August is a strange month in Madrid. Some say they love being in the capital in the summer, and indeed somehow there is something special in the solitude of the sidewalks that are usually crowded. Madrid in summer is hot and cramped, but when grades drop slightly at night, it can have something truly magical. Our main recommendation for those of you that had to stay in August in Madrid, or for those who already have come back to the city and have almost already forgotten holiday time is you to go out at night during the week to wander. Perhaps then you will end up in a bar or terrace you did not know or simply with a some free tables (for your surprise). There are many bars of Madrid that we like but do not insist too much because they are already well known or is very difficult to find a place. So we encourage you to go to those usually crowded spots in these last days of August.
If you go during the day, you can also enjoy some of the new activities they´re planning this summer in the interiors of the palace. There is an exhibition hall (Mimub room) where you can buy exclusive items for home; and soemthing we´ve loved: “Mahou bookshop”, a bookshop by Top Books and one of our favorite publishers, Lunwerg. On the first floor there´s also a room where picnics are held in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday. You can check the whole programme of activities here.
Manzana Mahou is one of the top trendy terraces this summer without any doubt, but none of this would be worth if it wasn´t because they have really managed to offer a cozy space in the middle of the Plaza de Alonso Martinez, and most importantly for us with a welcoming, warm service service that can not be more helpful, smiling and friendly, even when having to cope with a crowd. Take advantage of these last days of summer to find a place without having to wait for hours, you won´t regret it!
Manzana Mahou is located in Santa Bárbara Palace, Hortaleza street 87. Hours: from Monday to Sunday 11:00 – 0:30h (terrace). Opening hours in the interior rooms are 11:00 – 21:00h. You can have a look at the activity programme in their website, Facebook or Twitter . Reservations are held in “Experiencias” section on the website.