In the past few years Madrid has experienced a rooftop craze, with an explosion of hip terraces. Madrid’s rooftop restaurants offer good food and stunning views, perfect for hot summer days. Here’s our guide to making the most of Madrid’s skyline at one of its best rooftop venues.
The Roof at ME
Bar, Wine Bar, Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Spanish
Situated at the Reina Victoria Meliá Hotel, opposite the Royal Theatre, the Roof at ME is one of the hippest rooftop restaurants in Madrid. This exclusive restaurant is frequented by young people, and the upscale cocktails are delicious. It is the definition of a chic rooftop bar, with modern lighting, perfect views and a cool atmosphere. They also have a glamorous VIP section where Spanish celebrities can often be seen hosting private parties.
After having enjoyed all of the art exhibitions, workshops and shows that the Circulo de Bellas Artes – one of the city’s top fine arts institutions – has to offer, visitors can head to their amazing upstairs restaurant, Tartán. This rooftop has one of the most iconic views of Madrid, looking over the Gran Vía. For those visitors who want to make a night of it and have dinner reservations, entry is free. There are often special events too.
IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Vía is situated on Gran Vía, overlooking this famous street. The views are truly amazing, and resident DJs play at night. Their cocktails and tapas are equally delicious. They have a great selection of Spanish produce as well as an original menu “De Las Latas” (which means “from the cans”) consisting of tapas that are made with canned food from the best brands. Downstairs the hotel houses another one of the best restaurants in the Gran Via area, Al Trapo.
La Terraza del Casino is one of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Madrid, so it goes without saying that it is also one of the best rooftop restaurants in the city. For those who are looking for elegance, high-class cuisine and a sophisticated decor, this is the place to go. Situated in Madrid’s Casino, a beautiful 19th-century building, this is a wonderful option for classy rooftop dining.
Situated close to Puerta del Sol and La Latina, The Hat is a chic restaurant on the rooftop of a quirky hostel. The hostel is one of a kind: it is environmentally friendly and gets all of its electricity from biomass energy. The rooftop bar is every bit as unique as the modern interior, and it is open in winter as well as summer. Visitors can order a glass of wine or a cocktail and enjoy some exquisite tapas.
One of the best markets in Madrid, the Mercado San Antón also has a secret rooftop area where visitors can enjoy deliciously fresh produce and a great view. Prices here are more affordable than those of most rooftop restaurants, so travelers on a budget will appreciate this quaint terrace. The decoration is lively yet relaxing, providing a perfect atmosphere to relax from all the hustle and bustle in the downstairs market.
Situated in the trendy La Latina neighborhood, El Viajero is part of a three-story restaurant and has a very relaxed atmosphere, with plants hanging everywhere. Their specialty drink is a wonderfully refreshing mojito.
Gymage has quickly become one of the coolest places to be seen in Madrid. The all-white rooftop is divided into several areas: an infinity pool, a bar, a chill-out area, hammocks and lounges. This lounge resort serves cocktails and snacks, and there is a restaurant downstairs, as well as a hotel, a shopping area, a gym and a theater.
Possibly the rooftop with the best views in the entire capital, the restaurant at ApartoSuites Jardines de Sabatini looks out on Madrid’s Royal Palace. Visitors should come here for one of the spectacular sunsets; the panorama will provide for an unforgettable experience. During the summer there is a great array of different shows in the Royal Gardens (Jardines de Sabatini), ranging from flamenco to theater performances, most of which can be seen from this rooftop restaurant too, since it overlooks the gardens.