About Lara V
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2008
25-34 year old female
I’m a Spanish girl living in London. Barcelona is my dream city, the place where to live in a near future. Until that time comes, I'm enjoying the opportunity London gives me to travel around the World. To me, every trip supposes an opportunity to discover a new culture, new people and a different way of living. As part of the HolaFoodie team, local cuisine is always an important part of my adventures. Don't forget to check holafoodie.com if you love food!
Bars & clubs
Bars & clubs
Landmarks & points of interest
No, Madrid is not only about tapas. Home Burguer Bar is the place to go when you fancy a good burger. The atmosphere is casual but cool, and the menu features an array of creative gourmet burgers, plus sandwiches and vegetarian options. Health nuts will appreciate that the meat is all organic too.
Cheery and laid-back, Lolina Vintage Cafe has a fun, retro vibe, with colorful decor and plenty of inviting chairs and sofas. Its varied menu includes light bites like smoothies and salads, as well as panini, hot dogs, and some delicious desserts.
Stylish Maricastaña has a vintage-chic look, with soft lighting and communal tables. Jazz plays in the background while diners enjoy delicious homemade foods. The only problem is deciding what to order: the breakfast menu offers delicious options, but the lunch menu, with items like tuna with raspberry, is also hard to resist. Whatever you do, save room for dessert - the cakes are amazing!
If you love nightlife and don't mind crowds, this is the place to be. A longtime favorite on Madrid's nightlife scene, La Via Laceta is an epic experience. The ceiling is lined with festival posters, the music selection ranges from pop to rockabilly, and the crowd is lively, fun, and friendly - in short, it's a classic place to end the best nights out!
For a rather small club, this eclectic spot offers a little something for everyone, from hopping dance floor to intimate tables to buzzing bar. And just as different rooms offer different vibes, every night is something new as well. You might visit during an exhibition by a local artist, hear a set from one of Madrid's best DJs or catch live jazz or Brazilian samba. Whatever is happening, it's sure to be a memorable night.
This charming spot is always one of my top picks when foodie friends are visiting. Don't expect anything posh or trendy here. El Palentino is a classic Spanish bar, with a homey vibe and a menu of local favorites, including traditional tapas and bocadillos (sandwiches). It's also popular for its friendly owners and cheap prices.
A cozy, low-key restaurant, Mastropiero Pizzeria is my go-to lunch spot on rainy days. The small menu features a delicious selection of Argentine-style pizzas, inexpensive wines, and yummy desserts.
Situated in la Plaza Carlos Carbonero, this stylish spot serves up an array of international cuisine, including burgers, tapas, Turkish mezze and lasagna. Everything is quite affordable too!
If you're looking for a truly local experience, look no further than Plaza del Dos de Mayo. Commemorating the battle between Spanish soldiers and Napoleon's invading army (on May 2, 1808), the plaza has become the epicenter of Malasaña nightlife: home to lovely outdoor terraces, a great atmosphere, and many great food and drink options.