Harina Madrid Delivers Regional Food at Reasonable Prices

I spent six days in the mountains of Spain, volunteering at VaughanTown, before arriving in Madrid. While there a tip from Madrid local, Paco, led me to breakfast at Harina my first day in Madrid.

Harina Puerta de Alcalá
Harina Puerta de Alcalá

My day started at Puerta de Alcalá where Harina has a café at Plaza de la Independencia. In the center of Madrid, this location is across the street from Retiro Park and only a few minute walk from the Prado museum.

Harina
Harina

Known for their fresh ingredients and bakery items, Harina appeared to have something to please almost everyone’s palate.

Meringues
Meringues

Offerings from the bakery include artisan sourdough bread, cookies, pies, cakes, meringues and other sweets prepared with traditional recipes.

Cookies
Cookies
Pies and Cakes
Pies and Cakes

There were two choices of quiche the day that I was there, spinach and Roquefort or ham and onion. I opted for the spinach and Roquefort. It came with two slices of quiche and a large fresh salad. The quiche was thicker than the traditional American quiche making the portion a similar size to two small slices of layered cake.

This is where there should be a photo of my quiche and salad. However, I ate it and then realized I had forgotten to take a photo. So here is a photo of a whole ham and onion quiche at Harina.

Ham and Onion Quiche
Ham and Onion Quiche

My quiche plate with a pot of tea was just 7.60 Euros. There were many choices that would provide breakfast and a beverage for under 5 Euros.

There is a large selection of sandwiches, salads, pizza and ice cream. Coffee, cappuccino, tea, fresh squeezed juices and milk are some of the choices for beverages.

Many Sandwich Choices
Many Sandwich Choices

If you go to Madrid, I would recommend trying one of the Harina locations for breakfast, lunch, early dinner, or a pick me up any time of the day. With six locations in Madrid, Harina is often a convenient choice for fresh regional food.

Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at www.cherokeerootsblog.com.

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