When visiting gay Madrid, you can experience some of the best gay restaurants and tastiest Spanish food in the country. Many restaurants specialize in tapas and pinchos; small dishes that are perfect for sharing. A lot of the time, tapas and pinchos in Madrid come served with a small beer (cerveza).
Madrileños eat out late and you should too: dinner is common around 22:00pm or even later. And as we are talking about gay restaurants in Madrid, while there are some gay-specific diners, you can be sure the vast majority of restaurants and cafés are gay-friendly in the ever-tolerant Spanish capital.
Traditional gay restaurants in Madrid: Chueca
When it comes to gay restaurants in Madrid, the main gayborhood of Chueca has a few good options. Madrid stalwarts Mama Inés and Diurno are both very popular with the local LGBT community and serve decent and inexpensive lunch menus. Nearby Chueca markets Mercando de San Ildefonso and San Antón are also great to pick up pre-packaged ingredients or stop for a bite to eat in one of the restaurants inside.
Hip, gay-friendly dining options in Madrid
Walking distance from Chueca, the trendy Conde Duque barrio has some sleekly-designed spots for brunch, such as Federal Café and Roll. They both attract a mixed crowd, but both the setting and food is great.
Gay restaurants in Madrid: Lavapiés
Lavapiés is another popular gayborhood in Madrid. El Rincón Guay is a very gay-friendly neighbourhood café serving up traditional, tasty and inexpensive fare. Fancy something more upmarket? Finocchio is an elegant Italian popular with the LGBT community. Lastly, if you’re looking for a gay restaurant in Madrid with a difference, Gula Gula is for you. A Madrid institution, you can expect a full-on drag show as you dine (and get served by shirtless waiters!).
Whichever gay restaurant you choose to eat at, Marileños love socializing over their food, dining late into the night and savoring the meal. All this before heading out late into the night!