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Enjoying Terraces in Madrid

Written by Daniella

People from Madrid really enjoy spending their time on one, or preferably, more terraces. It is one of the most popular activities in Madrid. You can find different types of terraces here, from terraces at traditional bars, chic terraces at vegan restaurants with organic dishes, terraces overlooking elegant hotels and terraces at a quiet cafe at any of the neighbourhood squares… And although the offer is huge, this article by ShMadrid will tell you more about the most interesting terraces in the capital. This way you can make the most of the healthy activity of exploring terraces in the capital.

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Discover the capital’s terraces

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The first terrace we will share with you is Ginkgo Sky Bar. It has incredible views and a 360° glass window on Plaza de España. This terrace is perfect if you are looking to discover a new and special, but also an incredible spot in the city. The terrace has something for everyone: you can go outside and enjoy the views, or stay inside. And having the glass window on the entire exterior of the restaurant, makes this place truly exceptional. Its gourmet gastronomy peaks at meal times, and your palate will be pleasantly surprised here. This is, without any doubt, a trendy place with the best views of the city. You should always buy your ticket in advance, and the price of the ticket will be discounted from your check at the end, except if you are a hotel client or if you have a reservation for lunch or dinner. It is important to know that when you visit Ginkgo, you have to comply with a dress code, which is elegant/casual. Last bit of information: the average price is between €50 and €65 per person. Your next option is Picalagartos Madrid Sky Bar. This is a new location, on top of Hotel NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía. The restaurant is on the eighth floor and it has spectacular views and a 360° roof terrace, from which you can see the most iconic monuments of Madrid. The building is remarkable because of its literature related history, and it was the inspiration for the name of the restaurant, as it refers to the tavern that carried the same name in Luces de Bohemia (Bohemian Lights), a play by popular writer Valle-Inclán.

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Picalagartos is located at Gran Vía 21, at what is known as an architectural gem in neo-baroque style by architects Julio Martínez Zapata and José López Sallaberry, inaugurated in 1918. The last terrace we will share with you today, is Ático de Las Letras, located on the roof of Hotel Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía. You can discover a bohemian-chic rooftop terrace here. Its best features are the daytime views of the Telefónica Building, which lights up magnificently on Madrid’s warm nights. Its gastronomic specialties are its famous tinned foods and delicious broths. Also the cocktails and any of its selection of distilled drinks stand out. The terrace has benches, a bar and an area with views of the chefs preparing the dishes and cocktails. If you are on a tight budget, you can choose their sandwiches, seabass or ox tartar, or cheese or Iberian ham platter. It is located at Gran Vía 11.

What terrace in Madrid would you recommend?

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Daniella loves to write and translate. Her bucket list is filled with beautiful places she still needs to visit.

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