Though the typical brunch of pancakes, eggs, and waffles isn’t very common in Spain, and rarer still in small cities like Pamplona, there are still plenty of places where you can find delicious Spanish breakfasts well into the early afternoon. Think freshly-baked bread and pastries, toasts topped with ham and cheese, lashings of coffee and churros dipped in thick dark hot chocolate – here’s our guide to the best spots in the city.
Café el Baluarte
Cafe, Restaurant, Spanish, European, $$$
The café of the Baluarte Centre of Congresses and Events is a stylish and modern space, where you can enjoy any meal of the day. They offer typical breakfasts of toasts, croissants and filled baguettes during the week, and on Sundays this is one of the very few places you’ll find serving actual brunch. A buffet-style brunch, it usually consists of cold cuts, cheeses, hot skillets of scrambled egg, pintxos bites, soups and various types of bread. They even have main meals such as hamburgers, as well as perennial favourites – pancakes. There’s also a dessert section with puddings, tarts, cakes and fruit. The buffet costs €25 per person.
This cute contemporary-style café sits on a wide avenue and offers both seats indoors or outdoors on the terrace. They have a wide variety of different types of coffees and herbal teas, as well as fresh juices. In terms of food, you can choose from various pastries – including wholemeal ones with no added sugar – toasts with ham, cheese, tomato and oil or jam, and pintxos topped with Spanish omelette, vegetables, fish or fried meats. They also serve chocolate con churros.
The most famous café in Pamplona is the historic Café Iruña, dating back to 1888. The author Ernest Hemingway used to come for breakfast here, and you can too. While you can get anything here, from drinks to main meals and tapas, part of the café is dedicated to a bakery selling delicious freshly-baked breads, pastries, cakes and tarts. These make an excellent breakfast when paired with a café con leche (coffee with milk).
Ogi Berri are a chain of cafés and bakeries found across Navarra and the Basque Country, and are cosy spots to enjoy breakfast. There are many branches dotted around Pamplona, including the central Ogi Berri Taine, so you’re bound to find one while exploring the city. Breakfasts are varied and can include everything from sticky pastries to doughnuts, filled croissants, toast topped with ham or tomato, yoghurt with muesli and fruit compote, as well as coffees and freshly-squeezed juices.
This small little cafe – Honey and Lemon – serves some of the cheapest breakfasts and meriendas (snacks) in the city. From just €1.70, you can enjoy a coffee paired with a pastry, small sandwich or pieces of toasted baguette.
Specialising in bread, Pannus Pamplona is one of the best bakeries in the city and is located in the Old Quarter. Think breads made with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, oats, olives or cheeses, as well as a variety of sweet flaky pastries and croissants. Like Miel y Limón, they also offer great value breakfast deals for €1.70.
One of the best churrerías in the city, this small quaint little place is where you can dine on one Spain’s most famous breakfasts – churros. Like long fried spongy doughnuts with crunchy outsides, they are typically served sprinkled with sugar and dipped into thick hot chocolate. The popularity of this place is evident from the scribbles on the walls by its customers.
An artisanal coffee shop and café, Cafés Bruno is where you can get one of the best caffeine fixes in the city. They roast their own beans onsite and even have coffees of different origins such as from Kenya and Brazil, as well as those with added flavours like hazelnut. Pair your coffee with one of their scrumptious homemade pastries, cakes or cookies for a perfect Spanish breakfast.
Café Niza is a trendy bar, restaurant and café in one, depending on the time of day. They specialise in coffees and herbal teas, and offer three set breakfasts in the mornings. The first is toast with butter and jam or olive oil and crushed tomatoes, the second is natural yoghurt with muesli and fruit, and the third is a pastry or doughnut. Each comes with freshly squeezed juice of the week included and costs €3.50.
This historic family-run café first opened in 1934 and has been serving the residents of Pamplona quality cups of coffee ever since. They specialise in roasting coffee beans from various countries such as Nicaragua, Guatemala and Brazil, and sell them by the packet to take away. Come for breakfast and you’ll not only find great coffee, but an array of savoury pintxos and delicious tortillas (Spanish omelettes), which make for a great brunch.