Madrid has a ton of bakeries – since the economic crisis it seems that cake shops are the only businesses that have been thriving, new ones opening each week. Everyone can afford a sweet little treat I guess!
La Maravilla is one of the best; it’s not one of the chains, where the products are rather generic; its cakes, cookies, breads and pastries have personality! Palmeras can vary a lot in quality and in many places they are gigantic but too dry and flaky. La Maravilla’s are amazing – very dense flaky pastry with a good quality chocolate glaze. I always buy one with the intention of eating half and saving the rest for the next day – to date I have not been successful, as I can never resist eating the whole thing!
They sell savoury empanadas with a variety of fillings as well as having a good selection of bread including sourdough and wholemeal; pastelitos and pastas de té (petit fours) by the weight; whole cakes and classic Spanish delicacies such as “torrijas” which are traditional around Easter time. In the photo you can see the famous “Roscón de Reyes”, which is usually for Epiphany, but theirs is so popular that they sell it year-round.