Located on the southern edge of historical Madrid just a few blocks from the Royal Palace, La Latina and neighboring Lavapiés are easily some of the most authentic and traditional neighborhoods in the city.
The medieval walls and cobblestone streets form a charming labyrinth that confuses even lifelong residents – but of course, getting lost in La Latina is part of the fun. The area contains a maze of narrow, winding streets that lead to dark and noisy taverns where life-loving Spaniards indulge in copious amounts of wine, beer, and tapas – especially on Sunday evenings when they gather in clamorous defiance of the work week ahead.
Just across Calle Toledo is the old Jewish Quarter of Lavapiés, home to a significant portion of Madrid’s immigrant population. Here, a wide variety of small ethnic restaurants and bars are full of friendly, working-class people chattering away in whatever language they manage to find in common.
Party Earth Review A swanky Japanese restaurant by day, Shoko transforms by night into a sexy dance club that offers a unique and upper scale alternative in the otherwise rustic and old-fashioned neighborhood ... more
Calle de Toledo, 86
Party Earth Review Tapas bars are a dime a dozen in Madrid, but La Chilostra offers a truly authentic atmosphere where patrons can find an amiable mix of bohemian and no-frills locals from the Lavapi ... more
Calle de la Cabeza, 1
Party Earth Review Hidden away in a maze of cobblestone streets in what was the original center of Madrid is Plaza de la Paja, which, centuries ago, was one of the city’s most important cultural and commercial ... more
Plaza de la Paja
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"Well what can I say about this place, it's well known because it's between the centre and the southern part of the city and it used to be Madrid's old ..." more
Calle de Embajadores, 53
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of the historical neighborhood of La Latina, El Viajero is a three-story bar and restaurant that attracts a predominantly stylish young crowd. The first two floors ... more
Plaza de la Cebada, 11
Party Earth Review One of the most famous flea markets in the world, El Rastro sells everything from clothes, jewelry, and antiques to music, DVDs, and vintage 1970s Playboy magazines. Every Sunday, multitudes ... more
Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores
Party Earth Review Situated on the top floor of an old building is Casa Granada, a former apartment converted into a laid-back bar where a diverse clientele gathers for drinks, tapas, and a pleasant view ... more
Calle del Doctor Cortezo, 17
Party Earth Review Most of the historical center of Madrid was built on a high plateau amid a network of lush green gardens and parks – and situated on a corner in the southern part of that plateau, far ... more
Calle de Bailén, 14