Spain is certainly one of the sunniest countries in Europe. We all love the idea of going to Spain to relax on a terrace while enjoying a beautiful glass of local wine and making the most of the festive ambiance. So if you are planning to visit the Spanish capital this spring/summer -or if you are already living there- I would highly recommend that you note some of the coolest rooftop terraces in Madrid.
Madrid, like Barcelona and London, has plenty of rooftop terraces to chose from. Madrid, has become indeed one of the most cosmopolitan and modern capitals in Europe with amazing venues, top-notch restaurants, cutting-edge art galleries, endless shopping options, modern hotels and, of course, super cool rooftop terraces where you can enjoy the best of Madrid from a very different perspective!
If you read my blog or if you follow my instagram, you would already know that one of my hobbies when I travel is to search and try different rooftops. So whether I am looking for the best views in town or for a relaxed evening in a magical place, I always try to save some time to enjoy new rooftops terraces. If you are in Madrid and you love having a drink in style then you are in luck; Madrid is certainly one of the best cities ever in terms of rooftop choices. Just make sure you pack your sunglasses, your smartphone and lots of positive attitude to make the most of Madrid!
I have selected for you what, in my opinion, are the top 10 rooftop terraces in Madrid:
10. Atico de las LetrasAddress: Gran Vía, 11 (7th floor)
The Atico de las Letras rooftop terrace is, without a doubt, one of the most popular spots in Madrid but, even though The Atico is a busy place it remains one of the most desired rooftops in town. Well, I must say that the Atico has pretty amazing views on Gran Via and the food and drinks prices are affordable. Just one little tip: if you are planning to visit this rooftop just for a drink, make sure that you avoid going during lunch or dinner time; the terrace is rather small and gets easily crowded.
9. Gourmet Experience – El Corte InglésAddress: Plaza de Callao (9th floor)
This rooftop is very popular within locals and also within curious tourists. In fact, this rooftop is the outside terrace of the Gourmet Experience, the delicatessen food floor of the Corte Ingles, the most famous Spanish shopping galleries. I absolutely adore popping for, at least, a coffee because of the views, the ambiance and the food! For instance, you can buy yourself a treat inside the shop and bring it outside or you can indulge yourself with a fine snack from the reasonably priced menu (all day long). The terrace is not huge but the views are pretty amazing, especially on the evening when you can catch one of the best sunset views over Madrid. Expect to see the Capitole and also Gran Via.
8. Gaudeamus Café- Edificio Escuelas PiasAddress: Calle Tribulete, 14 (4th floor)
This is a rather different rooftop where you come to admire the historic building itself and not Madrid’s skyline. If you love quirky hidden bars or if you love historical architecture then this is your rooftop! The rooftop terrace of the Escuelas Pias building is nestled on one of the most iconic monuments in Madrid; the monastery Escuelas Pias was built in 1729 and was renovated by the famous architect Linzasoro in 2004 when he monastery was transformed into a modern library and.. rooftop! If you want a different rooftop experience, I highly advise that you pop in the evening to grab a mojito (7,5€) and admire Madrid’s History from a different point of view!
7. The terrace of Oscar- Room Mate OscarAddress: Plaza Vázquez de Mella 12 (8th floor)
The rooftop terrace of the Hotel Room Mate Oscar is Madrid’s best kept secret. This is a seriously cool place and one of the best options for your (very) hot summer afternoons in town! The views are just awesome as the terrace offers 360 degrees panoramic views over Madrid, the drinks are “cheap” and the rooftop features a swimming pool! If you are not staying at this hotel, for 20€ you can spend half of the day enjoying the pool and the terrace; this fee also includes towels, the use of sun loungers and a mojito! This is without a doubt, a pretty great escape from Madrid’s hit this summer! Otherwise, the terrace is also open in the evening when you can enjoy drinks with friends. Just note that the ambiance is rather relaxed and fun so you can expect loud groups throughout the evening, Tip: this is not the best rooftop for a quiet or romantic night.
6. The terrace of the Hotel UrbanAddress: Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34 (7th floor)
The rooftop terrace of the Hotel Urban is certainly one of the most elegant addresses in Madrid. Everything about this place is chic: from the decor to the service and the drinks menu. If you love beautiful architecture and trendy decoration then this is your rooftop. The terrace belongs to the luxury hotel Urban, however non-residents are also welcome (check their website above for further detail). The Urban hotel also has one of the most beautiful rooftop swimming pools in town but it is only open during day-time. I love the views from the Urban as you can admire the Congress of the Deputes and the church of San Jeronimo. A long story short, the Urban rooftops offers different views of Madrid along with a luxurious ambiance.
5. Skynight- Hotel Silken Puerta de AméricaAddress: Avenida de América, 41 (13th floor)
The Skynight rooftop bar is not centrally located so that means that you will have to go all the way to the Silken hotel in order to enjoy one of the most iconic night venues in Madrid. One tip, if you are planning to go by car the hotels offers free parking from 9pm to 1am. The Skynight is the highest rooftop bar in Madrid so views are nothing less than spectacular! This bar is very funky and trendy, one of the hottest spots in town, especially on weekends. I love the never-ending views over the South of Madrid and their comprehensive drinks menu. In my opinion, this is a great place if you are looking for a different night out in Madrid
4. The terrace Mercado de Moncloa – Hotel ExeAddress: Calle Arcipreste Hita, 10 (9th Floor) Web: http://www.hotelexemoncloa.com/terraza
This beautiful rooftop terrace is one of my hidden secrets (or should I say it was). I simply love staying in this part of town whenever I visit Madrid and, to me, this stunning rooftop terrace has one of the best views of Madrid’s most famous buildings. For instance, the terrace of the Hotel Exe overlooks the iconic Escorial and the Moncloa and also reveals the Sierra de Guadarrama (Madrid’s background mountains). Note that this is a very luxurious lounge bar so I would recommend this terrace to you if you are looking for a chilled afternoon or for a romantic evening. However this terrace is particularly known for its high food standards as it is the outside terrace of the Mercado de la Moncloa where locally sourced products are cooked for the visitors. This is certainly one of my favourite rooftops in Madrid as it is just perfect for a summery chilled afternoon, for after-work drinks and for a romantic evening… definitely a winner!
3. Penthouse – ME HotelAddress: Plaza de Santa Ana, 14 (7th Floor) Web: http://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/madrid/me-madrid-reina-victoria/the-roof.html
Now, this is one of the most popular rooftops in Madrid so expect bigger, louder and trendier. More than a rooftop, the Penthouse is a philosophy, a concept. I discovered this magnificent terrace while staying at the Melia Hotel. Actually when I was having a glass of wine in the afternoon I could have never guessed how the night was going to transform the venue! But a part from being one of the hottest bar in town (even in winter) the Penthouse is strategically located on the plaza de Santa Ana, one of the most lively squares in Madrid. You can enjoy great tapas before or after and also check the many night bars around Santa Ana. If you are looking for a night out with your friends, then this is your rooftop! But a part from a great ambiance, the Penthouse is also a beautiful terrace nestled on one of the most beautiful modernist buildings that offers incomparable views on Santa Ana, the Retiro park and on Sol. Don’t leave Madrid without checking the Penthouse out. Little tip: on Friday and Saturday night you might be asked to pay an entrance fee like if you were accessing a club so if you just want to go for a quick drink try to get there earlier or during the day.
2. La Terraza Cibeles- Palacio de CibelesAddress: Plaza de Cibeles, 1 (6th floor) Web: http://www.adolfo-palaciodecibeles.com/terraza-cibeles.-cocktails—gin-tonics.html
This wonderful terrace is one of the most iconic rooftops in Madrid and certainly the meeting point of the coolest people in town. And if you get to visit the Terrace Cibeles you will understand what I am talking about.. beautiful people, designer seating areas, wonderful surroundings and superb views on the Cibeles square and Gran Via. This rooftop is, in fact, the outdoors bar of the luxury hotel Palacio de Cibeles so expect higher prices (you still can have a Desperado for only 6€) and a very elegant atmosphere. I love going for a late night cocktail on weekends when the ambiance is vibrant and fun yet not crazy! On weekends, the Terraza de Cibeles closes at 2.30am so if you love classy and cool this could be your rooftop!
1. Tartan roof – Circulo de Bellas ArtesAddress : Calle de Alcalá, 42 (7th Floor) Web: http://www.azoteadelcirculo.com/
This rooftop cannot be considered the coolest or the trendiest terrace in Madrid, however this fantastic rooftop is one of local’s favourite bar. The minimalist and large deck opens up to stunning views of the Metropolis, the Cibeles square and the City Hall. On the down side, you will be asked to pay a 3€ fee to access the rooftop but it is totally worth as the entrance includes access to the staircase art exhibition and to one of the most eclectic spots in Madrid.. I also love the drinks and food price which are fair (sublime glasses of wine from 6€). If you have time try the restaurant, the food is modern are delicious! This is certainly a must-visit rooftop not only for visitors but for locals as well that often rate this terrace as the best in Madrid!
I hope you have enjoyed running through my selection of the top 10 best rooftop terraces in Madrid. But just remember that in summer time it is unberabely hot in Madrid so unless you go for a rooftop with swimming pool, you should leave the drinks with a view for the evening when it cools down.
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Please note that this review is personal and honest. I have not been compensated tovisit any of these venues neither to publish this article.