost every bar and restaurant, and you can even buy it at the supermarket. But it’s best to eat it freshly made. We suggest the following places, some specialized in tortilla de patatas: Casa Dani (Calle del Pez, 36), Sylkar (Calle de la Espronceda, 17), Restaurante Las Tortillas de Gabino (Calle de Rafael Calvo, 20), Hoy Tortilla (Calle de Finisterre, 15), or La Tortilla Restaurante (Calle Condesa de Venadito, 26).

Jamón Sandwich
Surely you have seen them displayed in the windows like towers of sandwiches. In Madrid, there is an abundance of ham sandwiches, just like in the rest of Spain. However, this simple dish has its specialists in Madrid, as choosing good bread and, above all, good ham is crucial. We suggest some places where they have mastered this type of food: El Museo del Jamón (Calle Mayor, 7, and other branches), Bocadillos Oink (Calle Gran Vía, 22), Viandas Hacienda Zorita (Calle de la Montera, 3), Bar El Brillante (Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, 8), and Los Bocadillos (Calle del Marqués de Urquijo, 1).

Madrid-Style Snails
You read that right: in Madrid, they eat snails with their own style. You may not be a fan of this type of dish, but if you are, keep reading. While in other parts of Spain, snails are cooked with butter and parsley, grilled, with mint, or with rice, in Madrid, they are cooked with meat broth, seasoned with serrano ham, chistorra (a type of sausage), and a sofrito of vegetables and chili pepper. It’s a truly exquisite combination that you shouldn’t miss. It is a typical dish in June, and you can try it at places like Bar Los Caracoles (Calle de Toledo, 106), La Cocina de María Luisa (Calle Jorge Juan, 42), La Malaje (Calle Relatores, 20), Casa Amadeo Caracoles (Plaza de Cascorro), or Mercado de Vallehermoso, which is well-known for preparing this type of dish. Are you up for trying them?

Entresijos and Gallinejas
Gallinejas are fried lamb intestines, a dish almost exclusive to Madrid, sold in specialized shops (especially fry shops), but in the past, they were obtained from kiosks or popular stores. The “entresijo” also comes from the gallineja. They are not as easily found nowadays, but we will show you some places where they usually make them: Casa Enriqueta (Calle del General Ricardos, 19), Freiduría Gallinejas (Calle de Ramírez Tomé, 32), Freiduría El Chaval (Calle de la Esfinge, 76B), Casa Ricardo (Calle de Fernando El Católico, 31), or Freiduría Nucita (Avenida Pablo Neruda, 81).

Patatas Bravas
Patatas Bravas are often served as tapas, as they are offered in some places to accompany drinks. However, they can also be ordered as a standalone dish. They consist of potatoes cut into wedges, fried in oil, and topped with a sauce made with garlic, flour, sweet paprika, spicy paprika, and vegetable or chicken broth. The sauce can be slightly spicy, hence the name “bravas.” This typical Spanish combination, so simple yet delicious, can be found at places like Las Bravas (Pasaje de Mathéu, 5 and Calle de Alvarez Gato, 3), Los Chicos Fábrica de Patatas Bravas (Calle de Guzmán el Bueno, 33), Bar Cervecería Las Bravas (Calle de Meléndez Valdés, 62), Docamar (Calle de Alcalá, 337), or Bodega de la Ardosa (Calle de Santa Engracia, 70).

Pork Ear and Snout
When it comes to food, in Spain, everything is used. That’s why pork ears and snouts are no exception. In Madrid, you can enjoy them stewed in sauce or grilled, especially in bars.

You can order them at La Oreja de Jaime 2 (Calle de la Cruz, 15), Casa Toni (Calle de la Cruz, 14), Bar Gonmar (Pasaje de Marcelino Camacho, 47), La Casa de los Minutejos (Calle de Antonio de Leyva, 19), or Kult0 (Calle de Ibiza, 4) in Madrid.

Banderillas are pickled foods skewered on a long toothpick and served in many bars in Madrid. They are a type of brochette with a spicy flavor from chili peppers and a tangy taste from the pickled ingredients. They are usually served alongside drinks like beer.

You can find them at Paradis Madrid (Calle del Marqués de Cubas, 14), La Sanabresa (Calle del Amor de Dios, 12), Los Chuchis (Calle del Amparo, 82), La Bistroteca (Calle de Espartinas, 7), or La Tasquería (Calle del Duque del Sesto, 48) in Madrid.

San Isidro Donuts
San Isidro donuts are traditionally eaten between May 1st and the end of the San Isidro Labrador Festivities. They are part of traditional Madrid pastries and are divided into sugar-coated ones (rosquillas listas), plain ones (rosquillas tontas), Santa Clara-style (covered with meringue), or French-style (coated with almonds).

Here are some places where you can buy them: El Horno de San Onofre (Calle de San Onofre, 3), Pastelería La Mallorquina (Puerta del Sol, 8), Casa Mif (Carrera de San Jerónimo, 30), La Duquesita Confitería y Repostería (Calle de Fernando VI, 2), or El Riojano (Calle Mayor, 10).

Bartolillos are sweets eaten during Holy Week and are typical of Madrid’s pastry. They have a triangular shape, are fried, and filled with custard cream. They are a delicious combination typical of Holy Week.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for those dates to try them, as you can find them in different places in the city: El Riojano (Calle Mayor, 10), Antigua Pastelería del Pozo (Calle del Poco, 8), La Duquesita Confitería y Repostería (Calle de Fernando VI, 2), Horno La Santiaguesa (Calle Mayor, 73), or Pastelería La Mallorquina (Puerta del Sol, 8) are some of the places near Marli House apartments.

Churros with Chocolate
The winter star in Madrid is churros with chocolate. It consists of a fried dough made from flour and is popular in Spain, as well as in Latin America, Portugal, France, the Philippines, Belgium, and parts of the United States. The ideal combination for churros is a good cup of thick and hot chocolate.

In Madrid, it is common to find churro shops, but from Marli House, we’ll show you some: Chocolatería San Ginés (Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, perhaps the most popular of all), Chocolatería de de la Puerta Del Sol (Calle del Correo, 4), Chocolate y Churros (Calle Mayor 54), Chocolat Madrid (Calle de Santa María, 30), and chocolatería 1902 (Calle de San Martín, 7).

You’ve probably heard of torrijas or French toasts. They are a sweet treat made with a slice of stale bread soaked in milk, syrup, or wine, dipped in egg, and fried in oil. They are then sweetened with honey, molasses, or sugar and flavored with cinnamon.

Now that you know the ingredients, you’ll surely want to try them. Although they are a typical Easter sweet in Spain, you can try them at different bakeries near Marli House. Here are some: La Casa de las Torrijas (Calle de la Paz, 4), Pastelería Torrijas (Calle del Pozo 8), El Riojano (Calle Mayor, 10), Nuevo Horno de Santa Teresa (Calle de Santa Teresa, 8), and Hontanares (Calle de Sevilla, 6).

We hope this list helps you explore Madrid through its flavors and aromas. Let us know which food you liked the most. Enjoy!


On a Sunday or public holiday in Madrid, you can visit the city’s most popular and world-renowned street market. There you can get lost in its streets, buy everything from cheap clothes and books to antique objects, or enjoy the sun while having a drink at one of the surrounding bars. In this guide, we show you what you can do in Madrid’s El Rastro, an unmissable walk.

El Rastro is one of Madrid’s traditional open-air markets, and it takes place every Sunday and public holiday from 9 am to 3 pm on Ribera de Curtidores street, from Plaza del Cascorro to Embajadores street, in the Lavapiés neighborhood, just a few minutes from the Marli House apartments. There, you can find old cameras, clothes, books, furniture, records, and almost anything you can think of. Many of the things sold there are second-hand and cannot be found elsewhere.

El Rastro has been there since 1740, which is when records show it was installed as a semi-clandestine market. It is believed that its name comes from the blood marks left by cattle as they were transported from the old slaughterhouse in the area to the tanneries. At the beginning of the 20th century, it contained around 3,500 stalls, but today it has about 500, which is the number allowed by the Madrid City Council.

The main street of El Rastro is Ribera de Curtidores (formerly known as Calle de las Tenerías), where you can buy everything for a few euros or simply go for a walk to browse the stalls. But it is interesting to know that El Rastro is divided into zones:

  • Plaza del General Vara del Rey, Calle de Rodas, and Plaza de Campillo del Mundo Nuevo are places where you can buy and sell comics, magazines, and stickers.
  • Calle Fray Ceferino González, also known as the bird street, because it was where animals were sold. Today, you can find some shops of that kind.
  • Calle del Carnero and Calle de Carlos Arniches sell old and used books.
  • Calle de San Cayetano, also known as the painters’ street, has shops where you can buy paintings and painting materials.

In addition, art galleries occupy an important place in El Rastro. The two most popular ones are, on the one hand, Galerías Piquer (Ribera de Curtidores, 29), where there are shops selling antiques (Cele and Berenis), retro 20th-century items (Living Retro), and decorative objects (Tila Barrena).

The other is Nuevas Galerías (Ribera de Curtidores, 12), where you can find sculptures and paintings (Salas), objects from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries (El Jueves), exclusive designs (Singulartmob), porcelain dolls (Mercedes Cabeza de Vaca), furniture and decoration (The Point), and all kinds of low-priced items (Castillo Encantado).

Where to eat and drink

But after walking around El Rastro for a while, you’ll surely want to make a stop to eat or drink something. If you like taverns, you can visit Malacatín, one of the 12 centenary restaurants in Madrid, which claims to offer the best cocido in the city since 1895.

If you feel like having some beers with good tapas, you can go to Cervecería Arganzuela, famous for its boquerones en vinagre. Another brewery to visit is Bar Cruz, famous for its navajas and beer served as it used to be done.

If you want to try dishes such as snails, tripe, ears, widow beans, oxtail or mussels a la marinera, you can go to Casa Amadeo, a vintage restaurant founded in 1942. On the other hand, you can try grilled sardines at Bar Santurce and a great variety of tostas at El Capricho Extremeño.

You already know a lot about what you can do in El Rastro, a place you can’t miss if you come to Madrid. On a Sunday or holiday, go and look for what you thought you could never find. Enjoy!

Sanitas ( is the health insurance you have probably chosen to cover any emergency during your stay in Madrid. It is a service that offers personalized health programs, permanent care, mobile prescriptions, and even video consultations with your doctor. That is why many students choose it before coming to Spain.

But when the time comes when you need attention or in case of an emergency, you must know where to go. That is why we offer you a list of the nearest general practitioners to Marli House.

This is a list of medical professionals in Madrid, Spain, with their names, specialties, locations, and contact details. It is not clear what the purpose of this information is or whether you have a specific question about it. Let me know if you need any further assistance.


  • Dra. Mallo Fernández, Ana Grisell General Medicine Centro Medico Gran Via 67 C/ Gran Vía 67, 28013, Madrid
  • Dr. López-Herce Cid, Jose Andrés General Medicine Centro Medico Gran Via 67 C/ Gran Vía 67, 28013, Madrid
  • Dra. Cortón Carro, Elena Rita General Medicine Centro Medico Gran Via 67 C/ Gran Vía 67, 28013, Madrid
  • Dr. Guerrero Marroquín, Hector Edmundo General Medicine Centro Medico Gran Via 67 C/ Gran Vía 67, 28013, Madrid
  • Dr. Martínez Mendoza, Lucas Ezequiel General Medicine C/ Arriaza 16 (Sanitas Residencial Jardines de Sabatini), 28008, Madrid tel:915404515
  • Dra. Reoyo Ruiz, María del Pilar C/ Princesa 3 Ptal: Dup 1 103, 28008, Madrid
  • Dr. Lozano Herrera, Jose María C/ Ferraz 5 1º, 28008, Madrid
  • Dr. Cuervo Rodríguez, José Manuel C/ Conde Duque 21 (Milenium C. Medico Conde Duque), 28015, Madrid
  • Srta Alvarado Nava, Ana Gabriela C/ Conde Duque 21 (Milenium C. Medico Conde Duque), 28015, Madrid
  • Dra. Ventura Martínez, Laura C/ Alberto Aguilera 29 1 Izd, 28015, Madrid
  • Dr. Guisasola Mauriz, José Eduardo C/ Fuencarral 92 1º D, 28004, Madrid
  • Dr. Pascual Segovia, Juan Carlos C/ San Crispin 7, 28011, Madrid
  • Dra. Gómez Díaz, María Sofía C/ Marqués de Urquijo 6 1º D, 28008, Madrid
  • Dr. Álvarez Leboreiro, José María C/ Altamirano 34 1 C, 28008, Madrid
  • Dr. Tapia Celada, Luis C/ Sagasta 13 2º, 28004, Madrid
  • Dr. Escribano Martínez, Luis C/ Ferraz 92 (Centro Residencial Ferraz), 28008, Madrid
  • Dr. Villalba Hervella, Jesús Pso Ermita del Santo 21 2º I, 28011, Madrid Madrid tel:913667016
  • Dra. Casas Casas, Isabel C/ Arapiles 8 (Junto C. Inglés) (Consultorio Hospital de Madrid), 28015, Madrid
  • Dr. Lazaro del Rey, Ismael Antonio C/ Argumosa 24 1 H, 28012, Madrid
  • Dr. Barroso González, Andrés C/ Juan de Mena 11 Bajo, 28014, Madrid
  • Dr. Ortega Ortega, Mauricio C/ Juan de Mena 11 Bajo, 28014, Madrid
  • Dr. Ortiz Urdiaín, José María C/ Juan de Austria 25 1º Izq, 28010, Madrid
  • Dr. Callejo Clemente, Rafael C/ Donoso Cortés 47 Ptal: Bis 2º A, 28015, Madrid
  • Dra. Lluch Zanón, Dña. María José C/ Goya 1 (Loewe Company Doctor), 28001, Madrid
  • Dr. Saiz Mogorrón, Gerardo C/ Gta. Marqués de Vadillo 5 2º I, 28019, Madrid
  • Dr. Castro González, Ivan C/ Cea Bermúdez 61, 28003, Madrid
  • Dra. Casado Díez, Viviana C/ Cea Bermúdez 61, 28003, Madrid
  • Dr. Andrés Marcos, Andrés Tomás C/ Naves 9 1º, 28005, Madrid
  • Dra. Ibarburu Olarte, María del Carmen C/ Atención A Domicilio (S.A.C), 28001, Madrid
  • Dr. Benavente Molina, José Luis C/ Modesto Lafuente 14 (Clinica La Milagrosa), 28010, Madrid
  • Dra. Benito Martín, Maria Teresa Armstrong International Clinic C/ Guzmán El Bueno 102, 28003, Madrid
  • Dr. Muñóz Tarin, Gabriel Armstrong International Clinic C/ Guzmán El Bueno 102, 28003, Madrid
  • tel:915358790
  • Dr. Ruiz de Adara Pérez, Ricardo Armstrong International Clinic C/ Guzmán El Bueno 102, 28003, Madrid
  • Dra. Rojas Ostolaza, María Angeles Núñez de Balboa Medical Center C/ Núñez de Balboa 48, 28001, Madrid
  • Dr. Agudo Díaz, Francisco Javier Núñez de Balboa Medical Center C/ Núñez de Balboa 48, 28001, Madrid
  • Dr. Phares Martínez, Víctor Emilio Núñez de Balboa Medical Center C/ Núñez de Balboa 48, 28001, Madrid
  • Dra. Casaco Diez, Viviana Núñez de Balboa Medical Center C/ Núñez de Balboa 48, 28001,Madrid

Here are some doctors with their contact information:

  • Dr. Muiños Fernández, Nuño Aquilino C/ Principe de Vergara 13 3º B, 28001, Madrid
  • Dr. Muñoz-Delgado Y Bucho, Luis Miguel C/ Principe de Vergara 13 3º B, 28001, Madrid
  • Dr. Ledesma Bartret, Rodrigo C/ General Pardiñas 28 3º G, 28001, Madrid
  • Dra. Mateo Vicente, María José Clinica Fisiomédica Mcd,S.L C/ Marqués de Jura Real 21, 28019, Madrid

The following doctors offer services in English:

  • Dr. Tapia Celada, Luis C/ Sagasta 13 2º, 28004, Madrid
  • Dr. Borrás Francés, Rubén Vicente C/ Padilla 20 Bajo D, 28006, Madrid
  • Dr. Ortega Lozano, Pedro Milenium Centro Médico Núñez de Balboa Centro Sanitas. C/ Núñez de Balboa 108 Piso Bajo, 28006, Madrid
  • Dra. Lopez Monascal, Paula Cristina Milenium Centro Médico Núñez de Balboa Centro Sanitas. C/ Núñez de Balboa 108 Piso Bajo, 28006, Madrid
  • Dr. Del Olmo Carballo, Enrique Centro Médico Infanta Mercedes C/ Infanta Mercedes 8 (Centro Medico Infanta Mercedes), 28020, Madrid
  • Dr. Varona Sánchez, Joel Alejandro Centro Médico la Almudena C/ José María Fernández Lanseros 7, 28017, Madrid
  • Dr. Azcona Varela, Luis Manuel C/ Corazón de María 68 1º D, 28002, Madrid
  • Dr. Sánchez Escalada, Luis Policlínica Ipacsa C/ Corazon de Maria 63, 28002, Madrid
  • Dra. Bueno Majano, Victoria Hospital Virgen del Mar Edificio López Pozas Centro Sanitas. C/ General López Pozas 10, 28036, Madrid
  • Dr. Santiago Marí, Alfonso José C/ José Silva 7 (Hm Nuevo Belen), 28043, Madrid
  • Dr. Sousa Mendoza, Juan C/ Ubeda 21, 28034, Madrid
  • Dra. Bongaerts Suarez, Nahela Judith C/ Ubeda 21, 28034, Madrid
  • Dra. García Amoros, Paula Centro Médico Montecarmelo C/ Monasterio de Oseira 5 Local 2, 28049, Madrid

Next are the Sanitas-owned medical centers closest to Marli House:

  • Milenium Centro Médico Nicasio Gallego C/ Nicasio Gallego 8-10 Bajo 28010, Madrid
  • Milenium Centro Médico Conde Duque C/ Conde Duque 21 28015, Madrid
  • Milenium Centro Médico Costa Rica Plz José María Soler 7 28016, Madrid
  • Milenium Centro Médico Núñez de Balboa C/ Núñez de Balboa 108 Piso Bajo 28006, Madrid
  • Milenium Centro Médico Reina Victoria C/ Beatriz de Bobadilla 9 28040, Madrid
  • Centro Médico Sanitas Valdebebas Avd Juan Antonio Samaranch 85 28050, Madrid

Sanitas has a few phone numbers for customer service:

  • +34 91 752 28 52
  • +34 93 362 34 49
  • 900 906 210 (toll-free)

You can also check out the map of Sanitas healthcare centers at:


Spain is famous for its gastronomy, as the variety of its offerings is enormous. Many of its ingredients are part of what is known as the Mediterranean Diet, which contributes to the quality of nutrition. It’s no wonder that this country is known to have one of the longest-living populations on the planet.

But Madrid is not far behind in this offering, as in this city you can find not only Spanish food but also from many places around the world, and best of all, you can get it at a good price.

We all know that student life often means spending little, that’s why from Marli House we offer you some places where you can eat well and for little money.

100 Montaditos

Montadito is nothing less than the name of a type of Spanish sandwich, whose history dates back to the 15th century. The difference with other sandwiches is that it is made with a very small bread. This is an idea that 100 Montaditos has exploited to the fullest.

That is why the name, the menu of this chain of breweries proposes a large number of montaditos with different flavors. Generally, diners order more than one, as they are very economical: there are some for as low as one euro.

But over time, the brewery has been expanding its offerings and includes platters with different combinations of flavors of montaditos, various types of salads, various appetizers, and desserts.

But let’s not forget that it is a brewery, so you can accompany all that delicious food with a pitcher of beer, beer with lemon or cider for 1.50 euros or with a soft drink.

You can visit the 100 Montaditos website to learn more.

El Museo del Jamón

Spain is synonymous with ham, as it produces one of the best in the world. That is why in Madrid, the city of museums, there could not be one dedicated to ham.

El Museo del Jamón is a chain of themed restaurants that offers hams from all regions of Spain. There you can eat and drink at a good price.

When passing by their premises, with their windows full of ham legs, you cannot resist the idea of ​​entering to taste their great variety of sandwiches, tapas, portions or drink a glass of wine or a beer with the best charcuterie portions. The best part is that they offer very good prices.

In addition, if when you return to your country you want to take a typical Spanish product with you, you can also buy hams, cheeses, and cold cuts with a certificate of quality and origin. Here you can visit his site: El museo del jamón

Telepizza and Papizza

If you are a pizza lover, you have two excellent options. One is Telepizza, which offers a great variety of flavors and prices.

The company usually launches very good offers: two pizzas for the price of one or very cheap pizzas if you ask them to deliver it, for example. You just have to go to one of the Telepizza stores scattered throughout Madrid or order your favorite pizza on the web or by phone, and they will send it to you.

The other option is Papizza, which offers pizzas by the slice in the best Italian style. You can also choose your ingredients, and they will cook it in three minutes. In addition, the combinations of ingredients of Papizza are enormous; you just have to choose yours.

here you can visit their sites: Telepizza anda Papizza

Bocatas de calamares in Plaza Mayor

Although Madrid doesn’t have a beach (what a news!), it has the famous calamari sandwiches as part of its typical cuisine. They are delicious sandwiches filled with fried and battered squid rings.They are sold in many places throughout the city, but tourists usually order them in the areas around Plaza Mayor at very affordable prices: they cost only 3.50 euros.
There are several places that offer them, such as La Campana and Bar La Ideal, located on Botoneras street. There is usually a line of people waiting to buy them, so it’s best to go early.

Both places offer other types of sandwiches, such as blood sausage and omelette, tapas, and typical Spanish sangria. Just ask for some lemon or sauce and enjoy the beautiful views of Plaza Mayor and your sandwich.

Tierra Burritos
You surely know what burritos are, that delicious Mexican food. In Madrid, there are places where you can get them at a good price. One of those places is Tierra Burritos, a food chain with several locations in Madrid and still expanding.
Tierra Burritos offers twelve nutritious ingredients to choose from, four types of meat (pork, beef, barbecue beef, and chicken), vegetables, rice, spicy sauces, sour cream, and guacamole.
They also sell nachos, naked burritos, tacos, salads, and margaritas, a refreshing drink made from lime or strawberry juice, triple sec liquor, tequila, and sugar, which is ideal for accompanying the food.
Here you can visit his site: Tierra Burritos

Takos in Plaza del Carmen
We continue with the suggestions of Mexican food. It’s the turn of tacos because there is a place very close to Marli House apartments where the best ones are prepared.
It’s called Takos al pastor, located in Plaza del Carmen, and they usually serve tacos and other Mexican dishes, such as meat-filled tortillas, accompanied by margaritas and beer.This place specializes in serving the “al pastor” variety (made with pork, pastor marinade, pineapple, cilantro, and onion), but also tacos de cochinita, tinga, bisteck, arrachera, chorizo con papa, nopal, and mushrooms, alambres, and tortas.
As for prices, they usually offer very attractive deals, but there are usually al pastor tacos starting at 1.50 euros. Being so cheap, there is usually a lot of people waiting to enter, so try to go early.
Here you can visit his site: Takos al pastor

Sidrería El Tigre
Perhaps the place with the most abundant food in Madrid is Sidrería El Tigre. You just have to order something to drink, and the tapas they serve you will leave you amazed.
El Tigre has become very famous for serving homemade tapas with any drink you order. That’s why it’s part of the must-visit places on your trip to Madrid. Plus, you can get there in minutes from Sol, Gran Vía, or Príncipe, as it’s located in the Chueca neighborhood.
Croquettes, bravas potatoes, chicken wings, tortilla montaditos, and other ingredients, ham, or paella are some of the tapas they serve you at El Tigre, and they vary as you order another drink. Generally, as the tapas are so abundant, no one dares to go beyond the second beer or cider.
Here you can visit his site: Sidrería El Tigre

The list could go on, but what is certain is that these are the places you’ll want to visit first. Enjoy!

The price of metro cards in Madrid is a relevant topic for foreign university students looking to move around the city efficiently and economically. The Spanish capital has a wide network of public transportation, including the metro, which is the most used means of transportation by the city’s inhabitants and visitors.

If you have to travel to your university every day, a metro pass can be a more economical option than other forms of transportation. It also allows you to access a wide range of destinations in the city without having to worry about traffic congestion or bus schedules.

However, it is important to note that the price of the metro card in Madrid may vary depending on the duration of its use and the frequency with which you use it. For example, if you plan to stay in Madrid for several months, you may want to opt for a monthly or annual metro pass, which may be more economical than purchasing individual tickets or ten-trip passes.

If this is your option, you should know that there is the Youth Pass 30 days, which has a flat rate of 20 euros for all tariff zones (being able to travel from zone A to E2) and is valid until the date you turn 26 years old.

In addition, some universities in Madrid may provide you with a reduced metro card or a discount on the card’s price.

In conclusion, the price of metro cards in Madrid is an important topic for your transfers, as it allows you to move around the city efficiently and economically. By considering special rates, you can save money on your transportation in Madrid. If you have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to go to Marli House staff.

This winter of 2023, Madrid will celebrate the 9th edition of Inverfest, with more than 100 shows. These are poetic evenings and concerts, among other shows.
At the festival, which takes place from January 6 to February 5, many Spanish artists will present their new albums or begin their tours this year.
Some of the options that you will find in its various venues ( are:
– Music of various musical genres: from indie or pop to flamenco, in case you want to get to know the Spanish musical culture. You will surely like one of the 120 concerts that will be offered.
You can see more here:

– Inververso poetry cycle, with a mixture of poems, music and lyrics, since personalities from literature will be presented.
Look at this link to find out more:

– Polar Conversations, which is a series of films and documentaries that you cannot miss. There will be movie nights, DJs and live music and conversations with the stars of some films, which will make you enjoy the cinema in a very special way.

– New rockers is another live music cycle for parents to enjoy with their children

Now you know that in Madrid the cold is also synonymous with fun. You have many options to enjoy.
We leave you the link of the site so you can see all the details of the festival:


Summer time is approaching on this side of the hemisphere and Madrid has endless opportunities. It is the Spanish capital that offers everything for all tastes. In this list we will tell you about events to enjoy the heat and good weather.

Outdoor Concerts in Retiro

(Photo: Telemadrid)

The Parque del Buen Retiro is a special place in the middle of Madrid, with its groves and walkways full of attractions.
Every summer the park is filled with music thanks to its open-air concerts that take place on Sundays, at noon until September.
Enter through the Hernani gate at the O’Donnell street entrance and reach the Bandstand of Music. There are always posters announcing the concerts.The rest is up to you: sit in an available chair or on the lawn and enjoy the music. This is the link to the concerts for your convenience.

Book Fair

(Photo Telemadrid)

If you like reading, you can’t miss the Book Fair, where you can buy books you are interested in, discover new genres and chat with their authors. The fair begins on May 27 and takes place in the Retiro Park, where there will be almost 400 booths, many activities and more than 3,600 authors willing to sign. There will be 16 days in which the Fair will be open from Monday to Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., while the weekend will remain open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information can be found on the fair website:

Photo Spain

Photo Photo España

Photo España is the most important photography event in the country. The best national and international photographers pass through there. If you like photography, you can’t miss it. Best of all, you can visit the show throughout the summer.
This year is special because the meeting celebrates its 25th anniversary. There will be a triple program with special emphasis on documentary photography. The meetings start on May 30 in places such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Mapfre Foundation, the Círculo de Bellas Artes or Casa de América. So that you don’t miss any events and have the ability to get your ticket, we leave you the complete agenda that the festival site has:

Ice Palace

Photo Es Madrid

The Ice Palace is a center that contains an ice rink where you can ice skate. Believe it or not, it is a place that is only 15 minutes from the center of Madrid, near Barajas.
In addition to practicing this sport, you can visit the other facilities of the shopping center, since there are numerous shops and restaurants nearby. It is ideal way to spend a summer afternoon.
If you want to know more, we leave you their website with all the available information:


Go Karts

Photo Ocious Park

If you are someone who likes the adrenaline that speed produces, then go karting is a good option for you to spend a fun afternoon. Madrid has many circuits for you to choose the one you like the most.
We leave you a list of some tracks and their links so you can see details:
– Karting by Carlos Sainz (
– Karting Club Los Santos (
– Formula Zero Karting (
– Karting Angel Burgueño (
– Jarama Race (

Europe Park

Photo ABC

Parque Europa is located outside Madrid city, in Torrejón de Ardóz. It is an unusual park, as it has representations of European monuments and a fragment of the Berlin Wall. We leave you their website so you can learn more details and you can buy your ticket online.

Madrid swimming pools
You already know that there is no summer without water to cool off. That’s why you can’t miss the pools spread throughout the city of Madrid. In 2022 they open on May 22 and will remain open until September 11. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. To access them, Madrid City Council has an app. From it you can make reservations in one of the two previous shifts.
Prices are as follows:
Children under 5 years: free
Children (from 5 to 14 years old): 1.35 euros.
Young (from 15 to 26 years old): 1.80 euros.
Adult (from 27 to 64 years old: 2.25 euros.
Older (from 65 years): 0.70 euros.
For their part, the swimming pools of the Community of Madrid (Canal de Isabel II Sports Facility, Puerta de Hierro Sports Park, M 86 Sports Center and San Vicente de Paúl Sports Facilities) open from June 11 until the first week of September.
Tickets can be reserved at

If you want to drink and eat while you get to know the city, a good option is the pubs of l Madrid. The options are endless and for all tastes. Here is the link of Tourism of Madrid in which the City Council proposes a map so that you can choose the area you prefer.

Canela Car


If you are not afraid of heights and you like new experiences, you cannot skip
a ride on the Madrid Cable Car, located in the heart of Casa de Campo.
It covers a distance of 2,457 meters at a height of 40 meters, so the views are unmissable. In the following link we leave you the schedules and rates so that you can plan your visit:

Without a doubt, this post would never end if we put everything there is to do in Madrid, because the options are endless ranging from visiting markets, going to the theater and even visiting nearby towns. However, we hope that this selection will be useful to you.

When you are abroad, it is always useful to have a list of phone numbers. You never know what can happen and in those moments you will miss them very much. Therefore, schedule them or save this post among the favorites of your mobile browser. You can also call by clicking on the numbers.

Emergencies in general – 112
This is the first number that you should take into account in any emergency, especially if you find yourself in a situation of personal or collective risk.

Police – 091
Another important number.

Civil Guard – 062
The Civil Guard guarantees the protection of
citizens against crimes, ensures the
compliance with laws, defends the free exercise of rights and freedoms and preserves citizen security.

Firefighters – 080 or 085

Medical Emergencies – 061

Telephone Gender Violence – 016900 116 016
It is an information and legal advice service on gender-based violence, although it also serves people with hearing or speech disabilities.

Information for women – 900191010
It is a free phone from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, except national holidays.

Citizen service telephone number – 060
This number is the access point to the Spanish Administration for citizens
and companies.

Civil Protection – 1006
Civil Protection is a service aimed at preventing situations of serious collective risk or catastrophes, protecting people and property when such situations occur, as well as contributing to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected areas.

Local information: 010 (available in almost all cities)
National information: 11818
International information: 11825
Yellow Pages: 11888
National operator: 1009
European operator: 1008
International operator: 1005

If you need to cancel your credit card after a theft, loss or some other situation.
Visa Spain: 915 192 100
International Visa: 900 991 216
American Express: 902 375 637
4B: 902 114 400
Eurocard-Mastercard: 915 192 100
Dinner’s club: 902 401 112
System 6000: 913 553 000/915 965 335

Phone numbers of mobile phone companies
From mobile: 609 | From landline: 1485 | From abroad: +34 634 609 100 609
From mobile: 1414 | From landline: 656 001 470 | From abroad: +34 656 001
From mobile: 123 | From landline: 622 622 622 | From abroad: +34 607 123
From mobile: 622 | From landline: 622 622 622 | From abroad: +34 622 622