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Círculo de Bellas Artes

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Círculo de Bellas Artes
Círculo de Bellas Artes

Time Out says

The Círculo de Bellas Artes occupies a superb building, designed by Antonio Palacios and completed in 1926. Despite its persistent funding problems, it is a key player in every aspect of the Madrid arts scene. The Círculo offers a plethora of classes, exhibitions, lectures and concerts in its theatre and concert hall, as well as an annual masked ball for carnival. Its café is well worth visiting, whether to see the marvellous 'El Salto de Léucade' by Moisés de Huerta or for its wonderful views, though it has received its share of criticism alleging a decline in quality. Its rooftop terrace is usually packed and is a good option for summer evenings.



Address: Alcalá 42, Marqués de Casa Riera 2
Transport: Banco de España (M: L2), Sevilla (M: L2)
Opening hours: Exhibitions (Tue-Sun) €4 (€3 with youth card). Access to roof terrace (daily) €4 (€3 with youth card). Combined admission (rooftop terrace, exhibition rooms) €5 (€4 with youth card)

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  • Until Sunday September 22 2019
  • Photography Until Sunday September 1 2019

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In English and Spanish below.../ En inglés y en español más abajo

I do not recommend at all to eat at the restaurant. The service is TERRIBLE and extremely rude. I´m a native speaker and the waitress was talking to me as if I was retarded. I was shocked because I was taking my friend from the US for the first time and she made us feel so bad, so so rude. I would like to encourgae everyone even if you are a tourist or you are living in Madrid if you see yourself in a situationlike this it is your RIGHT to ask for a complaint form (hoja de reclamaciones in spanish) to the restaurant/shop/bar/hotel/hostel whatever. Doesn´t matter if you don´t know spanish you can write in english the form is in english too, but it is your right and they have to give it to you it´s mandatory for them. Usually when you ask for a Complaint Form in Spain they try to buy you offering different things, getting the full meal for free, or giving you free gifts so you won´t write the form....seriously, is a very bad thing for businesses in Spain. Because the more they get they can even get the business shut down. Anyway, apart from this...I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS RESTURANT. You can go have a drink and enjoy the views, but there are better rooftops in Madrid with better service where you can go...Hope it helps.

Teníamos una reserva para cenar en el restaurante y la mujer/encargada o lo que fuera super super mal educada (si es que el manager lee esto...que lo dudo... era una bajita castaña de pelo, delgadita), me hablo y me trato como si fuera una retrasada que no entendía lo que me explicaba. Impresionante, servicio pésimo, pero pésimo. Fui con mi amigo recién llegado de Estados Unidos, que no habla español claro para enseñarle las vistas y pasar un rato agradable...y fatal, una imagen pésima. A mi personalmente me dejó un sabor bastante amargo de boca y me fui con un buen cabreo también. No se por que no pedí la hoja de reclamaciones, la verdad que me pilló muy por sorpresa y me quedé en shock porque no me lo esperaba. Pero animo a todo el mundo que si le vuelve a pasar algo así que pida hablar con el encargado o si es esa persona que pida una hoja de reclamaciones. Es una verguenza...finalmente nos pedimos una copa fuera del restaurante vimos las vistas y nos fuimos a cenar a otra parte. Hay miles de mejores azoteas en Madrid y con muchísimo mejor trato del personal. No lo recomiendo, y es que vuelvo, tardaré mucho y espero que esa persona ya no esté.


Really loved having a rooftop glass of wine and enjoying the beauty of Madrid from above. The service was a bit slow, as it wasn't super crowded when I was there, but if you want to just have a relaxed bit of solitude, it's a really lovely spot to sit and enjoy the scenery in nice weather. 


One of the staple places of Madrid. A place to see and be seen where art and gastronomy mix in wonderful surroundings. It has always been a hip place with theatre and arty types, locals and tourists as well. Go and take a look, sit by the terrace and contemplate Madrid pass by.