Café Chinitas / Torija, 7
This restaurant and “tablao” is located inside a beautiful 18th-century palace, at 7 Torija Street across the Senate building in the center of Madrid. The great painter Manuel Mampaso and the renowned designer and architect Pinto Coelho were in charge of creating an atmosphere that still captivates visitors as well as locals. It also has a fully-equipped kitchen and excellent service. Since its inception, Café Chinitas has been credited as one of the best “tablaos” or stages of the flamenco genre. Famous for the colorful silk Manila shawls used as decoration, the stage has been the venue for a long list of the most genuine performers of the Spanish cante (song). This unique establishment is famous for hosting royals and celebrities such as the Kings Emeritus of Spain Don Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Prince Charles, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Rafael Nadal and the international elite looking for unique and authentic Spanish culture.
Corral de la Morería / Morería, 17
Throughout its existence, Corral de la Morería (or Moorish Corral) has presented the best Flamenco artists, including Pastora Imperio, La Chunga, María Albaicín, Lucero Tena, Isabel Pantoja and Antonio Gades, among many others that have graced this legendary stage for over 50 years. With a privileged location in the heart of Madrid, near the Royal Palace in the historic city center, its furnishings, Arab brackets, and lanterns dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, place the visitor in a setting that reminds us of the genuine origins of Flamenco. Travelers frequent this large venue because every international movie star that comes to Madrid loves to end the day dancing, clapping, dining on exquisite traditional Spanish food, and cheerfully sharing numerous glasses of Spanish Jerez (sherry) in the Corral de la Morería. The extraordinary experience and the fun carry into the late hours of the night, and guests are served delicious Andalusian dishes like premium Iberian ham or a tasty and refreshing gazpacho. ■