Top 5 RoofTop Terraces in Madrid
Want to enjoy summer in Madrid on a lovely rooftop terrace? Keep reading and discover Madrid´s hidden gems!
1) Terrazas Plaza de Olavide
Olavide Square is a nice, not touristy but lively place in the traditional Chamberí neighbourhood, where people from all ages, but sure also young students living nearby (it is very close to Arguelles and Moncloa student districts) gather after 7 pm at the tables of the small bars terraces circling the Plaza.
There is a nice choice of terraces, but most of them are famous for tasty and not expensive ‘Tortilla de patata’ or Spanish omelette. Sharing tortilla with salad, and ‘tinto de verano’ (red wine with lemon or lemonade) with friends is one of my little pleasures in Madrid. Where you can enjoy this Madrilenian summer tradition?
My favourite is Cuatro de Copas terrace (Plaza de Olavide, 4), delicious ‘tortilla’ and ‘tinto de verano’ or ‘sangría’. Also you can enjoy Méntrida terrace (Plaza Olavide,3) with its well-known ‘tortilla con pimientos’ (Spanish omelette with green peppers). Kibey II, next to Méntrida and Cuatro de Copas, is another excellent option. And sure there are other few terraces around this Plaza you can try and let us know your opinion!
2) Círculo de Bellas Artes RoofTop:
Located on the magnificent roof of the Circulo de Bellas Artes (a traditional arts and exhibitions institution in the center of the monumental Madrid), Tartan Terrace has been a hit for the last few summers, as the different spaces, spectacular panoramic views, eclectic mix of visitors and chill-out area with big pillows would certainly disappoint none. My favourite time in summer is sunset, after 8pm.
All visitors must pay a 4€ ticket (3€ with Young card) to access the terrace.
Open Mo-Thu 9am-2 am
Fri 9 am-3 am
Sa-Su 11-3 am
Calle del Marques de Casa Riera, 2
3) The Hat:
This roof terrace is one of the latest to arrive. Its location is perfect for those loving to wander around Plaza Mayor and La Latina neighbourhood.
The Hat is in fact a hostel for travellers in an old ‘palacete’ (old notorious building in Madrid) and that is one of the highlights of the place: you can share this place with people from almost all around the world. And I’m pretty sure you will love the place from the first minute: the Reception area is a bar in a nordic design style that I loved.
At the terrace, an ‘invernadero’ (the greenhouse) has just been built so when the warm and hot days are gone you can still enjoy the lovely sights of Madrid roofs in this area.
It is a not expensive place where you can drink a glass of wine (around 3€) a mojito (8€) and sure share some ‘tapas’ around 4 € each.
Calle Imperial, 9
Open Mo-Fri 6pm to 23.30pm. Sa&Su 1pm to midnight.
4) Hotel Exe Moncloa:
If you want to enjoy the best sunset in Madrid while sipping a cold beer, cava or drink in a roof terrace, then you have to visit Terraza Hotel Exe Moncloa.
In the upper floor of this hotel in Moncloa student district, with a bit expensive list of ‘raciones’ (15-25 euros), swimming pool, chill out music and white sofas, you sure can enjoy a memorable moment watching the sun as it goes down over the ‘Sierra de Madrid’.
Calle Arcipreste de Hita, 10
Open everyday 8pm-2 am
5) GAU Café:
This roof terrace is located in the building of Escuelas Pías de San Fernando, Tribulete Street,14, an historic building from 1729, which it used to be a school and library until it was burnt at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. In 2001 UNED University bought and renovated it and now we can all enjoy tje fantastic atmosphere of Lavapiés vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood.
Some locals just love to enjoy a mojito in the evening when the heat starts to cool down, but if you feel hungry, you can enjoy a tasty chicken couscous , the traditional croquettes (you cannot be in Spain and not taste ‘croquetas’ sooner or later) or, if you are more of a fish lover, you sure have to try their ceviche, carpaccio or tartar.
Average dinner prices: 18-20 euros. Remember in Madrid it is very common to share “raciones” (servings) of different plates with friends, and of course you can enjoy your dinner this way!
Calle Tribulete 14, 4ª floor
It opens Mo-Sa from 11am to midnight. Sundays closed.
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