‘No-frills’ is simple, humble, honest and unpretentious.
Explore more than 100 no-frills bars, each beautiful in their own, unique way, and bursting with charm, character and fascinating architectural features.
Madrid’s restaurants are an access point to people, cultures and worlds left behind. Step through their open doors, straight through a hard border, and be welcomed by our close-knit communities.
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.
Hunting for historical haunts that have witnessed Madrid’s evolution over the centuries is one of our favourite pastimes. These living museums are a physical portal to a bygone era and should be cherished before they’re lost.
Join us as 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 or run ads: 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.
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