Matadero Madrid

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Matadero Madrid
Art Galleries • Theaters
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
The area
Neighborhood: Madrid Río Park
How to get there
  • Legazpi • 4 min walk

996 reviews
Very good

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain1,411 contributions
Sep 2018
I just passed by before went in to Madrid río. I have to say that this is a good example how an old factory can become a part of a city life if you adapted.
Written October 6, 2018
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Durham, UK156 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
This prominently located slaughter house has reinvented itself as a wonderfully inspired cultural hub. Its grim origins have been subject to some intelligent architectural interventions which subtly blends new forms onto the original. The result is a focus for exhibitions theatre dance film and fashion together with cultural industry offices. When we visited there was a deeply impressive photo exhibition around immigrants a light show and a national fashion event to be followed by an outdoor rock concert. A real destination to highlight Spanish creative industries
Written June 28, 2016
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Madrid, Spain5,423 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
good shows of course the best are in the gran via
but this is like off broadway shows in NYC
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Written June 24, 2015
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Santiago M
Caracas, Venezuela164 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
I guess I should have googled activities before going. After a very long walk in Madrid Rio, here was absolutely nothing at the Matadero. Nothing to eat, nothing to drink. Nothing.
Written August 3, 2017
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Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Went to Matadero Madrid last Saturday for the Game of Thrones Exhibition.
It was a sunny, really busy day,. Great open space, vibrant and full of life.
I´m looking forward to visiting the Matadero again and explore the whole place.
It is easy to find and lots of parking spaces nearby.
Written May 4, 2015
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania448 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
We walked around on a week day morning waiting for the restaurant to open for lunch. I liked the architecture and the idea that such old building used for animal slaughter have been transformed in theaters etc. But at the same time it had a feeling of emptiness and unfriendliness. What I really liked an I suggest to visit are the botanical gardens in there. They have a separate glass pavilion with four different gardens from various areas of the world, desert, tropical etc. It was very well made and maintained, and interesting to see the different varieties.
Written June 13, 2014
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26 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
Matadero is an excellent example of how an old complex of buildings (a former slaughterhouse) can be put to good use without tearing down part of history.
Easily accessible from the center and the suburbs by metro or numerous buses, as well as walking from the riverside. Permanent and temporary offerings/events are held in the indoor and outdoor spaces, and include ping pong table, theater, interactive exhibitions, music festivals and many more.

The only downside is the cafe/restaurant.
The good part is that, as the rest of the Matadero, it uses existing building and is well blended into the overall design. There is an indoor part, which includes a typical Spanish bar where you can sit on stools to snack, as well as a mix of high and low tables for longer drinking/eating sessions, as well as an outdoor terrace with another bar serving drinks.

The bad part is that the food is at best of low quality, sometimes bordering on disgusting.
I'm not making a rush judgement either - I've been there three times during the past year.

During the last visit in early September, we were given four pieces of rock hard bread rolls before our main courses arrived. We pointed it out to the waiter, who without any question or examination said he'd exchange it. It's odd enough when the waiter doesn't check what you're complaining about, but even more so when he comes back with three of the same pieces covered by a piece of old baguette, which wasn't hard but close to stale.

When our main courses arrived, we were speechless:
The steak was cold and not just rare, but in a pool of blood; it was accompanied by hard rock thick brown fries, which looked like they were re-fried at least once. The chicken escalope was twisted and hard like the sole of a shoe - the breadcrumbs were rock hard, and when I managed to ply this off the meat, all I saw was hard stringy meat that could only suggest it was re-heated more than once.
The Russian salad (cubed veg in mayo) looked past its use by date, with parts of the mayo yellow instead of the off-white color when it's fresh and/or stored correctly.

When confronted with the poor quality, the only thing the waiter did was to shrug his shoulders. Not a word of apology, nor explanation. And it wasn't due to a language barrier, because three of the four diners in our group spoke fluent Spanish

I would not even expect such bad quality from a dirty back-street chicken hut, let alone one of the main tourist attractions.

My tip: enjoy the venue for its cultural attractions/activities, but eat somewhere else.
Written September 30, 2013
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Madrid, Spain125 contributions
Mar 2012
The Slaughter House, the place where animals used to be killed for food purposes in Madrid, now houses an Art centre, including several warehouses, where everything from Music to Theatre can be enjoyed. Next to a new development in the city, Madrid Ró, which is also a must see
Written April 3, 2012
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Seattle, WA3,655 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
The Matadero Madrid arts complex has the potential to be a world class contemporary arts institution. Given the budgetary problems Madrid is currently having and the fact that Matadero Madrid is so new, It is hard to see quite yet what its legacy will be in a city with abundant and prestigious fine arts. However the spectacular space and thought provoking range of contemporary art show a lot of ambition and promise.

Matadero Madrid is housed in an immense (almost 150k m2) and architecturally stunning former slaughterhouse complex on the far southern edge of central Madrid near the Manzanares (Legazpi Metro). Construction is ongoing but there are currently a number of indoor and outdoor spaces for art exhibitions, a cinema, theater space and work space as well as at least two really nice cafes. I have posted some pictures of the facility and of a few of the exhibitions/installations that we saw.

The Matadero appeared to have very few international visitors and overall visitation was light when we stopped in. However, it still felt very vibrant as it is a working arts center. In the cafe there were meetings going on in several languages and at several of the exhibitions the staff seemed eager to engage us. Although the Matadero is not in the center of the core of Madrid it is straightforward to reach by Metro, at least largely free (I don't know about all of the cinema and theater but the art exhibitions were all free) and well worth a visit for minimally intrepid independent travelers who have seen Madrid's first-line major attractions or who plan to visit the Madrid Rio park, one end of which starts essentially at Matadero Madrid.

For lovers of contemporary arts, I would say a visit to Matadero Madrid is indispensable. It is going to be amazing to have the perspective of seeing the growth of this amazing facility and arts community.
Written November 29, 2011
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Madrid, Spain443 contributions
Feb 2021
Goes from a windswept desert in midwinter to a vibrant experimental cultural centre when the sun shines.....with its theatres, exhibitions, cineteca, cafés. and outdoor life.
Written March 12, 2021
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