Alcalá de Henares possesses a large number of renowned restaurants where you can enjoy the traditional Castilian cuisine like the garlic soup and the typical Castilian soup, vegetable dishes like "pisto" and especially the delicious roast meat and the popularized typical “cocido madrileño”.
In addition, throughout the year some remarkable gastronomic events take place like “The February Food Week”, the popular Tapas Trail or the Gastronomic Cervantes held around the holiday commemorating the birth of Miguel de Cervantes in town.
One of the most interesting things to do in Alcalá de Henares is to try the huge variety of snacks or appetizers that many bars and restaurant offer called “tapa”. The city is famous for its “culture of tapas”. Around the old town there are many establishments where the consumers receive a free food ration for each drink. It is a common way to visit the city while enjoying an imaginative and varied cuisine.
Alcalá de Henares is also famous for its pastries, a legacy of the monastic tradition of the town; there are many traditionalcake and pastries shops, specially in the old historic zone.
The most typical sweets are the “costrada”, cooked with meringue, cream and puff pastry; the sugared almonds, prepared traditionally by the Poor Clares of San Diego de Alcala, and the donuts covered with honeyed orange sugar.