This blog post was originally posted on February 25, 2014, and was updated on July 27, 2018.
In Spain, breakfast often tends to fly under the radar, but there is an amazing variety of delicious breakfast treats you can enjoy, especially in Madrid!
With such incredible gastronomy to sample at lunch and dinner, perhaps you haven’t had a chance to think about the all-important morning meal. Though breakfast in Madrid tends to be smaller than in countries like Ireland or Great Britain, madrileños make sure it is just as tasty.
The eating schedule in Spain is sacred with almost as much importance placed upon meal times as the food itself! From this guide, you can use our recommendations for both of the times that people normally eat breakfast in Madrid: something light first thing in the morning, and a mid-morning snack between 10 and 11 am. Since Spaniards don’t eat lunch until 2 pm, you’ll want something to tide you over!
For a Traditional Breakfast in Madrid: Café de Oriente
How about an amazing view to go with your breakfast? Located just opposite the Royal Palace, Café de Oriente is one of our favorite spots for a traditional Spanish breakfast in Madrid. With your café con leche, we suggest ordering a typical tostada con tomate y aceite (bread with crushed tomato and olive oil). This Spanish breakfast is simplicity at its finest! For an extra pick-me-up, you can add a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice, and you’ll have the trifecta of the typical Spanish breakfast.
Address: Plaza de Oriente, 2
For Great Coffee: HanSo Café
For most Spaniards, the most important part of breakfast in Madrid is the coffee, and we tend to agree! Whether you’re grabbing it to go or enjoying your cup in-house, few places do coffee better than HanSo Café. Located in the hip Malasaña neighborhood, HanSo has everything from traditional café con leche to matcha tea lattes with almond milk. The friendly baristas take their craft seriously and are more than happy to offer suggestions if you’re not sure what coffee to order. In addition to great coffee, HanSo also has a tasty selection of pastries, tostadas and sandwiches!
Address: Calle Pez, 20
For a Treat: Chocolatería San Ginés
Did you wake up craving something sweet? Chocolate lovers rejoice because San Ginés has your ultimate breakfast in Madrid: chocolate con churros. Although you can find churros throughout Madrid, San Ginés has been serving them up the longest. Since 1894, the world-famous chocolatería has been satisfying people of all ages with its freshly-fried churros and steaming cups of thick hot chocolate. You can stop in anytime as San Ginés is open 24 hours a day, and don’t forget to drink whatever chocolate your churros leave behind!
Address: Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5
Insider’s Tip: Don’t forget to try porras, the thicker, richer cousin of churros. Devour Madrid expert guide Joy provides her top churro tips—and busts lots of churro myths—in the video below.
For Brunch: The Toast Café
Brunch is still a relatively new concept in Spain, but it’s quickly gaining popularity as an option for breakfast in Madrid. Popular among locals and the international community alike, The Toast Café uses quality ingredients to create trendy American homemade dishes. Our mouths are watering just thinking about Toast’s peanut butter and jelly pancakes! Oh, and what’s brunch without a breakfast cocktail?! Toast serves mimosas and Bloody Marys. On the weekends, this brunch joint can fill up, so you might want to make a reservation online.
Address: Calle de Fernando de Católico, 50
For Something Healthy: Café Federal
Located near Plaza de España, Café Federal is our go-to choice for a healthy breakfast in Madrid. As much as we love wine, jamón and churros, sometimes our bodies crave organic ingredients and fresh produce. We can’t think of a more pleasant atmosphere for enjoying a green smoothie than this Australian-inspired café. Federal also has an amazing selection of gluten-free options.
Address: Plaza de las Comendadoras, 9
Did we leave off your favorite breakfast spot in Madrid? Tell us in the comments!