The Top 5 Brunch Places in Madrid
11:37 am, Sunday morning, you just woke up. Madrid is Madrid so last night, Saturday, you had a rough night.
What better than a great Brunch to start the day!
First of all I have to say that here at the Madrid Food Guru we are all huge Brunch fans. We love to try new ones in Madrid and especially when we travel, and we all travel a lot!
Now Madrid is still new to the big European Brunch wave. First because as we always say, the spanish capital it’s very attached to its gastronomical roots. Most spaniards never even heard the word Brunch! Many restaurants offer the regular lunch menu plus a cappuccino and a cake and call it brunch to sweep up some passing by tourists. So be careful and do take a look at a menu.
Careful now. Of course I also think it’s not the most interesting idea if you come to Madrid to have french toasts and pancakes just like you could back home.
So also do pay some attention not to get into an american replica, they are probably directly aimed to you, over priced and not so genuine.
Without further ado, here come the Best 5 Brunches in Madrid!
5- Martinez Bar – Best price/quality ratio
This wooden elegant cocktail bar recently started serving elegant and quality brunches for only 10€ per person (as of Jan 2016). Of course it didn’t make it to our Top 5 list just because of its price but it is also a factor that we think it should be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the best Brunch selection. Being a cocktail bar it is needless to say that having a Bloody Mary here is highly recommended, but the capuccinos and the freshly squeezed juices were above our level of satisfaction. The salmon and cheese bagels were state of the art quality and the home made cakes sealed the deal and brought this classical Madrid venue in our Top 5 list.
It’s location is also something we appreciate, just 1 street of the main Gran Via Avenue makes it a convenient spot if you want to discover the Conde Duque area just next to it (apart from Malasaña and Chueca of course). It is next to a main avenue but 2 streets off, so it is still a nice and quiet walkable area without too many tourists wandering around or cars.
The address and contacts are:
Calle del Barco 4, 28004 (Malasaña) [Google Maps Link] – Tel. +34658350857
www.facebook.com/martinezbarmadrid – Around 10€ per person
4- Creme de la Creme – Elegance and Design
This charming small and elegant french style cafe, is in the quiet and calm street of Santo Tome in Chueca, the district of Madrid that most resembles Paris, and not only for its architecture.
Chill out music and a great brunch selection will pamper you in your Sunday Morning as the high class but easy going decorations of the place make you feel at ease…
I simply am not going to spoil the great variety of the menu and I am just going to invite you to try this pinch of France here in Spain. The owners and the staff are all Spanish but the vibe wont let you down. The prices are around 15-20€ per person with all drinks included for a full course Brunch. I suggest to book a few days ahead.
The address and contacts are:
Calle Santo Tome 6, 28004 (Chueca) [Google Maps Link] – Tel. +34916229980
3- Matute 12 – The charm of the Brunch in the square
Many are the tiny hidden squares of a large city that a traveller might not notice. Plaza Matute is a particularly tricky one. As it is right between famous streets and squares (Calle Atocha, Calle Huertas, Plaza Santa Ana) and especially it is so small it could somewhat be perceived as a wide triangular street rather than a tiny plaza.
Matute 12 opens in one of the spots that hosted a famous french restaurant in Madrid for quite some time. So the challenge was not easy. They had to plan the change of design carefully not to offend the loyal previous customers, but also create their own new identity.
The result is a solid comfy place, with a bit of a Brit Pop Vive. The brunch concept is very interesting though, you can see the menu here. You can basically combine the brunch selection and quantity according to how much you feel like eating, infact often brunches are AmAAAAzing but there is always someone on the table that does not feel like eating all that much. Highly recommended, Huertas is a great area to hang out later also.
2- Mür Café – For the fan of the tan
First of all, a disclaimer. I highly recommend this place in Spring and Summer which in Madrid means from March to November. Why? Although Mür Café is a fantastic place to hang out in the inside part, during winter and autumn, in the good season they place many tables in a quiet pedestrian square just outside, and oh holy moly, it’s really something! The area itself is one of my favourites of Madrid, Conde Duque. A noble part of town that is rather unknown by many madrileños and definitely completely unknown by the distracted tourists. Great plan for the after brunch in fact is to visit the many open art galleries, some of them are private by you can find the ABC museum (museo.abc.es) or the cultural center of Count Duke! (condeduquemadrid.es). The shops in these area are particularly attractive, different and not excessively pricey like some in Chueca for example.
The brunch is very complete, again-fixed-price for an all included very complete journey to satisfaction. The service is excellent, well organized and every one is surely positive and smiley, not always common. Prices can vary according to if you get a drink or not, but they are among the average in Madrid of 14 to 20€.
Enjoy and don’t forget your sunscreen!
1 – Dray Martina – Editor’s choice
And here we gooooo!!! The winner is….! Dray Martina is a fascinating experience, not only a brunch. Definitely better to book with 2-3 days ahead as it is rather popular. Elegant, chic but yet not pretentious this fancy chueca bar is your perfect Sunday Noon companion.
Now, you might wonder why did this particular place make it all the way up to our number 1, well, the reason is simple:
First of all in order to define this top 5 list we did not simply limit ourselves to our basic brunch experience, no, we went further. We wanted to try all of the ones we could spot. So we built a team of 10 people, mainly our staff, and we started to test them out. We went from 5 stars hotels that offered, of course, interesting brunches down to local bars that offered mainly a juice, cafe con leche and a toast with tomato spread.
We understood that price is not a quality factor, at least in the Brunch world.
Actually quite the contrary. No, not in the sense that the cheaper the Brunch the better, what I mean by this is that generally if a Cafe or Restaurant has an accessible price, it also has the opportunity to offer more brunches, learn and improve, offering an amazing final result at the end which ultimately is all that we are looking for.
Dray Martina is a fine restaurant in the heart of Alta Chueca, the most exclusive part of this already charming district. The interiors are classy, but again, won’t make you feel as if you came in overdressed. They suit you well with a pair of jeans also.
For 18 to 25€ you can have a selection of 3 very different and very creative Brunches. The service is impeccable and the smiley waiters are to me an essential ingredient of any successful brunch.
The good music is always good and the overall experience is very positive, once again, I will not spoil the surprise of the menu here, try it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Well, this is our top 5 for Brunches, do you have any suggestions or places we should add to this? Need some help to plan your weekend stay in Madrid and navigate among the various brunches?