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My list of top brunch spots in Madrid!

Best Madrid Brunch Spots in 2019

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If you follow me on Instagram it’s no secret that weekend brunching is one of my favorite pastimes. But back in my student days when I first moved to the city, you’d be hard pressed to find a good Madrid brunch spot. Luckily today, they’re popping up all over!

Brunching is not exactly a Spanish tradition. Actually most madrileños I know, aren’t that into breakfast at all. Still, the invasion of us guiris is changing all that. We’ve sure brought attention to the pleasure that comes from a heartier breakfast-based weekend meal.

I’ll do my best to keep this list up to date, but please, if you know a great brunch in Madrid that I missed comment below or shoot me an email at lauren@laurenonlocation.com 💌 I’m always down to give a new brunch a try!

Whether you’re soaking up the remainders of Mahou from the night before, or simply looking to start your day off with a bang, here are my favorite Madrid brunch spots:

Zenith

Brunch available: All day, everyday!
Location: Calle de Valverde, 28
Neighborhood: Malasaña
Price Range: $-$$

Zenith is the hottest new Madrid brunch spot, and it’s easy to see why. They’ve only been open for a few months, but word has spread, and this place has quite the following.  After success in Lisbon and Oporto, Zenith’s Portuguese owners, decided to bring their brunch concept across borders. Both being avid travelers, they’ve incorporated international influences into their menu, featuring Portuguese Kombucha, bowls from Bali, and tons of American brunch classics. 

Their brunch menu is by far the most extensive and complete I’ve seen around the city. They’re also one of the only restaurants I’ve found that serve brunch all day everyday!

*Vegan, gluten-free and lactose free options available.

Check out Zenith’s full brunch menu.

Zenith has quickly made it's way to the top of my must-brunches in Madrid!

Café de la Luz

Brunch available: Breakfast every day until 1 and “mini brunch” every day until 3PM
Location: Calle de la Puebla, 8
Neighborhood: Malasaña
Price Range: $-$$

Café de la Luz has been my go-to café in Madrid for years. Located on a quiet side street in Malasaña, this homey vintage café is my favorite place to cozy up with a coffee.

They serve breakfast options every morning and a Spanish style brunch until 3PM. Their daily mini brunch deal includes a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with your choice of toast, a large juice, and a slice of cake for just under 11 euros. Add a class of bubbly for 2,50€. 

It may not be exactly the brunch you’re used to, but for a true madrileño experience, order a Spanish tortilla or “pan con tomate” with a cafe con leche. You won’t regret it.

Café de la Luz is my go-to café in Madrid's Malasaña.

The Toast Café

Brunch available: From Monday to Friday until 2PM. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11:00-17:00. 
Location: Calle de Fernando el Católico, 50
Neighborhood: Chamberí
Price Range: $$-$$$

I first went to Toast, years ago, when it had just opened, and the area of Chamberí was still somewhat of a secret to tourists. Since then, this up and coming neighborhood has boomed, and this café has become a hot Madrid brunch spot for locals and tourists alike. 

Noteworthy elements of their brunch menu include their selection of craft and draft beers and their sweet breakfast options like pancakes and french toast.

*Vegan, gluten-free and lactose free options available.

Check out The Toast Cafe’s full menu.

The Toast is an informal American-style café that serves a hearty brunch in Madrid.

La Bicicleta Café

Brunch available: Weekends in the morning and early afternoon
Location: Plaza de San Ildefonso, 9
Neighborhood: Malasaña
Price Range: $$-$$$

Back in my Madrid student days, this cool ciclist café was one of my favorite spots to post up and study, read or work. Unlike many cafés around the city, settling in and working for a while is actually encouraged here. Bicicleta’s industrial decor, creative atmosphere and laid back hipster vibe foster productivity, but it’s also a great place to meet up with friends and catch up over coffee. 

My go-to order was always a simple “pan con tomate” with jamón iberico, but since my Bicicleta study days, it seems they’ve spruced their menu up quite a bit! They even offer specific weekend brunch specials now!

If you’re looking for a Madrid Brunch spot that’s packed with personality, and an international crowd, look no further.

*Gluten free and vegetarian option available.

La Bicicleta Café is not only a great brunch spot, but also one of my favorite spots to post up and study, read or work.

Ojalá

Brunch available: everyday from 10:00-20:00
Location: Calle San Andres, 1
Neighborhood: Malasaña
Price Range: $$

If I’m being honest, I stopped frequenting Ojalá for a little while, as it has become a real “Malasaña hot spot (I’m not one for lines). But, after a recent revisit, it’s easy to see why people line up to eat here. This Madrid brunch spot is not only in a great location, but its Mediterranean influenced brunch menu has plenty of healthy, yet delicious options for everyone. 

Oh, and if you’re looking for an interesting photo opt, head to the colorful Beach Boy themed bathrooms in the basement of this quirky restaurant. You’ll even pass by their artificial “beach.” 😜

*Vegetarian options available.

*I recommended to reserve a table ahead of time to avoid a long wait.

Check out Ojalá’s full brunch menu.

Ojalá is a Madrid brunch spot not only in a great location, but its mediterranean influenced brunch menu has plenty of options for everyone.

The Little Big Café

Brunch available: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-16:00
Location: Calle Fernández de los Ríos, 61
Neighborhood: Chamberí
Price Range: $$

This stylish cafe may be small, but it sure lives up to its slogan: “a little café with a big heart.” They pride themselves on their friendly service and their plates prepared con cariño.

Although their complete brunch special may seem pricey, it’s plenty to share. For 18€ you get a small pastry, muffin or fruit salad to start, a sweet or savory breakfast plate of choice for your second course, a drink (including beer, juice or smoothie), coffee or tea and a dessert! 

*Vegetarian and gluten free options available.

*As this café is in fact “little,” I recommend reserving a table ahead of time to avoid a wait. 

Check out The Big Little Cafés Brunch menu.

Brunch at The Little Big Café may be pricey, but it's worth it!

Carmencita Bar

Brunch available: Mondays through Sundays 10:00h – 16:30h with additional hours Tuesdays through Saturdays from 19:00h – 0:00h
Location: Calle San Vicente Ferrer, 51
Neighborhood: Conde Duque
Price Range: $-$$ | 14.50€ for their brunch price fixe

Carmencita Bar wins by miles for best boozy brunch spot in Madrid, with mimosas at 1€ a piece and 8€ for a pitcher! Not a fan of mimosas? You’re in luck. There are other popular and affordable brunch beverages on the menu like Bloody Marys and Micheladas.

La Carmencita made a name for themselves years ago as one of the first dedicated breakfast cafés in the city, revolutionizing the Madrid brunch scene. They quickly became known for their “eggs benedict,” a dish unfamiliar to madrileños at the time, and other brunch favorites like Huevos Rancheros and French Toast. My favorite happens to be their “Bunny Plate,” a benedict triple-sampler with bacon, avocado and salmon.

Check out Carmencita Bar’s menu.

La Carmencita is a great place to meet with friends and indulge in one of their famous eggs benedicts.

Urbano Specialty Coffee

Brunch available: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-15:00
Location: Calle Santa Barbara, 8
Neighborhood: Malasaña
Price Range: $$ | 13.50 for their brunch special

I always feel right at home at Urbano Specialty Coffee with their warm inviting decor, comfy seating arrangements and relaxing music. If you’re looking for the perfect place to satisfy your daily caffeine fix, this is it. At Urbano coffee is king. It’s Malasaña’s newest artensal coffee spot, featuring a 100% vegetarian menu with a mix of sweet and savory treats.

There are plenty of snacks and small plates available to accompany your morning brew. For something light, try their avocado or banana toasts, acai bowls or vegan brownies. If you’re looking for something heartier, try their 3 course brunch special.

*Vegan, gluten free and lactose free options available.

Urbano Specialty Coffee is THE Madrid brunch spot for amantes de café, or coffee lovers.

Bendita Locura Coffee & Dreams

Brunch available: Everyday! Mondays to Fridays 10:30-14:00 and Saturdays & Sundays 10:30-16:30
Location: Calle del Principe de Vergara 73
Neighborhood: Salamanca
Price Range: $$-$$$ | 16€ for the “Little Brunch” and 21€ for the full brunch

If you’re looking for a nice hearty price-fixed brunch to soak up the leftovers from the night before, check out Bendita Locura. They have two price fixe brunch menus to choose from, the “Little Brunch” including a drink and 2 courses, or the “Brunch Completo” including a hot drink, juice or a smoothie, and 3 courses. It may seem on the pricey side, but you’ll get your money’s worth. A word of advice- go hungry.

Check out Bendita Locura’s Brunch Menu.

One of Madrid's Brunch menus with hearty portions can be found at Bendita Locura.

Propaganda

Brunch available: Sundays from 12:30 to 15:30
Location: Calle Libertad 12
Neighborhood: Chueca
Price Range: $$$ | Champagne Brunch for 25€ per person

Celebrating a special occasion, or simply in the mood to show off your “Sunday Best?” Propaganda is the Madrid brunch spot for you. This chic establishment treats Sunday brunch as a splurge-worthy celebration, as it should be.

At Propoganda, their Italian-inspired brunch is more than just your typical eating experience. You’ll be served drinks at your table and then given fichas or casino chips that you can exchange at the bar for sweet or savory plates. And after you’re good and full, having eaten your way to satisfaction, you’re rewarded with a glass of bubbly. 🥂

Check out Propogranda’s Menu.

Propaganda's Champagne Brunch in Madrid is one splurge-worth experience!

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This is a complete list of the best Madrid brunch spots, from small cafés with budget deals to splurge-worthy champagne popping celebrations.