Who said that Spain’s capital doesn’t have a beach? Café by day, restaurant by night, Ojalá (“Hopefully” in Spanish) is here to prove us all wrong. Located in Malasaña, Madrid’s coolest district, this popular joint attracts hipsters, students and young city dwellers looking for the sand that the city can’t offer them anywhere else in the centre of Spain’s mainland. It’s one of the four restaurants that make up the “La Musa” group in Madrid, with each place offering something unique and equally worth a visit.
Before they open “la playa” (the beach) at 6pm, they’re busy serving hungry customers from breakfast through to evening dinner. With over eight mouthwatering brunch selections to choose from, five ways of having your eggs in the morning and twelve homemade shakes and smoothies, it’s clear as to why “Ojalá” is bustling from the moment it opens up its doors at 10am. Enjoy your food on mis-matched colourful crockery and wooden boards, and if you opt for one of the brunches, a beer or house wine is included in the price. It’s never too early to party in Spain, and you might find your Spanish conversation flowing after a little tipple!
If you only want to pop in for the beach experience and a drink, head down the stairs at the back of the restaurant in the evening and find an area of the beach that’s free. There’s a mix of deck chairs and cushions, and of course a well-stocked beach bar to complete the coastal experience. Pick the right footwear, though. That sand gets just about everywhere.
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