¡Buenos días! Don’t even think about skipping breakfast in Madrid, as lunch doesn’t begin until two in the afternoon, and whether sweet or savory, a Madrid breakfast is a light treat. Think buttery croissants, warm pastry buns, toast slathered with a Mediterranean-style tomato spread, fried churro pastries, small crusty sandwiches with a choice of fillings and hunks of Spanish omelet served with bread. Don’t forget to accompany it with a glass of hot coffee and milk, coffee mixed with brandy, Cola Cao hot chocolate, a shot of strong coffee, a cup of pudding thick Spanish-style hot chocolate or a goblet of fresh squeezed orange juice with oranges from Valencia (which is arguably the best part of a Madrid breakfast). If you ever grow tired of Madrid’s breakfast classics, however, then rest assured that imported breakfast fare is available for you too with donuts and brunch spreads becoming more and more commonplace in the Spanish capital. I know it is fun to have a Madrid breakfast in good company, but if you ever find yourself eating breakfast alone, don’t mention it or fret; just sit at the counter, grab a newspaper, order your coffee with milk, and you’ll look like a local in no time!
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