Eli is a 21 year old student from London with a keen interest in nutrition, fitness and (of course) breakfast! She is currently based in Paris, but recently spent some time living in Madrid, meaning that she’s well equipped to give us the lowdown on the best spots for brekkie in the Spanish capital. Introducing Eli Brecher (aka @cerealandpeanutbutter) x
I recently spent four months living in Madrid, so naturally, I took it upon myself to track down the best spots to indulge in the most important meal of the day. The thriving breakfast/brunch scene in Spain’s capital hugely exceeded my expectations, with stunning rooftop gardens and unexpected hidden gems serving some of the most creative and decadent dishes, alongside brunch classics such as eggs and avocado of course!
Inspired by the global brunch hub (Australia of course!), this place is hands down one of my favourite restaurants in Madrid, so much so that I had to go for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner multiple times! It is bright and spacious with modern décor, communal tables and large windows – ideal for people-watching in the trendy neighbourhood of Malasaña. The inevitable wait in line is worth every second for the made-for-Instagram shot of each dish!
Order: Shakshuka – Israeli baked eggs with spicy tomato sauce served in a piping hot iron skillet
This super trendy restaurant has a gorgeous ambience, sophisticated interior and most importantly, delicious menu! They always have an eclectic music playlist in the background, from Édith Piaf to Cat Stevens. The battered aubergine fries are perfect to share as a side, and I’ve heard their pancakes are the best in town!
Order: Latin-style Eggs Benedict which is served on Arepa, a simple and succulent Venezuelan cornbread
Set among the stunning traditional Spanish district of Lavapiés, Pum Pum’s star feature is its 4-course brunch (it’s just 10 Euros!) – my favourite course consists of sourdough toast spread with smashed avocado, topped with runny poached eggs and sprinkled with black sesame seeds! The exposed brick walls create a cosy yet chic atmosphere and each dish is presented flawlessly. The unique flavoured breads such as pistachio zucchini bread never fail to impress, and you’re guaranteed a selection of Aussies, Americans and Europeans in this international foodie hub.
Order: The Weekend Brunch Special will leave you full until dinner, featuring granola with yoghurt, fresh fruit, egg on avo-toast, fruit juice and exceptionally good coffee!
Set in a well-designed, trendy space with communal tables and lined with magazines to flick through, Magasand is reminiscent of a New York healthy hotspot, serving filling and well-portioned dishes made from high quality ingredients, and offering something for everyone, from roast beef bagels to Brazilian Açai smoothie bowls.
Order: the “Hot Vegas” sandwich (vegan) in rye bread, with hummus, tofu, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle, spinach and red onions
5. Fit Food
For the health-conscious foodies seeking vegan options, head to Fit Food for your fix. Whether you’re after a nutrient-dense superfood smoothie bowl with every topping imaginable, a matcha-turmeric latte with cashew milk and agave nectar, or a cold-pressed green juice – these guys have it all. Be sure to pick up some nutritious snacks for later too, from raw almond cookies to cacao energy balls.
Order: Açaí Peanut Butter Power Bowl – a vibrant purple blend of frozen açai, banana, peanut butter and cacao powder, topped with nutty granola, fresh fruit and desiccated coconut
I can’t emphasise how much I adore this place, from the moment I stepped foot into the secret rooftop garden four stories high, I felt like I was in a mad-hatter tea party, just like something out of Alice in Wonderland. The menu is not extensive but everything they serve is fantastic, so be sure to leave room for dessert!
Order: Chocolate pancakes
This edgy café is one of my quirkiest finds in Madrid, with a young, artsy crowd and exciting décor including a sand-pit seating area downstairs. The general vibe is very cool, the service is excellent, the food is so incredibly flavoursome and not too pricey either. In a typical Spanish manner, this hipster hotspot is also super fun to hit up for late night drinks.
Order: the Mediterranean platter, with corn bread, hummus, guacamole, poached egg, arugula salad and sliced avocado
At the forefront of the gluten-free scene, this cute bakery/café is a celiac’s dream, perfect for anyone intolerant/sensitive to gluten like myself, as well as those with no dietary issues at all! They also offer loads of dairy-free and sugar-free options, with all sorts of beautifully decorated sweets, cupcakes with vibrant coloured icing and indulgent pastries to feast your eyes and your tastebuds! If you’re in the mood for something savoury, the vegan burger will not disappoint.
Order: Macaroons, Key Lime Pie, Banoffee Cake, Walnut Brownie…
The ultimate find for any self-confessed cereal aficionado like myself – in all seriousness, you know you’re addicted when you name your blog after it (@cerealandpeanutbutter) ! They offer more than 120 different types of cereal from all over the world, as well as more than 10 types of milk and a fabulous selection of toppings, from peanut M&Ms to dried banana chips. The concept would not be complete without the décor, featuring photographs from nostalgic films and the largest collection of cereal boxes in Spain, some of which are over 25 years old!
Order: If you’re after a Nutella-flavoured bowl, go for Cocoa Pebbles with hazelnut milk and crushed Oreos, or if you’re more of a peanut-butter-jelly person, try Reese’s Puffs with strawberry milk topped with PB sauce!