MADRID, SPAIN. I decided to finally stop by Panaria. I’ve been admiring its warm atmosphere from outside its large windows for many weeks as I walk by its great location near San Bernardo. I usually stay away from chains, but I was intrigued by Panaria’s marketing of natural bread, the awesome graphic design of its logo, and its comfortable looking interior.
Panaria is a chain that exists all over Spain (it also operates in the Cannary Islands, Andalucia, Castellon, Caragoza, Barcelona, and Valencia, to name a few). The place makes artisanal and natural bread. It is easy to see that quality is one of their biggest concerns, since they publish that they use no additives and that they create sourdough bread. This is a great place to sit and do work for a while. The servers are very friendly and it is a very casual atmosphere. The design is simple but inviting. This is perhaps because the place is really bright, resulting from large windows that cover two sides of the restaurant. I ordered a coffee with milk and toasted bread, and was able to choose from available kinds of bread. The bread was delicious and perfectly toasted, and it came with tomato spread. This only cost three euros. Sandwiches, pizza, and deserts are also available. I hear their multigrain croissants are great. This is a great place for coffee, a snack, and work, or a quick lunch with a friend. Wi-fi is free. They also run free workshops every week that teach a range of baking skills, from lessons on baking cupcakes to lessons on baking bread. Panaria Alberto Aguilera Calle de Alberto Aguilera 8 28015, Madrid http://www.panariapanaderias.es/es Tel. 963-393-842 Neighborhood: San Bernardo Metro Stations: San Bernardo, Quevedo Hours: Mon to Sun 6:30 am to 9:00 pm