The belle époque interior is entirely fake yet utterly convincing, making this one of the most peaceful and elegant spots to flick through the newspapers or recover from the exertions of the Palacio Real opposite. Despite its location, with tables outside on the stunning Plaza de Oriente, the café seems to be as popular with locals as tourists, who are perhaps put off by its air of grandeur.
|Venue name:||Café de Oriente|
Plaza de Oriente, 2
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu, Sun 8.30am-1.30am; Fri, Sat 8.30am-2.30am|
|Transport:||Opera (M: L2, L5)|