Plaza de la Paja

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Plaza de la Paja 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 meeting points. Madrid Spain 40.4126718 -3.711217
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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 meeting points. This charming... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    La Latina

  • Hours:

    24/7; Bars and cafés open around 11am and close around 2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Plaza de la Paja Review

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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 meeting points.

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 meeting points.

This charming square, nestled between the medieval walls of the Bishop’s Chapel and the estate of an aristocratic 16th-century family, is still quite popular as a late-afternoon hangout and attracts an upscale clientele that gathers at the chic little bars and cafés to sip cocktails in the sun.

Austere and sandy – yet somehow still quaint – the area is far removed from the noise and traffic of the main streets, making it the perfect place for post-shopping snacks or pre-dinner drinks.

Those who wish to explore a bit more can take a pleasant stroll in the lush and peaceful gardens of El Príncipe de Anglona, whose entrances are located right in the plaza.

During the day, people of all ages take refuge from the sun to lounge under umbrellas and enjoy tapas, drinks, and conversation. Once the sun goes down, however, this picturesque Plaza de la Paja draws a good crowd of trendy local and international revelers who drop in for pre-club drinks.

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Tip from Adriana:

It’s surprising just how popular this little square is, especially in the late afternoon. The tables are often full, so it’s best to arrive early for those pre-dinner drinks. If you can’t find a space outside in the square, you can always try the outdoor terrace at El Ventorrillo a few blocks away – it’s just as charming and offers a lovely view of the city.

  • Crowd

    All types and ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    The buzz of conversation and the occasional street performer.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Various tapas served at most of the bars and cafés.

  • Prices

    Drinks €3–€6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sunday evenings in good weather are particularly busy.

Plaza de la Paja User Reviews

Average rating:
nice plaza
Sam R. Dec 13, 2012
Right in the centre of the old town. Hostel was near here, and this square was good for assigning a meeting spot. Tapas is good here too, Spanish food is meat-based and the meat is good. From here it’s good to explore the old town coz this doesn’t have the big city feel of Madrid. There are some tourists in this square and people are nice. Very relaxed locals. It’s nice to have a coffee here and look at all the people passing by, both locals and tourists. This is a nice square and good for killing time.
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