I love a good terrace bar or “terazza” as it’s called in Spain. Somewhere nice to sit outside in the sunshine while you enjoy a drink or two. Going up to a hidden rooftop terrace, is even better. Away from the noisy streets and hustle & bustle, it’s like finding a secret little oasis in a big city like Madrid.
There are lots of great rooftop bars in Madrid but from street level it can be hard to notice them. So, I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite hidden rooftop bars in Madrid and where to find them.
The 6 best rooftop bars in Madrid
A shabby chic, bohemian bar in a great spot in La Latina. You’ll find it on the corner of Cava Alta overlooking the colourful Mercado Cebada. The roof terrace is small and very popular so get here early to grab a seat. There is a roadside terrace or you can just wait for a roof top table to become free.
Tip: They are closed on Mondays!
Address: Plaza de la Cebada 11, 28005
Radio at ME Madrid
Probably the most well-known and swankiest roof terrace in Madrid. You’ll find it on the main square of Plaza Santa Ana on the 7th floor of the ME Madrid Reina Victoria Hotel. A recent refurbishment gives it an exclusive edge but the vibe is still pretty fun, if somewhat for-show. It does attract a glamourous crowd at weekends especially in the VIP area!
Tip: Monday-Friday its only open in the evenings.
Address: Plaza Santa Ana 14, 28012
A selection of food stalls in the El Corte Ingles department store near Gran Via. You’ll find it on the 9th floor of the Callao building. The outside seating is glass walled and has a view of the Carrion building (the Schweppes sign) on Gran Via. It has a relaxed feel because there’s no table service, you order and pay for your food or drinks at the individual outlets then find a seat.
Tip: My favourite stall is Pizza al Cuadrado!
Address: Plaza de Callao 2, 28013
Parque El Paracaidista
A hip, colourfully decorated urban hangout. You’ll find it on the 4th floor above El Paracaidista in Malasana. The outdoor terrace has wooden picnic benches and artificial grass floors but don’t let the laid-back artsy vibe fool you. There’s a pretty awesome eclectic food menu and delicious cocktail menu.
Tip: Check out the cool art exhibition/shop below on the way in!
Address: Calle de la Palma 10, 28004
A modern, cosy bar above a funky Hostel, you’ll find it on Calle Imperial behind Plaza Mayor. Its part shaded and part in sunshine, decorated with pot plants, mirrors and low lighting. The roof opens at 6pm for summer evening drinks.
Tip: Grab a map from reception, they have some great bar & restaurant recommendations!
Address: Calle Imperial 9, 28012
Azotea del Circulo de Bellas Artes
On top of Madrid’s iconic Fine Arts building is one of the cities classier rooftop bars. You’ll find it on Calle Alcala and will have to pay €3 entrance fee. The drinks menu is a little pricer then the others but the view is most certainly the best view over Madrid.
Tip: If you don’t want to pay the entrance fee book a table for food!
Address: Calle del Alcala 42, 28014
I hope you’ll hunt down one or two of these secret rooftops bars on your next visit to Madrid. If you’re spending a couple of days in the city be sure to check out Adventures with Nie Nie’s ideas for 48 hours in Madrid.
Have you been to any of these bars? Or know of another great secret hidden rooftop in Madrid? Tell me about in the comments box below 🙂
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