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34 top terraces in Madrid

Discover gorgeous spots where you can relax, eat and drink on the coveted outdoor terraces of Madrid

By Time Out Madrid
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With all the fine weather in Madrid, one of the great joys is discovering a corner of the city with a lovely terrace to sit and grab a cool drink and lip-smacking-good tapas. With our list of 34 stellar terraces, you can find spots to watch the afternoon change to evening over the city's rooftops, or cool off in the warmest months surrounded by lush vegetation or even dipping your feet in a pool while enjoying a cocktail.   

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Picalagartos NH Collection Gran Via
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1. Picalagartos Sky Bar

Hotels Centro

This rooftop bar and restaurant is so close to the iconic Telefónica building that you'll feel you can reach out and touch it. To get there, you've got to go up to the ninth floor of the NH Collection Gran Vía hotel (at the corner of C/Montera), where you'll be greeted with various spaces including a cocktail bar and comfy sofa area. There's also a menu of nibbles brought to you by Chef Javier Muñoz Calero (who some will know from Nubel or the Forus Barceló rooftop), which is perfect for summer afternoons and nights. Give yourself plenty of time because this is one of the places to be. 

2. Emperador

Hotels Centro

While the traffic speeds by on the Gran Vía outside, the Emperador has to deal with its own constant flow of student groups and tourists. The hotel is well located for visiting the city's major sights and has a wonderful rooftop swimming pool (which is also open to non-residents for a fee). Rooms are conservatively decorated, and the bathrooms that have been renovated are a huge improvement on the old brown 1970s-style suites.

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3. Florida Retiro

Things to do Retiro

What was a legendary party place reopened in 2016 with a new offer of good food and good fun. Renovated and decorated by interior designer Pascua Ortega, with architecture by Guille García-Hoz. At the helm in the kitchen is Chef Joaquín Felipe, and entertainment is on both day and night. In the daytime you can enjoy the various spaces such as the tapas bar, a small market with stalls, and a lovely terrace. At night the shows and performances take centre stage. Don't miss out on the chef's cooking in Pabellón, a restaurant that is serious about respect for and use of local products. 

4. Ginkgo Sky Bar

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Centro

Something good is happening in Madrid: there are more and more ways to enjoy the city from above it, and this rooftop terrace is one of the best pieces of evidence to prove that. Ginkgo Sky Bar is on the top floor of the five-star hotel VP Plaza de España Design, and although it's not on Gran Vía, its terrace with swimming pool offers spectacular panoramic views of the entire Madrid skyline, from the Royal Palace and the Casa de Campo to the neighbourhoods of Austrias and Malasaña. The aesthetic is sophisticated, with a decor that brings to mind a tropical version of the roaring '20s, thanks to the abundance of exotic plants. Plus, Sky Bar is open year-round. Don't miss it.

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Azotea de Ella Sky Bar
Ella Sky Bar

5. Ella Sky Bar

Restaurants Madrid

Ella Sky Bar boasts some pretty spectacular views that reach from the Cuatro Torres in the north to the nearby Royal Palace. And with the legendary Callao neon on the Capitol building so close, your Instagram account is ready to be inundated. Here you'll find two levels where the trend is an urban style and a young clientele: downstairs is the restaurant and a bar area with huge windows, and upstairs is where you'll find the rooftop with the aforementioned stellar views. The non-stop menu is a balance between traditional dishes, internationally influenced sandwiches and plenty of finger food, such as chicken or seafood skewers, and toast with sirloin and caramelized onion or salmon and brie. It's simple, recognizable cuisine for all tastes. Get up to the Ella Sky Bar by taking the wonderful double-iron-doored lift up to the tenth floor. It's open from 10 am, and in addition to the regular menu, there's a Saturday morning brunch, which makes for a perfect start to the day and the weekend.

6. Raimunda

Restaurants Fusion Centro

You'll find three spaces under the roof of the Palacio de Linares (which also houses the headquarters of the Casa de América) that house the flavours of two continents creating such exotic recipes as the delish pork knuckle tacos with roasted pulled pork, pico de gallo and cilantro, or the diced oriental garlic chicken with garlic chips and fried peanuts. Chef Sergio Fernández, the restaurant's culinary adviser, has managed to incorporate nuances and techniques from across the Atlantic to local classic recipes, resulting in unique dishes.

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7. Doñaluz

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If you do get a table on this popular terrace (please book in advance!), get there on time, as you'll have a maximum of two hours to until the next sitting starts so that more people can enjoy not only the views but also the excellent cuisine and cocktails. 

Terraza de El Jardín de Alma
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8. El Jardín de Alma

Restaurants Madrid

A new spot opened in early summer 2020 on a plot of more than 1,000 square metres, where the lush vegetation that surrounds you on the pet-friendly garden terrace might lure you in even more than the yummy Russian salad. Behind this venture between Chamartín and Hortalez are Jesús González Espartero and his chef Borja Segura, who have already been working with each other and some magnificent products at, Alma of Spain in Chamberí (José Abascal, 8).  Meat lovers note that at El Jardín de Alma you can savour delights cooked on the grill over coals such as a tomahawk steak that's been matured 45 days or a sizzling beef burger. There's room for all tastes on the menu, which has something for any time of the day the kitchen is open. You might just be more in the mood for a lighter bite (croquettes, Idiazábal soup, gazpacho with olive oil ice cream ...) or a more hearty option that you can take your time to enjoy, like grilled scallops with citrus vinaigrette, braised monkfish carpaccio with paprika extra virgin olive oil, tender sprouts and Kalamata tapenade, or suckling pig terrine with potato and apple sauce. 

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9. El Cielo de Alcalá

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Hotel bars Barrio de Salamanca

El Cielo de Alcalá is on the rooftop terrace of the H10 Puerta de Alcalá Hotel, and with its panoramic views of Madrid, it becomes one of the city's favourite hangouts in the warmer months. The small but spectacular plexiglas pool does on occasion steal the spotlight from the 360-degree views you get from your location just a stone's throw away from Puerta de Alcalá and a few metres from El Retiro park. Relax with a cocktail, or add tapas or brunch to your order if you're more than thirsty at this spot where people come to see and be seen.

10. El Bund

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Asian Arturo Soria

At El Bund you'll find more than 200 dishes made with traditional and avant-garde flavours from Shanghai, producer of the oldest cuisine in the world. This authentic garden of Far Eastern delights is located in a villa, where the decor teleports you straight to Suzhou, with a wall that emulates the traditional windows of this Chinese city famous for its gardens. In the shade of walnut and ash trees, the terrace at El Bund is an intimate, cool and quiet space that makes for a romantic dinner setting or spot for the first drinks of the night, thanks to the play of light and candles. Even if it's not terrace weather, you can head inside to dig in to the restaurant's exquisite noodles and dim sum (made to order by an artisanal chef who specialises in them). In the charming lounge, you can crunch into treats that are perfectly and lightly fried such as the unbeatable spring rolls or the prawn-stuffed 'chrysanthemums'. The main raw materials for used in the kitchen come directly from Shanghai, so among the dishes are other local specialities such as sea cucumber and abalone. You won't want for a refreshing drink either, as they serve a wide repertoire of cocktails, among them 18 types of gin and tonic, and many other signature concoctions waiting to be discovered.

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11. Bosco de Lobos

Restaurants Italian Alonso Martínez

In the heart of the headquarters of the COAM (Official College of Architects of Madrid) and with the elegant interior design and meticulous savoir-faire that is expected of such a place, you'll find this space that's backed by the stellar restaurant group En Compañía de Lobos. The culinary efforts at Bosco de Lobos, whether you're going for a pleasant brunch or a casual snack, sitting at an indoor table or taking a spot on the chic terrace, gravitates toward Italian cuisine. Risottos, pasta dishes, carpaccios and the most authentic Milanese come together in a space with wide appeal.

Terraza de verano Bocanegra
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12. Bocanegra Terraza

Restaurants Centro

In an interior garden just in front of the Círculo de Bellas Artes is where you'll find Bocanegra, a two-storey restaurant (downstairs is for nibbles) with an outdoor terrace. Inside the decor is sophisticated (velvet-upholstered armchairs and chairs) but casual enough (bare brick, graffitied walls, a vertical garden) to relax while you get your fill of treats like ham croquettes, Betanzos-style omelette with wild mushrooms and truffle, sea bass ceviche, and fried cheese ravioli. A selection of grilled matured cuts of meat completes this menu of traditional and Mediterranean dishes, accompanied by a selection of cocktails, where Spritz features on summer evenings on the terrace. 

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El Jardín de Diana
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13. El Jardín de Diana

Bars and pubs Madrid

Between the interior and the exterior, you've got 270 square metres to play in every night of the week, starting from the early evening and into the early hours of the next morning. Located on the tenth floor of the Hyatt Centric Gran Vía Madrid hotel, El Jardín de Diana gives you great views of the heart of Madrid. Chef Raúl Gordillo has designed a tempting 'finger food' menu, signature cocktails and the popular 'sharing cocktails' for you and all your closest friends. 

Círculo de Bellas Artes
Círculo de Bellas Artes

14. Círculo de Bellas Artes rooftop

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Centro

The Madrid skyline is one of the most beautiful in Spain. And a perfect place to enjoy the view is from the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes in C/Alcalá. From the massive terrace there you can see the whole city, its big avenues, famous monuments, green spaces and even the city's skyscrapers, the Cuatro Torres. It's also an ideal spot to have a drink while you watch the sun set, or at night (in high season it closes at 2.30am at weekends) or try some of the delish bites they create in Tartan Roof, the seasonal restaurant from Javier Muñoz-Calero.

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15. The Hat Madrid

Hotels Hostels Centro

This down-to-earth terrace is hidden away in the middle of the La Latina neighbourhood. On the rooftop of the modern hostal The Hat, you'll get good views, a fun ambience and chilled draught beers to complete the package. They've also got snacks, such as quiches, toasted bread with various toppings, and on Sundays they've got paella. The simple décor lends itself to this space where you'll feel as comfy as if you were visiting neighbours, surrounded by cool folks having a good time and lovely sunsets. Get there now before everyone knows about it.

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16. Hotel Riu Plaza Espaa

Hotels Madrid

Set in Madrid, 700 metres from Royal Palace of Madrid, Hotel Riu Plaza España offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, nightclub and a 24-hour front desk. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel all rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Guests at Hotel Riu Plaza España can enjoy a buffet or a gluten-free breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Gran Via, Temple of Debod and Mercado San Miguel. The nearest airport is Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, 24 km from Hotel Riu Plaza España.

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17. Casa Suecia

Hotels Centro

The rooftop of the NH Collection Madrid Suecia bestows once again upon Madrid its comfy seating and incredible views. Open every day from noon to midnight, the restaurant offers informal lunch menus with its Casa Suecia Mex – tacos made to order and home-made guacamole – and the Casa Suecia Burger – one of their most popular items, which is now also available in a vegetarian version. You can always add menu items to your order, such as a plate of Iberian cold cuts, a serving of Russian salad or a salmon tart. 

18. Dos Cielos Madrid by Hermanos Torres

Restaurants

If you star in a successful television show, everyone knows you. If you have a Michelin star, every gourmet, foodie or hedonist worth their salt has seen your face or, better still, has eaten in your restaurant on the 24th floor of the Meliá Sky in Barcelona. Across Spain, the Torres brothers need no introduction. But if you need to know more, there's always Google. Whats most important is their maturity and craft, their ode to amazing cuisine, is in Madrid. And there's a terrace. You could get a ticket to Barcelona on the AVE high-speed train, or you could stay in Madrid and enjoy the tasting menu right here at Dos Cielos.

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19. La Terraza del Casino

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Global Sol

The very staid environs of this gentlemen's club dining room (wear a tie) provide the unlikely setting for a restaurant inspired and originally overseen by iconic chef Ferran Adrià and now run by one of his most illustrious disciples, Paco Roncero. It can boast of three Repsol suns and two Michelin stars. What more can we say?

20. La Cocina de San Antón

Restaurants Mediterranean Chueca

On the top floor of the San Antón Market you'll find this restaurant and cocktail bar where you can take in the Chueca neighbourhood from on high. The main dining room is a covered space surrounded by a terrace where you can have a few beers or a cocktail or two as well as some nibbles. The restaurant serves traditional market-fresh cuisine with top-quality raw materials, such as the Cinco Jotas Iberian ham selection. You'll also find dishes such as 'huevos estrellados' (fried eggs all cut up) with leeks and Cinco Jotas ham, duck salade with tomato vinegar and green mustard, solomillo steak with baby onions caramelized with honey, and caramelized cod with black rice and garlic mayonnaise, among other delights.

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21. WXYZ Bar

Hotels Madrid

Located in Madrid, Aloft Madrid Gran Via has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and free WiFi. The property features a terrace, as well as a bar. The property is 2.5 km from the city Centro and 300 metres from Gran Via. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk. At Aloft Madrid Gran Via, the rooms include air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the property. A business centre is at guests' disposal at the accommodation. Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include Catalan, German, English and Spanish. Royal Palace of Madrid Palacio Real is 1.5 km from Aloft Madrid Gran Via. The nearest airport is Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, 24 km from the property.

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22. The Principal Madrid

Hotels Centro

Iconic views of Madrid’s Gran Via Avenue are offered at the elegant rooftop terrace and Atico restaurant/cocktail bar of The Principal Madrid. This luxurious boutique hotel offers a gym, and stylish rooms and suites. The Wellness Suite with sauna can be booked entirely and exclusively for couples or individual treatment sessions. Some room and suite types include free access to Wellness Suite services. Spacious air-conditioned rooms and suites all have a TV with cable and satellite channels. Each has a desk, safe, minibar and private bathroom with a hairdryer. Just a few of the extras in certain rooms or suites include butler service, and Nespresso coffee machines. Apart from spectacular views, the hotel’s Atico restaurant/cocktail bar offers avant-garde haute cuisine and classic cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere of modern loft club with glamorous original architecture from 1917. Located at the heart of Madrid, the hotel is surrounded by an array of entertainment, dining and shopping options, and is just 400 metres from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

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23. El Cielo del Urban

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Imagine sipping a refreshing cocktail in the summertime with your feet dangling in the cool waters of a swimming pool. If you add to that stellar views over the city of Madrid and comfy white lounge chairs, you've got the surroundings at La Terraza del Urban. It's not the cheapest among the city's terraces – the G&Ts, mojitos and cosmopolitans will set you back €15 each – but it is one of the most beautiful. Besides, on the top floor of this luxury hotel is where you'll also find the restaurant El Cielo del Urban, a modern and stylish space. Some of their top specialities includo the Wagyu beef fillet, the steak tartare and the suckling pig with applesauce.

24. Hotel de Las Letras Terrace

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Hotel bars Centro

Salmon or beef tartare, grilled sardines and anchovies, a cheese board... You’ll find plenty of tempting snacks and cocktails if you head up to the seventh floor of this hotel. This attractive (wood always gives an elegant air) penthouse terrace is perfect for warmer evenings or for a fresh fruit juice in the morning. Like all of the rooftop hotels around Gran Vía, the cocktails will see you parting with around €15 per drink.

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25. Only YOU Hotel Atocha

Hotels Retiro

Set in a 19th-century building, Only You Hotel Atocha is located in Madrid, 150 metres from Madrid-Atocha Train Station. This hotel offers views over the Paseo Infanta Isabel and Calle Alfonso XII.All rooms are soundproofed, and they have a large flat-screen TV, safe, and a minibar. The private bathroom includes free toiletries. A bathrobe and slippers are provided. Free WiFi is available.This hotel offers a café, bakery, and various lounge areas. On the last floor you will find the breakfast room, from where you can enjoy stunning views of the city.You will find a wide range of shops, restaurants, and bars within a 10-minute walk of the property. The Prado Museum is 900 metres from Only You Hotel Atocha, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a 10-minute taxi ride away. The famous Puerta del Sol is just 3 stops away by metro. Madrid-Barajas Airport is 15 km from the property.

Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini
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26. Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini

Hotels Rental apartments Moncloa-Aravaca

These designer suites are located opposite the Royal Palace and so of course enjoy an incredible panoramic view from their terrace. It's especially worth a visit as dusk approaches, to see the enormous palace all lit up. Their tapas menu is on point, the cocktails and drinks go down nicely and the chill-out ambience is perfect for a first date or an easy night out with friends. Space is limited, so it's a good idea to book in advance, just in case.

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27. Room Mate Oscar

Hotels Chain hotels Chueca

The idea for the Room Mate chain of hotels and apartments came about when three friends decided to open in Madrid the kind of hotel that they would like to have found on their travels to other cities: somewhere central and reasonably priced with original decor. Room Mate Oscar has all of these characteristics and impeccable facilities, which have won it awards, including a terrace  bar with magnificent views of the Chueca neighbourhood and an ambience that could rival that of any Ibiza club, swimming pool included. Access is €20.

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29. Margarita’s Society

Bars and pubs Madrid

Generator Hostel is one of the cheapest in town; it belongs to the British chain bearing the same name and specialises in quality and inexpensive accommodation. One of the draws is its wonderful terrace, which opens in the morning hours, so you can try a delicious breakfast. Later, their cocktail list is perfect for enjoying hot summer nights in Madrid. You'll find a young and modern environment, but go prepared, because even though the accommodations are cheap, the food and drinks prices on the terrace are a tad high.

30. Radio ME

Restaurants Global Centro

Enjoy a relaxed ambience (and lively theme nights with various DJs) and international cuisine at the restaurant in the central Hotel ME. The menu, designed by young chef David Fernández, is seasonal and reflects casual exotisim, as you can see in dishes such as octopus with olive paste, bacon quinotto, Canarian-Nikkei suckling pig, and Peruvian 'causa colorada'. After a decade, the hotel rooftop was reinvented to suit the taste of visitors travelling through, for having tapas with friends, and there's a renovated cocktail bar area with a good handful of original creations. Get comfortable on one of the sofas, whether you're inside or out, and bask in the lovely, carefree Madrid nights.

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Gymage Lounge
Gymage Lounge

31. Gymage Lounge

Restaurants Mediterranean Malasaña

The old Luna cinema has been converted into this 'lounge resort' that has a gym, a restaurant, a space for events, and an impressive terrace that overlooks the streets of Malasaña. With a bit of a futuristic air about it, the rooftop of this innovative building boasts a bar that serves cocktails, coffee, and shakes/smoothies all day long and all year round. A great place to disconnect from the daily beat of the city. As far as the food goes, they've got a select menu that includes cream of wild mushroom soup with parmesan mousse, puff pastry filled with braised Iberian beef cheeks, beef carpaccio, salmon tartare, stuffed pasta, burgers, salads, sandwiches and various starters such as nachos, savour crepes, and the like.

32. Terraza Cibeles

Museums Centro

The terrace here atop one of Madrid's most emblematic buildings features stelar views. You'll have to go up to the sixth floor of the Palacio de Cibeles, which is the headquarters of the Ayuntamiento de Madrid (City Hall), and also of the CentroCentro cultural space in order to see for yourself. The cocktail menu is extensive and full of premium brands. They've also got a small selection of dishes to share such as croquettes, cured venison, oysters and cheese plates, among others. The terrace is open late in summer (2.30am Friday and Saturday), so you don't have to keep an eye on the clock.

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33. SkyNight Bar

Hotels Avenida de América

The top floor of the Silken Puerta de América hotel is quite the location for a quiet drink while you enjoy the views of the city. The space was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and you can see his touch in every detail, such as the semi-circular structure and the glass walkway that connects the different areas. This is a singular terrace in Madrid and one of the most beautiful in the city – plus, it's open year round. In addition to the bar where you can sample various cocktails, the 13th floor of this hotel also has a swimming pool and a gym for its guests.

34. Azotea Forus Barceló

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A few meters from the Alonso Martínez metro stop is this terrace that has been getting more and more popular thanks in part to its lovely floral decoration that pairs perfectly with summer evenings. It's located above the Barceló market, and you can savour an ice-cold beer along with their famous 'lobster roll' sandwich, made of prawns, surimi, lettuce, shallots, celery and chili-mayo, a creation by the house chef, Manuel Berganza. Concerts and other activities are sometimes scheduled as well. 

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