The average cost of a café con leche here is between €1 and €1.20. If you’re used to a giant coffee made with fresh milk, forget it. In Spain, UHT milk is commonplace – but you could have a café solo or a café cortado – a small cup with a drop of milk in it.
It’s quite usual to see people (usually men) prop up the bar at 10am drinking a carajillo – coffee mixed with brandy or another spirit. We’ve so far managed not to join in with this custom.
Spaniards will often accompany a morning coffee with a tostada con tomate drizzled in olive oil – about €1 for una media (a half). We sometimes have this or instead, a tostada con mantequilla y mermelada (butter and jam, normally peach).
See the map below for locations.
1. Café Bar Sástago
This is equal first for coffee taste with Galindo but arguably the nicest location (if you don’t mind the expats). It’s in the corner of the main square (Plaza Alpujarras). A good people-watching spot and where dogs frolic in the nearby fountain and people occasionally meditate under a tropical tree. (Good tapa too after noon.)
This is situated on the main café/bar area in town by the church. In fact the bells of La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Expectación often add to the noise of passing traffic. A man with a really loud voice arrives and departs on a moped every 15 minutes.
3. DeCurtis Café (Italiano)
Perhaps it’s no surprise the coffee is decent here. It’s directly opposite Galindo and is a popular spot for expats who also come for the pizza. Next door you can buy a portion of churros for €1 and eat them at the table, the café doesn’t mind.
4. El Viejo Molino
‘Molinos’ strengths are two-fold: it’s situated away from the road in an open courtyard and, secondly, Spain’s best manageress/waitress (Luisa) works here. It’s a nice spot – a little more expensive than other places – but you get a free biscuit, which is like winning the lottery to some people. Has free Wi-Fi.
Need an early morning caffeine fix? Then don’t head for Baraka which opens at noon, except Thursdays when it’s 9.30am because of market day. Along with Café Bar Sástago, it’s a lovely spot and also does a great hot chocolate. Coffee and Joni Mitchell can be an inspiring combination.
These recommendations or not, you’re never more than 10 metres from a café/bar.
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