Casa Museo de Ratón Perez
The Spanish version of the tooth fairy is a cute little mouse called 'El Ratón Perez', and this small museum close to Sol takes you into...
Plaza de la Puerta del Sol
The official centre point of Spain is a gracious, crowded hemisphere of elegant facades. It is, above all, a crossroads: people here are...
Carlos III Equestrian Statue
The Plaza de la Puerta del Sol owes its present appearance in part to the Bourbon king Carlos III (r 1759–88), whose equestrian statue...
Teatro Joy Eslava
The only things guaranteed at this grand old Madrid dance club (housed in a 19th-century theatre) are a crowd and the fact that it’ll be...
A classic pastry shop that’s packed to the rafters by madrileños who just couldn't pass by without stopping. Treat yourself to a...
Calle de Tetuán 11 · interesting places nearby
Casa Labra information
Casa Labra has been going strong since 1860, an era that the decor strongly evokes. Locals love their bacalao (cod) and ordering it here – either as deep-fried tapas (una tajada de bacalao goes for €1.30) or as una croqueta de bacalao – is a Madrid rite of initiation. As the lunchtime queues attest, they go through more than 700kg of cod every week.
This is also a bar with history – it was where the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE; Spanish Socialist Party) was formed on 2 May 1879. It was a favourite of Lorca, the poet, as well as appearing in Pío Baroja’s novel La Busca . It’s the sort of place that fathers bring their sons, just as their fathers did before them.