If you have the pleasure of staying outside of Madrid proper and closer to the airport – cheaper prices, harder to get in town – you may also have the pleasant surprise of a really fabulous, tasty dinner at Cafe Campanilla! When circumstances dictated that we stay another night in Madrid (and be up really early for a new flight) we opted to stay on the outskirts of awesome Madrid, which led us to a lovely meal at the unassuming Cafe Campanilla; we chose it because it was teeming with locals and easy on the wallet. Cafe Campanilla is a typical small Spanish cafe, serving various tapas – think ham croquettes, empanadas, chorizo dishes, some pasta, octopus, eggplant, breads, etc. – in an decidedly laid-back setting. The cafe has outdoor seating, which is choice in the summertime, as the inside of the restaurant is only cooled off by a few large fans, and those are aimed at the cooks, and rightly so. The patio seating and traditional menu make eating here a treat, and ordering a mini-bottle of red wine will only set you back about €6. While being in the midst of Madrid is a great time, getting to the outskirts of the Spanish capital allows for some nice chatting with locals, a peaceful and quiet place to dine, and some seriously great food at Cafe Campanilla.
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