10 Delicious Ways to Cool off in Madrid

Spain has one of the hottest summer climates in all of Europe, so knowing great ways to cool off is essential!

It’s mid July in Madrid and summer is in full force. Temperatures reach above 90°F (37°C) daily, and Madrid residents have already started escaping the city and heading to their beach houses and mountain cottages. So what can you do if you (like us) are left to fend for yourself in the empty sizzling city? Don’t worry, cooling off in Madrid is easier than it seems, especially when food is involved, so check out these 10 delicious ways to cool off in Madrid and make the most of your summer!

From drinks on the terrace to cold Spanish soups and amazing ice creams, check out our list of the most delicious ways to cool off in Madrid this summer!

Photo Credit: Roberto Faccenda

1. Ice Cream

It’s the quintessential summer snack and there is no shortage of fantastic options for ice cream in Madrid. From Italian style gelato to the little stands selling the dangerously addictive Magnum bars, ice cream in Madrid is a must if visiting in summer and a wonderful way to cool off!

Our pick: Head to Gelatería La Romana (Paseo de la Habana, 27) for some of the best ice cream in Madrid.

Getting ice cream is one of our favorite ways to cool off in Madrid, be it a cone or a huge tub, it always hits the spot
Nothing beats a tasty ice cream in summer

2. Frozen Yogurt

Deserving a category of its own, Madrid has embraced the frozen yogurt craze over the past few years. While a new shop may seem to open every other day, there are definitely some that stand out. For the ultimate summer snack try a tangy natural yogurt with fresh fruit on top.

Our pick: Llaollao (Calle Gran Vía, 56)

A frozen yogurt topped with marshmallows and chopped fruit is a great way to cool off in Madrid during the intense summer heat
The combination of fruit and frozen yogurt never disappoints Photo Credit: Calgary Reviews

3. Granizado

Forget about ice cream and frozen yogurt, if you are really burning up you should try a cold and icy granizado. The name of this ice cold drink literally means “hailstorm” and it’s similar to a slushy. Granizados usually come in basic flavors like lemon, strawberry and orange, but no matter which you choose make sure to drink with caution to avoid brain freeze!

Our Pick: Heladería Kalúa (Calle Fuencarral, 131)

The brightly colored granizada is similar to a slushee, with just as much taste and just as much danger of brain freeze! Another great way to cool off in Madrid!
A refreshing granizada hits the spot during the hot summer in Madrid. Photo Credit: Mari Liis

4. Freshly Squeezed Juice

Spaniards have been fans of freshly squeezed Valencian orange juice for centuries now, but recently other fresh fruit juices have come onto the scene. Served ice cold and full of vitamins and nutrients, a delicious fruit juice is a great pick for cooling off this summer.

Our pick: The juice stand in the newly renovated Mercado San Fernando (Calle de Embajadores, 41)

A classic - freshly squeezed orange juice to ease the heat during Madrid's intense summer!
Many places in Madrid do amazing, freshly squeezed juice

5. Horchata

This ice cold creamy beverage originates in Valencia and is one of the most delicious ways to cool off in Madrid. Horchata is made out of tiger nuts (chufas), water, and sugar. The result is a sweet, milky beverage that when served ice cold is better than any milkshake!

Our pick: Alboraya (Calle de Alcalá 125)

The milky texture of a delicious horchata makes it one of many great ways to cool off in Madrid during the hot summer months!
A tall glass of horchata is a great way to cool off in Madrid

6. Tinto de Verano

This bubbly wine cooler is what most Spaniards drink instead of sangría and that means you should be drinking it too! A refreshing mix of ice, red wine, and lemon soda, it is the ideal beverage to slowly sip on one of Madrid’s terrace bars.

Our pick: Take to the roof of La Cocina de San Antón atop the San Antón Market and sip away!

The simple ingredients of a refreshing tinto de verano makes it hugely popular as a way to cool off among locals and visitors alike!
The classic Spanish drink – tinto de verano! Photo Credit: Adamina

7. Gin Tonic

Voted the number one city to drink a gin and tonic, Madrid has made this mixed drink a cocktail of its own. Served in a big balloon glass with enormous ice cubes, specialty gin, and premium tonic water, you can’t miss an ice cold G&T while visiting Madrid.

Our pick: Gin and tonics on the roof of Hotel de las Letras (Gran Vía, 11).

This cherry ginger gin and tonic, served in the signature round globe glass, is exactly what is needed during super hot days - one of many delicious ways to cool off in Madrid
A cherry ginger gin and tonic.

8. Gazpacho

Spaniards will have you believe that a glass of gazpacho cures all things, and it just might be true. What’s definitely sound advice is that a big glass of this vegetable juice will cool you off in no time.

Our pick: The vinegary, ice-cold glass of gazpacho at Casa Toni (Calle de la Cruz, 14)

Sipping on some chilled cherry gazpacho, with it's bright red color, is heaven when it's hot outside
A cool and delicious cherry gazpacho. Photo Credit: Javier Lastras

9. Ajo Blanco

Before tomatoes came to Spain allowing Spaniards to create classics like gazpacho and salmorejo, there was ajo blanco. A cold soup made of crushed almonds, garlic, and olive oil, enjoy it topped with juicy grapes.

Our pick: Try a sampler of various cold soups (including ajo blanco) at Taberna La Concha (Calle Cava Baja, 7).

The flavor combination of garlic and almond served cold makes ajo blanco, not just delicious, but one of many great ways to cool off in Madrid
The original cold Spanish soup – ajo blanco Photo Credit: Jan Mark Holzer

10. Salmorejo

This cold soup is summer on a plate. Salmorejo is made with fresh tomatoes, stale bread, and olive oil then topped with hard boiled egg and cured Spanish ham. Ask for it to be served without the jamón for an amazing vegetarian alternative. It is healthy, refreshing, and delicious – a must-try and one of the best ways to cool off in Madrid!

Our pick: We like the creamy version at Mercado de la Reina (Calle Gran Vía, 12) as a part of their fantastic daily lunch menu!

With a topping of ham, boiled egg and some olive oil, salmorejo is a dleiicous way to ease the heat of Madrid's summer months
Colorful, delicious and, most importantly for summer, refreshingly cold salmorejo

Want to try some of this amazing food and drink in the company of a passionate local? Join us on one of our food tours! You’ll sample some of Madrid’s most traditional food during one of our foodie experiences, learning about the capital city’s fascinating history along the way. 

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