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Top Choice Church in La Latina & Lavapiés

Basílica de San Francisco El Grande

Lording it over the southwestern corner of La Latina, this imposing baroque basilica is one of Madrid’s grandest old churches. Its extravagantly frescoed dome is, by some estimates, the largest in Spain and the four…
Top Choice Market in La Latina & Lavapiés

El Rastro

A Sunday morning at El Rastro flea market is a Madrid institution. You could easily spend an entire morning inching your way down the hill and the maze of streets. Cheap clothes, luggage, old flamenco records, even …
Top Choice Spanish in La Latina & Lavapiés

Casa Lucio

Casa Lucio is a Madrid classic and has been wowing madrileños with his light touch, quality ingredients and home-style local cooking since 1974, such as eggs (a Lucio speciality) and roasted meats in abundance. Ther…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in La Latina & Lavapiés

Taberna Matritum

This little gem is reason enough to detour from the more popular Calle de la Cava Baja next door. The seasonal menu encompasses terrific tapas, salads and generally creative cooking – try the Catalan sausage and pra…
Top Choice Flamenco in La Latina & Lavapiés

Casa Patas

One of the top flamenco stages in Madrid, this tablao (choreographed flamenco show) always offers flawless quality that serves as a good introduction to the art. It’s not the friendliest place in town, especially if…
Top Choice Jewellery in La Latina & Lavapiés

Helena Rohner

One of Europe’s most creative jewellery designers, Helena Rohner has a spacious boutique in La Latina. Working with silver, stone, porcelain, wood and Murano glass, she makes inventive pieces that are a regular feat…
Top Choice Wine Bar in La Latina & Lavapiés

Taberna El Tempranillo

You could come here for the tapas, but we recommend Taberna El Tempranillo primarily for its wines, of which it has a selection that puts numerous Spanish bars to shame. It’s not a late-night place, but it’s always …
Top Choice Tapas in La Latina & Lavapiés

Juana La Loca

Juana La Loca does a range of creative tapas with tempting options lined up along the bar, and more on the menu that they prepare to order. But we love it above all for its brilliant tortilla de patatas, which is di…
Top Choice Tapas in La Latina & Lavapiés

Txirimiri

This pintxos (Basque tapas) bar is a great little discovery just down from the main La Latina tapas circuit. Wonderful wines, gorgeous pinchos (the tortilla de patatas – potato and onion omelette – is superb) and fi…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in La Latina & Lavapiés

Botería Julio Rodríguez

One of the last makers of traditional Spanish wineskins left in Madrid, Botería Julio Rodríguez is like a window on a fast-disappearing world. They make a great gift and, as you'd expect, they're in a different leag…