La Mallorquina – Classic Pastelería

Bars and Cafes, Sol

by Julie Espinosa

La Mallorquina, Madrid

La Mallorquina bakery is Madrid’s sweet-tooth mecca. With its aromas wafting about the Puerta del Sol, this pastelería has been a local and tourist favorite since 1894. Its name derives from the original Mallorcan owner, and it’s not the only contending confectionery with a regional name; try the nearby El Riojano, est. 1855, for traditional cookies in an ornate tearoom.

La Mallorquina boasts:

1. Affordable prices (most pastries 1-1.50€ each)
2. No-frills atmosphere
3. Central location
4. Irresistible fresh-from-the-oven sweets!

La Mallorquina sweets, Madrid

Of the many tempting treats, my favorite are the napolitanas de chocolate — I enjoyed my first one so much that it wasn’t until arriving home an hour later that I realized the creamy chocolate center was smeared all over my chin. Then there are palmeras, rosquillas, madrileños and, most decadent of all, trufas de chocolate. Partake with coffee or hot chocolate shoulder-to-shoulder at the bustling bar or request an assortment “para llevar” (for take-away). Upstairs you may indulge unhurried at a table, sometimes even with a window view, but ¡ojo! – prices upstairs are higher than below.

Metro: Sol. La Mallorquina: C/ Mayor, 2. El Riojano: C/ Mayor, 10. See map below:

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Comment from Enrique de la Huelga
Date: October 3, 2007, 7:57 pm

I used to have breakfast there every morning; 150 pesetas for cafe con leche standing at the counter and pastry served with a knife and fork like a civilized person.

Comment from matt
Date: October 3, 2007, 9:39 pm

I love this place, I used to eat napolitanas de chocolate there every day.

Comment from Julie E.
Date: October 3, 2007, 10:38 pm

Since that first chocolate incident, I too have learned the value of eating pastries with cutlery, thank you very much. ; ) I think they could very easily become a habit for me as well.

Comment from Ivan
Date: October 4, 2007, 4:53 pm

This place is a basic classic. My favorite sweet is “Napolitana de crema”, as a kid my mom used to get me one whenever we were around.

Comment from Susan
Date: October 6, 2007, 5:06 pm

Visited Madrid in September 2007 and had breakfast here every morning. Fast, inexpensive, and delicious.

Comment from Olivia
Date: January 24, 2008, 4:19 am

Does anyone know if you can order shipments from La Mallorquina? My brother brought home some delicious sweets from here, and I would love to order some more!

Comment from marina
Date: January 30, 2008, 6:51 pm

I’ll ask next time I’m around Sol, but I really doubt they’ll ship food abroad.