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Cafés

Cafés are abundant in Madrid, and make some of the best places to quietly savouar the city's culture and learn about its history. Some of the older establishments were the forums of discussion and debate for many of the events that shaped modern Spanish history.




Café Central
Pza. del Angel, 10
Metro: Sol /Antón Martín
Zone:
Huertas
Map: H-13

In addition to being of Madrid's most important jazz venues, this is one of our favorite spots for an afternoon chat or a poring over of the day's newspaper.

Open: 13.00-2.30h

Café Comercial
Glorieta de Bilbao, 7
Metro:Bilbao
Zone:
Bilbao

One of the classics in the Bilbao/Malasaña zone, full of people of all ages. In summer, tables are put out onto the sidewalk.

Open: 8.00-1.00h

Café de Barbieri
Avemaría (junto Plaza)
Metro: Lavapiés
Zone:
Lavapiés
Map: H-18

A cafe that captures much of the ambiance of the Lavapiés zone, newspapers are provided, and in the evenings (for a small fee) you can watch films on a big screen TV, usually shown in their orginal language.

Café de Belén
Belén, 5
Metro: Chueca
Zone:
Chueca
Map: J-3

A quiet and romantic cafe/bar, with plenty of mellow music and candlelight.

Open: 19.00-2.30h

Café Libertad, 8
Libertad, 8
Metro: Chueca / Banco de España
Zone:
Chueca
Map: J-7

Cafe with live music most evenings, mostly of the 'unplugged' variety.

Open: 17:00-2:30h

Café la Palma, 62
La Palma, 62
Metro: Noviciado
Zone:
Noviciado-Malasaña
Map:
D-1

This new cafe, located at the quieter end of the calle de La Palma, is much larger and and more welcoming than would appear from its streetside window.

Open: 18:00-2:00h

Café de Oriente
Plaza de Oriente, 2
Metro: Opera
Zone:
Opera
Mapa: C-9

This cafe's has lovely views of the Palacio Real and Plaza de Oriente It's a welcoming spot for a coffee or drink.

Open: 8.30-1.30h

Café de Ruiz
Calle de Ruiz, 11
Metro:Bilbao
Zone:
Bilbao

Famous for its 'helados' (ice-cream), this old-fashioned bar can provide a pleasant escape from the crowds that descend on Malasaña during the late-night hours.

Open:15.00-3.00h

Café del Círculo
de Bellas Artes

Alcalá, 42
Metro: Banco de España
Zone:
Sol
Map: J-9

This cultural institution has some of the best views of the calles Alcalá and Gran Vía. It's worth stopping in if only to find out about what activities are going on there. These include concerts, plays, exhibitions and some of the cities most famous parties.

Open: 8.00-2.00h

Café del Espejo
Paseo de Recoletos, 33
Metro  : Colón
Zone: Salamanca
Map: L-5

A very elegant establishment with a lovely, shady summer terrace on the Castellana.
Open: 9.00-1.30

Café del Foro
San Andrés, 38
Metro: Bilbao
Zone: Malasaña
Mapa:
G-1

This cafe often has live performances of various types (comedians, magic shows, concerts etc.), usually starting after 11 PM. Otherwise a cafe by day and a bar by night.

Open:21.00h en adelante

Café Gijón
Paseo de Recoletos, 21
Metro: Banco de España
Zone:
Cibeles
Map: L-5

Once a genuine literary bar where writers discussed politics and art, much of the atmosphere has remained.

Open:9.00-2.00h

Café Moderno
Plaza de las Comendadoras, 1
Metro: San Bernardo
Zone:
Conde Duque
Map: D-1

In warm weather this cafe has a terrace on one of the most pleasant plazas in the center

Open:15.00-2.30h

Chocolatería San Miguel
Conde de Miranda, 4
Tel: 91 542 89 35

Metro  : Opera / Sol
Zone:
La Latina
Map: D-12

Traditional chocolate with churros, porras or toast. An ideal stop if your near the Plaza Mayor on a cold day.

Open: 7.30 - 16.00 / 18.00 - 21.30

Chocolatería Jorge Juan
Jorge Juan, 12
Tel: 91 577 06 07
Metro: Serrano
Zone:
Salamanca
Map: O-4

Traditional chocolate with churros and porras in Salamanca.

Open: 8.00 - 22.00.

Valor
Fuencarral, 138
Tel: 91 448 44 24
Metro: Bilbao
Zone:
Bilbao

Valor is a famous old Spanish chocolate maker, which has now opened a number of shops throughout Madrid where one can enjoy hot chocolate with or without whipping cream, churros, or cookies.

Open: 8.30 - 13.00 / 16.30 - 23.00

San Ginés
Plaza de San Ginés, 5
Tel: 91 365 65 46
Metro: Sol
Zone:
Sol
Map: E-10

A typical stop after a long night out.

Open: 18.00 - 6.00

La Oriental
Campomanes, 5
Tel: 91 541 83 07
Metro: Opera
Zone:
Opera
Map:
D-8

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate along with cakes and other sweets.

Open: 9.30 - 14.30h / 16.00 - 21.00

Embassy
Castellana, 12
Tel: 91 575 66 33
Metro: Colón
Zone:
Salamanca
Map: N-98

Inside the delicatessen, an ideal stop after a hard days shopping in Salamanca.

Open: 9.30 - 1.00h

El Gato Persa
Bárbara de Braganza, 10
Tel: 91 308 54 13
Metro: Colón
Zone:
Salamanca
Map: L-4

A wide variety of teas and sweets.

Open: 17.00 - 1.00h

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