It cannot be coincidence that my favorite café’s color scheme matches my blog color scheme, right? Lolina, I miss you already!
I spent ten days in wonderful Madrid, walking through neighborhood after neighborhood exploring the city. The best way to see a city in my opinion is on foot, and usually a few metro stops away is a new area waiting to be seen!
Below is my quick list of the best cafes in the city, including two large markets that have cafes within!
Mercado de San Antón – Trinkhalle – This indoor market is good for a quick snack, a drink, a meal, or to pick up some groceries. There are grab and go items, fruit, juices, and many restaurants on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Healthy salads & plenty of sunshine are available at Trinkhalle on the 2nd floor outdoor patio.
Mercado de San Miguel – This indoor market is just a few meters away from Plaza Mayor. It is packed almost all day, but a must see for Madrid visitors. Small bites and wine abound.
Lolina – My absolute favorite! I frequented this quaint coffee shop in the Malasaña district every other day. It was the only place I found that had almond milk lattes!
Café de la Luz – Coffee shop and café with a menu that has healthy salads as well as the local fare (namely carbs, jamón, and cheese).
Celicioso – This gluten-free bakery just off the Gran Via is fantastic. While they have endless sweet treat options including cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and pies, I had a turkey sandwich with the best gluten-free bread I have ever tasted! It tasted very close to a buttery biscuit, and no biscuit every made it past me alive.
Harina – Just off the main shopping drag, Fuencarral, you’ll find white and well-lit Harina. This bakery serves up ‘tostadas’ or toast with just about anything you could ask for on it. Anything except peanut butter or nut butters that is – they don’t even sell it in the grocery stores! The Spanish love some Nutella though, it appears on all the menus! Harina has healthy salads, freshly made juices, excellent café, all in a cute little setting away from the hustle and bustle of Fuencarral.
Dray Martina – The gem is tucked away in Chueca, and it could not have come at a better time! They have 10-12 fresh juice options (amazing), and their menu was busting with fresh flavors and unique combinations (pad-thai chicken tacos with avocado & onion).
Le Pain Quotidian – Everything here is ‘bio’ (organic), and you can find a fresh, healthy salad to help offset the jamón bocadillos you are eating every place else! Avocado toast and freshly squeezed orange juice are also delicious.
Ojalá – I like to sit outside at the patios of these cafes. People watching, dog watching, and sunshine in my face! This cafe has awesome salads, tacos, and a freshly squeeze mimosa that will make your morning better. But…venture inside to the bottom floor while you are here – you will find Madrid’s beach! The entire basement has restaurant seating in sand!