‘No-frills’ means simple, humble and unpretentious.
Over here at Madrid No Frills, discover dozens of no-frills bars and restaurants – each unique, honest and with good, home-cooked food.
We start conversations with fellow punters in no-frills bars, and we get chatting to kind strangers on the street. Then it’s here, in Untold Stories, that we recount to you their powerful and inspiring tales.
We’re always in the hunt for historical haunts that have witnessed Madrid’s goings on over the centuries. These living museums are a physical portal to a bygone era and should be cherished before they’re lost.
We dig deep and uncover Madrid’s curious history, particularly from its darkest chapters. It’s all around us: in the food we eat, the buildings we live in and the humble and optimistic madrileño character.
Every article we write is inspired by walking around, talking to people, visiting places, and in-depth research by our small team of Madrid-based writers.
We strictly don’t accept invitations: we’re authentic, we don’t do freebies, and certainly nothing for money. Madrid No Frills is based on our love for Madrid and our enthusiasm to share our knowledge and experiences with you, and nothing more.
Have you got a favourite no-frills haunt? Do you know a restaurant with good, honest food? Or do you have a story to tell? Join our Secret Detectives Club where you might also find a few like-minded souls.
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