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La Latina neighbourhood guide – where to live in Madrid

La Latina neighbourhood guide – where to live in Madrid

la Latina Neighbourhood Madrid

Living in La Latina is the most authentic experience possible. It’s a typical neighbourhood of Madrid: narrow streets, large, crowded plazas, lively bars and tapas everywhere! This is the kind of neighbourhood that has seen Madrid change but managed to hold on to its very particular character. Authentic and convenient, traditional and diverse, La Latina is definitely one of the best neighbourhoods to live in Madrid.

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Playing with perspective: the side of a building painted to look like a falase façade

La Latina: Tapas Town

La Latina has always been one of Madrid’s favourite neighbourhoods for eating great Tapas. Cava Baja and Cava Alta have been the go-to for hungry travellers since the middle ages and some of the most traditional Tapas establishment still stand today. The locals say Cava Baja has more Tapas bars per square metre than any other street in Madrid: while we don’t know how accurate that is, we know that the street is definitely one of the most famous streets for Tapas in the world.

La Latina is genuine and lively

La Latina is Madrid’s oldest neighbourhood. This was where the city started, as an Arab settlement, and it’s been growing into Madrid ever since. A lot of the neighbourhood’s layout is influenced by this: the narrow streets, the large and busy squares are perfect examples. This means that the neighbourhood has a very specific character: colourful and diverse, but at the same time very typical. You’ll see plenty of locals enjoying the bars, restaurants, and nightlife but also a few tourists and hundreds of students.

Campo de la Cebada concerts La Latina

Concerts take place at the Campo de la Cebada every Sunday

Getting around La Latina

La Latina is very convenient because it is so central. Getting around Madrid from here is ridiculously easy. First of all, you can walk pretty much everywhere: from Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel, the Reina Sofia and so on. But if you want to take a metro, both La Latina metro  and Tirso de Molina stops are nearby,  connecting you to anywhere in the city .

La Latina rental rates

Like anywhere in central Madrid, living in La Latina is not very cheap. Individual student rooms are around €500 or €600 and studios are pricier. Many good studios for students can cost between €900 and €1100. These are all the standard high rental prices we’ve come to expect in the city centre of Madrid.

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La Latina’s bars and restaurants attract a lot of young locals for tapas, cañas and sangria!

Fact sheet: La Latina

One place to eat: Our favourite spot in Cava Baja, check out Taberna La Conhca and it’s awesome tostas. Drink a beer, cava or the vermouth cocktail – none of them disappoint.
Address: Calle Cava Baja, 7

One place to drink: The sign on the door reads San Román, but the place is called Al Vicente Copas. Flamenco on TV, every beer comes with a tapa, and the decoration is insane. What more could you ask for?
Address: Calle Segovia / Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, 7

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One place to study: Café Molar is a quiet and hipster Bookshop-Café space. The perfect place for readers to come and sit down, go over notes and concentrate as it has no wi-fi.
Address: Calle de la Ruda, 19

One place to see: It might be the kind of thing you do only once and you’ll never repeat again, but you have to check out El Rastro – the open air Flea Market that attracts every single tourist in town to the same place every week.
Address: (Sundays only) Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores

One thing to do: Avoid the craziness of El Rastro and go to the smaller open air space of the Campo de la Cebada instead. On Sundays you get random acoustic concerts.
Address: (Sundays only) Campo de la Cebada


Check out our neighbourhood page about La Latina, with all the available student accommodation listed there!

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