05 Jun Family-Friendly Restaurants in Madrid
When visiting a foreign country or big city like Madrid for the first time, the search for family-friendly restaurants can be overwhelming. The Nanny Line is here to help with a few of our favorite places to go with kids in Madrid:
- Pim Pam*: casual gastrobar in the Chamberi neighborhood with a fixed price kids’ menu and a dedicated children’s area with activities on Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm to 5pm.
- Mama Campo*: With a focus on local, organic products, this restaurant offers a children’s play area and is adjacent to Plaza Olvide where kids can run around.
- Casa Mingo*: Asturian-style cider house dating from 1888 whose cider-marinated roast chicken is a hit with diners of all ages.
- Kilometrós de Pizza*: 5 locations around the city of Madrid, award-winning pizza served in 2-meter-long portions.
- La Mucca Company*: Another well-loved chain with 5 locations around Madrid, this restaurant is open all day long so is a great option if your family is not used to Madrileño dining hours. Pizza and burger options will make the kids happy, while international options and updated Spanish classics please adult palates.
- Cafe Murillo*: Outdoor seating, breakfast (9:30 to 12:30 on weekdays and brunch on Sundays), lunch and dinner, right beside the Prado Museum, visited by Michelle Obama and family on their trip to Madrid.
- Bar Tomate*: Hip Mediterranean spot offering wood oven-grilled pizzas, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, open continuously from 8:30AM-2:30AM weekdays (another good option if you are looking to eat earlier with little ones).
The Nanny Line’s experienced babysitters have also shared some of their tips for family dining success while in Spain:
- Most restaurants have high chairs (tronas), you might just need to ask.
- For a real bargain, ask for the fixed price children’s menu (menu infantil). This bargain option usually offers 2 courses and even a dessert or ice cream (postre, helado).
- Look for restaurants with an outside terrace or a location next to one of Madrid’s many parks. Kids love to be able to get up from the table and run around while parents enjoy adult conversation.
- Many of the typical Spanish tapas foods are big hits with kids. Try croquetas (friend bechamel sauce mixed with ham, spinach, or cod), huevos rotos (fried eggs served on top of roasted potatoes with ham), or pan con tomate (even better when it comes as the DIY version and kids can rub the tomato and olive oil on the bread themselves).
- Try to find restaurants that will take reservations. “Hangry” kids are not very patient so plan ahead to avoid a temper tantrum. The restaurants above with asterisks are ones that accept online reservations (helpful if your Spanish isn’t up to par).
Don’t see your family’s favorite place listed? Share your favorites on our Facebook page to help other families on the hunt for kid-friendly restaurants.
If you are new to Madrid or just on holiday, one of our local babysitters can also show you where to go. Contact The Nanny Line to get the inside scoop!