Barrio de las Letras means neighborhood of letters, and while it’s not necessarily a literary quarter anymore, there are some important streets named after famous writers, like Calle de Cervantes and Calle Lope de Vega. Many streets have commemorative plaques dedicated to famous writers, such as Luis de Góngora, Francisco de Quevedo, and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, who once lived in the area.
Not only is this spot the oldest restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s also noted in many famous novels and poems, such as The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. This iconic restaurant has also been mentioned in Fortunata and Jacinta by Galdós as well as in works by Frederick Forsyth, Arturo Barea, Carlos Arniches, Graham Greene and even F. Scott Fitzgerald. You’ll need a lunch break anyway during your tour, so you may as well enjoy some roast suckling pig while discussing Hemingway’s notable presence in Madrid.
Botín, Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain, +34 913 66 42 17
This famous cave bar is famous for three things: sangria, piano music and literature. In fact, quotes from artists, singers, actors and writers (such as Miguel de Cervantes and Garcia Lorca) are scratched on the walls and there’s even an autographed plaque from Hemingway on the wall – he was one of the bar’s first patrons.
Las Cuevas de Sésamo, Calle del Príncipe, 7, 28012 Madrid +34 914 29 65 24