Buzzing Yourself Into a Tapas Bar With a View in Madrid, Spain
Madrid's rooftops are mostly the domain of the rich, famous, or extraordinarily lucky. The terrace at Casa de Granada, seven stories above Plaza Tirso de Molina, is a notable exception. To get up there, head to #17 Calle del Doctor Cortezo and buzz the sixth floor. Once you're in, take the grimy, Franco-era elevator up (it's clear which button to press as it is worn to a nub) and scramble for a table on the narrow balcony that skirts the outside of the restaurant. The menu is standard Andalusian bar food, the atmosphere refreshingly downscale—but with a cold beer in hand, the view over the entire south end of the city is a rare luxury (unless you happen to be Joaquín Cortés, the famous flamenco dancer, who has a place right across the plaza).