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Madrid in 3 days with baby and no Spanish: help!

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Madrid in 3 days with baby and no Spanish: help!

medgirl | Jul 30, 2008 11:56 AM

Hi, I've searched this board for Madrid chowhounding tips and am now very excited about my trip there in late November. But I have a few problems: my husband and I will be traveling with a 15 month old baby, and we speak virtually no Spanish. Even reading articles on eating in Madrid, I can't pronounce many of the dishes that I would like to try.
So, I would be grateful if anyone could advise on the following:
(1) Should I definitely try and pick up some rudimentary Spanish before the trip? Will it be a complete nightmare to try and get by without it?
(2) Do Madrid tapas bars frown upon babies? Would an evening tapas crawl be impossible with a baby in tow?
(3) Any suggestions for eating in Madrid with a baby but not getting sucked into tourist trap and sterile family-friendly options?
We are staying in central Madrid, near the 3 big museums and will be spending a lot of time in the museums in the day.

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