1) Chocolatería San Ginés
After our time in Valencia, we couldn’t get enough of churros or the thick delicious hot chocolate they dip it in. Chocolateria San Gines was the perfect spot in the city to feed our cravings. Due to their late hours, we loved stopping by after dinner for ‘dessert’. Hours Mon-Tue 6pm-7am; Wed-Sun 9:30pm-7am
Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, Madrid
2) Casa Mingo
Located on Paseo de la Florida, this Spanish bodegón (tavern) has been around since 1888 and is originally a cider house. But, don’t let that deter you, the place is great for families – you share tables with other patrons and mingle with the locals. Their specialty is cider-marinated roast chicken, which is incredible! If you’re taking the metro, it’s walkable from the metro Principe Pio – a definite must if you’re in the city and want something local.
Paseo de la Florida 34, Madrid
3) Cups & Kids
This place is the definition of kid-friendly; we wish we could open one up in every city around the world! If you find yourself in the Barrio de las Letras neighborhood of Madrid, head to Cups & Kids to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while your kids enjoy the toy shop, bookshop and workshop areas – a truly all-encompassing space for kids.
Calle de Alameda, 18, 28014, Madrid
If you’re kids are as adventurous as LouLou and Jaf, you have to try some Ethiopian food while in Madrid. You won’t be disappointed dining at Hanan. We didn’t really know what to order when we got there, but the staff are super friendly and helpful, and we went with their recommendation. Ethiopian food is all about sharing the meal with the family, which is exactly what we love doing! Must have the veggie sambusas to start off with.
Calle Ventura Rodriguez, 3, 28008, Madrid
5) Cafe Delic
Delic has been serving food in Madrid since 1988, and they’re great if you’re looking for a quick snack and cup of coffee. The interior is cosy, cute and colorful – a hit with the kids. We loved sampling the tarts and cakes, and the freshly squeezed juices were a hit with Jaf.
Costanilla de San Andrés, 14, 28005, Madrid
Ph: 91 364 54 50
6) Baby Deli
The adults can relax over a cup of tea in the deli’s cafe, while the children play in the courtyard or toy area! We love finding kid-friendly spots such as this, where we don’t have to worry about entertaining our kids. All the food served is organic, they even sell organic food and if you’re in Madrid for a while, attend one of their activity workshops geared towards the kids.
Calle de Alcalá, 91, 28001 Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Ph: 915 76 38 10
Madrid seems to have a number of kid-friendly cafes and restaurants, and Time-ish is no exception! A huge plus, other than the yummy snacks, is that they have free wifi! You can catch up on emails/facetime while the kids play around in the colorful children’s play area, fit with a TV and a storyteller that tells stories in both Spanish and English!
28660 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid
8) Pui’s Thai Tapas
They serve Thai tapas…of course we had to include it in this list! Tapas are perfect for sharing, and as a family we love ordering a bunch of items from the menu in order to taste them all. The menu is sprawling, so you won’t be at a loss for options – we recommend the duck spring rolls, fish cakes, squid and chicken satay. For Thai food in Spain, we were pretty impressed!
Calle de Jose Antonio de Armona 7 , Madrid
9) La Familiar
While not in the city proper, if you find yourself out in the Tres Cantos area of Madrid, La Familiar is a top pick among Spanish families. Not only are kids are served their meals on brightly colored dishware, but there’s even a monitored play area, and reading corner for them while they wait for their food. We recommend any of their tasting menus – the food did not disappoint.
Plaza de la Encina, 10-11 28760 Tres Cantos (Madrid)
918063096 (restaurant) , 918063097 (kids) activities and workshops
10) San Francisco
Carretera Cristo del Pardo, S/N | Madrid, 28048 Madrid, Spain