1. Círculo de Bellas Artes
If you only visit one rooftop during your time in Madrid, you´ll want to visit this one. It´s a 2 minute walk from Inhispania and well worth the queues around sunset (but we recommend you get there a bit earlier). Multiple bars, plus a decent restaurant, all at 56m above street level make up Madrid´s biggest, highest and most iconic rooftop, and for good reason.
Don’t miss the most spectacular view over Gran Via and the whole of the centre of Madrid!
2. The Hat
This charming little rooftop is quite different to most of the others. You´ll find yourself nestled between terracotta rooves and church spires as you sip on your tinto here. Situated just south of Plaza Mayor, and part of a “poshtel”, the queues can be a struggle for larger groups around sunset, but it´s well worth it for the relaxed atmosphere and cheap drinks.
If you’re looking for a more laidback summer evening vibe with a traditional Spanish vista then this is the one for you.
This bar boasts a very different feel to most of the others. Massive retro loungers and a feature pool overlook this little square just off Gran Via. Certainly a party vibe, less relaxed than most, but if you´re looking for something with a livelier atmosphere then don’t miss this bustling bar.
No doubt you’ve already walked past this stunning building, once the Town Hall, on your explorations so far, but the roof terrace is certainly worth a visit of its own. With views which almost rival Bellas Artes’, Cibeles’s terrace offers a slightly more intimate but nonetheless impressive alternative.
The restaurant is pricy but perfect for that special occasion.
5. Mercado San Antón
Located less than 5 minutes from the school, and in the heart of Chueca, the roof terrace at Mercado San Antón is arguably one of the coolest. Atop the food market and with gorgeous views over colourful Chueca, you´ll find an eclectic mix of young Spanish professionals as well as families.
Grab an overpriced but nonetheless delicious pincho of tapas below, and then head up as the sun sets for a rather unforgettable vista.