While Spaniards don’t enjoy an elaborate breakfast on a regular basis, they certainly take the business of breakfast very seriously! Whether you opt for a liquid start to the day like a Spaniard or seek something more substantial, here are five great places for breakfast in Santiago.
Insider’s Tip: When heading out for breakfast in Santiago, remember that Spanish breakfast customs are different! Spaniards usually have an early morning liquid breakfast of just coffee, chocolate milk, an infusion or even a caña, or a small beer. They usually head to cafés around eleven o’clock for second breakfast: more coffee plus something to eat!
At this traditional café-bar, you can find the gamut of Spanish breakfasts, including the biggest variety of coffee in Santiago. From traditional Spanish coffees to Viennese coffee, frappuccinos, Oreo coffee and beyond, the award-winning barista at Café Venecia whips up the very best. Prime your stomach for the rest of the day with a toast or montaditos, small sandwiches with the filling of your choice. For a sweet start to the day, try the tarta de Santiago (almond cake), one of the delicious pastries, or their (gluten-free!) tigernut flour cookies.
Address: Rúa do Horreo, 27
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 – 22:00; Saturday 7:30 –15:00; Closed Sunday
The breakfast options here might be a little more familiar! With eggs, bacon and toasts on the menu every day, you’ll feel right at home. They’ve got your sweet tooth covered, as they serve a small piece of cake with your coffee or tea. Grab a seat by one of the bright windows or on the terrace at this idyllic place for breakfast in Santiago.
Address: Rúa do Pombal, 2
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 – 24:00; Saturday and Sunday 8:00 – 24:00
For a Galician spin on American breakfast in Santiago, this is your place! We love the elaborate American-style brunch served at Bicoca. We are less thrilled about the fact that it is served only on Sundays! That said, it’s worth building into your Santiago meal plan. Grab a table on the terrace and watch the pilgrims march into the Old Town for the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago.
Address: Rúa de Entremuros, 4
Hours: Monday 10:00 – 18:00; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 – 24:00; Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 24:00
For a simple, traditional Spanish breakfast just down the street from the cathedral, come here! Hot chocolate, churros, coffee and the typical tarta de Santiago are the main standouts at this quaint café. Try a typical tostada con tomate, or toast with freshly crushed tomato, olive oil and salt, if you’re craving something savory.
Address: Rua do Vilar, 29
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:30 – 22:00; Sunday 9:00 –22:00
Lusco & Fusco Bakery Café
A Chicago native turned Galicia transplant runs this lovely bakery near the Alameda Park. Get there early to get one of the finger-licking-good cinnamon buns. If you miss them, any of the other delicious cakes and pastries (scones!) will do just fine as a consolation prize! You can also get your bagel fix here! Often filled with locals, Galicians agree that this American bakery is one of the best places for breakfast in Santiago.
Address: Rúa de San Clemente, 11
Hours: 8:30 – 13:30, 16:00 – 21:00; Saturday 9:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00; Closed Sunday
Not sure how you like your coffee in Spain? Check out our video and discover the most typical options!
Join us on our Hidden Santiago Food & Market Adventure and learn more about Galician dining customs! Skip breakfast the morning of your tour, because we’ll be stopping at some of our favorite local restaurants, specialty shops and, of course, market stalls!