With summer sending temperatures through the roof, we want to help our guests stay as cool as possible during their visit. So, we propose a few places for you to cool off with incredible flavors and pure style. Madrid offers fantastic places to indulge in refreshing cocktails at dusk.
A good way to bid the day farewell is to enjoy a sunset from high up, perceiving the scent of the city and tasting the most sophisticated drinks in an idyllic setting. One of those places is The Roof (Plaza Santa Ana, 14), a spectacular rooftop terrace topped by a tower with fantastic views over Barrio de la Letras and some of the most symbolic spots in this beautiful area of Madrid. The terrace has extensive opening hours, and open as well as covered spaces; it offers liquid delights such as mojitos with a dash of cinnamon, and a broad range of cocktail choices.
One of the latest terraces to open in the world of high mixology is The Mint (Gran Vía, 10), a charming and quiet place that gives a note of green to the gray asphalt of La Gran Vía. Its Mediterranean decor and its food truck full of flavor give off a comfortable vibe that invites you to stay and enjoy under the blue Madrilian sky.
If, however, you want a revolutionary and futuristic design, then Skynight Puerta de América (Avenida de América, 41) is the perfect fit for you. The striking packaging created by architecture genius Jean Nouvel doesn’t hide the precision of its bartenders. Behind the counter, everything is ready to make every cocktail unique for each visitor. Few places understand the ideal composition of the White Russian like this terrace does, which seems to be a starting point towards the city’s brilliant future.
But Madrid doesn’t only offer its finest cocktails high up. By foot on Echegaray street, right at Barrio de las Letras, you can find the city’s ultimate challenge to the best cocktail bars in the world. The renowned mixologist Diego Cabrera, considered a reference in the industry, has just opened the stylish Salmón Gurú (Calle Echegaray, 21). This shrine to high mixology intends to experiment with your palate using flavors never before experienced beyond the creative mind of this genius mixologist. If you want to satisfy your thirst with a touch of class and tradition instead, Del Diego (calle La Reina, 12) is the place for you. Their cocktail menu is a prime example of traditional flavors that never disappoint if made by expert hands. Another place with fancy cocktails is Cock (Calle La Reina, 16), close to De Diego. This bar with British gentlemen’s club look hides some of the best spirits inside, as well as the most original recipes to make the experience unforgettable.
For those young at heart, there’s nothing better than a free night out at Malasaña. The 1862 rules over calle Pez (No. 27) as the best ally against nighttime thirst. It has a broad menu, but let us give you a tip: avoid the usual and try out the bartender’s choice. You won’t regret it.
During the day, we suggest a healthier way to mitigate the challenging summer heat in Madrid: delicious ice cream. Madrid has a broad range of ice-cream shops that will leave you wanting to try all of their unique, handmade flavors.
A great place to start a refreshing ice-cream shop route through the city is La Romana (Calle San Bernardo, 96). In addition to ice creams, they also sell waffles and cookies. But despite these tempting choices, the heat requires cooling off with some of the magical flavors of purely Italian ice creams, such as mascarpone, tiramisu, biscotto, or two different types of chocolate so delicious that will make you sigh when it touches your taste buds. Still in Italy, we move to Sienna (Calle Narvaez, 62), an ice-cream parlor with elegant proposals that focuses on high-quality standards for their products. Sienna is a classic venue in Madrid; it transports you back to the flavors from fancy ice-cream parlors of the past, but that remain in our imagination. Its wide variety of homemade ice cream makes it difficult to choose, but a raspberry or Red Velvet cheesecake ice cream is enough to make the decision easier.
There are also more experimental ice-cream parlors, which coexist with the more traditional shops. One of the former is Lolos (Calle Espíritu Santo, 16), which conquered Malasaña. These ice lollies made with natural fruits have become a genuine attraction in the busiest area in the city. Several reasons lead visitors to this place: the refreshing taste of its ice creams, its healthy menu, and its Mediterranean-style decor by the city’s most fashionable interior designer, Marta Banus. Another place where the ice cream is avant-garde is Mistura (Calle Augusto Figueroa, 5). The care that goes into producing their ice cream made with farm milk leaves the palate desperate for a second serving. If you love dulce de leche ice cream, you’ve just found another home in Madrid. And if you’re a fan of traditional flavors at a reasonable price, don’t hesitate to get lost in the variety of refreshing ice creams from Palazzo (Puerta del Sol, 11), with many shops scattered throughout the city. The parlor with more visitors is the one at Puerta del Sol because it’s easier to walk across the square under the relentless sun with a delicious, replenishing ice cream.
Once you’ve cooled off with our route through the cooler side of the city, don’t be afraid of the summer heat of Madrid. The air conditioning in your Flat Sweet Home will be waiting for your return so you won’t miss anything but the taste of a tasty ice cream or the flavor of a good cocktail. We have everything else at your disposal in your home in Madrid.
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