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Brunch is a relatively recent arrival in Madrid, but there are great options if you know where to look. These 10 top spots, from artsy cafes to luxurious hotel restaurants and chocolaterías, offer as good a brunch as you’ll find anywhere; so good that even the madrileños are catching on.
With a little help from its pared-back modern design and trendy malasaña location, Federal is fast becoming one of the hippest hangouts in the city. An Aussie-run café with a sister branch in Barcelona, it’s known for excellent coffee, top-notch burgers and inventive salads, but above all for its breakfast and brunch menu. Served until 1pm on weekdays and 4pm at weekends, it comprises classics like yogurt with granola, muffins studded with sticky sweet plums, and French toast with caramelized bananas and maple syrup. More substantial options include scrambled eggs with spinach, served on sourdough toast, and fiery Mexican huevos rancheros.
With it’s 24-hour opening times and walls cluttered with photos of celebrity patrons, Chocolatería San Ginés might be the most famous place in Madrid to eat churros con chocolate but that doesn’t make it the best. In the eyes of many, that accolade goes to Chocolatería Valor where you’ll find a long list of traditional and gourmet chocolate blends in which to dip your donuts sticks. There’s no brunch menu as such, but with churros, crepes, waffles, milkshakes, pastries and savory toasts topped with fragrant tomato and ibérico ham all on offer throughout the day, Valor is the ideal place for a do-it-yourself version.
Much of the talk surrounding Ramses centers on its fiercely modern interior, designed by French guru Philippe Starck, but the food here, which earned chef Aurelio Morales a Michelin Guide recommendation, lives up to the setting. The weekend brunch menu (€25) runs from cakes and pastries to Greek yogurt with honey, eggs Benedict, and Spanish embutidos (cured meats). Naturally coffee and fresh juices come with it, but if you’re looking for something stronger, Ramses’ Bloody Marys, like all of their cocktails, won’t disappoint. They taste even better sipped in the sunshine on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace.