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Restaurants & cafés, Shops

There are books and videos in English here, and members of staff are friendly and helpful. Browsing is encouraged and you can linger over some of the...

C/Hortaleza 64

Café de Oriente

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

The belle époque interior is entirely fake yet entirely convincing, making this one of the most peaceful and elegant spots to flick through the newspapers...

Plaza de Oriente 2
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Café de Ruiz

Restaurants & cafés

A quiet favourite with the smarter denizens of the neighbourhood, Café de Ruiz is an elegant place, with comfortable sofas and dramatic flower arrangements....

C/Ruiz 11
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Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A quintessential point of reference in the city's café society, the Bellas Artes is utterly elegant. Under new ownership, it is now free to enter at...

C/Alcalá 42

Café del Nuncio

Restaurants & cafés

Split into two halves at either end of the narrow Escalinata del Nuncio, the Café del Nuncio has lovely cool, dark interiors with gently rotating ceiling...

C/Nuncio 12 & C/Segovia 9

Café del Real

Restaurants & cafés

This likeable, cramped café with a lovely façade is good for coffee and cake (chocolate or carrot), though prices are a tad high. Head upstairs to a...

Plaza de Isabel II
Tags: Café

Café Figueroa

Restaurants & cafés

Madrid's original gay café is a sedate place where the lace curtains, 19th-century chandeliers and winding wooden staircase lend themselves nicely to a cosy...

C/Augusto Figueroa 17

Café Gijón

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Still charming after all these years, this is Madrid's definitive literary café, open since 1888. It still holds poetry tertulias on Monday nights, and...

Paseo de Recoletos 21

Café La Troje

Restaurants & cafés

A romantic and popular stop, with friendly service and screens playing chill-out videos. It gets chock-full at weekends with an amiable and mixed crowd, who...

C/Pelayo 26

Café Rustika

Restaurants & cafés

Whimsical interiors, funky lo-fi music and lots of hanging lanterns make this one of the most relaxing cafés in a neighbourhood full of them. New ownership...

C/Limón 11

Casa Camacho

Restaurants & cafés

A rough diamond, the diminutive Casa Camacho has changed little since it opened in 1928, except for the addition of a fruit machine and a TV - both in...

C/San Andrés 4

Chocolatería San Ginés

Restaurants & cafés

Serving chocolate and churros (deep-fried batter sticks) to the city night and day since 1894, this veritable institution has had to introduce a ticketing...

Pasadizo de San Ginés 5


Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

A perennial favourite with seemingly everybody; from those looking for a peaceful morning coffee on the leafy Plaza de la Paja to those meeting up for a few...

Costanilla de San Andrés 14


Restaurants & cafés

A minimalist and sexy film-rental café spinning all-day chill-out sounds (and occasional techno). As well as a fabulous selection of movies, there are...

C/San Marcos 37

Dosa Grill

Restaurants & cafés

An airy little café to grab a quick and delicious dosa, currently getting rave reviews.

C/Libertad 17
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