Today we bring you some highlights and top picks of what’s new in Madrid summer 2018, as the Spanish capital continues to develop its tourism proposition with a range of innovative new hotel and restaurant openings.
Madrid summer 2018 looks set to be a corker, with some real goodies available to visitors and residents alike. We’ll see you at the bar!
Discover a piece of Ibiza in Madrid…Sa Brisa Restaurant
Visitors to Madrid will this month be able to experience a touch of the Ibizan coast in the Spanish Capital, welcoming the much-loved Sa Brisa Restaurant to Menéndez Pelayo street in the Retiro district. Recognised as the gastronomic hub of Madrid, the aim of the restaurant is to introduce Ibizan fusion cuisine to the capital and put Mediterranean produce on the map. The restaurant’s menu created by executive chef Gonzalo Aragüez, will keep some of the Ibizan restaurant’s most loved dishes including the potera squid hot dog, boiled fish croquettes, and farmhouse bread made with xeixa flour grown locally on the island of Ibiza. Local producers have been incorporated into the restaurants ethos, and have brought local ingredients including oil, salt, meat or fish to the capital’s steps to spread awareness of the Mediterranean’s high-quality produce and culinary flair. For more information visit: www.sabrisarestaurante.com/
San Mateo makes a comeback, introducing Madrid’s newest cocktail hotspot San Mateo Circus
Madrid’s newest cocktail hotspot in the heart of the trendy and bohemian Malasaña neighborhood, San Mateo Circus, is the reincarnation of the popular San Mateo Seis, which was hailed throughout the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, as the ‘IT’ place to be for Madrileñan socialites. The reinvention of San Mateo boasts a new and exciting concept, aiming to recreate the feelings of joy, fun, and excitement associated with the circus in the 1940’s, through the edgy Art Deco aesthetic and captivating audio-visual and cinematic experiences. Visitors to the bar can enjoy quirky cocktails, 15 of which feature ecological juices and probiotic ingredients, a simple yet diverse health conscious menu, an extensive choice of both national and international ecological wines and craft beers and a carefully selected offer of spirits, from 4.00 pm to 03.00 am. For more information visit: www.sanmateocircusmadrid.com
Enjoy a cocktail with a view … VP Plaza España Design
Madrid’s newest five-star property the VP Plaza España Design Hotel has opened Ginkgo Sky Bar; a glamorous 12th floor oasis located in the heart of the Spanish capital offering panoramic vistas over the Spanish Royal Palace, Debod Temple and the city surrounds. Ginkgo Restaurant and Sky Bar offers a spectacular terrace with 360º views of the city, an outdoor swimming pool, a fully-soundproofed late-night bar, as well as live music. The restaurants culinary offering is nothing short of exquisite with traditional Spanish delicacies and modern twists, including octopus carpaccio, fried artichokes and Jamón Iberico served with pan con tomate. Cocktail lovers will not be disappointed with the extensive cocktail list including house specials such as ‘Passion Bubbles’ made from Bombay Sapphire, lime juice and passion fruit hibiscus. The summer months will host theme nights such as Grey Goose Tuesdays, Live Jazz Wednesdays, Deep House on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Music-on-Demand Sundays, where visitors will be able to request music from the DJ. The pool and sundeck provide the perfect place to cool off, and its glass bottom gives a view into the central design element of the hotel; a 25m metallic waterfall sculpture created by Catalan artist Pere Gifre. For more information visit: www.plazaespana-hotel.com
Experience health-conscious cocktails and dishes… Sep7tima, Only YOU Hotel Atocha
Since its opening, Only YOU Hotel Atocha’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Sep7ima, has become one of the city’s hotspots for locals and visitors alike, and this summer their social calendar is set to be as packed as ever. For the summer months the hotel has introduced a quirky menu inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, featuring raw, natural and organic ingredients to create light and fresh Spanish and American style dishes. To accompany the summery dishes and panoramic views of Madrid, Sep7ima’s rooftop will this summer play host to mixologists from the famed cocktail bar, Angelita Madrid, whose cocktail ethos is based on bold flavours, innovative concepts and unique presentation. The summer cocktail menu centres around cocktails with less alcohol and no added sugars, using natural ingredients from their own urban garden, creating the perfect stylish combination of food and drink, sitting on top of Madrid’s picturesque landscape. For more information visit: www.onlyyouhotels.com
Watch out for…BLESS Hotel Madrid, opening December 2018
Palladium Hotel Group’s new hotel brand, ‘BLESS Collection Hotels’ is set to open its first property in Madrid this December 2018. The property will be located on Calle de Velázquez in the heart of the city, offering 111 rooms, a rooftop pool, bowling alley, spa and gym, a gourmet restaurant, three bars and conference spaces, each of which have been designed to target the ‘Hedonist Luxury’ market. Key design features will include ‘sensory architecture’ that will define the hotel ambience, collaborative work spaces and social areas. The property’s interiors have been designed by renowned Spanish designer and architect Lázaro Rosa-Violan, whose mission was to create a space which provided guests with a truly Madrilenian flavour and feel. The restaurant will be headed up by world famous Basque chef, Martin Berasategui, holder of eight Michelin stars in total, more than any other Spanish chef, and head chef of what was once voted “the best restaurant in the world”. For more information visit: www.blesscollectionhotels.com
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