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
Plaza de la Paja
24/7; Bars and cafés open around 11am and close around 2am
La Latina / Lavapiés, Madrid –
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.
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.
All types and ages.
The buzz of conversation and the occasional street performer.
Various tapas served at most of the bars and cafés.
Sunday evenings in good weather are particularly busy.