There are plenty of great places in which to start a day of sightseeing in Jerez de La Frontera, offering eveything from traditional Spanish breakfasts to handmade French pastries. Read on for our choice of the best breakfast and brunch spots in this beautiful Andalusian town.
For a French-style breakfast or brunch in Jerez, head to Le Croissant Francés. The name isn’t misleading – many locals say this place does the best bread and pastries in the city. Must-tries include the almond croissant, the éclairs and the macarons, which are shipped in from France.
Coso is an achingly trendy café close to the site of Jerez’s May Horse Fair. A range of traditional and not-so-traditional breakfasts, brunches and meriendas (afternoon teas) are on offer, all made from local organic produce (try the fresh fruit smoothies). Oh, and all the furniture is for sale, too.
If you’re staying in central Jerez and want your first meal of the day to be typically Spanish, head to Bar Mónica. You’re likely to be the only tourist there as you pull up a bar stool and tuck into a huge tostada, good, strong coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. Total cost? $3.50.
The Jerez branch of this Spanish chain boasts a premium location on one of the old town’s central thoroughfares, making it a great breakfast or brunch spot when sightseeing. A good range of pastries and breads is available – all freshly baked each morning – and customers like the friendly service.
The most central of this cake and pastry specialist’s three Jerez outlets is worth a visit for the location alone: it’s set into a section of the old city walls, the glass front blending with the centuries-old stone. La Rosa de Oro’s palmeras de chocolates (chocolate-covered puff pastries) are delicious.
The super-friendly “Grandparents’ Inn” is located about a fifteen-minute walk from the centre and does one of the best-value breakfasts or brunches in town. Sit out on their sunny terrace and order the speciality that locals flock here for: molletes con carne mechada (tender pork in a crispy bap). The coffee’s first-class, too.
Don’t let the name fool you: La Moderna is a gloriously old-school bar in the city centre. The tostadas here are substantial enough to set you up for a day of seeing and doing: thick chunks of quality bread are spread with freshly made tomato paste and drizzled with virgin olive oil (jamon optional). Add salt for the best effects.
The flamenco barrio of Santiago has produced some great artists and is also home to the Andalusian Centre of Flamenco. To set yourself up for exploring this enchanting neighbourhood, head to one of its best bars, Rincón Granaino – you can tuck into coffee and tostadas on the terrace or enjoy a cheeky caña (small beer) with brunch.
If you’re arriving or leaving Jerez in the morning, head to El Andén, a local bar/café located opposite Jerez’s magnificent train station. Here, you can enjoy breakfast or brunch out on the sunny terrace as you enjoy the house speciality of churros – deep-fried, donut-like treats – dipped in chocolate.
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