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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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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

BlaBlaBla, Chueca

If you like a bit of French…

If you like 5* French food and shabby-chic, bienvenue à BlaBlaBla.  Situated between Banco de Espana and Chueca, this is a French Bistro with a twist, the kooky aesthetic making the decor as memorable as the food.  And gold star for the funky little bar area that greets you before you enter the restaurant proper – the perfect spot to have a gin and tonic before settling in for the evening.

If music be the food of love…

The menu is extensive with dishes ranging from Foie Gras Salad, Eggs Benedict, Fish and Chips, Giant Calamari, Steak Tartare and Oysters.  Prices range from 9 to 19 euros which seems like a pretty fair deal given the ambience, decor, quality of food and service.  Be warned though, ladies, if you don’t like steak you may have a job on your hands keeping the boys away from the Chateaubriand. For the non-steak lovers out there, this is a four-inch section of beef tenderloin, one of the most tender cuts of beef going.  The sort of bloody treat that turns Western man into primal beast.

Will I like it?

If cosy, cosmopolitan chic is your style, this is a wee treasure.  The perfect mix of sophisticated and eclectic, BlaBlaBla has universal charm.  Top tip – wrap the evening up with one of the chocolate shots…  You won’t be disappointed.

Contact

Address: Calle Prim, 13, 28400 Madrid

Website

Tel: 91 523 44 66

Nearest metros: Banco de Espana/Chueca