Madrid has a history that dates back several centuries. This is not only clear from the buildings in the city, but also from the pub culture. In addition to all the modern and trendy places that shoot up like mushrooms (and disappear again equally as fast), there are many historic pubs that are immune to trends. These are the places where, for centuries, the people of Madrid have been drinking a cold ‘cerveza’, often accompanied by delicious tapas.
Those looking for the ‘real’ Spain of yesteryear need to look no further than a traditional ‘taberna’. The tavern décor of shiny tiles, paintings and yellowed pictures appears to be far more timeless than the cold concrete and wenge-coloured plastic of the lounge bars of the 2000s. The tapas here have not yet been fused with Chinese dim sum or Turkish mezze. Enjoy traditional Spanish culture in these 3 historic cafes.