This Australian-style restaurant is hands down one of my favourite places here in Madrid, so much so that I have been for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner multiple times! The place is bright and spacious with modern decor and large communal tables. You will not be disappointed!
What to order: Shakshuka – baked eggs with tomato sauce in a skillet
Tip: Get there early to avoid the queue as it can get a little crowded, especially on the weekend.
Plaza de la Comendadores 9 (Malasaña)
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. It is part of the Larrumba restaurant group, all of which are highly recommended!
What to order: Latin-style Eggs Benedict which is served on Arepa, a simple and succulent Venezuelan cornbread (I just ask for mine without the ham).
Tip: Reserve a table in advance or expect to wait in line!
Calle Eloy Gonzalo 10 (Quevado)
A reasonably-priced 4-course brunch with gluten-free and dairy-free options – this place was made for me! The exposed brick walls create a cosy yet chic atmosphere and each dish is presented beautifully, not to mention delicious with unique flavoured breads such as pistachio zucchini bread. There is an international atmosphere and you can usually spot the Aussies, Americans and Europeans.
What to order: The Weekend Brunch Special (just 10 Euros) will leave you full until dinner, featuring granola with yoghurt, fresh fruit, a perfectly-poached egg on avocado toast, orange juice and great coffee!
What to order: the “Hot Vegas” sandwich (vegan) in rye bread, with hummus, tofu, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle, spinach and red onions.
Calle Columela 4 (my favourite)
Travesía San Mateo 16
Calle Tomás Bretón 52
Whether you’re after a vibrant nutrient-dense smoothie made with the latest superfoods, a turmeric latte with cashew milk and agave nectar, or a cold-pressed green juice, Fit Food is THE place to head to for the health-conscious foodies. The staff are all super friendly and they also offer 3-5 day juice detox packages.
I was lucky enough to work just down the road from here so it became part of my daily routine to grab a matcha latte on my way to the office, as well as healthy snacks throughout the day, from raw almond cookies to cacao energy balls.
What to order: Açaí Peanut Power Ball – a blend of açai, banana, peanut butter and cacao powder, topped with nutty granola, fresh fruit and desiccated coconut.
Calle de Génova 25 (my local and the best)
Calle Serrano 98
Calle Augusto Figueroa 28
Calle Velázquez 39
I can’t emphasise how much I adore this place, from the moment I stepped foot into the secret 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.
What to order: Chocolate pancakes
Call de la Montera 37 (Sol/Gran Via)
Quirky place with fun décor that enhances the atmosphere, including a sand-pit seating area downstairs. The general vibe is very cool, the service is excellent, the food is wonderful and not too expensive.
What to order: the Mediterranean platter, with corn bread, hummus, guacamole, poached egg, arugula salad and sliced avocado.
I first discovered Celicioso when I was in Marbella last summer and was over the moon to discover they have two locations in Madrid, both of which I walk past everyday on my way to work! 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 many dairy-free, sugar-free and vegan options, with all kinds of sweets, cakes, pastries and savoury dishes such as spaghetti and veggie burgers. The window display catches my eye every time, with the vivid colours and beautifully decorated cupcakes and themed seasonal desserts.
What to order: Macaroons, Key Lime Pie, Banoffee Cake, Walnut Brownie…
Calle Barquillo 19 (Chueca)
Calle de Hortaleza 3 (near Gran Via)
This edgy, hipster café is like a little slice of Brixton-meets-Hackney-in-Madrid. Stop in for a good quality coffee, avo-toast, a Spanish omelette or late night drinks.
What to order: Avocado on toasted sourdough with fresh tomato spread
The friendly baristas know how to make the best “café con leche”. The large interior windows are ideal for people-watching in the trendy neighbourhood of Malasaña, which is blossoming with similar speciality coffee shops and quirky brunch spots.
What to order: Red Velvet Latte (with oat milk for extra creaminess) and giant Matcha Waffles with caramel sauce
What to order: Cocoa Pebbles with hazelnut milk (if you’re after a Nutella-flavoured bowl), Reese’s Puffs with strawberry milk (for that peanut-butter-jelly feel).
Tip: Don’t be afraid to go crazy with the toppings!
Calle de Mejía Lequerica 14 (Alonso Martínez)
What’s your favourite thing to have for brunch? Have you tried any of these? Do you have any other recommendations? Let me know on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter
There are numerous delicious spices that offer a whole host of nutritional benefits so I am going to share 5 of my favourites, which I use pretty much every day.
This extremely aromatic spice works equally well in both sweet and savoury dishes. If you get sugar cravings, make cinnamon your new best friend! It helps to control blood sugar levels and improve resistance to insulin, plus its packed full of antioxidants. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it valued as a natural food preservative. I have it almost every morning, whether in my porridge, pancakes, smoothie or granola!
I add turmeric to absolutely everything, from curries to stir-fries to smoothies to porridge! In fact, I’ve written an entire blog post on 7 Mind-Blowing Facts About Turmeric! This superfood has been famous for it’s health properties for thousands of years, including its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodness. The curcumin, which gives turmeric its vibrant orange colour, helps to fight free radicals in the body that can damage cells. It regulates the liver function and acts as an antacid for stomach ulcers. In addition, it is amazing at keeping the skin looking young and fresh, while also helping to combat more serious inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.
This super spicy powder is famous for its detoxifying properties and its fiery colour makes every dish look gorgeous. It’s not so much about the flavour as the heat that this brings to each dish – a small pinch goes a long way! With anti-irritant properties, it relieves joint pain, plus it stimulates the digestive system by increasing the enzyme flow which aids in metabolising food and eliminating toxins. Use it to give a kick to curry, chilli, spicy pasta dishes and even hot salad dressings.
Paprika is used both for its delicious flavour and for its bright red colour. This magical spice contains Vitamin E, essential for healthy blood-vessel function, as well as beta-carotene and iron, which are powerful components to make your skin and hair glow. Paprika tastes wonderful sprinkled in pasta dishes, onto of salads, over eggs or into homemade hummus.
Cumin is an important part of Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. I love incorporating ground cumin into my curries and stews, and find it works best in more hearty, wintery dishes. Not only is its warm, earthy taste completely unique, it also hosts an array of health benefits. Studies have shown that the consumption of cumin helps to balance blood blood sugar levels, so it is particularly beneficial to those with Diabetes. Cumin also has a fantastic effect on digestion, as it stimulates the production of pancreatic enzymes and helps your body to absorb nutrients more efficiently, plus it is incredibly high in magnesium and iron, among other vitamins.
I would highly recommend buying all 5 of these spices if you don’t already own them – they taste magical and you will reap the health benefits!
What are your favourite herbs/spices and how do you use them? Let me know in the comments below!
Bondi Wholefoods – The menu here exceeded my already high expectations with my favourite dish being a fluffy stack of superfood mesquite vanilla vegan PANCAKES with a decadent “white chocolate” sauce, zesty orange cashew cream, topped with tropical fruit and sprinkled with crushed pistachio nuts and a dehydrated orange round!
Speedo’s Café – I got the “Pink Pittaya” smoothie bowl with gluten-free granola and vegan blueberry doughnut. I drank the “Peanut Nutter” smoothie: almond milk, peanut butter, maca powder, banana, dates and cinnamon! I also tried the vegan burger with a chickpea, flax and sesame seed patty in a wholemeal bun which was fantastic.
Centre Point Tower – a revolving restaurant on the top floor of the tallest building in the city with the most fantastic views – but beware, it’s rather pricey!
Bay Leaf Café – I had the most delicious avocado on gluten-free toast with a poached egg, watercress, lemon and sea salt, washed down with a tall glass of ginger kombucha. The “Humble Apple Crumble” is a scrumptious drink based on oat milk, frozen bananas, apple and spices, topped with housemade granola. But what I loved the most here was the “Spiced Golden Milk” – this balanced and nourishing drink consists of a traditional Aryuveda Turmeric paste made with a blend of spices to help unlock turmeric’s powerful healing qualities, made with coconut oil and almond milk.
Dip – I feasted on Wild Rice Porridge with apricots, dates, poached pear and oat milk.
The Top Shop – I enjoyed an antioxidant-rich açai bowl topped with cacao nibs, dessicated coconut, fresh berries and granola, while Emma went for a warming porridge with blueberries, chopped banana, cinnamon and maple syrup (which obviously I ended up finishing!)
Orgasmic – Found my own little slice of Israel in the middle of Byron Bay, and ordered hummus, salsa, baba ganoush aubergine dip, falafel, lettuce, Israeli salad, cabbage, sauerkraut, tabbouleh, tahini and pita bread.
P.S. Thanks to @sophiapw_runs, @freshlysnapped and @sarahmalcs for some of the suggestions!