Lavapies
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Steve_of_N21
By Steve_of_N21
A very interesting neighbourhood of Madrid
5.0 of 5 bubblesMay 2023
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. 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. Let’s hope the Madrid council get this one right as it’s a difficult balancing act..

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Ivan K
Miami, FL24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Wide variety of ethnic food. Conveniently located very close to Plaza del Sol. Major museums and landmarks within walking distance.
Written April 14, 2019
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Rodri 🐥
Madrid, Spain51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Old neighborhood of traditional Madrid that has been punished by insecurity, they tried to open the car while we were inside and then we couldn't get out because they were arresting an individual.

An experience that must be lived once in a lifetime.

Anyway there are streets and streets
Google
Written September 17, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Lavapies is a very vibrant multicultural area of Madrid. We have been to Madrid a few times and have visited this area. There are many good, varied and really interesting cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as other types of establishments which merit a visit. The streets we walked on were mostly narrow but full of life with outdoor seating belonging to cafes and other eateries. Also there are some great attractions not too far away such as some of the best museums, namely the Prado, Reina-Sofia and the Thyssen. And of course there are plenty of plazas to visit.
Written July 18, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
Lavapies is a great neighbourhood in Madrid that on any holiday I take to this most beautiful of cities we always look forward to visiting.
The barrio encompasses a large area ,its multicultural and diverse, vibrant and lively, packed with pubs,bars and restaurants and some amazing architecture, it's a very cool district, we visited some amazing bars in this area,just visiting Plaza De Lavapies sums up this district, lots of great pubs and bars ,we really enjoyed all our visits to the Lavapies district and when we are back in Madrid next year we will most certainly revisit this district.
Well worth checking out if your planning a holiday to Madrid.
Written September 14, 2019
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
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. 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. Let’s hope the Madrid council get this one right as it’s a difficult balancing act..
Written June 3, 2023
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Merch111
Murcia, Spain187 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Traditional neighborhood of Madrid, which has been taken over by immigrant mafias and is today one of the most degraded, dangerous and unsafe areas of Madrid. I recommend avoiding it
Google
Written March 24, 2024
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Vlasovista R
Province of Alicante, Spain13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A completely degraded, dirty neighborhood, with an overwhelming feeling of insecurity, and with the appearance of not being in Madrid, nor in Europe, but in a third world place.
Google
Written March 22, 2024
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