Madrid has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants, cafes and bars in the world. You could spend years here eating your way through the city!
However, if you are the type of person looking to skip straight to dessert or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, we highly recommend you check out the following places and make them your top choices!
Convent of Carboneras Corpus Christi
This convent which can be found in the city centre, is home to cloistered nuns. This means the nuns that live here have vowed to never leave the grounds of the convent, make contact with the outside world and will spend their entire lives here serving God.
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One of the ways the nuns survive is by selling handmade sweets and homebaked cookies. However to avoid contact with the outside world you have to place your order in an unusual way.
First, find the convent (address below) and ring the doorbell. You will gain access to a patio area. Once inside, locate the small wooden door and place your order and money inside. Close the door and one of the nuns will fufill your order and return to the door, with your box of sweets or cookies.
Not only can you satisfy your sweet tooth, this is a unique experience in itself!
Boxes are around 10 euros.
Address: Convento de las Carboneras del Corpus Christi, 28005 Madrid
This place can be found in the very heart of Madrid in Puerta Del Sol.
It sells every sweet treat you can think of. From ice cream, pastries, cakes, buns to sweets and much more, the choice can be overwhelming.
In particular, they sell something considered to be one of the most popular souvenirs you can buy – The Violet Sweets. These are small, flower shaped hard boiled sweets with essence of violet. No one truly knows their origins but of course there are legends. One legend is that a local baker wanted to do something different to cakes and found an abudance of violets to the North with which he created the sweets!
Address: Calle Mayor, 2, 28013 Madrid
Turrones Artesanos Vicens
Turrones Artesanos Vicens is a family owned business, specialises in Turron and has been running since 1775.
If you have not heard of Turron you are not alone. Turron is the Spanish word for nougat.
Nougat is a sweet created by cooking honey, or sugar and typically includes incorporating almonds into the mix.
This place has over 150 varieties (some without almonds and without sugar even!) so you will most certainly be spoilt for choice.
What we like about this place is that they offer a wide selection of tasters to try before you buy.
You can find Turrones Artesanos Vicens between Puerta Del Sol and Plza De Isabel II.
Address: Calle del Arenal, 21, 28013 Madrid
No list of desserts in Madrid would be complete without San Gines.
San Gines is famous for its delicious churros. Churros are deep fried ribbons or batons of dough, similar to donuts. They are served with a thick hot chocolate drink which becomes an indulgent dipping sauce for the churros.
You can buy 6 churros with chocolate for around 4 euros.
Churros are very typical in Spain and if you are going to try them then San Gines has to be the place to come. Open for over 120 years, the people who run San Gines know exactly what they are doing when it comes to churros and as a result, they serve some of the best.
San Gines is open 24 hours a day, perfect for your late night cravings!
Address: Pasadizo de San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid
If you enjoy sweet treats and enjoy trying local foods then we highly recommend you making yourself a tour of these places. We love that each one has its own speciality and you can try lots of different things – just make sure to head to the gym afterwards!
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