Lavapiés, the alternative neighborhood of Madrid

Do not miss the cultural and leisure offer of Lavapies, the most “lesbian friendly” neighborhood in Madrid.

In the following video, we will take a cultural tour.



Within our tour we have gone through:

Museo Reina Sofía

Permanent Collection

Exhibited on levels two and four of the Sabatini building, the contents of the permanent collection at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, comprised of around six hundred works from the museum’s holdings, show the transformation of Spanish art and its international context from the late nineteenth century to today.

Temporary Exhibitions

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía offers a wide and varied program of temporary exhibitions in modern and contemporary art, produced by the museum or in collaboration with other cultural, national and international institutions.

reina sofíaAddress: 52, Santa Isabel Street – Madrid


Mercado de San Fernando

Popular and commercial space

Its popular memory is glimpsed in the architecture of the neighborhood formed by the centenarian corralas – houses of several heights built around a central patio – given to the neighborhood solidarity. We can find cracks in these buildings at the confluence of Tribulete and Mesón de Paredes streets.

The district of Lavapiés was, and still is, a space of merchants, merchants and artisans, now populated by a myriad of small food and handicraft shops offering products from various parts of the world.

The San Fernando Market is another neuralgic point of supply of fresh products and services of the neighborhood. The building shares space with the Health Center and proximity to the UNED Library – located in the ruins of the Pious Schools.

In the vicinity of the Market there are several neighborhood meeting spaces such as Casino de la Reina public management, La Corrala Association and self-managed La Eskalera Karakola.

san fernandoAddress: 41, Embajadores Street – Madrid


La Tabacalera – A self-organised social center

La Tabacalera is a self-organised social center, a space for theatre, music, dance, painting, conferences, meetings, audiovisuals workshops,  events, neighborhood actions… They try and give all of these activities  equal standing and to promote our ideal of collective, public,  transformational interventions within them.

LBTC is a public open space: it’s  owned by no one and it’s owned by everyone.

LBTC is a living process, a collective learning experience

LTBC is does not tolerate sexim, racism, discrimination, homophobia and insolidarity.

tabacalera-cabAddress: 51, Embajadores Street – Madrid


“Mercado de Antón Martín”

Market Anton Martin is located in the historic center of the city of Madrid, near the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Atocha. Located in the same square that bears its name, caters to neighborhoods like Las Letras, Lavapies, Justice, known for its tourism, bohemian, artistic and multicultural. Among those you will find some stalls in which to hang out and taste different types of food.

It consists of three floors: the ground floor and the first floor houses 65 stalls of food products, mainly perishable, occupying one hundred percent of the commercial space.

On the third floor is the prestigious dance school “Amor de Dios”, dedicated to the teaching of Spanish dance.

Mercado Antón Martín - Travelqueers

Address:  5, Santa Isabel Street –Madrid





4 thoughts on “Lavapiés, the alternative neighborhood of Madrid

  1. Saludos desde Puerto Rico!!!!! Mi nombre es Waleska, he llegado a tu página (la cual me parece genial) por un artículo publicado en Lesbicanarias, mi esposa y yo viajaremos a Madrid, Barcelona y a Sitges ( no se si esta escrito correctamente) el año que viene en verano y queremos saber que bares o sitios de Lesbianas están disponibles para cenar o tomar unas copas.

  2. Hola Waleska, a lo largo de este mes iremos poniendo todos los sitios de Madrid y Barcelona. Así que hay tiempo para que planifiqueis el viaje.
    Me alegro mucho que te guste la web.
    Como queremos hacer una red global para mujeres si conoces sitios en tu ciudad o web para chicas en Puerto Rico ¿me podrías mandar un mensaje para que podamos tener la mayor cantidad posible de información sobre lugares lesfriendly?
    Un abrazo desde Madrid!!!

    • Saludos Cecilia, claro cuenta con eso, aún cuando te informo que en Puerto Rico no hay mucho sitios para chicas, han ido cerrando, si hay alternativas de sitios para hombres. Nos mantendremos en comunicación. Muchas gracias por tu contestación, estaré pendiente a tus artículos.

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