Flamenco Tablaos in Madrid


Café Chinitas and Corral de la Moreria: The Best Tablaos Flamenco Shows in Madrid

J.M. Towers


These emblematic restaurants in the Spanish capital offer the best Flamenco Shows in the city and are frequented by international celebrities such as David Beckham and Rafael Nadal.


Next time you visit the city of Madrid, make sure to visit Café Chinitas and Corral de la Morería, where you will have the opportunity to delight all your senses. These two unique venues—popularly known as tablaos—offer the best Flamenco shows and excellent traditional Spanish cuisine for an unforgettable and authentic night in the town.Flamenco is perhaps the best-known cultural expression of southern Spain. This art form is the combination of Andalusian music and dance with the personal touch from the Gypsies who settled in this area many centuries ago. Flamenco consists fundamentally of dancing, clapping, stomping, and singing, all done with fiery passion and artistry. For its value, UNESCO has declared it Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Although the art of Flamenco originated in Andalusia, its tremendous success invaded the Spanish capital to become its epicenter since the early 20th century. The most famous Flamenco artists decided to come to Madrid to boost their careers, resulting in a proliferation of Flamenco shows.While there are many options available for Flamenco shows in Madrid, we have selected Cafe Chinitas and Corral de la Morería as the best tablaos in Madrid for a variety of reasons, but most importantly, we have chosen them for their commitment to authentic representations of the genre in all its manifestations and cultural expressions.

Café Chinitas
Café Chinitas / Torija, 7

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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
Corral de la Morería / Morería, 17

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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.  ■


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