This blog post was originally posted on December 9, 2013 and was updated on February 22, 2017.
It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast time or 5 o’clock in the evening—every hour is pastry hour here in Madrid.
Family-run bakeries pepper the narrow streets, tantalizing passers-by with floor-to-ceiling windows displaying umpteen varieties of freshly baked deliciousness. Chocolate-filled croissants gleam beneath Spanish style cream puffs and French-inspired macarons. Fruit-topped cakes sit next to pumpkin-filled pastries and rainbows of chocolate bonbons.
Every major holiday has its own accompanying sweet in the pastry shops of Madrid. During Christmas, ring-shaped cakes celebrating The Three Kings dominate the bakery displays. Over Easter, torrijas, French-toast style fried bread desserts, are the dulce of the month. And in May, when Madrid celebrates its patron Saint Isidore, trays full of anis-flavored treats called rosquillas de San Isidro are the treat of choice.
From century-old bakeries to modern, award-winning chocolate shops, here are our picks for the nine best pastry shops in Madrid.
1. La Mallorquina
Perhaps Madrid’s most famous pastry shop, La Mallorquina has been crafting a huge variety of sweet treats for more than 100 years. Juan Ripoll, a Mallorcan man, founded the cafe in the mid-1800s. The name of the bakery means “the woman from Mallorca.” The pastry shop moved from its original location near Gran Vía to a prime spot along the Puerta del Sol in the early 1900s when the plaza was renovated. It has been selling some of the most scrumptious pastries in the city ever since! The two-story shop has a large seating area upstairs where guests can sip on a coffee with their pastries and watch the hustle and bustle of Sol down below.
What to try here: Napolitana con chocolate. You’ll find a hefty helping of soft dark chocolate inside these flat, croissant-like pastries. Try one and you’ll know why La Mallorquina is one of the best pastry shops in Madrid.
Where to find it: Calle Mayor, 2, on the west side of Puerta del Sol
2. Antigua Pastelería del Pozo
They call the Pastelería del Pozo “antigua” for good reason. Founded almost 190 years ago, Pozo is the oldest pastry shop in Madrid! Everything about this bakery is antique, from the thick wood panels that cover its exterior to the old-timey register that still sits on its counter. All of the treats sold here are handmade and baked on-site in underground ovens.
What to try here: Roscón de Reyes. A ring-shaped yellow sweet bread topped with candied fruit and often filled with whipped cream is the traditional cake of Spain’s Dia de los Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day. While most bakeries offering roscón de reyes only do so during Christmastime, Pozo sells it year round and is arguably one of the best pastry shops in Madrid to try this festive treat.
Where to find it: Calle Pozo, 8
3. El Riojano
The Riojan baker Don Dámaso de la Maza opened El Riojano, which literally means “the man from Rioja,” in 1855. Before breaking off to open his own store, Don Dámaso served his pastries to the royal family as Queen Isabella II’s pastry chef. The Queen supported his decision to cast out on his own and even helped to decorate the bakery. To this day, El Riojano still serves its pastries to the Spanish royal family—definitely one of the best pastry shops in Madrid!
We visit Confitería El Riojano on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour. Join us for a great visit to this beautiful Madrid institution to try one of the most traditional Madrid treats!
What to try here: Pastas de Consejo. These small lemon cookies are called “advice cookies” because they used to be served during state cabinet meetings. It is said that the young King Alfonso XIII would eat these cookies for solace during the long, boring meetings.
Where to find it: Calle Mayor, 10
4. Casa Mira
Situated just off of Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, Casa Mira‘s claim to fame is its classic turrón, the almond-based nougat that is one of the most popular Christmas sweets in Spain. Luis Mira founded the bakery in 1855. He walked from his hometown of Jijona (in the eastern costal province of Valencia) to Madrid when he was 21 years old to sell his turrón out of a cart in Plaza Mayor. Soon he was providing Christmas turrón to Queen Isabella II! Casa Mira now distributes its various styles of turrón throughout Europe and the Americas. In the days leading up to Christmas, it’s common to find hours-long lines weaving out of Casa Mira as seemingly the entire city flocks there to stock up on turrón, proving that it is widely considered one of the best pastry shops in Madrid.
What to try here: Turrón. The most popular turrón varieties here are Jijona (made with honey, cinnamon and almond paste) and Alicante (a harder nougat with sliced almonds).
Where to find it: Carrera de San Jerónimo, 30
5. Mama Framboise
Mama Framboise proves that you don’t have to be centuries old to be one of the best pastry shops in Madrid. The 33-year-old pastry chef Alejandro Montes has brought delicious French pastry traditions to Madrid, serving up French classics such as macarons, crepes, and seven different types of croissants. Montes was named the Best Young Pastry Chef in Spain in 2006 and the Top Chocolate Master in Spain in 2007. Mama Framboise also offers some savory French treats like quiche, salads and sandwiches.
What to try here: Macarons. There are twenty different varieties on the menu, including fun combos such as strawberry-pistachio and gin-tonic!
Where to find it: Calle de Fernando VI, 23
6. Pastelería Nunos
For a more modern take on Spanish baking, head over to Pastelería Nunos. Pastry chef José Fernández-Ramos and his wife opened the shop over 10 years ago. But what Pastelería Nunos lacks in history, it makes up for in darn good pastries and some fascinating varieties of turrón. In its relatively short lifespan, the bakery has earned the titles of best torrijas in Madrid (2011), best buñuelos in Madrid (2009, 2010), best Roscón de Reyes in Madrid (2009, 2010) and the best pastry chef in Madrid (2008).
What to try here: Buñuelo de viento. Buñuelos, small balls of fried dough usually filled with cream, are the typical dessert of All Saints Day on November 1. Pastelería Nunos is known for having some of the most unique and original buñuelos de viento in all of Madrid, including flavors like Coca-Cola, gin tonic and Red Bull.
Where to find it: Calle Narváez, 63
7. Pomme Sucre
If you’re looking for the perfect croissant, Pomme Sucre is the place to go. One of Spain’s leading newspapers, El País, named Pomme Sucre the best croissant in all of Spain in 2012. Julio Blanco, a pastry chef from the Northern Spanish province of Asturias, opened the original Pomme Sucre in the province’s largest city, Gijón, in 2002. In 2010, he opened a second shop here in Madrid. One year after his Madrid debut, Spain’s Royal Academy of Gastromony named Blanco the best pastry chef in Spain.
What to try here: Croissants. Who wouldn’t want to taste the best croissant in Spain?!
Where to find it: Calle Barquillo, 49
Fonty may be “the most Instagrammed pastry shop in Madrid.” It has two locations which opened in 2013 and 2015. While they have some of the best French-style pastries you can find in Madrid, Fonty is more than just a pastry shop. They also serve brunch on the weekends and have a full-fledged menu with international influences featuring everything from hamburgers to samosas to spring rolls. From Monday to Friday, you can enjoy their menu del día for under 12€, which—of course—includes dessert. The pastries at Fonty are the stars of the show, so if you decide to eat a meal here, make sure to save room for something sweet.
What to try here: Semifríos. These small, round, Italian-inspired cakes are not only beautiful, they’re delicious. Try the dark chocolate and raspberry one, and don’t forget to take a picture!
Where to find it: Calle Castelló, 12 and Calle Juan Bravo, 41
9. La Duquesita
Located just up the road from Pomme Sucre and Mama Framboise in what must be the pastry epicenter of the city, La Duquesita is another one of the pastry shops in Madrid that deserves a visit! The namesake of the shop, “The Little Duchess” is a statue mounted on a wall that has been there since they opened their doors in 1914. Catalan pastry chef Oriol Balaguer took over La Duquesita in 2015 to keep it from closing down. While he has introduced delicious modern pastries, he’s also worked to maintain the traditional essence of the shop, and the traditional pastries that have been served there for over 100 years!
What to try here: Texturas Duquesita and the croissants! Their signature “Texturas” cake features four different textures of chocolate and their croissants are to die for!
Where to find it: Calle Fernando VI, 2
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As the daughter of a barbecue master and a pseudo-vegetarian, Amy’s culinary obsessions run deep. She spent time in Galicia before settling down in Madrid, where you’ll usually find her browsing the bottles of a local bodega or ogling the produce at the weekend farmer’s market.