Madrid is home to some of the oldest bakeries in Spain, as well as a host of new and exciting modern pastry shops. We take a look at some of the very best.
Right on the central Puerta del Sol is La Mallorquina, one of Madrid’s most famous – and busiest – bakeries, founded in 1894. There is a café upstairs and a stand-up counter downstairs where you can have a quick pastry and cafe con leche, but do as most locals do and brave the crush at the two counters selling pastries to take away. La Mallorquina is famous for its napolitanas, pastries filled with either chocolate or a custard cream (€1.30 each), but also sells beautiful cakes, either whole or by the slice, as well as biscuits, sweets and chocolates. Ask for your order ‘para llevar’ (to take away) and it will be wrapped in La Mallorquina’s signature bright pink paper and tied with a string.
Founded in 1855 by Luis Mira, Casa Mira specialises in turrón, a Spanish nougat popular at Christmas. One day Luis Mira decided to leave his home town of Jijona for Madrid with only a couple of donkeys and cart full of his homemade turrón. Legend has it that he had to restart his journey multiple times because he kept selling out before he could reach Madrid. When he eventually did reach the capital, he opened Casa Mira and the rest is history. Not just popular at Christmas, Casa Mira sells typical Spanish sweet treats all year round.
Carrera de S. Jerónimo, 30, Madrid +34 914 29 88 95
Those intolerant to gluten don’t have to miss out on Madrid’s most tempting pastries thanks to Celicioso, a completely gluten-free bakery in the cool Chueca neighbourhood. The bakery, which also has a café in the back of the shop, specialises in cupcakes, cookies and cakes, as well as Spanish classics like the Roscón de Reyes (Kings’ Cake).