“Brunching” in Madrid, Spain

Microbreweries. Cupcakes. Craft cocktails. iPhones. What do these things, seemingly unrelated, have in common? They’re all things that rose to popularity in the U.S. before making the journey to Spain.

Over the few years that I’ve lived in Spain, I’ve seen many trends wax and wane—both here and across the pond. Many of the trends in Spain were ones I had seen earlier in the U.S. Whereas Blackberries were popular during my sophomore and junior years of college, by the time my senior year rolled around, everyone had an iPhone. Craft beer was a big deal a long while ago in the States. Cupcakes in 2013? Um, haven’t you heard of the cronut?

One big trend that’s taken off in Madrid and many other parts of Spain is American-style brunch. Spanish people tend to eat small breakfasts and big lunches around 2 or 3 p.m., but if you call it brunch and hand them a mimosa, they’re more than happy to chow down on a plateful of huevos rancheros at 11 a.m. As one Spanish newspaper explains, “It’s obviously not necessary to do both [breakfast and lunch] if you decide to ‘brunch.'”

Brunch Madrid Eggs Bacon


Although I’m actually not a huge fan of breakfast food or brunch, most guiris love this cross between breakfast and lunch, especially when it involves hash browns, or as one Madrid blogger put it, “a delicious, delicious potato cracker.”

What to eat? Try:

Eggs Benedict


  • Eggs Benedict
  • Huevos rancheros
  • Bagels and lox
  • Bacon
  • Omelettes
  • Pancakes
  • Brioche
  • Fresh fruit
  • Mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys
  • … and of course lots of café!

So, where’s Madrid’s best brunch spot? What’s your favorite brunch food?

10 thoughts on ““Brunching” in Madrid, Spain

  1. Reading from Jerez, I was scared to even open this post knowing how far I am from Madrid and how much I miss brunch. Sure enough, that first picture killed me. But I have all the ingredients for pancakes in the kitchen right now, so brunch will be happening this weekend! Thanks for the list of ideas :)

  2. Brunch culture is such a way of life here in NYC, I swear I missed it so much living abroad. What better way to catch up on each other’s week and combine food & drinks and still have the rest of the day to do…chores, work, etc.
    It caught on a few years ago in Buenos Aires and I was in heaven, albeit an expensive heaven.
    I hear Carmencita is the big spot there in Madrid. I say all of the items you listed get my vote. Yummmmmm!

  3. Ugh, I’ve never been a fan of brunch. I like to eat breakfast first thing in the morning–srongcoffeenowPLEASE. Also, I think places in Madrid see brunch as this fluffy, novelty thang that they can get away charging a lot for. So, no thanks.

  4. Brunching is one of my favorite summer activities back home in Chicago, but probably just because of the cocktails! There’s been one or two rumored brunch spots here, but they haven’t caught on in Seville yet. Ya sabes, Seville is slow on the uptake.

  5. I miss brunch too!!! I found a place in Cordoba by the river that was great – not bufffet, but with lots of yummy options. But out here on the Costa Del Sol, no brunch, just Full English Breakfasts served all day – YUCK! I’ll stick to my pitufo con aceite y tomate con una sombra, gracías!

  6. I miss Sunday Funday so much! Bloody Marys and eggs benedict are the perfect brunch pair, but pretty much unheard of here in El Puerto. Finally broke down this past weekend and put together my own bloody mary bar and had a potluck brunch with amigas. That’s probably my only option unless I’m in Madrid, since I won’t be holding my breath for brunch to get popular here anytime soon.

  7. I had brunch at Carmencita Bar once and it was okay but nothing to write home about. A lot of the other brunch spots seem ridiculously expensive. Its like their brunch goes for 20 euro and the average menu del dia is 10 euro. The mark up seems crazy just to call it “brunch”.

    1. I swear I’m not trying to be a smart arse but is 20 euro for Madrid bad? The average cost for brunch here (whether I’m in NYC or visiting my parents in Maryland) with unlimited drinks is about $25 or so.

  8. Brunch is pretty popular now in Paris too. I love a good brunch but it’s not done quite right here. First off, it’s expensive, like 20 euros for eggs, bread, and a coffee, and second, there are never any mimosas. What’s a brunch without a mimosa? We host our own brunches for a real taste of home! And omg, cronuts! I heard you can’t even get your hands on one in the States without waiting for like hours. Even Emma Roberts had to wait!

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