Madrid is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. With tourists, students, artists, and even entrepreneurs flocking the streets of Spain’s capital, it is of little wonder that Madrid has a thriving coffee shop scene. Even if you do not have a map of the place, it is all too easy to find a café where you can take in wind down, take in the scenery, and enjoy a steaming cup of café con leche. But just in case you want a more structured search of cafes in Madrid, here is a list of the 10 best cafes in Spain’s capital:
1. La Mallorquina
If you are looking for an old and traditional café offering good pastries, then this café in Puerta del Sol is a must-try. La Mallorquina dates back to 1894 and boasts a selection of delectable cakes, pastries, and sweets. Their palmier and cortado coffees are also worth trying.
2. Café de la Luz
For those looking for a cozy café where they can have brunch, Café de la Luz is the place to be. The café’s aesthetics speak quirky vintage and its menu provides numerous vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. Not sure what to order? Try their mini brunch menu.
Originally conceptualized to cater to cyclists, this café has soon expanded to non-cycling enthusiasts who just want to have great coffee and appreciate the café’s interiors. The menu is fairly simple, but if you are at a lost, try the ham and serrano bagel with any of their coffee or even a mojito.
4. La Duquesita
If you are looking for something more Parisian in Madrid, then La Duquesita will definitely not disappoint. The exterior is pretty traditional, but the interior is quite dainty. Their hand-made tarts and croissants are perfect with their café con leche.
5. Federal Café
Unlike the first four, this café is more modern and simplistic, making it a favorite among local students. Federal Café offers both lunch and dinner, but if you are looking for a caffeine fix, then you should definitely get a flat white with their white chocolate and raspberry layered sponge cake.
6. El Riojano
This café boasts traditional charm with their generous offerings of traditional Spanish pastries and desserts. Their Spanish flans and crema pastelera are worth trying with their café con leche. Not up for coffee? Try El Riojano’s English tea.
7. Mür Café
For a great breakfast or brunch, this café is a must-try. Itahs an extensive breakfast offering, with both sweet and savory dishes. They also serve cakes which are typically not available in traditional Spanish cafes, so if you are feeling like having an Oreo New York cheesecake with hot chocolate, then you should look no further.
8. Plántate Café
This is another modern café which caters specifically to fans of specialty coffee. The café’s coffee beans are sourced from a select number of suppliers. Consider trying cold press coffee with their avocado toast.
9. Lolina Vintage Café
If you want something funky and retro, then this café will floor you. This café offers a variety of pastries, coffee, and even cocktails. You can also order teas and smoothies in this café if coffee is not really your thing. Not sure what to get? Grab a slice of their carrot cake and pair it with a cappuccino.
10. Toma Café
This café is among the pioneer modern cafes in Madrid. The café boasts a selection of premium coffee beans, as well as coffee prepared by well-trained baristas. It is the place to eb for Madrid’s local hipster scene. The café offers a selection of cookies, cakes, and toasts. Order whatever loaf cake is freshly baked and pair it with a flavored iced latte.
Despite the hustle-bustle in Madrid, it is still a pretty laidback city where siesta and a good cup of coffee is well-appreciated. The local food scene is thriving, with a variety of restaurants and local coffee shops offering delectable dishes to locals and tourists alike.
With siesta being an integral part of the Spanish culture, kicking back and relaxing is certainly a tempting prospect when in Madrid. And what better way to relax than with a good cup of coffee and a great food pairing, right? These 10 coffee shops are but just a few of the many you will find in Madrid, so if you are feeling adventurous, feel free to scour the streets for interesting café finds. Not up for new finds? These 10 are a good place to start.