Hoy comemos… en el museo
A museum is mostly its paintings, its masterpieces, but also its walls, its architecture, its design and also its cafes and restaurants. In fact, these are elements that are receiving more attention by the managers of said museums, since they see them as a way of attracting visitors. Generally speaking, you do not have to access the museum to enjoy these places filled with art.
One of the most charming ones is the cafe at the Museum of Romanticism, known as Café del Jardín. It is a place with a French touch, elegant, delicate and only spoiled slightly by music that does not generally match the peace that you can experience here. It is made up of a room and a garden that would have inspired romantic poets back in the day; smoking is not allowed and this guarantees that no impertinent cigarette butt ruins the beauty of this charming little corner, located in the heart of Madrid (Calle San Mateo, 13), which is also free to enter. We especially recommend its homemade cakes and its summer timetable is Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 8.30pm and Sundays from 10am to 3pm.
The Thyssen Museum also has a cafeteria in the lower area, which is large, spacious and decorated with pleasant white tones that reminisce of the spirit of the Guggenheim Museum in New York by Frank Lloyd Wright. However, it also has a tempting restaurant. El Mirador del Thyssen, which opens only in summer and whose views over the Paseo del Prado (it is located on the fifth floor) are absolutely beautiful. Guests highlight the charm that you can sense in the place, the views, the excellent service and the quality of its products, although prices are quite high.
Lastly, the terrace-restaurant of the Reina Sofía Museum is, at least in summer, more attractive than the indoor cafe-restaurant, designed by Jean Nouvel. The former, being outdoors, with large and comfortable sofas, is better to enjoy an afternoon snack, a meal or a drink, and it opens daily.
Hotel Moderno –located on Calle Arenal in Madrid, with entrance from the very same Puerta del Sol– is located in one of the best areas of the Spanish capital to enjoy museums and culture. We are a hotel that is next to the great theatres and close to the main museums in Madrid.