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25 Roof Terraces You Have To See In Madrid!

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And I thought I was the Queen of roof terraces in Madrid… Apparently not! Who knew there were a full 16 more roof terraces than the 9 I frequented last year?

If you’re also happiest sipping rose a-top one of Madrid’s beautiful buildings at sun down or if you’re new to the mile-high club, check out these stunnning roof terraces in this beautiful article from Inspiramemadrid.

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16 Roof Terraces Worldwide You Have To See!

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Where’s Your Dream Summer Destination?

Poolside, Caribbean cocktail in hand, surfing across beautiful, frothy waves in Hawaii, or whiling away a sunset on a roof terrace overhanging city lights? I could happily indulge in all three, but found myself with plenty of opportunity to sample the latter last year, hopscotching from roof terrace to roof terrace across Madrid. 

What’s So Heady About Being On A Roof?!

The best thing about rooftops is the sense of space and freedom that you find high above the crowds of craziness down below. Peaceful, glamorous (and sometimes with a price tag to match), these treasures really are some of my favourite places on Earth. What’s more, they usually come with cracking views over beautiful cityscapes and warm, starlit climates to match. Romance at its best.

Searching For A Cure For the Monday Blues?

This is a beautiful slide show from Architectural Digest, featuring some of the world’s best designed rooftops. From Miami and Mumbai to Madrid, Chamonix and Paris, these are high points in more ways than one.

I seem to be doing a pretty good job of following them around the world and look forward to sampling Le Panoramic in Chamonix very soon :)

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Lateral, Las Huertas

Lateral, Santa Ana

What’s Lateral?

One of the most well-known tapas joints in Madrid, Lateral’s terrace in Plaza Santa Ana is a truly pleasurable place to while away an evening. A top of the range chain with a distinctly ‘unchainy’ feel, Lateral is located throughout Madrid, including the popular Calle Fuencarral in Malasaña. Understated, chic and well-run, Lateral is great value with a diverse choice of tapas to boot.

Lateral, Malasaña

What of the food?

While it may be known for its top quality Tortilla, there are many other delicious dishes to choose from, from the Murcia Blood Sausage (a personal favourite a bit like black pudding), the OxTail, the Avocado and Salmon or the Pork with Melted Brie. Add a Tinto de Verano or a generously sized Gin and Tonic to the mix and you have the perfect feast.

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What’s the decor like?

If al fresco’s your cup of tea, this is the crème de la crème. Slatted wooden tables sit beneath a discrete cream canopy with flame heaters to keep you snuggly. With buzzers table-side, there’s no escape for lazy waiters who are, quite literally (or perhaps more aptly, laterally), at your beck and call.

Lateral, Santa Ana

What’s nearby?

If tapas isn’t enough for you, you can chose from an array of desserts and cocktails. Situated in the heart of possibly the prettiest square in Madrid, there are bars aplenty for after dinner digestifs or rooftop glamour atop the famous ME Hotel (next door).

In short…

Well-located, scrumptious and beautiful, this is a great stop for visiting friends and family.

Contact:

Address: Plaza Santa Ana, 12

Website

Tel: 914201582

Nearest Metro: Anton Martin / Sol

Is Your Job Taking Over Your Life?

“Hi, I my name’s John. I’ve been lurking for a while, but I’ve finally made an account to post this. I need to get my life off my chest. About me. I’m a 46 year old banker and I have been living my whole life the opposite of how I wanted. All my dreams, my passion, gone. In a steady 9-7 job. 6 days a week. For 26 years. I repeatedly chose the safe path for everything, which eventually changed who I was.” 

Whether you’re a banker, lawyer, chef or teacher, if your job is taking over your existence, read this article.

It may change your life.

La Rosa Negra, Las Huertas, Madrid

What’s La Rosa Negra?

If you like cheap and cheerful Mexican food in vibrant surrounds, give La Rosa Negra a whirl. Think rainbow decor, statement sombreros and a menu to make your mouth water and you’re on the right track. Sandwiched between Calle del Prado and Calle de las Huertas just a stone’s throw from Anton Martin Metro, this is an easy to reach little gem.

What of the grub?

The menu is full of Mexican classics with dishes ranging from smaller bites such as Guacamole and Nachos to larger meals of Burritos and Tacos. There’s also a delicious range of cocktails on offer from Caipirinhas and Daiquiris to Mojitos and Margaritas. I love their delicious Tacos and Passionfruit Daiquiris and would also highly recommend their zingy Margaritas alongside the scrumptious Chicken Burritos - the ideal mix of the spicy and refreshing.

What do they say?

Jamie Oliver would probably describe this as good, honest food. The presentation is simple but it tastes great, is good value and is served with mega-watt smiles. I’d definitely recommend this joint if you’re after a vivid, fun-filled break from tapas.

Contact:

Website: Here

Address: Calle León, 16, 28014 Madrid

Tel: 914 20 30 68

Nearest Tube: Anton Martin

Pearls of Wisdom from the Wise

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Who knows best?

People say you see most clearly in your final hours.

Lord Byron said, ‘Adversity is the first path to truth’.

I can’t help thinking that’s true and one of the silver linings to lives cut short.

Five Core Truths

Here are five insightful quotes from four exceptional people who saw the light in their latter days:

1. ‘Prioritising is very easy. Disregard the negative and inconsequential in seconds’.

2. ‘Cancer need not be the epilogue. In many ways it can be the introduction to a richer life of wisdom’.

3. ‘Life is about love and connection and not having flashy, overpriced stuff. The latter doesn’t keep you warm at night or provide love and support’.

4. ‘Don’t go changing’.

5. ‘Whatever you do, you must have fun’.

Who said these?

The first two are from a sporty, 23 year old English graduate diagnosed with terminal brain cancer prior to his university finals. He completed his degree in his dressing gown, achieving a 2:1 to end all 2:1s.

The third is from a 36 year old, reputed financial consultant who referred to research showing the link between highly stressful jobs and cancer. Her blog can be seen here.

The fourth is from a leader in the engineering industry with a sense of a damaging relationship when he saw one.

And the last is from a high-flying accountant advising on careers. Not necessarily what you’d expect from a man who ‘had it all’.

The moral of the tale?

If you’re feeling a little disillusioned with life, whether working too hard, worrying about a career change, questioning a relationship that doesn’t feel quite right or wondering whether to up sticks somewhere new, trust your gut. We’re all the same in the end - we only regret the things we didn’t do, not the things we did.

So don’t rely too heavily on rationale – it’s not always right. Bear in mind that societal ‘norms’ aren’t necessarily normal in the eyes of people who know what it is to truly live, or to have their lives cut short.

You only live once. So don’t wait until it’s too late to see the light. Your instincts are only telling you what your wiser self already knows.

And if you’re unsure of which direction to take, remember: ‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards’ (Steve Jobs).

 

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“La Infinito, café-libros-arte”, Anton Martin, Madrid

Where is it?

Tucked away in the quiet backwaters of Anton Martin and Lavapiés, La Infinito, café-libros-arte is a book-filled, bohemian musical-café on a sunny corner. Like walking into the cosy lounge of a really interesting journalist-musician hybrid, this is the sort of place you can settle down into for an afternoon.

What of the grub?

Whether coffee, tea or brunch, the food, prices and service are stellar. Juice, tea, toast with nutella and a giant bowl of cereal with yogurt and fruit will set you back a mere 4.5 euros with the priciest item on the breakfast menu being 6 euros.

If music be the food of love play on..

Apart from the deliciously kooky decor, one of the best bits of La Infinito, café-libros-arte is the musicians you can watch here. With a little glass stage, it’s home to intimate gigs such as Celia Carballo’s recent performance, mixing soulful classics and brunch for a mere 12 euros! To see the sort of quality we’re talking about, check her out performing with the Black Bones here. Incredible.

Why visit?

If you like literature, character, cosiness and great value food, give this whirl. La Infinito, café-libros-arte is super cute, super cool.

Details:

Address: Calle de Tres Peces, 22

Nearest metro: Anton Martin

Events: Check out the Facebook pages of “La Infinito, café-libros-arte” and Celia Carballo via “The Tribulettes”

Opening Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 11am – 12am

Fri: 11am -1am

Sat: 11-2am

Free Wifi

 

Librería “La Central de Callao”

Where is it?

Situated a stone’s throw from El Corte Inglés and Gran Via, this place is completely unique. A mix of academic-chic, La Central de Callao is a 3 floored treasure chest combining over 70,000 volumes of specialized books in philosophy, history, social science and literature and a super cool bistro to boot.

What’s it like?

If unpretentious Bohemia is your thing, the bistro is a real find. Open until around midnight most nights, it boasts a great selection of cakes and savoury treats and would be an original substitute to grand alternatives.

Surrounded by books a-plenty, La Central’s bistro has a unique energy. Combining the soulfulness you find tree-side, the inspiration you find in bookshops with a cosmopolitan cosiness typical of Madrid, this little eatery is a real treat.

What else is on?

The lectures and presentations on offer are fascinating ranging from this month’s GRAF presentation dedicated to comics and illustration to Yasmina Khadra (one of the most important and famous writers of Algerian literary scene, with work published in more than forty countries) speaking next month.

Why go?

If you’re a creative type who gets excited by books and new places, try La Centrale. It’s good for the soul.

Details:

Dirección: Calle del Postigo de San Martín, 8, 28013 Madrid

Website

Teléfono: 917 90 99 30

Events

Horarios (El Bistro):

Lunes, martes y miércoles - 9.00 – 00.00

Jueves, viernes y sábado - 9.00 – 01.00

Domingo y festivos - 10.00 – 22.00

Las Carboneras, Madrid

Reputedly the best-known flamenco bar in Madrid, Las Carboneras is a once in a lifetime experience.

Where is it?

Nestled behind Mercado de San Miguel in a jazz-club like hideaway, this is a world away from the classic ‘one-man band’ flamenco show. Featuring a quartet of dancers (flanked by two singers and guitarists), they dance one by one in dimly-lit surrounds, their focus broken only by applause. The intensity of their footwork builds skyward through the wooden stage, interrupted occasionally by a pit-pat of cheers from their comrades.

What is it?

Flamenco may seem flamboyant, but this is a serious affair. Uniting passion and control, severity and seduction, the alluring and the disarming, this is mind-boggling, soul scratching stuff. The dancers’ rhythmic movements are mesmerising, enrapturing the audience in a trance-like state whilst keeping them at a distance all at once. For no matter how musical you may think you are, this is a beat you can’t catch. The singers’ soulful wailings may capture your soul but there’s an eerie divide between audience and performer that cannot be crossed. Like a witch casting a spell, it’s engaging and alienating all at once. Eerie, powerful, elusive, it’s about feeling, not thinking. Even the Rastas stage-side, renowned for their rhythm, couldn’t get the beat.

Why go?

With personas as different as chalk and cheese, from the flamboyance of the opening dancer throwing her peach train around the stage in peacock-like fashion to the terrifying severity of her velvet-clad counter-part, flamenco at Las Carboneras is a sight to behold. A feast for the senses if ever I saw one, it’ll leave you changed. Go.

Contact:

Website

Address: Plaza del Conde de Miranda, 1, 28005 Madrid

Tel: 915 42 86 77

Hours: 19:30-24:00

Tickets:

Drink and Show - 33.40 euros

Tapas and Show - 65 euros +

 

Iroco, Madrid

A cross between A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an Italian arte fantasy, the outdoor terrace at Iroco is the stuff of fairytales. With tables nestled between overhanging trees, dimly-lit lanterns adorning low-hanging branches, this is the perfect setting for a romantic rendez-vous.

Typical of the upmarket Salamanca district, the menu and service are understated and classy. From sashimi and seafood risotto to steak tartar and fresh tuna, these are foods for sophisticated palates.

With prices ranging from 13 to 24 euros for a main and 8-10 euros for cocktails, this really isn’t bad value for money for the priceless surroundings and stellar service. If you can stretch to a bottle of the Marques de Murrieta Reserva, the most delicious Rioja around, you’ll be in heaven.

Contact

Address: Calle de Velazquez, 18, 28001

Website

Nearest Metro: Velazquez

Tel: 914 31 73 81