Where to eat and drink during the Madrid Masters
Cafe de Chinitas (chinitas.com)
This restaurant is owned by Fernando Verdasco’s parents. Caroline Wozniacki has eaten there: “It’s a typical Spanish restaurant, and they dance the Flamenco on stage while you eat. It serves fantastic food and has great entertainment. It comes highly recommended.”
Pan de Lujo (pandelujo.es)
This restaurant, on the site of an old bakery, means ‘luxury bread’, and according to Wallpaper Magazine’s City Guide, “takes everyday dishes and gives them a new twist – hamburgers, barbecue ribs and spaghetti carbonara are all transformed into something altogether more tasty and refined”.
Bar del Diego
This comes highly recommended by Wallpaper Magazine’s City Guide: “The discreet, sliding glass doors of this glass drinking den, tucked away on a street that runs parallel to Gran Via, lead to a small bar that at first glance can seem rather disappointing thanks to its pared-down decor. Bar del Diego isn’t a showy establishment, though – it’s all about intimacy and excellent cocktails.”
This is popular with the players, and is also “packed with the city’s beau monde”, according to Wallpaper Magazine’s City Guide. “One of the trendiest eateries in the city serves up not Spanish but Scandinavian food. Soft yellow lighting and wood furnishings make for a welcoming space packed with the city’s beau monde, who prop up the cocktail bar (the only one in Madrid to serve spiced and fruit-flavoured vodkas) and lounge about in the chillout area being serenaded by local DJs until the small hours in true Madrileno fashion.”