La Latina Entertainment Walk (Self Guided), Madrid

Madrid's oldest neighborhood, La Latina is one of the city's most fun to explore. The place where the old meets the new, and historic blends harmoniously with the modern. El Rastro, Madrid's oldest and most iconic street market is located here. When the night falls, the area comes alive with the multitude of bars, cafes and pubs opening up for tourists and locals eager to go out on the town.
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La Latina Entertainment Walk Map

Guide Name: La Latina Entertainment Walk
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: emily
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza de Cascorro
  • El Rastro
  • Galerias Piquer
  • Shoko
  • Berlin Cabaret
  • El Corral de la Moreria
Plaza de Cascorro

1) Plaza de Cascorro

This square is located close to the La Latina station. Plaza de Cascorro is famous for hosting every Sunday El Rastro, that is the most popular open air flea market in Madrid, where locals love to go shopping for leather, furniture, antiques, souvenirs or second-hand items. The square is surrounded by residential buildings and contains the bronze statue of Eloy Gonzalo, a famous Spanish soldier. The statue is commonly known as the Cascorro Statue, hence the name of the square.
Sight description based on wikipedia
El Rastro

2) El Rastro

El Rastro de Madrid, or simply El Rastro, is the most popular open air flea market in Madrid. It is held every Sunday and public holiday during the year and is located along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo (just south of La Latina metro station). One of the most habitual routes for visitors is to walk from the square at the top (the Plaza de Cascorro with its statue dedicated to Eloy Gonzalo) down to the square at the bottom (Puerta de Toledo market), where over 3500 stalls are lined along the streets.

According to the German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger, el Rastro is the final border between Europe and Africa, comprising diverse peoples from different countries and of differing ethnicities all searching for curiosities or bargains, sightseeing, sampling the gastronomic delights of Madrid or simply soaking up the atmosphere. Traditionally, the wares for sale are items not available in shops or malls, such as antiques, rarities, curiosities. Here one finds 18th to 20th century furniture, glassware, silverware, old books, kitchenalia, tiles, lamps, costume jewelry, vintage clothes, old radios and telephones, miscellaneous collectables, and just serious junk, mixed with touristy souvenirs, crafts, contemporary clothes and merchandise. The whole carnival is accompanied by street organists and typical Madridian street food.

At 11 am the market is the busiest, with crowds thinning toward midday, but if you're out for a bargain, it's better to arrive at 9 to 10 am.

Operation Hours Sundays and public holidays: 9 am - 3 pm
Galerias Piquer

3) Galerias Piquer

Located at Calle de Ribera de Curtidores, Galerias Piquer is a famous shopping arcade with circa 70 antique booths and shops on the premise, offering a wide choice of furniture, architectural antiques, garden sculptures, bric-a-brac and various home decorations. The stores are spread over two floors clustered around a courtyard which has two entrances, one from Calle de Ribera de Curtidores and the other from Calle de Rodas. Galerias Piquer had its grand opening in 1952, attended by then-Mayor Jose Moreno and featuring the performance by famous singer Concha Piquer.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 10.30 am - 2 pm and 5 pm - 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 am - 2 pm

4) Shoko

During daytime hours Shoko is an upscale restaurant serving fine Japanese cuisine, while in the evening guests crowd the dance floor of this hip nightclub located in the La Latina district of Madrid. Upon entering this swank dance club, guests will find the beautiful arboretum which includes a live tree as its centerpiece. Further into the club bamboo-like shafts covered in red LED lights can be found throughout the space that light up and synchronize to the music. DJS serve up a good mix of hip hop, dance, Latin pop, and reggaeton, which in turn sets the spacious, oval-shaped dance floor on fire.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Sunday: midnight – 6 am
Berlin Cabaret

5) Berlin Cabaret

An alternative to the typical nightclub found in Madrid, Berlin Cabaret features an assorted variety of splendid entertainment nearly every single night, as well as DJ sets heating up the dance floor late into the evening. Entertainment here runs the gamut to include anything from a burlesque performance or drag show, to a flamenco dance show, Bollywood night, and more. Later in the evening guests crowd the dance floor and a get down to a bevy of pop favorites mainly from the eighties and nineties. Attracting a crowd mainly in their early-thirties, Berlin Cabaret can get quite packed on the weekends.

Operation Hours: Monday – Friday: 11 pm – 5 am; Saturday: 11 pm – 5.30 am
El Corral de la Moreria

6) El Corral de la Moreria

When anyone thinks of Spain the first thing that comes to mind is flamenco dancing. If you want to leave Madrid with wonderful memories and great photos, the best place to spend an evening is at El Corral de la Moreria near the Royal Palace.

Created in 1956 by Manuel del Rey, it is the best-known Flamenco Cabaret in the world and is called the “Cathedral of Flamenco Art”. It has seen great artists such as La Chunga (who served as a muse for both Picasso and Dali), Pastora Imperio and Mario Maya.

The decoration of the restaurant and stage are designed to take you back in time, with Arabic corbels and 18th century streetlamps. It’s true that the tables are rather close together, but this enhances the feeling that you are part of a great family, drawn together to watch a great show. The food is excellent and you can choose either a complete meal or a variety of tapas. There are two shows a night, one that starts at 10pm, the other at midnight.

The tablao is a favorite place of kings, presidents, actors and singers and you can see photos hung on the walls of Manuel de Rey with stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Natalie Portman.

His widow, Blanca del Rey was one of the greatest dancers of the cabaret; today she manages the establishment with her son and brings in great artists such as Miguel Tellez and Raquela Ortega, as well as giving a place to the future generation of flamenco performers.

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