When you think of Spanish cuisine, what comes to mind? Do you think of bread, cookies? If not, you’re missing out.
Madrid is home to many bakeries serving deliciously indulgent goodies, including some local favorites such as ensaimadas. If you haven’t already, you must visit the five best bakeries in Madrid and find out what you’re missing!
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1. Pastelería La Mallorquina
The public hasn’t been able to get enough of the baked goods at La Mallorquina since first opening in 1894. A favorite of Spaniards and tourists alike, this bakery is known for its napolitana de chocolate, a chocolate filled pastry sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. It also offers a wide selection of seasonal Spanish pastries, and is always on the list of best bakeries in Madrid for holiday specialties like turrón and mazapan. If you´re on a tight sightseeing schedule, enjoy your pastries by the bar or take them to go. For a more leisurely experience, head upstairs to the salon and savor every bite of your delicious treat.
Address: Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, 8
Situated in the ritzy Salamanca neighbourhood of Madrid, Formentor is known across the city for its appetizing ensaimadas. These spiral shaped pastries originated in the Balearic Islands, but have become a Madrid favourite thanks in part to this bakery. Formentor is also famous for its Roscon de Reyes, a sweet Spanish bread served at Christmas time. During the holidays, it’s not uncommon to see patrons lined up around the block, waiting to get their sweet fill.
Address: Calle del General Díaz Porlier, 7
3. El Riojano
Opened by a former pastry chef to the Spanish royal family, El Riojano is one of the oldest bakeries in Madrid. All of the cakes, cookies and pastries served here are baked on-site daily. When you find yourself sitting at a table in their salón de té, don’t forget to order a few pastas de consejo, small lemon flavored cookies that were once served to King Alfonso XIII. Learn more about El Riojano on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour when we make a stop at this 19th century establishment.
Address: Calle Mayor, 10
Panic is a relatively new Madrid bakery but has already gained quite the following. This bakery puts an emphasis on organic, homemade breads which are made by hand at the shop. While waiting to place your order, take a moment to watch these master bakers in action. Through a large glass window you can gaze into the kitchen, where they are hard at work mixing, proofing, and sorting the fresh baked breads.
Address: Calle de Conde Duque, 13The homemade bread at Panic is the city’s best
Fonty is the place to go for French inspired pastries in Madrid. Founder, and head pâtissiere, Marie Valdez trained at the illustrious L’Ecole Ferrandi before bringing her creativity and vast talent to the Spanish capital. When you stop by her beautiful bakery make sure to try the tartaleta de limón, a sweet and tangy lemon meringue pie served year round. Located a short walk away from Madrid’s Retiro Park, it’s the perfect place to reenergize after a stroll through the beautiful gardens.
Address: Calle Castelló, 12
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