Come to La Latina at night to enter another dimension of Madrid’s most authentic friendliness. Do as hundreds of visitors do when they choose this neighbourhood, attracted to its well-known restaurants, theatres and a variety of bars and pubs.
La Latina invites visitors to plunge into its narrow streets and outdoor terrace bars located mostly between La Cebada, La Paja and Puerta de Moros squares, to walk across Cava Alta and Cava Baja looking for a good restaurant, or along Toledo, Tabernillas, Humilladero or Calatrava, all streets lined with tapas bars.
As in other districts in Madrid, the night scene is really busy seven days a week in La Latina. But in this neighbourhood Sunday is truly special, with people chatting over a drink from midday to midnight, perhaps after exploring El Rastro flea market. La Latina attracts so many people that getting around this district has a name of its own: ‘latinear’, a word that is firmly established in local speech.
One of the best known amongst the traditional restaurants in town, Casa Lucio, and its younger brother, Los huevos de Lucio – named after a mouth-watering dish they serve there, ‘huevos estrellados’ (fried eggs) –, are in La Latina. We recommend you book your table in advance, as both Casa Lucio and Los huevos de Lucio are always busy and waiting lists are really long.
El Viajero is one of the most remarkable cocktail bars in La Latina. It is housed in an small three-storey palace built in the nineteenth century, with a restaurant on the ground floor, a cocktail bar on the first level and a tapas bar on the rooftop terrace, affording stunning views of the cityscape as the sun goes down in the evening.
Teatro La Latina has been operating now for almost a hundred years. One of the icons of the neighbourhood, its stage has witnessed lots of celebrities from theatre and music.
Other top spots are Berlín Cabaret (on Calle Costanilla de San Pablo), with performances Thursday to Saturday, and Corral de la Morería tablao flamenco (on Calle Morería), one of the best places to watch authentic flamenco in Madrid. The Corral doubles as a restaurant serving exquisite food and welcomes well-known personalities, as attested by the many photos hanging on the entryway’s walls.
La Paloma Festival
From 12 to 15 August, La Latina hosts one of the most genuine events in Madrid: La Paloma Festival, which includes open-air concerts in the gardens of Las Vistillas, bars, street stands and stalls, and a heartfelt tribute to Spanish popular music with performances of the famous zarzuela La verbena de La Paloma.
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