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El Andén. The hidden terrace in Príncipe Pio.

*UPDATE*: it’s closed.

The most cool terraces Madrid are in the most unexpected places. Surely you’ve been more than once at Príncipe Pío Station, one of the most important communication knots of Madrid with several lines of metro and train and a large shopping center where burn your credit card. Well, today I’ll talk about a hidden terrace which makes you look the station in a different way.

El Andén. La terraza secreta de Príncipe Pío.
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I told you it was going to swell gradually my top terraces for the summer of 2016 and it wasn’t a joke. Terraces in Madrid are a sensitive issue ;-). If you’re fed up to hear all the time that ” Madrid is empty and everyone is on holiday ” … and find the coolest places full, pay atention.

El Andén. La terraza secreta de Príncipe Pío.
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The terrace has a tick, because it’s at Príncipe Pío but you have to go around the station towards Plaza de España to find the entrance, a little rusty gate. Cross it and you’ll start to see colors on the floors and walls. Good sign, it means you’re very close. There’s nothing to shake off the gray of abandoned places as the colors of Boamistura, and that’s what you get through the door: graffiti that makes yout get on top even more than the cocktails.

El Andén. La terraza secreta de Príncipe Pío.
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It is one of the more urban and cool terraces of Madrid. The old front door of the station is has now broken glass and not very good atmosphere. But it’s in the process of restoration and when construction is complete it will be a theater, an academy of arts and restaurant. For now, we can enjoy this terrace and the Spiegeltent, a temporary tent for theater events with a baroque style and atmosphere of cabaret.

El Andén. La terraza secreta de Príncipe Pío.
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You can go at any time and eating their portions of humus , salmorejo , “patatas bravas” or something more substantial like a sandwich or a sirloin. But catch one of their deck chairs and take a cocktail while at sunset is an experience. Not get too late because their deck chairs are like a magnet for those who know how to enjoy summer in Madrid.

El Andén. La terraza secreta de Príncipe Pío.
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To squeeze the most of the area I would: start the day in Matadero Madrid in Legazpi. Surely there’s something in their programming that appeals to you. Then you can take a walk through Madrid Río, one of my favorite places to enjoy the outdoors, and end up taking a Montparnasse or Grand Central cocktail at El Andén. Alternative plans? Follow me on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram or subscribe to my newsletter and don’t miss anything of Summer in Madrid.


Terraza El Andén
Phone: +34 671.34.63.06
Schedule: Monday to Saturday from 17:00 to 0:00. Sunday from 12:00 to 0:00 hrs.
Address: Cuesta de San Vicente, 44, Madrid.


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