Madrid Coffee Walk

A shortlist of independent coffee roasters and coffee shops in central Madrid as a coffee enthusiast (and cortado fan). This digital nomad was on holiday for once, but still looked out for good remote work spots with free WiFi. Most of the cafes are in Madrid’s central area close to the stations Plaza de España (Lines 3, 10), Noviciado (Line 2), Tribunal (Lines 1, 10), Chueca (Line 5). In addition, I have two cafes close to Núñez de Balboa Station (Lines 5, 9) in Northern Madrid. A few are a further walk, but I did actually walk there.

How to read this coffee list:

These are independent cafes I’ve seen during my walks. The ones I have visited have links to my review. Below, you will find a photo of the cafe space, a brief profile of what they offer, and the location on Google Maps.

You can click on the map to see a suggested walking route. The cafes in the central Madrid area within 10-minutes walk from the next closest cafe. Toma Cafe and Bendita Locura are up north, so taking the subway is a lot faster than walking.

You can pre-load this map onto your phone and it works offline as long as you don’t restart it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Happy exploring!

Some tips:

  • Cafes catering to office workers are usually open by 8am, and most other cafes by 9am
  • Check for afternoon breaks, as there may be closures after lunch.
  • Some types of cafes open late (past midnight), especially the ones that serve alcohol or take afternoon breaks. Coffee-only ones usually close by dinner.
  • Places may not be open on weekends, or may not allow laptops on weekends.

Federal Cafe

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Window seats in Federal Cafe opening to the community courtyard — Photo by Athena Lam

Federal Cafe is an Australian transplant, as part of a group of transplants in Spain. The space faces out to a lively community courtyard and has an expansive interior open seating. It also has a great English menu with clearly marked vegetarian and vegan items.

Coffee:  Espress-based only (Australian influenced)
Remote Work: WiFi and Outlets available
Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 9:00 – 24:00
Fri – Sat: 9:00 – 01:00
Sun: 9:00 – 17:00
Address: Plaza de las Comendadoras, 9, 28015 Madrid
Website Website

HanSo Cafe

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HanSo Cafe reportedly has super fast internet for remote workers — Photo by Athena Lam

HanSo Cafe is in a convenient location in downtown Madrid, known for its espressos and some Asian-inspired dishes. The service reviews vary, so go when you are in a good mood. 🙂

Coffee: Espresso-based & pour-over
Remote Work: WiFi & one or two outlets
Hours: Tues – Fri: 9:00 – 20:00
Sat & Sun: 10:00 – 20:00
Address: Calle del Pez, 20, 28004 Madrid
Website Website

Toma Cafe

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Toma Cafe supplies many cafes in Madrid’s indie community — Photo by Athena Lam

Toma Cafe is not only famous for its coffee and welcoming cafe space, but known for supporting and nurturing other independent cafes that have been emerging in Madrid over the past few years.

Coffee:  Espresso, pour over
Remote Work:  WiFi available, a few plugs
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 – 20:00
Weekends: 10:00 – 20:00
Address:  Calle de la Palma, 49, 28004 Madrid
Website Website

La Bicicleta Cycling Cafe

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Bicycle Cafe has a fixed installment of unabashed remote workers and students — Photo by Athena Lam

La Bicicleta Cycling Cafe, as the name suggests, is a haven for two-wheel and caffeine lovers (and also a gallery). The space can get quiet lively and cozy when full, especially in the evening, but you can also stay for hours using the free WiFi and feeding on the lively buzz from lounge chair conversations.

Coffee:  Espresso
Remote Work:  WiFi, plugs here and there
Hours: Sun – Thurs: 10:00 – 2:00am
Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 2:30am
Address:  Plaza de San Ildefonso, 9, 28004 Madrid
Website Website

Coffee and Kicks

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Coffee and Kicks is a quiet turn off of the bustling heart of commercial Madrid — Photo by Athena Lam

Coffee and Kicks is perhaps the specialty coffee shop that is most convenient to access from Callao, the heart of Madrid’s shopping area. The space is not large, but it is usually a quiet reprieve from the shopping crowds outside. Plus, it has a personal touch with the owner’s love of sneakers.

Coffee:  Espresso-based, filter coffee
Remote Work:  WiFi, Plugs
Hours: Weekdays: 9:30-13:30 / 15:30-19:30
Weekends: 
10:00-13:30 / 15:30-19:30
Address:
Website Facebook page

Lots Coffee House

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Lots Coffee House is in a quiet university and office area with wide shady boulevards — Photo by Athena Lam

Lots Coffee House is a few subway stations outside of central Madrid, or about a 40-minute walk. Lots Coffee does its own roasting and its owner also owns the cold brew brand Ubrew.

Coffee:  Espresso, pour over
Remote Work:  Not enough seats
Hours:  Mon – Thurs: 8:00 – 17:00
Fri: 8:00 – 13:00, 14:30 – 16:30
Sat: 9:00 – 13:00
Address:  Calle del Gral Oraá, 40, 28006 Madrid
Website  http://www.lotscoffeehouse.com

Bendita Coffee and Dreams

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Bendita Locura Coffee and Dreams feels like an designer’s atelier open to the public — Photo by Athena Lam

Bendita is one of those cafes where the highlight is the socializing space rather than the coffee. About 10-minutes away from Lots Coffee House, this artsy two-level cafe has a seating style for everyone. Take your pick at a bar counter, long table, or carefully selected artistic lounge chairs.

Coffee: Espresso
Remote Work:  WiFi
Hours: Mon: 8:30 – 21:00,
Tue – Thurs: 8:30 – 00:00
Fri: 8:30 – 01:30
Sat: 9:30 – 01:30
Sun: 09:30 – 17:00
Address: Calle del Príncipe de Vergara, 7328006 Madrid
Website Website

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