Are you looking for places to eat in Madrid with your school group? Eating with a large group in such a big city will be a chaos if you do not plan in advance. Therefore, you must consider some factors: the proximity to the monuments you are going to visit, the spaces they have prepared for groups, if you can book or not; and, of course, the price.
If you are organizing your end-of-year trip in the capital, here are the best ideas to try the local gastronomy of the city, take a break in a park to prepare a picnic or visit the best tapas bars in Madrid.
The question when organizing an excursion on your end-of-year trip is always the same: where to eat with school groups in Madrid? The cheapest option, and the best in the capital, is to organize strategic stops in its many parks for a picnic. Madrid has a lot of outdoor spaces enabled to walk, play in their gardens and enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature in the middle of the city. These are the best possibilities:
- Jardín del Buen Retiro: it is one of the most emblematic gardens in Madrid, next to Atocha station. The Retiro is a historic garden and public park with numerous fountains, extensive lawns and a large water pond. Also, being located in the center of the city, it is perfect for a quick stop during your sightseeing tour.
- Jardines de las Vistillas: it is a natural balcony located at the top of the city, in the neighborhood of La Latina. Another perfect option if you are visiting the surroundings.
- Madrid Río: river park, located on the banks of the Manzanares River, consisting of a pedestrian and recreational area. In this park, school children can play in its fountains, giant slides, original swings and skate park. In addition, the Matadero is located here, one of the most complete cultural centers in the city.
- Parque del Oeste: in the district of Moncloa we find this green space with extensive meadows located in the same area as the Temple of Debod.
On the outskirts
- Europa Park: located in Torrejón de Ardoz, is one of the most famous municipal parks in the Community of Madrid, as it has a replica of the most famous monuments in Europe. If you decide to include this visit in your trip planning, it will be the surprise that your schoolchildren do not expect, since it is not the most famous park in the city, but it is the most original.
- Casa de Campo: Casa de Campo is the largest park in Madrid. A visit to nature in the middle of the city. Here you can eat if you visit the Zoo or the theme park, take a walk in the tranquility of the park and take a break from the urban bustle.
- Juan Carlos I Park: located in the northeast of Madrid, it is a gigantic park with canals, numerous fountains, large meadows and many possibilities.
Restaurants to eat with school groups in Madrid
Of course, it is always necessary to schedule at least one meal at a restaurant (even if it is not of the best quality) so students leave with a good taste in their mouths. In Madrid there is a wide range of menus for groups. These are some of the restaurants we have found for you and your group:
- La Zaguina
- Casa Patas
- La Chulapa de Alcalá
- Rayuela Tavern
- La Gaditana Restaurant
- La Puebla
- Lamucca de Prado
- Ham Museum
- San Antón’s gastronomy
- The cellar of Casa María
- Casa Salvador Restaurant
Tapas in Madrid
Although it is not the most recommended option for groups, it is always important to get to know the local gastronomy and atmosphere. To do this, the best thing to do is to go to the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city to try its hundreds of tapas bars. Snacking and hustle and bustle, so that schoolchildren can experience Madrid’s atmosphere. If you plan to have some free time or organize an evening stroll, this is a good option for a perfect finale to your end-of-year trip. These are the main tapas neighborhoods in the center of Madrid:
– Malasaña: Petisqueira, la Ardosa, Casa Julio, Bar Sidi or Pez Tortilla are some of the best-known tapas bars in the trendy neighborhood. You can’t miss visiting its colorful streets, small stores and original bars that your group will love. In addition, they can take the photos they want so much to brag on social networks of their wonderful end-of-year trip in the capital.
La Latina and LLavapiés neighborhoods.
– La Latina: the tapas neighborhood offers a wide range of bars where you can have some delicious homemade croquettes, some bravas or some good tortilla skewers. We recommend you to visit the Cava Alta and Cava Baja, where the largest number of bars are located. Some names: La Búha, El Viajero, Lamiak, Txirimiri, Casa Lucas, Muñiz or Casa Amodeo.
– Lavapies: last but not least, this multicultural neighborhood is a must on your visit to Madrid. Argumosa street as the main artery and its squares are full of small bars with food from all cultures: African, Indian, Asian, Spanish, Basque, etc. Visit Achuri, La Playa de Lavapiés, Café Viralata or Africa Fusion, and you will see for yourself!
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