Thanksgiving in Madrid

Image via Rubaiyat

Image via Rubaiyat

Just because you’re in Madrid, doesn’t mean you have to skip out on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving has become a pretty well known yearly event here. A few years ago, you could hardly find anyone serving Thanksgiving meals, unless they were pre-arranged with the Expat clubs. Now, there are a variety of restaurants (and price ranges) where you can go to get your Thanksgiving fix. For all of these restaurants, it is highly recommended that you CALL AHEAD and make a reservation. Whether you’re want to go for a nice dinner out or are searching for some last minute Thanksgiving ingredients, we’ve got just the list of places in Madrid where you can find just what you are looking for.

Restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Madrid

(Click the names of the restaurants to be taken to the website)

Carmencita Bar 

This neighborhood hang-out is owned and operated by an Americana who now lives in Madrid. This cozy restaurant has now become a favorite for their brunch menu, but they also offer Thanksgiving dinner as well as take-out turkeys in case you are hosting Thanksgiving at your place.

San Vicente Ferrer, 51

915 23 80 73

Restaurante Cornucopia

This restaurant has offered a traditional Thanksgiving meal for years. Its pretty spacious and accommodates strollers/wheelchairs. They also have an English-language website.

43Euros per person

Calle Navas de Tolosa, 9

91 521 3896

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Image via Clarita Restaurant

Restaurante Clarita

Restaurante Clarita has a contemporary feel and makes for a good choice if you’re looking for a grown-up dinner that’s not overly fancy. Their Thanksgiving meal includes pumpkin soup, turkey, green beans, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
35 Euros per person plus beverages

Corredera Baja de San Pablo 19

The Hard Rock Café

The Hard Rock Cafe is great for large groups, especially those with kids as you’ll find plenty of space for strollers and they have high chairs.

Paseo de la Castellana, 2, Madrid

914 36 43 40

Pecado Carnal

This restaurant has various locations in Madrid and specializes in grilled meats, but their restaurant in the Chamberi neighborhood offers an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving menu.

Calle Covarrubias, número 24

914 456 886

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Image via Rubaiyat

Rubaiyat

Rubaiyat will offer a special Thanksgiving menu that includes appetizers, cream of corn soup, turkey with all of the fixings and pumpkin pie.

55 € per person (wine included)

Calle Juan Ramon Jimenez, 37

913 59 10 00

New York Burger
Here, you’ll find some of the best burgers in Madrid. In honor of Thanksgiving, they are doing a special turkey burger menu which includes cranberry sauce and potatoes. There are two locations, one by Retiro Park and one near the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Calle General Yagüe, 5

Paseo de Recoletos, 4

Image via The Ritz

Image via The Ritz

The Ritz Hotel

Should you want the ultimate in luxury, you need look no further than the Ritz. This year, they’re offering pumpkin soup, turkey with sweet potato puree and blueberry parfait

€59 per person (beverages not included)

917 01 6767

Plaza de la Lealtad, 5

Where to find Thanksgiving ingredients

Taste of America

This has become one of the most reliable places to find Thanksgiving items. Here you can find everything from ready-made pies to Stove top Stuffing. This is their busiest season, so call ahead and reserve your items. You can also order online and have them delivered.

El Corte Ingles

El Corte Ingles is a convenient option simply because they have various locations throughout Madrid. If you want to cook, you can find uncooked, cleaned turkeys at any El Corte Ingles grocery stores, also called Hipercor.

El Sabroso

If you want to skip the hassle of cooking a turkey, you can order a roasted turkey at El Sabroso, but make sure to call ahead to ensure availability.

Sabores del Mundo

This store has an abundance of ingredients from all over the world. Here you’ll find everything from canned pumpkin to curry spices. They also offer delivery in case you are not able to go to their physical location.

 

 

 

Hasta las Vistas: Eight Rooftop Hotspots in Madrid


When talking about Madrid you will inevitably run into the “rooftop terrace” conversation. Everyone wants to know where the best views can be found. And having mooched, lounged and lorded my way around some of the topspots of Madrid I’ve noticed that one doesn’t rate higher than another, but that each has their own little twist, niche or cariño. From swish and swanky surroundings to a cute urban garden retreat, each week I seem to discover another hidden rooftop hideaway.

Roommate’s Óscar Hotel (Plaza de Vazquez Mella. Tel: +34 91-701-1173. Metro: Chueca / Gran Vía) is a hidden gem open to the public from 20:00 p.m. until 00:00 a.m. every night. Ride the elevator to the 7th floor and beach party sounds grow louder and louder as you follow the corridor. White is unavoidable at Oscar: from the furniture, the beds, the uniforms and the teeth of the handsome waiters that wait to serve you. Select your perch at one of the many tables, head up by the pool to nab a floor couch, or hover by the bar to see the fashionistas come and go. Although Oscar can’t really be described as a cheap option, I would still push for a visit, especially if you’re looking for that perfect place to take a special someone. Book accommodation in Chueca.

Now if white isn’t your colour and you’re pining for some greenery and garden relaxation then I’d suggest heading to the terrace of Hotel Las Letras (C/Gran Vía, 11. Tel: +34 91-523-7980. Metro: Gran Vía / Sevilla / Sol). With a very different feel, the terrace of Las Letras boasts a fine urban garden with plenty of cute corners in which to relax. The view is not what you come for (unless the sides of neighbouring buildings gets your blood pumping), but well worth checking out nonetheless. The ambience is one of chilling out in seclusion and the feel of being in your own secret corner of the world. Book accommodation in Gran Via

Another in the hotel terrace genre comes in the form of the 5* Hotel Urban roof terrace (Carrera San Jerónimo. Tel: +34 91-787-7770. Metro: Sol / Sevilla). With its world-class reputation it is no surprise that the Urban terrace is a good one, and has that spark of magic that will leave you wanting to return. As is expected, the prices are not what brings in the crowds but for the odd drink they won’t break the bank. This is a good place to start your evening before moving on to more modestly priced venues. Book accommodation in Sol

In a very different category, there is one place that is often overlooked ¾ El Corte Inglés Callao (Plaza de Callao. Metro: Callao / Sol). Venture up to the 9th Floor café, sit at one of the window tables, and enjoy one of the best views of Madrid and the Sierra de Madrid. This unpolished watchpoint has the benefit of lacking the potential snootiness of some of the more exclusive terrace locations. The café leaves a lot to be desired in terms of internal décor but they offer a range of food and drinks and the view really is worth a visit, day or night. Plus, you have the perfect excuse for a spot of shopping on the way up and on the way back down. Book accommodation near Callao.

Recently featuring the photo/art exhibition “Oh Cielos!” (Lit: “Oh skies!” – an exhibition celebrating the sky-views of Madrid), the terrace of El Circulo De Bellas Artes (C/ Marqués de Casa Riera, just off C/Alcalá. Tel: +34 91-360-5400. Metro: Sevilla / Banco de Espana) is situated in the heart of the city centre and offers a panoramic view  that towers over nearly every other building in central Madrid. From this spectular, and rather spacious, rooftop you can enjoy to your heart’s content the scenery to the north, south, east and west. “Oh Cielos!” has now finished but Circulo de Bellas Artes often makes full use of its terrace so add it to your to-visit list. Book accommodation near Sevilla.

Another top spot is El Viajero (Plaza de la Cebada. Tel: +34 91-366-9064. Metro: La Latina). This 3-storey bar/restaurant in La Latina has a real buzz on the weekends and the top floor is a terrific little terrace. An excellent place to head to on a Sunday afternoon; they play great chilled club music, reminiscent of an after-party, that is ideal for Sunday lazing. Get there early to get a spot on the terrace, or even a table downstairs, as this place packs out quickly and stays packed all afternoon/evening. The vibe flitters between lively and relaxed as groups come and go (or grow!) but all the while remaining a fun place to be. Book accommodation in La Latina.

If you move on down to Lavapies you can find a terrace where ambience, views, good food and culture all come together in superb unison. The Gaudeamus Café (C/Tribulete, 14. Tel: +34 91 528 2594. Metro: Lavapies) sits at the top of the Edificio Escuelas Pías (UNED) building and presents its guests with views of Lavapies. The food is varied and of a high quality, though not the cheapest you´ll find. But it´s just the place for a special occasion dinner, or to come for a drink. And if you´re in the neighbourhood then why not also wander over to Tirso De Molina and check out Casa de Granada (C/Doctor Cortezo, 17. Tel: +34 91 420 0825. Metro: Tirso de Molina) where you´ll find one of the most clandestine of roof terraces. You have to buzz into an apartment building and make your way to the 6th floor where you´ll discover a real find. As its name might imply, Casa De Granada maintains an Andalucian theme and serves a wide assortment of good sized tapas at low prices and the staff bring some of the white city´s friendliness and warmth to add to the lively atmosphere. Book accommodation near Lavapies.

As a little tip, I would recommend chatting to the staff at any of these venues as they can often recommend similar places in the city if you ask kindly enough. Although rooftops in Madrid are almost like an elite club for only those in the know, now you have an all access pass.

By Tom Burgess