Canine Madrid – Your Dog Guide To Enjoying The Capital

From guau to woof: Micaela de la Maza on How to truly enjoy Madrid with your dog

Madrid becomes an even friendlier city with your pooch by your side. Your pup might sniff out the best parks but if you do not want to miss the best dog friendly spots in town then come with us as we guide you towards some quality tapas or a delicious wine tasting, help you discover a special art gallery or find the ideal café for a relaxed dinner or a happy brunch.

A morning walk 

A perfect day with your dog might start with a slow leisurely walk around El Retiro, one of Madrid’s most pleasant parks (until 10 am dogs can run freely, off their leads). Then, after some great coffee and breakfast at Plenti Plenti   (Costanilla de los Desamparados 13)  or maybe an exotic brunch at La Jefa Home Bar (Recoletos 14) you could both head to Chueca. This ever changing neighbourhood is the home turf for original art stores like Mad is Mad (Pelayo, 48) and also Madrid’s best art gallery for dog lovers, Échale Guindas (Pelayo, 47): they showcase Spanish and international artists and their walls are covered with lots of happy and wholly original dogs. 

Breakfast or Brunch 


Federal Madrid, a bright and spacious café with an international vibe, does breakfasts and lunch like no one else, with brunch served daily. It is a great place to stop for a coffee, do some work or have a meal.  Plaza de las Comendadoras, 9


BumpGreen, close to El Retiro, is a calm and lovely restaurant that specialises in healthy eating and ‘slow food’. Great spot for a yummy breakfast or lunch, after a walk in the park.BumpGreen  Velazquez 11

Tapas or Lunch

 La Gloria  

La Gloria offers a taste of Andalusia in Madrid: they serve a wide variety of tapas, all home-made and absolutely delicious. We recommend their signature paella valenciana (on Sundays) or their salmorejo cordobés.   Noviciado, 2

Café Pavón

Café Pavón is a unique establishment located on the ground floor of an Art Deco theatre, of the same name. As well as a cool vibe, you’ll find a great daily fixed menu, beers, wines, bocatas and tapas.

Wine O’Clock & Dinner

If you want to have a good time while you discover Spain through its wines, at Madrid & Darracott (Calle del Duque de Rivas, 8) they organize English-speaking wine tastings on a daily basis. Not far from there you will find a spectacular and original venue, an old x-rated movie theatre, now a cool place for a snack and a drink: Sala Equis (Duque de Alba, 4). Madrid & Darracott

Bombardino Café

Bombardino Café is great if you are looking for a relaxed dinner: they have lots of salads and tapas, croquettes, veggie and meat burgers, cheese boards… And they love dogs.Bombardino   Salitre 2 T. 915022403

La Verónica

La Veronica is a modern and trendy and super dog friendly restaurant: your pooch will get a delicious meaty snack while you dine in style. LaVerónica

More fun tips? Then Madrid Dog Friendly is for you. In this bilingual guidebook written by the experts behind Spain’s largest dog friendly directory (, you will find the 100 best dog friendly addresses and many useful tips for a perfect dog-life in Madrid: public transport regulations, when and where to walk your dog off leash, ideas for great day trips… If you purchase your copy online you will also get a free update with their most recent discoveries.

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