It’s back. Following five years of increasing success Tapapiés is returning to Lavapiés, one of Madrid’s most diverse neighbourhoods, said to be home to over 80 different nationalities.
Originally the city’s Jewish quarter, Lavapiés became known in the 1980s and 1990s as a vertical slum, characterised by low rental properties, illegal squats, and a high crime rate. The neighbourhood has since begun a regeneration project and today is known as one of the city’s most dynamic areas, with a high concentration of bars and restaurants, and a bohemian nightlife.
At no other time is the diversity of this barrio more visible than Tapapiés, a gastronomic showcase of more than 80 restaurants, celebrating the community spirit of Lavapiés. With dishes from across the Iberian Peninsula, Morocco, Brazil, West Africa and the Indian subcontinent, all reduced to nibbleable, pocket-friendly tapas sizes, it’s easy to see why so many Madrileños are so eager for Autumn to come around every year.
But it’s not just about salivating mouths! Tapapiés is also the open air venue for 60 concerts, which will be willing the streets with music on the weekends of the 21st-23rd and 28th-30th of October. Representing over 30 different nationalities, get ready for a live playlist that blends together rap, raw groove, french world music, acapella, swing, rock’n roll, reggae, and other genres.
Looking for dinner and a show? From Monday the 24th to Thursday the 27th, those theatres that form part of the network Lavapiés Barrio de Teatros will be offering discounted entrances to shows across the board. And if between the theatre, food, beer and dancing you still have some gas left in your tank then a little birdie told us that more than thirty shops in the neighbourhood will be going on sale for the duration of the festival!
Tapas, beer, wine, free live music, discounted theatre and nifty bargains, it’s Christmas in October without the familial squabbles and astronomical price tag. We’ll see you on the tapas trail 😉