Madrid has café culture down to a science: endlessly talking, drinking, and snacking in often elegant surroundings. It's no wonder that tertulia
sessions, Spain's own intellectual and literary salons, arose from Madrid's cafés.
Go ahead and confidently walk into a Madrid café for a morning café con leche
and a croissant, a mid-day slice of cake, or an evening drink and a nibble. Just be sure to take your sweet time with it, as rushing the experience could be considered akin to blasphemy.
The Café de Oriente is located in a privileged position on the Plaza de Oriente, looking out on the regal square and the Royal Palace. The interiors of the café are classic and elegant; however, the outdoor tables are popular for their proximity to the royal theatre and the palace.
We once heard El Espejo described as the best Art Noveau café Madrid never had. Though only dating to 1978, you would be forgiven for thinking that this attractive and charming café had always existed on the grand Paseo de los Recoletos. There having something sweet with your coffee is de rigeur.
Also located on the Paseo de los Recoletos, the Gran Café de Gijón is in fact one of Madrid's most historical cafes and is well known as a place for literary tertulias. The outdoor seating area is popular in good weather.
Café Unión is an attractive local café that is equally good for a cup of coffee in the morning or a drink at night.
Plaza de Oriente, 2
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Paseo de Recoletos, 31
Paseo de Recoletos, 21
Peaceful atmosphere and an historic setting...
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Glorieta de Bilbao 7
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Augusto Figueroa, 17
At corner of Hortaleza
Plaza de las Comendadoras 1