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Madrid's trendy Malasaña neighborhood is full of great local restaurants. Check out my favorite spots to enjoy the neighborhood as the locals do.

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  • Solo
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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9 Places

Home Burguer Bar

Restaurants

Lolina Vintage Cafe

Restaurants

Maricastana Bar & Kitchen

Restaurants

La Via Lactea The Woodstock Bar

Bars & Clubs

Cafe La Palma

Bars & Clubs

El Palentino

Restaurants

Mastropiero Pizzeria

Restaurants

Lamucca

Restaurants

Plaza del Dos de Mayo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lara V's City Tips

  • Tipping is not required in Spain, but if the service deserves it, it is nice to leave something.
  • While the restaurants and pubs in many areas of Madrid have formal dress codes, Malasaña is more about casual style. T-shirts and sneakers are the perfect style for this 'hood.
  • As Spanish people tend to have lunch later than those in other countries, the lunch rush happens between 2:30 and 3 p.m. For a leisurely lunch, dine before or after this time.
  • The easiest way to reach Malasaña is to take the Metro to Tribunal or Noviciado Station. Once you're here, the day can be spent walking around.
  • Madrid is a very safe city, but remember to mind your belongings, especially in city center areas.
  • Drinking alcohol in public spaces is forbidden, so to enjoy the outdoors over a drink, find a pleasant pub with a terrace.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you're likely to do a lot of walking.
  • Home Burguer Bar
    Restaurants (Fast Food)
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    Lara V Says:

    No, Madrid is not only about tapas. Home Burguer Bar is the place to go when you fancy a good burger. The atmosphere is casual but cool, and the menu features an array of creative gourmet burgers, plus sandwiches and vegetarian options. Health nuts will appreciate that the meat is all organic too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Blue Burger, with Roquefort cheese, caramelized pears and nuts, is famous around this area.
    • My favorite burger is the Cabrita, made with goat cheese and blueberries.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,897 of 7,665 restaurants in Madrid
    • The most antipathetic personal of Madrid!!! (Home Burger Calle Silva - Plaza de la Luna) 05/29/2016
    • Gourmet Burgers in Hipster Malasaña 12/15/2015
    • Home Burguer Bar
    Address:
    Calle Espiritu Santo 12
    28004 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    915229728
    Price range:
    $10 - $15
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Mon - Thu
    1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    8:30 pm - 12:00 am
    Fri - Sun
    2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Other:
  • Lolina Vintage Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, European)
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    Lara V Says:

    Cheery and laid-back, Lolina Vintage Cafe has a fun, retro vibe, with colorful decor and plenty of inviting chairs and sofas. Its varied menu includes light bites like smoothies and salads, as well as panini, hot dogs, and some delicious desserts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you fancy cocktail, the one to order is Lolina's own take the gin and tonic: "Gin and Tonic Premium Helado."
    • Try Rosita beer, a craft beer from Tarragona that is not very easy to find in Madrid.
    • The tosta of sobrasada (toast with brie and honey) is addictive.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #681 of 7,665 restaurants in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very comfy spot 08/13/2016
    • Cute and Cozy Go-To Study Spot 08/05/2016
    • Lolina Vintage Cafe
    Address:
    Calle Espiritu Santo 9
    28004 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 667 20 11 69
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 2:00 am
    Other:
  • Maricastana Bar & Kitchen
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    Lara V Says:

    Stylish Maricastaña has a vintage-chic look, with soft lighting and communal tables. Jazz plays in the background while diners enjoy delicious homemade foods. The only problem is deciding what to order: the breakfast menu offers delicious options, but the lunch menu, with items like tuna with raspberry, is also hard to resist. Whatever you do, save room for dessert - the cakes are amazing!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It's preferable to sit on the main-floor rather than downstairs. Try to book a main-floor table in advance.
    • Ask for the menu del dia (menu of the day) for even more variety.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #426 of 7,665 restaurants in Madrid
    • Moderne spansk køkken 08/21/2016
    • Nice bar/restaurant minutes from Gran Vía 08/20/2016
    • Maricastana Bar & Kitchen
    Address:
    Corredera Baja de San Pablo 12
    28004 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    910827142
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 am - 2:00 am
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 2:00 am
    Other:
  • La Via Lactea The Woodstock Bar
    Bars & Clubs
    Lara V Says:

    If you love nightlife and don't mind crowds, this is the place to be. A longtime favorite on Madrid's nightlife scene, La Via Laceta is an epic experience. The ceiling is lined with festival posters, the music selection ranges from pop to rockabilly, and the crowd is lively, fun, and friendly - in short, it's a classic place to end the best nights out!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Expect long lines on the weekends.
    • The billiard area is a fun way to pass the evening. Don't hesitated to jump in on a game.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 887 Nightlife in Madrid
    • More cock than rock 07/27/2016
    • Iconic Rock Bar in Madrid 09/12/2015
    • La Via Lactea The Woodstock Bar
    Address:
    Calle Velarde 18
    28004 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    91 446 75 81
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    8:00 pm - 3:00 am
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 pm - 3:30 am
    Other:
  • Cafe La Palma
    Bars & Clubs
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    Lara V Says:

    For a rather small club, this eclectic spot offers a little something for everyone, from hopping dance floor to intimate tables to buzzing bar. And just as different rooms offer different vibes, every night is something new as well. You might visit during an exhibition by a local artist, hear a set from one of Madrid's best DJs or catch live jazz or Brazilian samba. Whatever is happening, it's sure to be a memorable night.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • There are usually two shows - one at 10 pm, the other at midnight - Thursday through Saturday. Check the schedule for tickets (they shouldn't be too expensive).
    • My favorite room is the tea room, which is decked out Arabic style with pillows on the floor.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 887 Nightlife in Madrid
    • Wonderful food and music but no live music performance 07/30/2016
    • Great venue 06/10/2016
    • Cafe La Palma
    Address:
    Calle Palma 62
    28015 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 22 50 31
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    5:00 pm - 3:00 am
    Other:
  • El Palentino
    Restaurants (Cafe, Pub)
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    Lara V Says:

    This charming spot is always one of my top picks when foodie friends are visiting. Don't expect anything posh or trendy here. El Palentino is a classic Spanish bar, with a homey vibe and a menu of local favorites, including traditional tapas and bocadillos (sandwiches). It's also popular for its friendly owners and cheap prices.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The restaurant is popular, but not the best place to have lunch. Instead come in for a beer and tapas.
    • There will likely be a crowd when you visit, but it's worth the wait.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5,592 of 7,665 restaurants in Madrid
    • cool little spot in great square 11/29/2013
    • Solo para nostálgicos 07/29/2016
    • El Palentino
    Address:
    Plaza Carlos Cambronero 1
    28004 Madrid
    Spain
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:30 am - 2:00 am
  • Mastropiero Pizzeria
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Argentinean, South American)
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    Lara V Says:

    A cozy, low-key restaurant, Mastropiero Pizzeria is my go-to lunch spot on rainy days. The small menu features a delicious selection of Argentine-style pizzas, inexpensive wines, and yummy desserts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If the restaurant is busy, there is another Mastropiero located just 10 minutes away.
    • Avoid visiting during the weekends, when it is very crowded.
    • Dessert is included in your meal (and delicious), so don’t eat too much pizza!
    • Ask for the house wine, a good and safe choice in this restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #964 of 7,665 restaurants in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good pizza in the center of Madrid. 03/12/2016
    • A unique experience you won't forget in a hurry 12/10/2015
    • Mastropiero Pizzeria
    Address:
    Calle dos de Mayo 1
    28004 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    910223534
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    8:00 am - 12:00 am
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 am - 2:00 am
    Other:
  • Lamucca
    Restaurants (International)
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    Lara V Says:

    Situated in la Plaza Carlos Carbonero, this stylish spot serves up an array of international cuisine, including burgers, tapas, Turkish mezze and lasagna. Everything is quite affordable too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Like their style? Everything from furniture to lamps to plates are for sale, so if you see something you like, ask for a list of prices.
    • Try the octopus if it's available - truly delicious.
    • Large tables make this a great place for families and big groups, but it's a good idea to book in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #250 of 7,665 restaurants in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great drinks 08/15/2016
    • Slow service 08/12/2016
    • Lamucca
    Address:
    Plaza Carlos Cambronero 4
    28004 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 21 00 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    1:00 pm - 1:30 am
    Thu
    1:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Fri - Sat
    1:00 pm - 2:30 am
    Other:
  • Plaza del Dos de Mayo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lara V Says:

    If you're looking for a truly local experience, look no further than Plaza del Dos de Mayo. Commemorating the battle between Spanish soldiers and Napoleon's invading army (on May 2, 1808), the plaza has become the epicenter of Malasaña nightlife: home to lovely outdoor terraces, a great atmosphere, and many great food and drink options.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check out the secondhand market on the weekends.
    • History buffs should explore the surrounding streets, which are all named for that day's heroes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #170 of 699 things to do in Madrid
    • Vibrant Place 06/13/2016
    • Lively place 05/06/2016
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