6 Great Places Serving the Best Afternoon Tea in Madrid

In a country that loves its cañas, vermouth, wine and coffee, tea probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of popular drinks in Spain. 

But believe it or not, tea is getting increasingly popular, and tea rooms absolutely have their place here in Madrid!

So whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up cup or a full blown English-style afternoon tea, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top choices for afternoon tea in Madrid.

Where to have a great afternoon tea in Madrid

1. Salón des Fleurs

Salón des Fleurs is a part tea room-part flower shop in Madrid’s Chamberí neighborhood.  Big, bright windows, comfy seating and beautiful vintage French-inspired decor make this the perfect spot to spend an afternoon cozied up with a warm cup of tea. They have a wide selection of 20 teas and infusions, with everything from your standard black to unique options like strawberry with champagne and cherry caramel.

2. Santa Eulalia

Tucked away a few blocks from the Royal Palace, you’ll find Santa Eulalia, a hidden gem where you can enjoy delicious, beautiful pastries, tarts and other baked goods all made in house. The best part? This cafe doubles as an archeological site. So you’ll get to  enjoy your tea and pastries on top of the city’s original 11th-century Christian walls. If you do go in the morning, be sure to order a warm, buttery croissant and a tostada con tomate served on freshly baked bread. 

Toast with fresh tomato and olive oil
One of the most classic Spanish breakfasts there is: the humble tomato toast.

3. El Riojano

Opened by a former pastry chef to the Spanish royal family, El Riojano is one of the oldest bakeries in Madrid. Perfectly located right between Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, it’s a can’t-miss spot for a Spanish-style tea, coffee, or a delicious cake or pastry, all of which are baked on site daily. Make your way past the pastry counter in the front of the shop to the salón de té, and don’t forget to order a few pastas de consejo, the lemon-flavored tea cookies that were once served to King Alfonso XIII. 

El Riojano is one of the best pastry shops in Madrid. Its ornate decorations reflect the fact that Queen Isabella II helped to decorate it in the 1850s!
Queen Isabella II’s influence can still be seen in the ornate decorations of El Riojano today.

4. Living in London

In the heart of the upscale Salamanca area, you’ll find Living in London,  a little taste of the UK capital in Madrid. This is the place to come if you’re looking for an authentic English tea. Decorated in the classic Victorian style, they offer a wide selection of teas, cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches, and, of course, scones with clotted cream. Order the Chelsea or the Ascot for a full three-tiered afternoon tea set, and if you’re looking for some English products to take home, check out the shop in the back. It sells a variety of gourmet products, gifts and homeware, much of which can be hard to come by in Madrid.

Three-tiered English afternoon tea setting
No need to hop a flight to London for the full English tea experience! Photo credit: Kathryn

5. El Jardín Secreto de Salvador Bachiller

Rooftop drinks are a must in Madrid. So why not make that drink a tea?  

Located right off of the busy Gran Vía shopping street, you’ll find this hidden oasis on the 4th floor of the Salvador Bachiller shop. Surrounded by flowers, trees and tea lights, it’s the perfect place to stop and recharge. If you’re looking for more than just a quick bite, they have a great brunch menu! And don’t worry if the weather isn’t ideal—there’s partial covering, and in the winter, there are plenty of heaters, so you can enjoy the space year-round. 

6. Spicy Yuli

This tiny little tea and spice shop in the trendy Malasaña neighborhood is not exactly a café. But they do have a table or two where you can sit down and enjoy a cup while chatting all things tea with the friendly owner, Yuli. They offer an extensive range of more than 100 teas and infusions and over 160 spices, so there’s sure to be something for every taste!

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