The neighborhood of Lavapies is outlined with the street Atocha to the East, the roundabout of Valencia to the south, Embajadores Street to the west and Magdalena Street to the north. The center being Plaza de Lavapiés (where the exit for Lavapies Metro is located).
During Madrid’s inception, Lavapies was Madrid’s most popular neighborhood. Though in the first half of the 20th century the neighborhood had fallen into decline and it was not until the 80’s and 90’s when the area became inhabited by artists and a youthful counterculture. From there it began a process of renewal that continues today and with this new found interest and appeal the area has started to regain some of it former glory. The neighborhood has a high imagrant population and is one of Madrid’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods with a uniqually alternative and bohemian character. In Lavapies there are a multitude of bars, cafes, restaurants and stores that reflect its multicultural character. There are many affordable restaurants and an extensive range of ethnic food - India, Pakistani, Cuban, Argentina, Chinese... In the neighborhood, especially in the part close to the Museum Reina Sofía, there are several important art galleries.
The Street Argumosa, takes you directly to the Atocha roundabout and to the Museum Reign Sofia. Lavapies street is full of terraces, many of them of Indian restaurants, from which you can enjoy tasty spiced food in an outdoor setting...
In the central and cosmopolitan neighborhood of Antón Martin you will find a pedestrian zone that is next to a traditional market from which you can experience Madrid as a local, this is located next to the Film Library so you can also enjoy a good movie.