Bonus Entry: Lavapiés Neighborhood
While not traditionally on most top 10 Madrid lists, I couldn’t leave out Lavapiés, an eclectic and diverse neighborhood that truly represents modern Madrid. This area is a melting pot of cultures, which is evident in the variety of food, shops, and art that you’ll encounter. The streets are alive with murals and graffiti that turn the walls into a public gallery. I spent a memorable afternoon here, sipping on coffee at a Moroccan café while listening to live jazz music from a nearby bar. Lavapiés perfectly encapsulates the spirit of a city that’s both ancient and ever-changing.