Plaza Lavapies
Plaza Lavapies
3.5
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Embajadores
How to get there
  • Lavapiés • 1 min walk
  • Embajadores • 6 min walk
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Plaza Lavapies in Barrio De Lavapies is a great square to visit if you're planning a holiday to Madrid, its multicultural, its vibrant, its full of energy, great pubs,bars, cafe's and restaurants, lots of different cuisines on offer ,of a night its super busy and super boisterous, I love it ,most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written 21 October 2023
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Bladimir R
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I have stayed in this neighborhood (from the US) every year since 2010. It is quite large: from Anton Martin to Calle Embajadores all the way down the hill. So, there are many Lavapiés in Lavapiés. It is the most politically and socially conscious barrio in town with great bars, coffeehouses, and cool restaurants. I also enjoy hanging out at night: not dangerous. But we have been culturally trained: if there are black or brown people, it must be unsafe (there is plenty of white people as well). I have never had any problems at all
Written 8 August 2023
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Alternatively you could take a look at Lavapies. I found Lavapies a very interesting area to walk and explore. Yes it had a bit of an edge compared to other parts of Madrid, and it’s a district where you are likely to see groups of people sitting around doing largely nothing and yes you may actually witness the odd illicit substance deal or even be asked yourself. However I can see that in large parts of London and importantly at no point did I personally feel threatened or unsafe. It is a very ethnically mixed area with trendy bars and a collection of reasonably priced ethnic restaurants. I didn’t personally try it but by the young crowds using them on this particular Saturday lunchtime I would hazard a guess that you can get a very good curry in Lavapies. I found this a good area to explore, especially as it is a district that is undergoing gentrification and all the challenges that brings. But I did not forget that this is a residential area for people who may not be the most affluent, so as long as you don’t act as a privileged tourist I am sure you will be fine.
Historically Lavapies has been the low rent district and therefore the poorer district of Madrid. Historically a working class neighbourhood, in the 1970s a lot of people were attracted here by the cheap rents and the neighborhood began to get a reputation for being overcrowded. In the 1980s and 1990s it became an area with many squatters. And from the 2000’s it is a district where immigrants have settled in Madrid, such as Indians, Chinese, Senegalese and Middle Easterners, who have all been attracted by the lower rents. This led to an influx of the reasonably priced ethnic restaurants and bars which have brought many hipsters and young people into the neighborhood, which has increased its popularity, started pushing up the rents and led to a general gentrification which is always a challenging balancing act.
Written 3 June 2023
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Dreamer
Madrid, Spain4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
I can't really understand the motication of people visiting this place. The Square is crowded with drug dealers, and the migrants suggest you to buy drugs even when you get off the subway. I felt unsafe & worried. No Guardia Cívil is around, and police will never help you if you will get in trouble there.
Written 7 March 2021
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,135 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
This is a very sketchy area in Madrid, drugs, prostitution... It was a very popular neighborhood in Madrid in the 19th century; poor people used to live here. Nowadays, it is a dangerous neighborhood. The bars are nice, but I do not recommend it at night.
Written 31 August 2020
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maryDyffrynArdudwy
Dyffryn Ardudwy272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
People live And die here, warts and all. A working, breathing, sweating area home to many immigrants and in the evening police going about their business of frisking young men. Not threatening, tho.
Written 12 February 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
The area that makes up the Lavapies neighbourhoods is so good to visit and Plaza Lavapies suns up the great vibe in this area.
Lots of bars and pubs in this square, cool architecture and a totally bohemian vibe,I love the area,its cool and always a joy to visit.
Well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written 14 September 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,976 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Plaza Lavapies is an interesting area in the middle of the Lavapies district. The area is quite multicultural and this means that you get an amazing variety of food as well as culture. Walking through you get the feeling there are many poorer families in the district in general, but the Plaza and other spots in the district are worth visiting at least for the range and quality of the food on offer.
Written 25 June 2019
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jonaissy
Passaic, NJ309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
We wanted to experience Lavapies as suggested my many of our friends and it was beyond our expectations! This was our favorite part of our visit to Madrid!
Written 25 May 2019
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VinceG
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
The colors, the arquitecture, the food and the mix of cultures in Lavapies is tremendous. One of the coolest places in Madrid for sure.
Written 16 April 2019
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