Lost & Found

Madrid’s secret mediterranean patio

2 August 2016
Hidden bungalow on the patio of Sala Mirador

Hidden deep within Lavapiés and almost always closed, this stunning cobbled patio took some serious discovering. 

Walking along C/Doctor Fourquet after visiting Esta es una Plaza, we spotted a girl dressed as a pirate. We caught her eye and she ran over to us in character – why not. It turns out she was promoting a show running that night whose theatre was accessible only through an enclosed alley.

Naturally curious by the light at the end of the cobbled portal, we followed her in and when we looked up, there was a beautiful interior corrala

The corrala leading up to the patio of Sala Mirador

A little further along, we emerged into a stunning secluded patio with mediterranean foliage and a tiny white bungalow, and there it was: a perfect little no-frills terrace with the peacefulness of a coastal village.

Mediterranean plants and the terrace of Theatre Sala Mirador

Grafitti on the walls of Sala Mirador

Whenever there’s a performance at Sala Mirador, the theatre bar opens and you can go and enjoy a drink on the patio terrace. They pack up the furniture when the show ends at around midnight/1 am, and then it’s kick-out time along with the audience. It’s a very informal affair, wonderfully no-frills and at the same time a stunning place to spend an evening.

We never made it to the show, but we returned that evening to the patio for drinks on the terrace. During the interval, we caught a perspective-changing glimpse of the cast – a spectacle of young things in costumes that illustrated an extreme and abstract version of themselves. It was madness and a sight worth seeing, and fortunately it only lasted 15 minutes before we were able to get back to the rare peacefulness, imagining that we could see the stars from the best terrace in Lavapiés.


  • Sala Mirador: Website and Twitter
  • Address: C/Doctor Fourquet 31
  • Nearest metro: Lavapiés
  • Opening hours: Whenever there’s a performance

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