The 36th edition of ARCOmadrid, organized by IFEMA, will be held from 22 to 26 February in Madrid. The fair will bring together 200 international galleries, including 12 exhibitors from Argentina, the Guest Country for 2017.There’s going to be exciting city-wide programming, which you can find here.


Let’s cut to the chase, we all know how hectic art fairs can be, especially international ones. The inevitable question we always ask our friends after a long day of fairs will most certainly be, “Where are we eating?” We’ll leave the art fair itinerary for you to figure out and we’ll take care of the food. Here’s a rundown of our favorite 5 spots in Madrid.


1 . StreetXo

Photo // courtesy of The Mediocre Chef

What: A modern, fusion restaurant with Chef David Muñoz at the helm worth the wait.

What you’re ordering: The Pekinese dumpling, Korean lasagna, all of the cocktails (they’re amazing)

StreetXo, Calle de Serrano, 52, 28001 



2. Restaurante Casa Salvador

Photo // courtesy of The Mediocre Chef

What: A Madrid institution where you’ll get down-home Spanish cooking and a history lesson on bullfighting.

What you’re ordering: The meatballs, cod fritters, caramel flan

Restaurante Casa Salvador, Calle Barbieri, 12, 28004



3. Bodegas Rosell 

Photo // courtesy of Bodegas Rosell

What: One of our favorite traditional tabernas in Madrid

What you’re ordering: Iberian cured meats, Spanish tortilla, Cocido Madrileño (hearty stew with beans and sausage)

Bodegas Rosell, Calle del Gral. Lacy, 14, 28045




Photo // courtesy of MOEGA instagram

What: Authentic Galician bakery for a quick bite of some delicious baked goods.

What you’re ordering: Their famous empanadas filled with beef, veggies, or fish and a preñao (bread stuffed with chorizo).

MOEGA, Calle del León, 26, 28014



5. Rocambolesc Gelateria

Photo // courtesy of The Mediocre Chef

What: The best Spanish ice cream you’ll never have with inventive flavors and toppings.

What you’re ordering: The coconut with violet sorbet topped with strawberry, honey rocks and violet marshmallows or the chocolate ice cream topped with cocoa beans, pop rocks, chocolate cookies, topped with chocolate sauce

Rocambolesc Gelateria, El Corte Inglés, Calle de Serrano, 52, 28001


top image // courtesy of Carlos Lopez Cano