A review of Toma Cafe in Madrid. Indoor seating available for remote workers and digital nomads hanging around the hipster Malasaña district. Toma is associated with an independent roaster in Madrid. Light refreshments and breakfast available. This is one of the downtown cafes in my Madrid Coffee Walk.

Cafe Overview:

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Toma Cafe opens early enough to have a breakfast menu — Photo by Athena Lam

Whether it’s your first time in Madrid or your twentieth, you’ll probably wander past the street art or eclectic store displays Malasaña District at one point or other. The trendy fashion shops, special interest stores and tiny food joints continue to gather nocturnal energy after the sun has long set. The area is a haven for the essentric and passionate. Toma Cafe, as one of the first specialty coffee roasters in Madrid, fits right into the eclectic assortment. As one of the most subdued entrances dug in from the uniform city block exteriors, it is easy walk past if not for its discrete sign.

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Cafe seating is usually paired with narrow ledges and tables — Photo by Athena Lam

Toma Cafe opens around 9am and serves a light breakfast for early risers. It serves a variety of espresso-based drinks that will suit the global coffee community, from an Americano to a flat white. Tea is also available. Remote workers can grab a drink, plug in to one of the wall sockets, and get to work with their free WiFi. Note that the counter ledges are narrow and small-group bar tables will probably only fit a laptop and nothing more!

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Toma Cafe does its own roasting and supplies many independent cafes in Madrid — Photo by Athena Lam

I had come for their single origin coffee beans, as filter coffee is even harder to come by than Third Wave espresso. The staff were patient as I deciphered the Spanish tasting profiles before they closed shop for the day. I can’t speak for this particular batch, but I have had their coffee served at other cafe locations and enjoyed the strong acidic notes.

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Food selection has simple breakfasts and pastry items — Photo by Athena Lam

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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Toma Cafe opens out to the street and is great for people watching and enjoying the fresh air under the cool shade — Photo by Athena Lam

Opened in 2011, Toma Cafe helped usher Third Wave specialty coffee into Madrid. They have been credited by various other independent cafes in the city for them set up, offering training sessions, and supplying their roasted beans.

Over the years, they have expanded their shop, so that there is more seating now for hangouts. It’s one of those place that chooses to focus on coffee and reasonable prices in exchange for a slightly more raw interior decor.

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The narrow back area is a good place for catch up with friends — Photo by Athena Lam

For coffee drinkers who miss filter coffee, this is one of the few places to get it, and then try to get a spot that faces the street so you can sip your drink in satisfaction. (Note that they close earlier than many other independent cafes, like Federal, that double up as restaurants and bars.)

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A prime spot in the cafe — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso-based drinks
  • Food: Breakfast, pastries, light lunch items
  • Cafe Space: 20+ people
  • Friends: Hangouts, meal
  • Workspace: Two-person tables, counter tables, coffee tables
  • Remote Work: Wi-Fi available, a few wall plugs
Website: http://tomacafe.es/
Mon – Thurs: 9:00 – 24:00
Fri – Sat: 9:00 – 01:00
Sun: 9:00 – 17:00

If you liked this post, check out the rest of the cafes in my Madrid Coffee Walk or other cities like Tokyo, London, and Vancouver.


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