While tourists predictably fill up the thousands of terraces around Madrid, here we offer an alternative route, because the indoor charm knows not of seasons or dates. Arabia, in the heart of the Chueca district (Calle Piamonte, 12), presents a Berber decoration and inside you will feel at the gates of the Sahara desert. Its couscous is famous but your best bet is to choose a tasting menu that will set you back just 20 euros per person, wine included.
Ethiopian cuisine is represented in Madrid by restaurants such as Mesob, on Calle Malasaña, 17, offering the best of this African cuisine that is still soft despite being exotic. Its star dish is the traditional huge injera, similar to a pancake, to which they add different vegetables. The charm of Malasaña is one of the favourable factors of this restaurant, since you can then go for a drink in any of the nearby bars, such as the pleasant Café de Ruiz, on the same street. Similar to that is Gomer, on Calle Grafal, 8, in the heart of La Latina, just a few yards away from Cava Baja and its many bars and taverns (Lamiak, on Cava Baja, 42, is one of the liveliest).