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Cafe Gijon

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Paseo Recoletos 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 22 37 37
07:30 - 01:30
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Vantaa, Finland
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104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

...tasted good although it wasn't the cheapest of places (and that's not the point, either). The elderly gentleman serving as a bartender seemed to be well aware of his own worth so... try to be delicate, though :)

Thank Kristel H
Galicia, Spain
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125 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It might be historical as far as Madrid goes but just pop your head in the door, a quick glance around and get out before the waiter gives you "the look". If you sit down and have a coffee it's your choice, you have been warned. You'll pay a lot for bad service too.

Thank Michael M
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Renowned as a meeting place for literary figures of the pre civil war era, this place certainly draws on its history. The room has an old fashioned charm but the service and food are mediochre at best. On our visit the table was set with linen that had seen better days and sported several holes. Our apetiser of croquetas contained... More 

Thank George B
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Everything in this place smells old. The brownie tasted to fungus and the coffee was the worst. Only for uninformed tourists. And the worst: the price.

Thank Juan Carlos G
Moscow, Russia
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

I love this cafe and its wonderful people. Even though I do not speak Spanish, staff were glad to assist in any way possible. Thank you for that kindness. This cafe is truly an historic marker for literary Madrid and Spain. The red wine choices and Irish Coffee are excellent, as is the entrecote. Thank you for making my Spanish... More 

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312 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

If you want to visit an historic place were some spanish famous writers used to come, this is your place. Everything you order is made at the moment, always fresh, always excellent. Spanish fried, squids, prawns, omelette...

Thank Gerard P
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

We went there in a group of 6 on a midday and the staff has been very accommodating, even though we haven't booked the table. The service is professional and immediate, all the food we had was fresh, beautifully cooked and presented. We have stayed outside, they have a sector sheltered from the wind by transparent plastic walls, it was... More 

Thank TupMiry
Co Down
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285 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Had a light lunch of Spanish omelette. Food good and service very engaging and surroundings very pleasant.

Thank NorthernerCoDown
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72 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

On a Sunday morning when our usual breakfast place was closed and we were walking towards the Museo Prehistórico I said to my wife, Let's have breakfast at the Gijón! No sooner said than done. For two teas, two croissants, and one coffee we paid the princely sum of twenty euros! I remarked to the the waiter: "Half the price... More 

Thank Schilplin
London, United Kingdom
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215 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Went to Cafe Gijon for breakfast over the weekend and was surprised by how expensive it was relatively to other cafes in the area. I do appreciate its long tradition as a prime cafe but it feels quite 'démodé' and appears to offer quite a narrow breakfast menu (croissants arrive late in the morning; so it's mainly down to churros... More 

Thank Alejandro D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Mediterranean, Spanish, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Open Hours
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
07:30 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paseo Recoletos 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Chueca
  • Neighbourhood: Chueca
  • Phone Number: +34 915 22 37 37

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chueca

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Chueca is the hip, gay neighbourhood of Madrid where many of the streets are narrow and intimate, but where the hustle and bustle and the eclectic storefronts and people give it a distinctly urban feel. The main thoroughfare is Calle Hortaleza and the main square is Plaza Chueca, completely filled with terraza tables serving copas (mixed drinks) during summer. A mixture of trendy and grungy, some of the adult businesses here are explicitly racy in their signage. From the rainbow flags to the signs above the entrances of its many funky bars, to the date spot restaurants, Chueca is a vibrant and colorful place. It's always interesting to explore the different corners of Chueca by day, and by night, the area becomes a major nightlife destination when the clubs open their doors.
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