Tis the season of gift bearing for family and friends, young and old, near and far. Some easy to shop for, others difficult. When racking your brain for that special gift for someone, why not give them something sweet? Here are our favorite sweet shops in Madrid where you can find that edible treat to give:
Caramelos Paco. Calle de Toledo, 53. Metro: La Latina. First established in 1934, the founder’s grandson runs this nostaligic sweet shop that is piled high with thousands of candies of all types, size, color and flavor, including sweets for diabetics or gluten free. From lollipops to gummy, chocolates, speciality candies with liquor flavours like mojito, cider, Irish coffee…all without alcohol. Open Monday – Friday from 9:30-14:00 and 17:00-20:30, closed Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
La Pajarita. Calle de Villanueva, 14. Metro: Serrano/Retiro. The first store opened in Puerta del Sol back in 1852. Its founder Vicente Palacio and family decided to name their shop after a bow-tie that a friend made with origami. Without knowing that over 150 years later this bow-tie would be a hit amongst customers. In the late 60’s, it opened a new branch on the street Villanueva 14, the current and only location. Its products maintain the same flavour maintaining the same craftsmanship passed on from generations. Open Monday-Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 20:30 , closed on Sundays.
La Violeta: Plaza de Canalejas, 6. Metro: Sol. Traditional, authentic and classy. Opened at the beginning of the last century and run by the same family (today’s granddaughter), offers one of the most traditional and typical candies of Madrid. Dried, caramelized violets and violet candies. Open Monday-Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 20:30, closed on Sundays.
Oomuombo. Calle Núñez de Balboa, 28/Alcala, 129/Fuencarral, 27. And Alcalá de Henares (Mayor, 76).
Owned by a Swede, the name Oomuombo is in fact “from the African Pygmies, passionate about authentic sweets. It means ‘beehive’ in the dialect shi, where honey is stored, hence the name.” Minimalist and white, the shops store the candies and sweets drawers against the wall. They are delicious. Oomuombo treats are not genetically manipulated, are trans fat free and contain no artificial colours, plus they are clearly identified to contain any allergenic ingredient. Open Monday-Friday 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00, closed Saturday afternoons and Sundays.