Where to eat Bocata Calamares

As a gourmet chef in Madrid, I am thrilled to introduce you to one of the city’s most iconic and delicious dishes – bocadillo de calamares, or squid sandwich. This simple yet flavorful sandwich has become a must-try for anyone visiting Madrid, and lucky for you, there are plenty of great places to enjoy it.

Without further ado, here are my top six picks for the best places to eat bocadillo de calamares in Madrid:

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Located in the heart of the city near Atocha train station, El Brillante is a legendary spot for bocadillo de calamares. Their crispy, perfectly cooked squid is served on a soft, fluffy roll and is best enjoyed with a cold beer. With its classic decor and lively atmosphere, El Brillante is a must-visit for any tourist in Madrid.

Price: €4-€6 per person


Telephone: +34 915 32 18 02


A family-run institution since 1894, La Campana is famous for its delicious bocadillo de calamares. The secret to their success is their use of fresh, high-quality squid, which is fried to perfection and served on a toasted baguette. With its cozy, traditional decor and friendly service, La Campana is a must-visit for anyone looking for an authentic Madrid dining experience.

Average Price: €5-€7 per person

Telephone: +34 915 21 24 02


Tucked down another winding street on the other side of Plaza Mayor from La Campana, you’ll find Bar Postas. This no-frills bar is about as simple as it gets, with little to no seating space and a lively local crowd. Snag a spot at the bar if you can and enjoy one of the best bocadillos de calamares in Madrid, best washed down with an ice-cold glass of beer for the full experience.

Price: €5-€8 per person

Telephone: +34 915 22 13 24

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Casa RÚA

Casa Rúa is another fantastic option for one of the best bocadillos de calamares in Madrid. Located on another small street leading into Plaza Mayor (are you noticing a theme here?), this bar is especially popular with local families enjoying an informal, inexpensive meal out on the weekends. And with each hearty bocadillo setting you back just €2.85, it won’t hurt your wallet, either.

Price: €2.85-€8 per person.

Telephone: +34 915 42 70 74



For an authentic, local experience as well as one of the best bocadillos de calamares in Madrid, head to the neighborhood of Argüelles, where few tourists stray. In this off-the-beaten-path barrio, you’ll find Los Bocadillos, a simple bar where you’ll immediately feel at home among the locals. In addition to their fabulous squid sandwiches, they also offer a delicious variety of other bocadillos, as their name implies.

Price: €4-€10 per person

Telephone: +34 915 48 20 45

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