When surfacing from the Metro at Tirso de Molina, ten minutes walk South from Madrid’s centre at Sol, your impressions of the area might be slightly mixed. The greenery throughout the square, the blending of a modern plaza with the antiquated buildings, casting long shadows and callbacks to times of greater elegance.
Yet the place is dirty, vagrants lounge in the shade afforded by the surrounding trees and an air of foreboding permeates the wide benches and cobbled pavements. If only, one thinks, I could look down on this from a position up high.
On the north side of the square, on Calle Doctor Cortezo, the heavy door of number 17 holds the key to your desires. A discreet sign, ‘Casa de Granada’, bids those savvy few inside to the eighth floor, where a tight terrace and mediocre service provide one of central Madrid’s most relaxing spots.
Walk out of the elevator and through the dining area to the terrace, there’s no point sitting anywhere else.
From the top of the building, the large awning shades patrons from the harsh sunlight, while views to the south, towards Getafe, stretch far beyond the city limits.
The staff are surly, but you aren’t here for the service. Cold drinks and peace are all that is required on the eighth floor, and Casa de Granada offers both for as long as you are willing to sit around. A real oasis from the city below, just be careful who you introduce to this place, it’s a pretty well kept secret, and if you plan on returning, you’ll want to keep it that way.
Casa de Granada (913 69 35 96) is situated on the eighth floor of Calle Doctor Cortezo, 17, which leads onto Plaza Tirso de Molina.