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Maybe you’ve heard of Tapas and that going out for tapas in Madrid is highly recommended. We totally agree, these delicious finger foods are a must when you come visit this city. For those of you who don’t know, the term “Tapas” is used to define a wide variety of small savory dishes, served to accompany drinks, or as a meal. Going out for tapas is known as “Tapear” and it is one of the favorite activities for Madrileños.

So you want to go out for tapas in Madrid? What would you like to try? Maybe some Croquetas, or maybe gambas al ajillo, or how about tortilla de patatas, or perhaps… boquerones, patatas bravas, calamares, mejillones, tigres, gildas, torreznos, chorizo, morcilla, pimientos de padrón, pimientos de piquillo, oreja, huevos rotos, callos, ensaladilla rusa, empanadillas, chopitos, ropa vieja, gazpacho, paella, aceitunas,  migas, alitas de pollo, lomo, lacón, panceta, queso curado, caracoles, champiñones, gulas, albóndigas, rabas, sepia, and of course, jamón. Whew… with so many different options how do you know what to choose? And once you know what you want, how do you know where the best place for it is?

Never fear Marly Olé is here! We would like to share with you a list of some of the most popular tapas that you cannot miss when visiting Madrid:

Croquetas: This is Spain’s comfort food, the one that makes Spaniards argue over whose grandma makes the best. These delicacies consist of a breaded and deep fried ball of bechamel sauce with a second savory ingredient. The most popular ones come with ham (Jamón), mushrooms (Boletus) or cod (Bacalao) although there are many other varieties.

Patatas bravas: This Madrid staple is simple yet delicious and consists of fried potatoes with a spicy sauce. The secret is in the sauce and every place will tell you they have the best.

Boquerones: This dish consists of pickled anchovies, which are often served with potato chips. An absolute classic!

– Calamares: These squid rings are drenched in batter and then fried to perfection. They can be served on their own or as a popular sandwich called “Bocadillo de Calamares” which is one of the typical late night bites in Madrid.

Tortilla de patatas: This popular potato omelette can be found all over Spain and it is one of the country’s most traditional dishes. There are different tortillas for different tastes as they can be served with many additional ingredients like onions for example. They can also be served very runny to well done, depending on your preference.

Gambas al ajillo: Prawns in piping hot oil with a healthy dose of garlic, the smell alone will make you fall in love! It is traditionally served in clay dishes accompanied by lots of bread to soak in the amazing mixture of oil and garlic. To die for!

Jamón: The undisputed king of Tapas! There are many different varieties of ham, the best of which is called “Ibérico de bellota” which means that the pig is of the Ibérico breed and has been fed exclusively with acorns (bellotas). This gives the meat a delicious melt-in-your mouth tenderness and taste that words cannot even begin to describe. With Marly Olé you will not only taste the very best, but also learn the art of how to cut ham properly.

Join us as we guide you along a delicious culinary journey where you will eat and drink your way through Madrid’s historic city center trying the absolute best tapas the city has to offer.

Welcome to the Marly Olé experience!

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