by Julie Espinosa
La Mallorquina bakery is Madrid’s sweet-tooth mecca. With its aromas wafting about the Puerta del Sol, this pastelería has been a local and tourist favorite since 1894. Its name derives from the original Mallorcan owner, and it’s not the only contending confectionery with a regional name; try the nearby El Riojano, est. 1855, for traditional cookies in an ornate tearoom.
La Mallorquina boasts:
1. Affordable prices (most pastries 1-1.50€ each)
2. No-frills atmosphere
3. Central location
4. Irresistible fresh-from-the-oven sweets!
Of the many tempting treats, my favorite are the napolitanas de chocolate — I enjoyed my first one so much that it wasn’t until arriving home an hour later that I realized the creamy chocolate center was smeared all over my chin. Then there are palmeras, rosquillas, madrileños and, most decadent of all, trufas de chocolate. Partake with coffee or hot chocolate shoulder-to-shoulder at the bustling bar or request an assortment “para llevar” (for take-away). Upstairs you may indulge unhurried at a table, sometimes even with a window view, but ¡ojo! – prices upstairs are higher than below.
Metro: Sol. La Mallorquina: C/ Mayor, 2. El Riojano: C/ Mayor, 10. See map below: