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Cafe Gijon

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Paseo de Recoletos 21, Madrid, Spain
+34 915 22 37 37
07:30 - 01:30
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Moscow, Russia
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Kevin H
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272 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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278 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

It's one of Madrid's best-known historical cafés, quite an institution. I visited it once for breakfast and was served an orange juice that is quite possibly the best I ever drank. I'm still wandering exactly how they produce it. I sat in the wood-framed room inside and took in the atmosphere further aided by a cream pastry and proper coffee.... More 

Thank Irene R
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

When walking and shopping in Madrid, this is a great place to refresh and eat! Calamari and "Boquerones" were delicious. Live piano at night!

Thank Noemí d
San Diego, California, Usa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Great experience to visit this Great Cafe Restaurant ...Great seafood Paella, Great Salad, But most of it the Wonderful Service that we had...I loved the Tinto de verano so refreshing!!!

Thank chiquis25
Verona, Italy
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I loved it. Romantic dinner (simple tapas) with pianist live...loved the atmosphere and food and wine.

Thank Cristian P

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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, European, Spanish
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 de Recoletos 21, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chueca

Neighbourhood Profile
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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