There is a € 1 charge per person to enter the café which seems ridiculous at first, but the food prices are reasonable and I always leave thinking I got the bargain. In the summer, sit on the terrace and stay cool with their misting fans. On sunny days, pay another € 2 and go up to the rooftop terrace (Azotea) to enjoy a spectacular view of Madrid. It’s breathtaking, and they’ve added a permanent cafe and bar to enjoy a snack or a drink with the many new jazz concerts and nightly activities there.
The Circulo de Bellas Artes (The Circle of Fine Arts) is a beautiful old building from 1880; back in the day there was a student named Pablo Picasso who took painting classes. Now they offer daily events ranging from classical to contemporary music concerts, dance performances, art exhibits and films, but my favourite part is the cafe.