Brunches Past: Madrid, Spain

So this past summer hubby and I were lucky enough to take a short, awesome and exhausting trip to Spain. We were busy seeing historical sites and museums, but of course we needed a little fuel to keep us going through all stops on our jam packed itinerary. So we often brunched (or breakfasted), but not terribly hard. It was Spain though, so even our basic meals were pretty great.

Here are a few of the sites and brunches.

Madrid

The hostal we stayed at in Madrid was economical and cozy, but the biggest selling point was it’s location to Mercado de San Miguel.

Exterior of Mercado San Miguel
Exterior of Mercado de San Miguel

Mercado de San Miguel is in the Centro area of Madrid, a short walk from either the Opera or Sol metro stations. Although a bit touristy and often packed, the various stalls and carts collected inside offer a lovely sampling of tapas, olives, small bites and booze.

Interior of Mercado de San Miguel
Interior of Mercado de San Miguel
Stalls inside Mercado de San Miguel
Stalls inside Mercado de San Miguel

We often popped over here before or after an outing to fuel up or wind down with a pitcher of sangria and a few plates of tapas.

Pastry display in Mercado de San Miguel
Pastry display in Mercado de San Miguel

On the day we left for Granada we were lucky enough to grab a few pastries on our way to the bus station. My pistachio baklava was flaky, buttery and nuttily delicious.

My pistachio baklava
My pistachio baklava

Hubby found a giant cronut-like treat to crunch on that was also flaky and pleasantly sweet.

Hubby enjoying his giant cronut
Hubby enjoying his giant cronut

Although only a brief respite from our busy rush of packing and traveling to the next city, it was great to have a sweet moment to ourselves.

Keep an eye out for the next Brunches Past post about Granada and Barcelona.

Until then keep eating and drinking well in good company.

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