Federal Café is named after a small town in New South Wales, Australia, and it brings a chic Australian attitude to the Spanish capital. Inside, the interior is bright and contemporary, with white chairs, wooden accents, plants scattered about, and interesting lamps hanging from the ceiling. It is a relaxing place in which to drink a creamy coffee, either inside or outside in their beautiful garden. Visitors should come here for a simple yet well conceived meal.
Address: Plaza Comendadoras 9, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 32 84 24
Located by the Plaza Dos de Mayo, which is one of the top sights in Malasaña, Verbena Bar is a fabulous place to go for breakfast, and the locals know it. This bar is usually full of Spaniards, enjoying a cup of coffee with a crunchy pastry in a relaxed atmosphere before heading off to work. The prices here are excellent, so a tasty tomato toast with a cup of coffee will barely make a dent in your budget. To top it all off the café is decorated with cool art and photography that changes every once in a while, adding a cultural element to an already superb experience.
Address: Calle Velarde 24, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 26 64 91
Vacaciones Cocktail Bar
This bar’s name means ‘holidays’, and it is truly an ideal place to go to make the most of a vacation in Spain’s capital. Starting your day off here is an excellent choice, even for those who are not lucky enough to be on holiday. Here travellers will find freshly baked pastries, tomato toasts, an exquisite and very typical Spanish breakfast meal, and many more options. On top of everything else, the friendly service will guarantee visitors leave with a smile on their faces.
Address: Calle Espiritu Santo 15, Madrid, Spain, +34 911 70 40 15
Ojalá is one of the best restaurants in Malasaña, with a relaxed summery feel, a sand filled downstairs area and a very chic atmosphere. Apart from their great cocktails and tasty dishes, which can be enjoyed throughout the day or at night, before heading off to one of the great bars in this area, visitors will also be able to enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast on their lovely outdoors terrace. Plus, this restaurant’s great location means that it is a perfect base from which to explore some of Malasaña’s top sights.
Address: C/ San Andrés, 1, Madrid, Spain, +34 91 523 27 47
A few meters away from the beautiful Plaza de España, Mür Café has become a favorite with the locals. It is a cozy café with vintage décor and a great breakfast menu, as well as some top-notch cocktails and snacks for later on in the day. Those who are looking for a calm, relaxed breakfast should definitely pay this bar a visit. They have several breakfast combinations, ranging from a full English breakfast to a more Spanish coffee with tomato toast.
Address: Plaza Cristino Martos 2, Madrid, Spain, +34 911 39 98 09
Carmencita Bar is the g0 to spot for a scrumptious start to the morning in Malasaña. Every weekend, brunch-lovers flock to this bar to taste Marianne Isabel’s famous recipes. From one euro mimosas to burgers or succulent eggs Benedict with avocado and hash browns, Isabel’s team knows how to make taste buds rejoice. Torrijas, Bloody Marys or a simple cup of coffee are all great options when brunching here, and travellers are sure to want to come back again for more.
Address: Calle San Vicente Ferrer 51, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 23 80 73
Although most people know this bar for its great international beers, yummy dinner and tantalizing tapas, it is also a fantastic option for breakfast in the lively Malasaña neighborhood. Their cakes and cookies are all freshly made each day and they have a very decent selection, from tiramisu to carrot or red velvet cakes. The coffees are also great and made with either normal beans or Arabica beans imported from Colombia, and they offer a great selection of ecological teas. They serve brunch at the weekends, from 10am to 12.30pm, but any day is a good day to visit this bar.
Address: Calle San Bernardo 88, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 93 04 22
Noviembre is a modest, simple gastrobar with a classic menu and a relaxed atmosphere. Although it might not be as quirky and funky as most places in Malasaña, it provides a calm respite in which to enjoy a delicious meal that is well cooked and served in the most friendly manner. Their brunch is excellent and very well loved by their regulars, who come here every weekend to eat a slice of Spanish omelet, eggs with salmon or an avocado salad.
Address: Calle de la Palma 63, Madrid, Spain, +34 910 82 87 17
Libreria Italiana Madrid
Libreria Italiana Madrid is an authentic Italian café located in an Italian bookstore in Malasaña. The coffee here is as good as in any Italian coffeehouse, and the setting is perfect for getting to know a bit more about Italian culture without moving from the Spanish capital. Their decadent chocolate cake is an exciting option to accompany one of their cappuccinos, or during a hot summer day a caffé shakerato is great for chasing the heat away.
Address: Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 23 21 26
Pez Baker Café
This café is modern, clean cut and very cool. The wooden décor is combined with darker colors, books, plants and funky lamps to create a very original setting. Here it is clear that much attention is paid to getting everything perfect, down to the last details, and a simple coffee is transformed into an elegantly presented beverage. They have a great coffee and tea menu, as well as a selection of sandwiches, salads and a small selection of breakfast food.
Address: Calle del Pez 38, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 26 66 34