The Spanish capital has a thriving health scene, including cold-pressed juice bars, hidden rooftop garden cafés, trendy cocktail bars and restaurants with options for vegetarians and vegans alike. So if you’re planning a trip to Madrid, be sure to add these places to your list!
PUM PUM CAFÉ
Set among the stunning traditional Spanish district of Lavapiés, Pum Pum’s star feature is its 4-course brunch (for only 10 euros!) – our 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 loaves 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.
We recommend: The Weekend Brunch Special, it will leave you full until dinner, featuring granola with yoghurt, fresh fruit, a perfectly-poached egg on avocado toast, orange juice and exceptional coffee!
For the health-conscious foodie 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, or a cold-pressed green juice. Be sure to pick up some nutritious snacks for later too, they have everything 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.
At the forefront of the gluten-free scene, this cute bakery is a coeliac's dream, perfect for anyone intolerant or 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 taste buds! If you're in the mood for something savoury, the vegan burger will not disappoint.
Try: Mango Chia Pudding, Green Detox Juice and a Walnut Brownie for dessert.
This edgy café is one of the 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 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.
Try: The Mediterranean platter, with cornbread, hummus, guacamole, poached egg, arugula salad and sliced avocado.
This Austrailian-inspired restaurant is hands down one of our favourite restaurants in Madrid - breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, you'll want to go 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!
We recommend: Shakshuka - baked eggs with spicy tomato sauce in a piping hot iron skillet.
Tip: Get there early to avoid the queue as it can get a little crowded, especially on the weekend.
Another one of the trendiest brunch spots (also fabulous for dinner) with a gorgeous ambience, delicious menu and great location. 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 we've heard their pancakes are the best in town! It is part of the Larrumba restaurant group, all of which are highly recommended. Reserve a table in advance or expect to wait in line!
Order: Latin-style Eggs Benedict which is served on Arepa, a simple and succulent Venezuelan cornbread.
Lateral serves international-style tapas, ideal for sharing, with options including traditional patatas bravas, gazpacho and vegetable tempura, along with plenty of other tapas, salads and meats.
Order: Tortilla - Spanish omelette with potatoes.
TEN CON TEN
From ceviche and tacos to lasagne with artichokes or a hamburger, everything on the menu is delicious. We encourage sharing a variety of dishes as there is such a wide selection!
We recommend: Aubergine moussaka, tuna tartare, orange and avocado salad.
For something lighter and more laid back, this cool and quirky café is reminiscent of a New York healthy hotspot, with its communal tables and lined with magazines to flick through. It serves delicious and generously-portioned dishes made with high-quality ingredients and offers something for everyone from roast beef bagels to tofu salads.
Try: The "Hot Vegas" sandwich (vegan) in rye bread, with hummus, tofu, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle, spinach and red onions.
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