Lavapies and Delicias Tapas Tour, Madrid

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Lavapies and Delicias tapas tour

Join us on a stunning Lavapies and Delicias tapas tour, Madrid!

Lavapies is the vibrant and exciting cultural hub of Madrid, and oozes bohemian style. Wander tree-lined streets and enjoy a tapa on the many terraces the neighborhood has to offer. Come time for the sun to go down, Lavapies become a lively party area with plenty of bars and restaurants open until the early hours each morning! 

The picturesque suburb of Delicias is somewhat of a secret for most visitors to Madrid. Located just a short stroll from the lively bohemian suburb of Lavapies, Delicias offers wide tree-lined streets and plenty of local tapas bars and restaurants.

Coming in at a whopping 3 miles, this is the longest tour we’ve made so far, but worry, many of these suburban tapas bars are renowned for huge portion sizes and are perfect for when you’ve worked up an appetite! 

Lavapies and Delicias Tapas Tour, Madrid.

Start: Lavapies Metro Station

Finish: Anton Martin Metro Station

Distance: 4.91km \ 3.05 miles

Stops: 10 tapas bars and restaurants 

Proposed duration: 5-6 hours.

Tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

Visiting Lavapies and Delicias

Along the way, you’ll see a more relaxed side of Madrid, rubbing shoulders with locals on their way to one of the best food and fresh produce markets in Madrid (Mercado de Santa María de la Cabeza) or lazing about in one of the many terraces enjoying a Vermouth or small caña of beer. 

One of the benefits of this epic tapas tour is of course the food, and while this tour clocks in at around 3 miles in total (just under 5km), it gives plenty of opportunity to work up an appetite and just as well, as most of these suburban tapas bars offer incredibly generous portions!

“The best way to know a city is to eat it.”  

– Scott Westerfield –

Visiting Lavapies and Delicias

Along the way, you’ll see a more relaxed side of Madrid, rubbing shoulders with locals on their way to one of the best food and fresh produce markets in Madrid (Mercado de Santa María de la Cabeza) or lazing about in one of the many terraces enjoying a Vermouth or small caña of beer. 

One of the benefits of this epic tapas tour is of course the food, and while this tour clocks in at around 3 miles in total (just under 5km), it gives plenty of opportunity to work up an appetite and just as well, as most of these suburban tapas bars offer incredibly generous portions!

The front facaade of Atocha train station in Madrid

How to get to the Lavapies and Delicias tapas route

The tour starts at the iconic Lavapies Metro station which is on Line 3 (the yellow line) and is easily accessible from Sol Metro station (1 stop, 3 minutes). If you’re keen to take in some sights, it’s an easy 1 km (0.6 miles) downhill walk from Sol to Lavapies Metro station and it only takes around 15 minutes. 

Getting to Lavapies from Atocha 

Atocha train station is also close by and it only takes around 15 minutes to walk to Lavapies from Atocha. Simply follow the signs towards the Reina Sofia (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) and you’re pretty much there! 

Just follow Calle de Argumosa up the hill for around 100m and you’ll see the fountain Fuente Calle Argumosa, which marks the start of the main tapas street in Lavapies,

A plate of tuna tartare sits with some green parsley and oil garnish

Lavapies and Delicias restaurants visited on this tapas tour:

Tribuetxe

  • C. de Tribulete, 23, 28012 Madrid 

Small Basque-inspired tapas bar within the buzzy Lavapies atmosphere. Dishes to definitely try are the Tuna tartare, chipirones a la plancha, and the ventresca con piperrada (veggie sandwich)! 

La Chulapa en Mayrit

  • Calle del Dr. Fourquet, 37, 28012 Madrid

La Chulapa en Mayrit is an authentic Madrid-style tavern that is a local hotspot, and for good reason. The small, no-frills but often bustling bar offers some great house specialties including stuffed potato balls, and of course, the chapati sandwiches are also highly regarded! 

Open every day, the friendly staff and excellent value-for-money menu make this place a great place to stop off for a tapas or two. 

 

O Pazo de Lugo

  • Calle de Argumosa, 28, 28012 Madrid

Who doesn’t love a little slice of Galician cuisine right in the heart of Madrid? Established in 1971, the popular O Pazo de Lugo offers authentic Galician cuisine including a great range of tapas dishes served from the traditional tapas counter

The warm wooden interior is perfect for small groups and there are plenty of booths available to get cozy while you enjoy a Vermouth, wine, and of course, some incredible tapas.

A plate of grilled pork ear sits garnished with some oil and paprika

Taberna Las Sobrinas

  • C. de Palos de la Frontera, 38, 28045 Madrid

A short stroll down the hill and you’ll enter the tree-lined suburb of Delicias. Taberna Las Sobrinas is a fantastic neighborhood tapas bar with a charming owner and friendly staff who are committed to serving absolutely huge tapas portions for free!

The bar has a streetside shady terrace that’s great for people-watching while sampling some of the local tapas dishes on offer. 

There are plenty of seasonal tapas dishes on offer and you can choose from tapas dishes on display inside the bar. House specialties include Ensalada Rusa, and jamon croquetas. 

 

Bar Pulpo

  • C. del Ferrocarril, 21, 28045 Madrid

A little further down the street you’ll find this renowned tapas bar that specializes in everything seafood. 

Simple and affordable tapas options are found aplenty at this traditional tapas bar and restaurant with a street-side terrace (Bar Pulpo). Seafood and meat dishes are the specialties, with Pulpo a la Gallega and Gambas dishes a must-try! 

Tapería La Pequeña Graná

  • C. de Embajadores, 124, 28045 Madrid

Just a short stroll from Delicias Metro station is the popular Tapería La Pequeña Graná which offers a great range of tapas with every drink you order. Like many tapas bars in this neighborhood, every time you order a drink, you are offered a ‘cover’, or a small tapas dish to choose from a list of what’s available on the day. 

There are more than a few classic tapas dishes to choose from and house specialties include huevos rotos (scrambled eggs), Berenjena Frita con Miel (Fried eggplant with honey),  and Croquetas de jamon, just to name a few.

Bodegas Rosell 

  • Calle del Gral. Lacy, 14, 28045 Madrid

Make your way back uphill (the walk is worth it!) and cross the famous tree-lined Paseo De Las Delicias to discover one of Madrid’s oldest tapas bars, Bodegas Rosell. 

Bodegas Rosell is a classic Madrid tapas bar that dates back since the 1920s and offers a reliable selection of tried-and-tested tapas favorites.

Try the homemade Vermouth, Bacalao al pil pil (Cod in sauce), ​​tortilla de abuela (Grandma’s tortilla), and the homemade croquetas, all a must!

 

La Burlona

  • C. de Sta. Isabel, 40, 28012 Madrid

Just a few minutes’ walk from the bustle of Calle De Atocha and the famous Atocha train station is the beautiful La Burlona. This cozy bar and restaurant is set within a stunning red brick archway and also boasts a rustic interior dining area. 

They specialize in classic tapas dishes, small plates (called raciones), good cocktails, and an extensive wine list that will keep you coming back time and again. For those night owls out there, this is a great place to grab a bite and a drink as they’re open till 2.30 am most nights. 

 

La Esperanza

  • C. de la Torrecilla del Leal, 3, 28012 Madrid

For culture hounds looking for a place to have a tipple and tapas you can’t go past La Esperanza, a small but eclectic tapas bar offering Mediterranean flavors. Aside from a great selection of tapas, beers, wines, and classic cocktails, the relaxed bar also functions as an exhibition space for local artists. 

This cozy tapas bar is great for a late-night drink and a nibble on some authentic tapas. Here you’ll find traditional Spanish tapas dishes such as Ensalada Rusa, croquetas, paella, plus many Mediterranean-inspired tapas dishes. 

A side profile of a thick Spanish tortilla

Still hungry?

Check our other Madrid Tapas tours!

Central Madrid tapas walking route 

  • Start: Sol Metro Station
  • Finish: Anton Martin Metro Station
  • Total Distance: 1.38km / 0.85 miles
  • Stops: 7 tapas bars and restaurants
  • Proposed duration: 3-4 hours.

Just tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

Goya tapas walking route 

  • Start/Finish: Goya Metro Station, Madrid.
  • Total Distance: 1.96km /1.2 miles
  • Stops: 6 tapas bars and restaurants
  • Proposed duration: 3-4 hours.

Just tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

La Latina tapas walking route 

  • Start: La Latina Metro Station
  • Finish: Plaza Major
  • Distance: 1.88km 1.16 miles
  • Stops: 8 tapas bars and restaurants 
  • Proposed duration: 3-4 hours.

Just tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

a tapas board outside of a busy tapas restaurant in Valencia

Lavapies and Delicias landmarks and highlights of each tour

Lavapies during the day is a trendy leafy suburb that’s easy to lose an afternoon in. Nearby there are plenty of large museums and smaller galleries to check out. Come nighttime, Lavapies comes alive with the sounds of bustling streets, tapas bars bulging with people, and street vendors with music playing everything from reggae to funk, or eclectic world music. 

 Here are just a few of the attractions and landmarks that are within easy reach of this tapas route:

 

  • El Rastro – La Latina’s lively flea market open on Sundays. 
  • Mercado de San Fernando – Bustling food market with plenty of tapas bars and eateries. Open every day except Sunday. 
  • Murales “Antigua Tabacalera” – Popular graffiti artworks located beside Embajadores Metro station.
  • Estación de tren de Atocha – Madrid’s largest train station with ornate brick entry with greenhouse space inside.
  • The iconic Atocha Train Station has a beautiful greenhouse inside.
  • Delicias Railway station and museum. 
A scenic shot of buildings surrounding lavapies Metro station

Looking for some more tasty tapas recipes?

a tapas serving of gambas al ajillo sits in a small earthenware dish

Gambas al ajillo

Sizzling Spanish garlic shrimp

A small earthenware dish sit filled with patatas bravas and garnished with some freshly chopped parsley

Spicy Patatas Bravas

Super easy Spanish tapas recipe (Vegan)

a few slices of pan con tomate sit on a plate garnished with sea salt and olive oil

5-minute Pan con Tomate

Spanish tomato bread | Vegan

a tortilla espanol sits on a white plate

Tortilla Española

Spanish Omelet with caramelized onion

Want to explore more of Madrid?

CCome explore the cuisine capital of Spain with our Madrid regional foodie guide!

We’ve compiled everything you need to know, from where to eat, and the best dishes of the region. 

They say that all roads lead to Madrid and a small stone slab lies discretely within Madrid’s Sol Plaza celebrating the geographic kilometer ZERO of Spain. But, it’s just a short stroll in any direction where you’ll find the rich aromas of authentic Spanish food wafting from the alleyways and narrow cobbled streets that are lined with Madrid’s famous tapas bars and prestigious restaurants. 

Madrid is not only the geographic center of Spain but also the renowned melting pot where Spain’s culinary cultures merge. This is no more evident than in the enormous range of Spanish and international cuisine on offer throughout the capital, and with nearly 10,000 restaurants within the Madrid region, you’re spoilt for choice!

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