La Mallorquina has been around in Madrid since 1894, and the current shop has been an institution in the Plaza del Sol since 1960.
It has three areas – at the front is the cake shop, which sells an amazing variety of traditional baked goods. At the back is the horseshoe-shaped stand-up bar, where you can select a cake, pastry or sandwich from the display that goes all the way around it and have a coffee or hot chocolate. Spanish people are happy to stand while they eat something quick; it takes a little getting used to, but I think this place is the perfect pitstop for visitors!
La Mallorquina’s third area is a little-known upper salon, where white-jacketed waiters will serve you while you enjoy what may be the best view available of the Plaza del Sol. The world-famous Chocolatería San Ginés is nearby, but why not avoid the hordes and queues and try something different and beloved by locals? It is also conveniently close to Plaza Mayor, el Palacio Real and the Plaza del Oriente as well as the nearby pedestrianised shopping streets.
100 years of tradition, good coffee, delectable cakes and a privileged view – what more could you ask for?