Spices can make or break a meal. Adding a bit of dried ginger, or parsley, or even turmeric can add that special touch that takes your food from blah to BAM! Also, if you’re a fan of the spice, and patatas bravas sauce just isn’t cutting it for you, you’re in luck! We’ve looked all around the city in order to find the best places to buy spices and legumes in bulk! We’re talking almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, oh my! Although some of these nuts are available in more mainstream stores they’re often overpriced and come in small containers. The difference between buying a granel and buying from say Mercadona or Carrefour is that there’s much more variety, the prices are more wholesale and accessible, and many stores offer eco-friendly and sustainable options. These stores are great for buying in bulk without breaking the bank. If you’re a lover of lentils, garbanzos, special teas and spices, keep reading! Here’s where you can find these things in Madrid centro!
Address: Calle de Embajadores, 12, 28012 Madrid
Hours: M – V from 10 to 15h. and from 17 to 21h. Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 15h
Tip: They have a variety of quinoa here as well as an eco-friendly version! The prices are very reasonable, and the customer service is great!
Pepita y Grano
Address: Calle de Sta Engracia, 77, Madrid
Hours: 10:00–14:00, 17:00–20:30 Closed on Sundays!
Tip: They have 73% cacao which is great for those who prefer bitter chocolate versus milk or white chocolate. Also, at Pepita y Grano you can find a wide variety of dehydrated algae and mushrooms.
Black Pepper & Co.
Address: Calle de San Vicente Ferrer, 10, 28004 Madrid
Tip: Apart from their teas and chile peppers, these guys at Black Pepper & Co. also offer blends of spices. This comes in handy if you’re looking to make a specific dish like Chicken Tikka Masala, or Jerk Chicken and don’t want to buy each spice individually!
Address: Calle de Valverde, 42, 28004 Madrid
Metro: Gran Vía or Tribunal
Tip: Salt! They have so many different types of salts for cooking as well as salts to top off your final dish such as salt with dried mushrooms. At Spicy Yuli, you can also purchase a variety of tea and coffee accessories here such as cups and kettles.