I'll be in Madrid for 4 days in about 3 weeks and am planning to rent an apartment in the Opera/La Latina area. I studied there several years ago and lived in La Latina and our regular hangout was La Muralla on c/Puerta de Moros. I would like to get recommendations on any unusual, new, interesting places in the area (I know about El Viajero). I am particularly interested in any great bakeries in the area for breakfast, good coffee, or a nice place to hang out and read a book during the day. Also, is there any notable Middle Eastern (not Moroccan) food in Madrid that's worth a trek?
I've noted the posts on wine bars through a search on the site.
I'll be alone for this quick escape, so something suitable for a solo female is appreciated.