Every day we become more and more worried about being in a good shape, find out the newest diet, fulfill our expectations to go to the gym….but everybody sometimes deserves to skip the rules of a healthy life.
For this reason, if you decide to abandon yourself to this pleasure, we recommend to do it in the best possible way: trying the traditional home-made confectionery in one of the bakeries that became part of the capital ecosystem.
Founded in 1914 by the Santamarías, it was closed in 2015 after three generations. However, 6 months later, the pastry chef Oriol Balaguer decided to reopen it, keeping the same essence of the former shop that still count on the same loyal clients who captivates their children and grandchildren too.
Their croissants are well-knowns -in 2014 they have been awarded for being the best of Spain- and they still prepare the most traditional pastries, like poche or the lemon cake, as well as a huge variety of chocolate.
Address: Calle Fernando VI 2. Metro: Alonso Martínez.
For sure the most emblematic patisserie of Madrid, from 1894, it is located in the very Puerta del Sol and count on its own bakery in the same building. It captivated an overwhelming amount of clients, for this reason it’s almost impossible to find a free spot to sit down at one of their tables to take a coffee and a pastry, so our recommendation is to buy something to take away.
They’re specialized in chocolate or custard napolitanas, but also the cakes, pies, seasonal products… it’s a place where anything you take, you’ll never regret.
Dirección: Calle Mayor 2. Metro: Sol.
Horno San Onofre
There are several branches in Madrid, but the original opened its doors in 1972 in calle San Onofre. It started as a bakery and confectionery, but they expanded their possibilities and now also offer catering and delivery service.
The traditional pastry is their main strength, with assorted rosquillas, pestiños, torrijas and buñuelos. They also produce a wide variation of cakes, from the most classic to the most innovative, among them, the famous Santiago cake.
Calle de San Onofre 3. Metro: Gran Vía.
Antigua Pastelería del Pozo
It’s the most ancient confectionery of Spain, being founded in 1830. There you can still find its original identity, together with its traditional cakes: puff pastry, torrijas, empanadas…and above everything the roscón de reyes. The roscón is a cake that is usually sold all over Spain the 6th January, the Epiphany, but in this confectionery you can find it all year long and, of course, it is home-made cooked. The first days of January the demand is so high that you have to be prepared to wait for a few hours in the queue.
Address: Calle Pozo 8. Metro: Sol.
¡Ojo!: muchas de las festividades españolas tienen un dulce típico para tomar en esos días, como el antes mencionado roscón o las torrijas en Semana Santa, así que aprovecha esos días para probar el dulce de temporada. En cualquier repostería estará disponible.
Estos son algunas de las pastelerías más especiales de la ciudad, en zonas céntricas y muy cercanas a nuestra escuela, por lo que no tendrás problema para pasarte por una de ellas.
Si has probado ya la repostería española, cuéntanos tu experiencia en los comentarios.
One of the most recurrent adjectives used to describe Madrid is castizo, which means something genuine, authentic and pure. Time’s passing and some changes