Bread is an important part of the Spanish diet. It is included in every meal and bought fresh daily. There are several bakeries, panaderías, in every neighborhood, so fresh bread is easy to find no matter where you live. There is a pretty wide selection of breads in Spain, although two of the most commonly purchased are baguettes and chapata (a wide, dense Spanish bread). The majority of Madrid’s bakeries are small, no-frills shops with a small selection of breads and pastries. However, if you are looking for specialized breads and fancy treats, the following bakeries are recommended:
A French bakery with excellent gourmet breads. A bit on the pricey side, but always a nice place to treat yourself.
C/ Hortaleza 75
Metro: Alonso Martinez
Monday-Friday 8:30AM – 8:30PM, Saturday 9:30AM – 8:30PM, Sunday 9:30AM – 3:00PM
A café-bakery-ice cream shop. Nuriella has an amazing selection of pastries, sandwiches and breads at reasonable prices.
C/ Hortaleza 38
Metro: Gran Via
Open every day from 8:00AM – 2:00AM.
Cosmen & Keiless
A bakery owned by a Spaniard and an American expat that sells mouthwatering breads and treats from both countries.
Plaza de las Salesas 8
Monday-Friday 8:30AM – 8:30PM, Saturday-Sunday 10:00AM-8:30PM
Possibly Madrid’s most well known historic café-bakery. It’s always packed and the service is brusque, but the pastries are excellent.
Puerta del Sol 8
Open every day from 9:00AM – 9:00PM