Spanish breakfasts are typically light and slightly sweet, such as a cup of coffee with milk and a plain or chocolate croissant, a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice sweetened with sugar and a small slice of Spanish omelette, a cup of hot chocolate (Cola Cao) and a piece of buttered toast… Though you might also see a slice of old Spain in the form of a cup of coffee with a shot of brandy, or on other spectrum of things, a lavish brunch spread - the latest trendy import from America. Otherwise, you may see the special occasion breakfast in Madrid (or just a calorific splurge) as a plate of fried churro pastries accompanied by a cup of pudding thick hot chocolate. Head to our top pick, Mamá Inés Café, a classic looking Spanish place with a touch of hip in Chueca, for Spanish style breakfasts as well as Spanish spins on French, American, and English breakfasts. Our second pick, Giangrossi, is actually a fancy all-day ice cream parlor with white leather sofas that serves up luxurious little breakfasts in a sleek, relaxed setting. Embassy - the historic tea room, restaurant, and gourmet food shop frequented by ladies who lunch in Salamanca - is our third pick for breakfast in Madrid. Think fine china, Spanish breakfasts, and a wide selection of teas. Our fourth pick, Café Comercial, is slightly worn looking but charming nonetheless, evoking a sense of the old Spain it lived through (with rather humorless waiters included). The large windows are good for people watching on the ground floor, but we prefer the more atmospheric second floor for a cup of chocolate and a plate of churros.
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Paseo de la Castellana, 12
Calle de Fuencarral, 95
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Restaurant, gallery and store under one roof...