The best restaurants with a winter terrace to celebrate Christmas lunch or dinner with your friends outdoors but without getting cold

Christmas is coming, there is more desire than ever to celebrate, but the pandemic continues to hinder us and gives us more than one headache. Social distance, masks, good ventilation … The premises are clear and many (including myself) remain reluctant to meet indoors. For this reason, and because we do not want to give up again to toast the good that is to come, we have sought he best winter terraces to enjoy with a little more tranquility of that lunch or dinner with friends these holidays.

Doñaluz, in Madrid

Doñaluz (calle Montera, 10-12, rooftop) can boast of having one of the best views of the city of Madrid. Nestled on the roof of one of the most central streets of the capital, it has earned itself by its own merit being one of the ‘places to be’ of a city that is experiencing one of its most effervescent moments in years. But Doñaluz is much more than a rooftop with unbeatable views: inspired by the colors and flavors of Cartagena de Indias, its decoration is pure fantasy and its menu, at a very good price, offers Mestizo bites and a Latin-inspired fusion cuisine that will not leave anyone indifferent. Informal snacks and cocktails for your Christmas lunch or dinner with friends and, for those who want to go one step further, a delicious New Year’s Eve menu with five starters, two main ones to choose from and dessert for 195 euros. In addition, for ensure comfort during cold monthsIt has strategically placed stoves, as well as panels and ceilings that isolate the cold and wind.

Le Tavernier Madrid

Located at number 34 of Madrid’s Gran Vía, on the roof of the INNSiDE by Meliá Madrid Gran Vía hotel (entrance from Calle de Mesonero Romanos 13), Le Tavernier is one of the largest rooftops in the city and transports us to the old port taverns of the popular Marina Coruña without leaving the heart of Madrid. With a fun and relaxed atmosphere, its menu is made with fresh, top-quality products perfect for surrender body and soul to the traditional art of snacking with Galician flavors: creamy crayfish croquettes, Galician pork rib taco or nachos with zorza, as well as a large menu of cocktails, mixed drinks and well-drawn beers. And to enjoy the experience in the middle of winter, its 500 square meters have been equipped with windbreak glass and heaters, plus blankets available to customers.

Martínez terrace, in Barcelona

In the Montjuic skirt, between the mountains and the beach and with unbeatable views, the gourmet chiringuito de la Terraza Martínez (Carretera de Miramar, 38, Barcelona) is, without a doubt, one of the best options in Barcelona for enjoy a meal with friends to celebrate Christmas outdoors, but without getting cold, on its covered terrace, equipped with umbrellas and stoves. His specialty are the rice and the paellas, although its fresh fish, seafood, or its tartares and carpaccios are essential. Also, if you go, you cannot stop taking the aperitif with one of its vermouth made in the traditional way.

Manolo León, in Seville

Beyond the famous terrace on the banks of the Guadalquivir de Mariatrifulca, if we have to stay with a winter terrace in Seville, that’s Manolo León’s (Calle Guadalquivir, 8, Seville), which from October to May transforms the patio of this stately house into an imposing greenhouse in which to enjoy its typical cuisine in the open air, but sheltered from the cold. Lush greenery and vintage furniture marry beautifully with a menu that defends traditional Andalusian recipes but to which is added an exquisite and groundbreaking avant-garde touch.

Yandiola, in Bilbao

Finally, we travel north to enjoy a Christmas lunch with friends at Yandiola, in Bilbao (Plaza de Arrikibar, 4), awarded as one of the best terraces in the city and recognized with a Solete from the Repsol Guide. Signature cocktails, spirits, relaxed atmosphere and one of the best snacking options in the entire Basque Country (and that’s a lot) in which, as they say, “we cook and respect traditions, products and producers” with proposals such as the fresh tuna belly salad, avocado, potato and spring onion, the crispy steak tartare rolls (best tapas award). in Madrid Fusion 2019) or the grilled Arbizu txistorra. None of their dishes, perfect for sharing, cost more than 15 euros.

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