Top 3 Madrid Neighborhoods
The city of Madrid is divided into 21 districts. Within these districts, there are 131 neighborhoods that make up the city. As a visitor to the city, it might be overwhelming to decide which neighborhoods to visit, where to stay, or what to do during a stay in the city. In this article, I will describe 3 neighborhoods that are a must to visit during your stay in Madrid. From amazing shopping to nightlife, these neighborhoods are packed with fun activities. Let’s begin our Madrid neighborhood tour!
The Salamanca neighborhood, located just north of Retiro Park, is Madrid’s trendy and stylish neighborhood. Its relatively quiet and tree lined streets are filled with designer boutiques, delicious restaurants, museums, and great nightlife. The boutiques and designer stores that line the streets of Calle Ortega and Gasset make up Madrid’s Golden Mile of fashion because of the wide swath of elegant boutiques in this area. Don’t worry, if shopping is not your thing, there is plenty more to see and do within the Salamana neighborhood!
Salamanca is also known for its delicious restaurants as well as its exciting nightlife scene. From tapas restaurants to local eateries to Michelin star caliber restaurants, the Salamanca neighborhood is sure to fulfill your culinary delights. As for the nightlife, whether beer, wine, gin & tonic or your favorite cocktail, you are sure to find it in the Salamanca neighborhood. Within the area, you can find one of the city’s most well known cocktail shakers at the Dry Martiní by Javier de Las Muelas. If you are a night-owl check out the Fortuny or the rooftop terrace of the H10 Puerta de Alcalá hotel.
The Salamanca neighborhood is very much metro accessible with more than 10 metro stops within the neighborhood’s boundaries. Several bus lines traverse the neighborhood streets as well. For more information regarding Madrid transit and how to purchase your transport card, click here.
Madrid’s La Latina neighborhood has been growing over the last few years and for good reason. This small enclave just south of the center district, is Madrid’s oldest area home to narrow streets and large public squares.
When roaming the streets of this gem of a neighborhood, be sure to check out the beautiful architecture of the Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, the Puerta de Toledo gate, and the colorful gardens of Principé de Anglona and Las Vistillas. Want to shop? Check out the famous El Rastro flea market, one of Madrid’s most visited attractions and also stop by some of the city’s most famous antique shops such as Manuel Riestra or Galerías Piquer.
Are you hungry after touring these beautiful sites? Looking for delicious food? The La Latina neighborhood has the highest concentration of tapas restaurants within the entire city of Madrid. Be sure to check out Juana La Loca Pintxos Bar for delicious tapas and pintxos, located in the heart of La Latina in front of Plaza de los Carros.
Bordering La Latina is another gem of a neighborhood. This neighborhood is now considered Madrid’s ‘melting pot’ because of its cultural diversity and historical importance. Similar to La Latina, this neighborhood is full of narrow, steep streets and is also known for its colorful murals and architecture with bright shades of yellow, orange, and blue that shine over the cobblestone streets giving it a 16th century feel.
Located on the periphery of the Lavapiés neighborhood, is the must visit Reina Sofía Museum. The Reina Sofía houses Spain’s finest collection of 20th century art, including works by Dalí and Miró. After visiting the museum, stroll Calle de Argumosa until reaching the Plaza Lavapiés. On your way, you’ll pass the Teatro Valle-Inclán, one of Madrid’s premier centers for the performing arts and home of the Centro Dramático Nacional.
Before your tour of Lavapiés comes to an end, be sure to make your culinary pallet come alive. On the north end of the Lavapiés neighborhood sits the Mercado Antón Martín, a current example of the cultural melting pot of Lavapiés. The market is lined with food stalls offering a blend of Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and other Central and South American cuisines.
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When looking into your visit in Madrid, be sure to consider residing in one of these 3 neighborhoods within the city but be sure to visit them all during your stay. The neighborhoods of Salamanca, La Latina, and Lavapies are the top neighborhoods in Madrid because of their unique character, beautiful architecture and scenery, lively culinary ambience,nightlife, shopping, and more.
For a complete guide of events in the neighborhoods of Salamanca, La Latina, and Lavapies as well as other Madrid neighborhoods, click here for the Guru It! events page!