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Bufalino

Restaurants & cafés

Run by an Italian and Argentine couple, Bufalino takes the cuisines of their respective countries and fuses them together, offering up a fine selection of...

C/Puebla 9

Café Acuarela

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

By day a quiet, mixed haven to duck into and catch your breath: curl up with a book and sample one of the teas. After sundown, sip a cocktail, sink into a...

C/Gravina 10

Café Antik

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Featuring cosy, mismatched-on-purpose furniture and bold-coloured walls, this small haunt would be unremarkable if not for one thing - silence. Just a...

C/Hortaleza 4

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 Melo's

Restaurants & cafés

It's got all the aesthetic charm of a kebab shop, but this bright little bar is something of a classic. It's famous for its zapatillas - huge, open...

C/Ave María 44

Café Oliver

Restaurants & cafés

Still an in spot for the international crowd, Café Oliver runs the gamut of French, Spanish, Italian and Moroccan without falling into the dreaded...

C/Almirante 12

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

Cafeina

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Restaurants & cafés

By day dogs chase kids through table legs while their parents chat over mugs of herbal tea. By night the hip hop and jazz DJs attract a different crowd,...

C/Pez 18