Desserts in Madrid Are Deceptively Simple at First Glance, But Definitely Sweet, Delicious and Addictive!

Don’t wave the dessert menu away! A good dessert in Madrid is a slice of heaven to cap off a fine dinner, and is preferably accompanied by strong coffee, mint tea or sweet dessert wine. On Madrid’s menus you will likely be tempted with Spanish dessert specialties like flan with caramel sauce, slices of cheese served with quince paste, sweet fritters with hot chocolate sauce and ice cream, rice pudding, cuajada milk curd with honey, almond cake sprinkled with powdered sugar, wine or milk soaked French toast, vanilla or chocolate pudding, and small cups of fruit salad. Otherwise, international desserts are well represented in the Spanish capital with excellent renditions of Italian tiramisu and gelato, French crème brulee and tarts, American cheesecake and cookies, Chilean alfajores and others. There’s no need to count calories tonight either; consider that sweet Spanish dessert a required cultural experience in Madrid. We won’t tell. Although, if you don’t think you have room in your stomach now after that big meal, you can certainly buy a dessert for later from one ofMadrid’s more informal dessert places that better cater to taking food out.

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Known for its authentic, quality Italian food and no frills dining, La Vita e Bella is a casual Italian eatery that is popular among students and others who are looking more for good food than for ambiance. Besides the perennial pizza squares,...  Read More

La Mallorquina

In the heart of the city at the crossroads of Calle Mayor and Puerta del Sol, this cafe has been serving Madrilenos for more than a century. All manner of pastries, shortbread, croissants, cream buns, chocolate cakes are made fresh daily from the kitchen in the back.

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La Isla del Tesoro
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A whimsical, romantic vegetarian restaurant, La Isla del Tesoro serves up creative and healthy food beneath dripping candles in an eclectic South Seas shipwreck like setting. For a taste of Spanish puns, order the "Buenrrollito" appetizer....  Read More

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Café de Oriente
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La Bola

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La Latina & Lavapiés

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Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah