‘No-frills’ is simple, humble, honest unpretentious.
Explore more than 100 no-frills bars, each beautiful in their own, unique way, and bursting with charm, character and fascinating architectural features.
Discover Madrid’s most soulful restaurants whose origins are from all around the world and whom proving local communities with delicious food that reminds them of home.
We start conversations with fellow customers in no-frills bars, and we get chatting to kind strangers on the street, and we tell you their powerful and inspiring stories.
We’re always in the hunt for historical haunts that have witnessed Madrid’s evolution 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 most curious tales and unravel its darkest chapters. History is all around us: in the food we eat, the buildings we live in and the people we speak to.
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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