Taberna La Bola


Address: Calle de la Bola, 5, Madrid, ES
Phone: +34 91 547 6930

Located just north of Teatro Real, Taberna La Bola has some theatrical touches of its own: Velvet and crystal pieces accent the dining room, and many of the signature fish dishes are cooked over an open fire. The tavern has been around since 1870, so be sure to try such old-time favorites as garlic castellana soup and hot red pepper salad. “The cocida madrileño is classic here,” says Kavita Parmar. As legend has it, expatriate screen siren Ava Gardner used to frequent La Bola, and would even dance flamenco on the tabletops!