If you are a tapas fan, you definitely have to visit Ponzano street. It’s located in Chamberí neighborhood and it has become the hot spot for the popular Spanish tapas. Keep reading if you’d like to know more.

This famous street has always been a popular area for bars and restaurants but it has really risen to stardom in the last few years. Apart from this, if there’s something that characterizes this area is the people; there are less tourists than in the center of the city or in other neighborhoods of Madrid.

Everything started in places such as Lambuzo, La Sala de Despiece and La Contraseña. These restaurants are close to each other and are still the most famous and visited. There are also bars, like La Lianta and Trajín, and restaurants La Máquina and De Atún, or the traditional El Doble, in the corner of José Abascal. One of the newest places is Teje y Maneje who´s popularity hhas grown in the last few years.

Such is the success of this street, that there is an Instagram account called “Ponzaning” where you can find photos and the latest news. New places are mixed with traditional ones that have survived over the time and trends (like El Doble, mentioned before), but also the restaurant Los Arcos or the pub Fide.

Although the majority of places are located along Ponzano street, this concept of informal and original tapas, has extended to other streets in the area. For example, Santa Engracia street, which is bigger and is full of terraces. These places are called “extraponzaning”, even if all of them are almost in the same place.

This area is packed during the weekends and it’s almost impossible to get a table if you haven’t previously made a reservation. There are restaurants and bars with never-ending waiting lists and others, such as La Lianta and La Sala de Despiece, with really long queues from the early night. But the best thing is to go “Ponzaning” which means going from one place to another trying the bars’ different specialties. Have you ever been? If so, which is your favorite place?

Nadia Pérez Rojas
Economist and MIM 2009. I love writing about Madrid and creating routes in this wonderful city. I share my favorite spots in my blog Nadia Loves Madrid and in Spotted by Locals.

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