With so many bakeries and pastry shops in Madrid, it can be hard to know where the best places to get your ‘Roscón de Reyes’ for Three King’s Day are – wonder no more!
As is the case with most Spanish holidays, a big part of the Spanish Christmas tradition of Los Reyes Magos is food related. The delicious Roscón de Reyes takes center stage and makes for the perfect festive breakfast, afternoon snack or even dessert!
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What is ‘Roscón de Reyes’?
The roscón is a sweet bread (almost like a brioche) that is baked into an oval shape, then filled with whipped cream, chocolate cream, meringue, or custard cream. It is typical to decorate the cake with sugared fruit, and the end result looks like a king’s crown full of colorful jewels.
You have to be careful when biting into this pastry – there are small trinkets hidden throughout the cake. The two most significant figurines are the bean and the king. If you get the bean you are out of luck and are supposed to pay for the cake, but if you get the king, you are declared the king of the party and get to wear the paper crown that today’s cakes usually come with.
Now that we’re all up to speed on what exactly the roscón is, here are our tips for places to try the Roscón de Reyes in Madrid – each one may be a little bit different but they’re all so good!
Antigua Pastelería del Pozo
As one of the city’s oldest pastry shops (it opened its doors in 1830), this is an incredibly popular place for locals to order their Roscón de Reyes. You can try it plain, or stuffed with their delicious homemade fillings. Whichever option you choose, you won’t be disappointed!
Address: Calle de Pozo, 8
This is not the most traditional Madrid spot to try the King’s Cake, but don’t disregard it to quickly. Supposedly, the tradition of the King’s Cake actually comes from France, and Mama Framboise, a French style bakery, does an exquisite job proving their theory. Try one with chantilly cream and raspberries for something truly delicious.
Address: Calle Fernando VI, 23
El Horno de San Onofre
Another Madrid classic, this bakery started small but has now expanded to multiple locations throughout the city. This means that no matter where you are staying in Madrid, it’s likely there is a top quality El Horno de San Onofre Roscón de Reyes nearby!
Address: Calle de San Onofre, 3 (The original location)
Founded in 1855, El Riojano is another of Madrid’s oldest pastry shops. Their years of experience ensure that you will eat a delicious Roscón de Reyes at their central location near the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor.
Address: Calle Mayor, 10
Located in the Salamanca neighborhood, this pastry shop takes the traditional and adds a modern twist. They’ve actually won the contest for “Best Roscón of the Year” multiple times, so it’s safe to say Pastelería Nunos knows a thing or two about making a good roscón. An example from their 2012 collection: Roscón filled with Bulgarian yogurt and topped with Amarena cherries – yum!
Address: Calle Narváez, 63
Want to try other delicious, traditional treats during your time in Madrid? Come along on one of our food tours! Our expert, local guides will take you on a foodie adventure through some of Madrid’s most fascinating neighborhoods, trying a selection of the city’s incredible food along the way. We hope to see you in Madrid soon!
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