The 10 Best Restaurants In Lavapiés, Spain

Photo of Talitha Duncan-Todd
9 February 2017

Lavapiés, as one of Spain’s multicultural towns, is an area where you can enjoy international flavors brought to this central neighborhood of Madrid. Take a break from the streets and sit down for a meal with a cosy atmosphere. Lavapiés is a place where there are great opportunities to enjoy splendid food. Read on to find our top 10 picks of restaurants in this diverse neighborhood of Madrid.

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Taberna El Sur

Restaurant, Tapas
Taberna El Sur
Taberna El Sur | Courtesy of Taberna El Sur
Taberna El Sur is located on a little street tucked away from the busy crowds of Madrid. The small and cosy restaurant is perfect for a relaxed and pleasant dining experience. Jonny, the owner, and his friendly staff do not disappoint in being incredibly welcoming and accommodating. The Taberna El Sur promises an excellent selection of dishes at a very good price. There is even the option of enjoying a few drinks and appetizers at the tapas bar before seating for your meal.

La Berenjena

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish
The fast service of this restaurant offers the most delicious and innovative foods. La Berenjena is a small restaurant with a cosy and friendly atmosphere. Music is accompanied with the dining to create a relaxing experience. The great attention paid by the staff assures a superb service. The tasty tapas at the bar give a glimpse into the outstanding work of the chef. The restaurant is a close distance from the Atocha Train Station, making it worth stopping by and trying a highly recommended restaurant.

Los Porfiados

Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, European
Rustic ham and mushroom quiche
Rustic ham and mushroom quiche | © stephanie vacher/Flickr
Los Porfiados is a brightly decorated and spacious restaurant in Lavapiés. The restaurant provides a wide variety of choice at a reasonable price. If you wish to take a break from traditional Spanish food, Los Porfiados is your ideal place. Options such as burgers and quiche are worth a try, and the delightful selection of desserts is highly recommended. The late crowds add to the special dining experience. On another note, it’s a perfect venue in which to enjoy a cocktail or two with that evening meal.

Café Melo's

Bar, Pub Grub, Spanish, $$$
Melo's | © Alvaro/Flickr
Café Melo’s is a popular place for the locals in Lavapiés. It is a stand up and eat joint that is a lively spot in the neighborhood at night. Although they have a small menu, they are known for their zapatilla, a large jamon and queso sandwich that is grilled on a flat iron grill. The café has a fun atmosphere that shows the spirit of the neighborhood. The service is fast and the staff are friendly. Overall, it’s a great place to socialise and eat while enjoying a few drinks at the bar.

Los Chuchis

Bar, Mediterranean, European, British, $$$
Los Chuchis
Los Chuchis | Courtesy of Los Chuchis
Los Chuchis serves traditional English dishes with a Spanish twist in a cosy environment. The restaurant has a limited menu but the pork, sweet potatoes and apple sauce are a highly recommended dish. The quantity and quality of the food is priced reasonably. The English chef and staff promise a delightful service. It is quite a popular place in the small neighbourhood, where you can enjoy a cold beer and a glass of wine with your meal in a beautiful bistro setting.

Marisquería Perlora

Restaurant, Spanish, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, $$$
Marisquería Perlora is a perfect restaurant for fine dining. It’s a relatively relaxed area despite being located on a busy road in Madrid. You will be greeted with a quick-bite stand-up area at the bar on entrance. An ice-counter keeping the fish and seafood chilled will be on display, giving customers a glimpse into the delicious food made by the chef. Through the back is where the main restaurant opens up to a professional dining room. The staff are quite the characters and bring a professional and attentive manner to their service.


Restaurant, Tapas, Spanish
Pintxos | © Katina Rogers/Flickr
Lamiak in Lavapiés has a sister bar in Cava Brava, Spain, and is one of the most common places in Madrid. The restaurant is very popular with the locals and it’s been praised for its delicious food and wine at extremely low prices. The pintxos-style, or tapas basque-style, food comes in very generous portions. The cosy restaurant has a great atmosphere with its helpful staff, and there is a very authentic tapas bar situated in the center.

Fuente De La Fama

Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, European, $$$
The Fuente De La Fama restaurant is a great place for tourists as it provides a multi-lingual menu. They are very accommodating as the restaurant caters to both locals and tourists whether they are in a small or large group. Fuente De La Fama is within walking distance of the hotel, Catalonia Atocha. The hotel has recommended the restaurant to many guests. It is worth an evening dine during your visit as the typically Spanish food and service are highly exceptional at the Fuente De La Fama.

La Musa de Espronceda

Restaurant, Spanish, Vegetarian, $$$
Tapas | © Salomé Chaussure/Flickr
The La Musa de Espronceda restaurant has a real Spanish tapas bar. There is a large choice of delicious tapas at a fair price. The small restaurant is filled with a great atmosphere, creating a great place to dine and a local experience. The crowds are usually filled with local people. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Spanish, you just point out the food that you want that is displayed on the counter.

El Terral

Restaurant, Spanish, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
El Terral
El Terral | © Mr.TinDC/Flickr
The El Terral restaurant is a nice break from tapas and for a simple dinner in Madrid. The homely restaurant is beautifully decorated and is quite central. This restaurant is a short walk around the corner from the Anton Martin metro stop, situated near the street of the market stalls. There is a great selection of salads, sandwiches, omelettes, and also hamburgers, all at a reasonable price. All in all, it’s a great place for having a light meal with friends in Lavapiés.

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