MADRID Gay Friendly Restaurants

You must be forewarned that Madrileños like their supper late. By late, we mean dinners that often begin at 11 p.m. or even midnight. Then, after, the Madrileños go out and paint the town.

Tapas in Gay Madrid

Enjoy a night out in the town hopping from Tapas bar to Tapas Bar… at the end you pay for what you have eaten (just keep the toothpicks as a count for the cashier)

Gula Gula Madrid

Enjoy a great show with some delicious food at Gula Gula… the staff are fun, frisky and sexy too!

Our guide to dining out in Madrid

Food is such an important pleasure in this sensual city, it’s really hard to go wrong. In fact, you could easily pass an entire visit living entirely off tapas, knocking around from café to bar and watching the little plates pile up on your table. And you can dine out on these while you enjoy fine Spanish wine almost any time. Gay restaurants in Madrid are of a high quality and get very busy.

While that option certainly has its charm, any number of good restaurants merit a detour should you find yourself in the mood for something a bit more substantial.

Carmencita in the Chueca quarter is a restored tavern dating from 1850. Stylishly redecorated, it features excellent meat and fish dishes. If you’ve overdone the shopping a bit, it’s good to know that the lunch menu is cheaper than that at dinner – for the same good food and the same vintage zinc bar.

For a meal that nourishes the soul as well as the body, hit up Gula Gula (c. Gran Via, 1; +34-91-522-87-64;; 30 EUR); it has an outrageous salad bar/buffet, but only half as outrageous as the nightly drag shows and the hunky, punky waiters. The crowd can skew more straight than gay, but it’s a guaranteed wild night regardless.

At Vinoteca Barbechera (Gravina 6) wine bottles line the walls, and the tapas will amaze you with unexpected taste combinations (salmon with honey, slices of rump roast in a fig sauce, hazelnut bisque).

El Rincon de Pelayo (Pelayo 19) is not a tapas bar but an excellent restaurant with a small terrace out front. The menu del dia is a great way to have a three course meal with wine or coffee for around 10 euros.

Mama Inez (Hortaleza 22) is busy all day with locals and tourists. They serve beers and snacks as well as teas and coffees. Salads have huge portions of veggies and start at six euros. This is more of a coffeeshop with food available.

El Estragón (Plaza de la Paja 10) is a vegetarian restaurant that aims to impress even non-vegetarians. Believe us…even the meat lovers amongst us were suprised.

  • Dining Tips!

    Dining out in Plz Mayor is really a tourist trap. A much better option is the La Latina neighborhood just south of Plaza Mayor, especially along the Cava Baja street. If you want to find a restaurant on your own you should try wandering through the area bounded by the Alonso Martinez, San Bernardo, Noviciado and Chueca metro stops. There are a number of tasty, reasonably priced restaurants in this area along with a lively nightlife

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La Latina Madrid

Head away from the tourist areas of Plz Mayor to “La Latina”, a quaint barrio offering a more authentic taste of Spain.

Tapas at Santa Ana Square

Head to Plz Santa Ana at around 11pm to take in some delicious tapas. Then head to the rooftop bar at the Me by Melia Hotel.

Anyone for Tapas?

Tapas has existed as a pleasant and healthy custom in Spain since the 13th century, when the Castillian King Alphonse X (“the Wise”) forced bartenders to serve something to eat when customers ordered wine in order to prevent the harmful effects of alcohol on an empty stomach. His intention was to protect the people who could not afford to order food when they had wine in a bar.

Any area in Madrid has these bars offering tapas, but there are some neighborhoods whose bars and taverns are known for their tapas with a Madrid flavor.

Tourists and Madrileños usually choose the Cava Baja and Latina as their favourite destinations to eat tapas. Besides tapas, specialties of each bar and larger side-dishes to share may be ordered.

Around the Santa Ana Square, the Paseo del Prado, Fuencarral Street, the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés, or the elegant neighborhood of Salamanca, you can find many people in the bars at around 11 a.m. (“la hora del aperitivo” or “the snack hour”).

Our recommended restaurants in MADRID

Our editors have spent the past year researching the very places to eat! Here are there recommendations.

Al Natural

If you’re not a meat lover then this is the place for you, Al Natural offer some of the best vegetarian food in Madrid

Divina La Cocina

Divina La Cocina is a gay owned and run sophisticated Spanish style restaurant with a French influence , heading up the team is top international award winning Chef José Luis de Castanedo,
El Rincon Madrid

El Rincón de Pelayo

El Rincón de Pelayo is a popular restaurant in the heart of the gay area, offering salad pasta and meat dishes a mix of Spanish and international food,

Gula Gula

Gula Gula is situated on the Gran Via, Madrid´s most central and well know street in one of its most emblematic buildings, where you can enjoy the views of the Gran Via,

Mama Inés

Mama Inés is a smart cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as sandwiches and tapas, this is a good place to stop off for a bite to eat as you explore Madrid

Map of MADRID Gay Friendly Restaurants

Most of the recommended restaurants in Madrid are located in the Chueca District.


Where to stay in MADRID?

Recommended Hotels

Room Mate Oscar

Best in Chueca!

Room Mate Oscar

With sweeping views of the city, the Room Mate Oscar offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Located in Puerta del Sol, this 3-star hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Espanol.

Urban Hotel Madrid

Best Outdoor Pool

Hotel Urban Madrid

This 5-star hotel is located in Centro and has an outdoor pool, air conditioning and a steam bath. It offers uninterrupted views of the city, stylish rooms with mini bars and personalised service.

Hotel Abalu

Great price for the location!

Hotel Abalu

Tiny, with only 15 smallish rooms, this nice little boutique hotel has put a lot of design and comfort into what used to be a humble hostel. Still a little rough around the edges, it isn’t unlike a stylish guesthouse with hotel services.

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