A bar with a view: Madrid's best roof-top terraces
The editorial team
Posted on 14/05/2015, Modified on 22/05/2015
MADRID: Barcelona may have a longstanding reputation as party Queen, but it seems the Spanish capital is not going to let it rest on its laurels. Below are four spectacular terraces from which to admire the panoramas of the city, cocktail in hand.
Círculo de Bellas Artes
The Círculo de Bellas Artes is one of Madrid's most desirable addresses. A few short steps from the Gran Vía, the building culminates in a fantastic roof-top bar: music tinkling in the background, fake grass and real olive trees. The seventh-floor terrace offers one of the best views of the City Hall, taking in the Madrilenian skyline, the Metropolis and the Plaza de la Cibeles as well.
El Corte Inglès
Housed inside Madrid's famous shopping centre, and set up like a little world market, the top floor of the Corte Inglès is home to the Gourmet Experience restaurant. The spot has earned its name, serving up delicious international cuisine, as well as local specialities. The terrace itself offers a splendd view over the city's well-known Capitol Building, as well as the Gran Vía. Whether you opt for a day-time or night-time visit, the views from the ninth floor are breath-taking.
El Mercado San Anton
Tucked away in the lively neighbourhood of la Chueca, Madrid's gay district, the Mercado San Anton offers up a wonderful terrace from which to enjoy a drink and make the most of the sweet Madrilenian sunshine. Quench your thirst with one of the bar's cocktails or tickle your tastebuds with a selection of delicious tapas (hams, olives, marinated peppers), topped off with good music and a great atmosphere. Salud!
Hotel Silken Puerta America
The Hotel Silken Puerta America is a little marvel of design. The terrace, work of Jean Nouvel, offers a panoramic view over the south side of Madrid and its incredible architecture. The panoramic lift is an attraction in itself and a narrow glass walkway wraps all the way around the bar, giving the bravest revelers a chance to stare 60 metres down into empty space!