The Ultimate Guide to the Best Brunch in Madrid

This blog post was originally posted on March 7, 2013 and was updated on October 16, 2020.

Let’s keep it real: brunch is not a Spanish tradition.

But it’s a fun affair, and it’s a weekend activity more and more Spaniards are signing up for.

While we’ll always be more inclined to go out for Madrid’s more traditional toast and coffee breakfast, we can’t deny the fun that comes along with a delicious brunch in Madrid! Mimosas, eggs Benedict, waffles, and more—this list is anything but traditional, and we’re okay with that.

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Gone are the days when brunch was a foreign concept in Madrid. You can now find the perfect weekend meal all over town, but these are the absolute best spots for brunch in Madrid

Brunch in Madrid: Daily

Carmencita Bar

Carmencita Bar is known for their American-style fusion food, especially their delicious hamburgers and incredible brunch! Weekends fill up quickly, so call ahead and make a reservation for what may be the best brunch in Madrid—and one of the most affordable to boot. Plus, as of 2020, they’re even offering delivery, so you can enjoy their famous brunch from the comfort of your own home.

Federal Café

This Aussie-owned cafe is a haven for foodies and health junkies alike.

Try their Green Tommy smoothie with apple, cucumber, chia seeds and celery to give your morning a jolt of freshness. For something sweeter, go for their delicious pomegranate smoothie. Pair it with eggs Benedict, a burger or a bowl of granola, and enjoy this peaceful Malasaña spot.

Eggs benedict are the classic choice for brunch in Madrid and Federal has three varieties: bacon, smoked salmon, or spinach like these.
The eggs Benedict with spinach at Federal. Photo credit: Federal Cafe

The Toast Café

Toast Café’s menu for brunch in Madrid is one of the most reasonably-priced and exhaustive in town. The hard part will be choosing: pancakes or one of their famous toasts? Huevos rancheros or omelet?

The good news is that with their €16 brunch menu, you get two delicious dishes, along with coffee or tea and a freshly squeezed juice. You can even throw in a cocktail for an extra €4.

Ojalá

This staple restaurant in Malasaña is the ultimate place to enjoy a long brunch with friends. Ojalá is light and colorful, and even has a “beach patio” on the ground floor where guests are welcome to enjoy drinks and relax in the sand.

Their tostada platters come with a variety of toppings such as smoked salmon, poached eggs or Spanish chorizo, and are served with freshly squeezed juice and coffee.

Ojalá serves up some of the best brunch in Madrid.
The picturesque brunch settings at Ojalá are almost too cute to eat (but too delicious not to). Photo credit: Ojalá

Brunch in Madrid: Weekends

Little Big Cafe

Little Big Cafe offers a weekend brunch menu that includes eggs Benedict, French toast, burgers and pancakes. Be sure to try this cute spot’s wide selection of teas and coffee for a caffeine boost to get you going. You’ll soon see why it’s on our list of best brunch in Madrid!

GANZ Café-Bistrot

You’ll find brunch dishes from around the world in this French-inspired café in the Literary Quarter. Here, chef Pascual Medel fills his brunch menu with dishes that he tries during his travels. The essential eggs Benedict are there, of course, alongside dishes that draw from Italy, Sweden and the United States.

Ganz Cafe's beautiful decor
Dine in style at Ganz. Photo credit: Ganz Cafe

Habanera

Inspired by the spirit of Habana, this trendy spot is known for its delicious eggs Benedict with a twist. Instead of an English muffin, the base is a plantain arepa topped with spicy ground beef and poached eggs. Add in their rich hollandaise sauce, and you have the perfect start to a perfect day in Madrid.

Mür Café

Whether you’re in the mood for eggs Benedict, a full English, or some smoked salmon, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Mür Café. Be sure to top your meal off with a sweet treat and some coffee or tea. No need to rush brunch—this is the perfect hideaway to get cozy, read a book and enjoy your day off.

A delicious bagel filled with cream cheese and salmon
Finding a good bagel in Madrid can be tricky! Photo credit: Jessica Spengler

Maricastaña

Head to Maricastaña for a sophisticated experience where you’ll eat a brunch in Madrid to remember. With yogurt, bread and artisanal jams to start, followed by avocado toast, a bagel or eggs Benedict, Maricastaña won’t disappoint you with its tasty plates and beautiful presentation.

Panela & Co

Panela & Co offers one of the most delicious and affordable brunches in the city. You can enjoy healthy breakfast options such as smoothies and açaí bowls as well as American pancakes and Belgian waffles.

However, the pancakes are the true star here! Choose from flavors such as Nutella and red velvet.

Brunch in Madrid: Hotels

Westin Palace

Every Sunday, the restaurant of the Westin Palace Hotel, La Rotonda, serves a delicious brunch, complete with a savory-and-sweet buffet and live entertainment. Call ahead and make reservations for one of the swankiest, most delicious brunches in town.

Hotel Intercontinental

Feast on what is perhaps the most elaborate Sunday brunch in Madrid at the Hotel Intercontinental.

The hotel always features an exotic plate, like sushi or tartar. But that’s only the beginning of their brunch extravaganza: the Intercontinental organizes a different thematic buffet every week, ranging from seafood to Galician cuisine to Mother’s Day specials. Finally, the hotel hosts a classical musician for the adults as well as an entertainer for the children!

The Hotel Intercontinental's picturesque garden terrace.
The gorgeous garden terrace at the Hotel Intercontinental might just take the cake for the prettiest brunch spot in the city. Photo credit: Hotel Intercontinental

As you can see, there are so many places to choose from for your brunch in Madrid, none of which will disappoint. Try out a few of our recommendations and let us know what you think!

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12 Comment

  1. JK says
    June 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    You should add la Tita in Calle Perez Galdos to the list. Had a wonderful brunch for 15.00 euro. Fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, a selection of small baked goods (awesome napolitano!), and a salad and a bagel of your choice. And organic cider. Yum.

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    1. Lauren Aloise says
      June 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks JK we will have to try it!

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  2. Meredith Chandler says
    March 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    You might want to update your list.. many of these restaurants are no longer around… Toma, Motha to name a few. Other than that you guys are great!

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    1. Lauren Aloise says
      March 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much for pointing that out. We’ve taken out the ones we know to have closed and will update with some new places soon!

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  3. Jane Mitchell says
    January 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I’m fortunate enough to live just round the corner from Fonty. They do have a set Brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Coffee or tea, orange juice, yoghurt, pastry and a main (eggs benedict or huevos rancheros for example) for 18 euros. Or you can order individual items. Would highly recommend booking as it can get very busy!

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  4. Wong says
    November 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

    You do know brunch comes from breakfast / lunch. Most of these listings start at 1 even 1:30. That’s no help at all on a Sunday morning.

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  5. Janet Hylton says
    August 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Try Brunch Club Cafe in Calle Barco for the best in town, especially their eggs benedict! Great atmosphere, lovely staff and superb value

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    1. Devour Madrid says
      September 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Great tip, thanks Janet!

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  6. Sarah Lloyd says
    May 14, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Hello! This is really great list. I really love the brunch at Carmencita Bar! I also think you should add Toast Cafe. That’s another one of my favorites. I actually just put together my own list of top spots for brunch in Madrid. Thought you might like to read it.

    http://blog.ailolamadrid.com/2018/05/14/best-brunch-spots-in-madrid/

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    1. Devour Tours says
      May 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks, Sarah!

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  7. January 31, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Rocket by Ollywood. Unpretentious tasty, healthy brunch with an amazing coffee. The kind you want to take your family and best friends to. Probably it is the beautiful decor, the lighting, I cannot put my finger on it, but it definitely has an Edward Hopper feeling.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      February 3, 2020 at 8:35 am

      Thanks for your suggestion, John! We always love finding new places for brunch in Madrid.

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