Plaza Lavapies
Plaza Lavapies
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Elcano2010
Madrid53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
Lavapiés used to be the Jewish quarter of Madrid and the name comes from a fountain that Jewish used to wash their feet before going to the sinagogue. Nowadays is a very multiethnic and diverse quarter where many inmigrants from Bangla Desh, Morocco, Senegal, etc. live. It is also inhabited by young people, radicals, artists and bohemians. Lavapiés has traditionally been the poorest quarter of central Madrid but nowadays they are trying to convert the quarter into a center for alternative culture. There are many small independent theatres and some interesting bars and art galeries. It is a fantastic area to meet open-minded and liberal local young people. For instance try cafe Lavapies or the bars on calle Argumosa, ot the traditional bar Melus for some of the best croquetas and green peppers in Madrid. Or maybe El Juglar for some excellent live music. There is also a row of cheap Indian food restaurants and many kebab joints. You could wander in the streets around Plaza de Lavapiés and check the places and shops. You should visit also La Tabacalera, an old tobacco factory reconverted in a centre for alternative culture. Be extra careful with your belongings, because Plaza de Lavapiés is also a place where drug peddlers hang around. You should not try anything unlawful, of course. Do not look too "touristy" and do not wear anything expensive.
Written March 7, 2012
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Terry C
Chiang Mai, Thailand1,007 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
We visited during the day time, certainly different to other areas in Madrid, many foreign restaurants, the area was full of migrants, l can see why other reviewers have felt uneasy, l have worked and lived in many parts of the world, for me this is normal, l do not think that there would be anything here to be afraid of, it is good to look and see how other nationalities live and work
Written May 11, 2016
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holidaycreatures
Liverpool33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Lavapies is characterful and affordable neighbourhood The reviewers who think that undesirable abound just waiting to rob them are at best silly. Why would you hunt tourists here when they're such easy targets in crowded touristy areas? I'd recommend walking from the central Plaza Mayer area through Lavapies as a route to the Prado and Retiro Park. It's not really a tourist attraction but was recommended to me by a friend.
Written August 18, 2014
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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 August 8, 2023
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Adrian K
Devon, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
Tourists are fair game here. If you want to experience muggers, pickpockets and tricksters first hand then go for it. It took them seconds to spot me walk into the Plaza... and over they came, about 5 Africans, in broad daylight, and not a policeman in sight. I can walk pretty fast and got away with it, but others may not.

BTW it didn't spoil my time in Madrid, and it was really the only crime I saw while there.
Written April 6, 2013
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paul091054
Madrid, Spain18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
I love Lavapies, it's my favourite barrio in Madrid, BUT I seriously wouldn't recommend it for a visitor to the city, it's scruffy and dangerous...
There are some great restaurants and night spots, it's the most multi-cutural area in Madrid and frankly there's lots to see, but you need to be prepared for anything when you go there. Lavapies has an intimidating ambiance; dark, narrow streets and lurking gangs it's almost Dickensian in some respects and tourists are not welcomed.
If you go there leave your camera at the hotel, avoid carrying a map or other obvious "tourist" stuff, make sure your valuables are well stashed. It really is worth visiting if you're a courageous sort, but you really must try to blend in, try to look relaxed and "at home" and BE CAREFUL...
Written January 14, 2013
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tired
New York City, NY13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
There is absolutely no reason come here ever, unless you want Indian Food or bulk pack cheap socks. I don’t understand why people rave about this location. It is dead, grungy, and a bunch of shops that sell useless trinkets that all carry the same inventory. Based on he review I thought it would be something artsy, it’s just a neighborhood with nothing to offer. I don’t recommend this place. It was a waste of time.
Written April 16, 2015
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maryDyffrynArdudwy
Dyffryn Ardudwy258 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 February 12, 2020
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Bron D
Bingley, UK50 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Situated in a handy place for the metro, with several little bars and cafes about, but some very dodgy people in the area. Mainly drug dealers who are constantly hanging around the square and don't even try to hide their drug dealing activities!
Not to be recommended, especially for female travelers!
Written March 14, 2016
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vicstark
Lake Worth, FL20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
Certainly a neighborhood in transition; I looked at some apartments for sale here and they cost 60,000 euro to 600,000 euro. Truth told, I stayed in that neighborhood for six nights, and had no issues at all. What I did experience was a great neighborhood vibe on a summer's eve, with people of many nationalities at sidewalk tables sipping wine, and eating. I don't speak a word of Spanish, and was treated warmly in little bars and restaurants. Every nibble concluded with a free shot of some kind of booze; sometimes two. As there is transition there, sure, one can see some scruff. Truthfully, I encountered more sleaze in Puerto del Sol. In Paris, tourists are always asking about places to visit where there aren't too many tourists ( there is no such thing ). If Lavapies were in Paris, I'd suggest they visit here. Soon, it will be another part of Madrid's tourist central. Visit it now, and in a few years you can tell everyone, I was in Lavapies when..."
Written July 1, 2013
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