by Julie Espinosa
Madrid is known for its sunny, chattering terrazas—open patios that cafés typically operate April through October.
Even more special are rooftop terrazas. Madrid has no skyline to speak of, but its buildings are still tall enough to hide you from the stares of passers-by and give you a unique view of the city.
Here, then, are my favorite terrazas with day or nighttime views:
2. La Casa Encendida: We’ve mentioned this art space’s rooftop before, and granted, while there’s no food for sale, you could reasonably try to bring a solidarity picnic or at least go to tomar el sol.
3. Casa Granada: Its views rank well above its menu. Marina recommends arriving before sunset to get both the before and after vistas.
Downtown Hotel Urban (La Terraza del Urban), Hotel de las Letras (Ático de Letras), and Hotel Puerta América (Sky Night) all offer swank rooftop bars—think cool jazz and cocktails—but I readily admit I’ve not yet visited any of them. Too high (class) for me. But perhaps you’ll find a special occasion that warrants a visit. Remember, you’re paying for the view.
(Ed. note: The above photo is the view of La Latina from another venerable rooftop in Madrid, El Viajero.)
Do you know of anywhere else to get a view with your drink or meal?
See map below for all locations mentioned above: