Plaza de la Paja

Plaza de la Paja, Madrid: Address, Plaza de la Paja Reviews: 4/5

Plaza de la Paja
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
The area
Neighbourhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • La Latina • 5 min walk
  • Tirso de Molina • 8 min walk
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Marisa P
Dallas, TX985 contributions
Nice Ambiance
Nov 2020
This is a great place to sit down and have a drink at one of the numerous bars. It has a nice view to the chapel of the bishop, a church from the 16th century. The square used to be in the outskirts of Madrid, and nowadays is at the heart of downtown Madrid.
It is also nice to be in a pedestrian square with no cars around!
Written 1 November 2020
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ulrikljungberg
Madrid, Spain90 contributions
This is one of my favoutise squares in Madrid!
Nov 2019
I love sitting on the square and have some food or just a drink. It’s very hard to get a table if the weather is nice. On the square you have La Musa which is a great modern tapas place. Naia is also a great place to go for a fresh and well cooked dinner. In the bottom corner you have the beautiful garden (free to go in) called El Jardín del Príncipe de Anglona. Specially nice when the roses are in bloom.
Written 2 December 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK589,951 contributions
Cool plaza ,nice area.
Sep 2019 • Friends
Madrid is justifiably famous for its innumerable plaza's, plaza De La Paja was one such beautiful plaza we visited on our nine days holiday to Madrid.
This plaza is superb up on the hill,great architecture abounds around the plaza and the streets running into Plaza De La Paja,theres a great looking church here and some great pubs,bars and restaurants ,we were here on a roasting hot Friday late afternoon, we visited a couple of bars here,enjoyed some iced cold Mahou beers and chilled out and took in the great views of this plaza.
Well worth checking out if your planning a holiday to Madrid.
Written 23 September 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia26,746 contributions
A plaza
Oct 2018 • Couples
Plaza de la Paja is another nice plaza in one of Madrid's interesting areas. A few shops in the vicinity, including cafes and restaurants, but not too many trees, just a few for some shade in the summer. Worth stopping by.
Written 29 June 2019
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Arn E
Stockholm, Sweden413 contributions
Rest your legs here
Mar 2019 • Couples
This is a nice quiet square with a few restaurants/cafés in the old Centro/Latina quarters. Don't miss the gated small garden on the western side of the Plaza.
Written 26 March 2019
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Sammaz
Newcastle, UK940 contributions
Lovely
Sep 2018 • Couples
Lovely relaxed area which takes you away slightly from the more tourist areas of Madrid. Although there is still tourists there is more of a local vibe about the place. Lots of great restaurants/cafes to try too.
Written 6 September 2018
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Mark D
West Bloomfield, MI1,211 contributions
Beautiful and historically interesting plaza!
Mar 2018 • Couples
This plaza at the top of the hill, and the most important square in medieval Madrid. Don't miss beautiful Capilla del Obispo built in early XVI century.
Written 17 April 2018
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Nomadman411978
London, UK3,169 contributions
Different and pretty square
Nov 2017 • Solo
Plaza de la Paja is worth a detour as it has a lot of history and is attractive to look at.There's the main San fFancisco church on one side and a small medieval garden, Principe Anglona opposite, and another impressive medieval building between the two.
Written 26 November 2017
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BeastiePV
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico770 contributions
Historically interesting
Oct 2016 • Couples
The plaza got its name from the responsibility of the neighborhood to provide hay for the bishop's palace and the town hall. It's now no longer a center of commerce or a neighborhood for the aristocracy. Gran Plaza has replaced it. But you can sense the depths of its history. See Wikipedia. I enjoy the plaza because I am reading a novel that is situated in the neighborhood and mentions nearby San Andres church and El Retiro. You might enjoy the novel: The Time in Between by Maria Duenas.
Written 4 November 2016
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Tjaša P
Zalec, Slovenia104 contributions
A quiet little plaza with plenty of shade for those really hot days
Jul 2015 • Solo
This plaza is a cute little place, I found it by accident. You have some cafe's and restaurants around, so you can just sit down and chill. There's plenty of trees, so the place is nice and breezy, when it's too hot to be walking around. There's even a little monastery garden right nearby, that you can go in for free.
Written 16 June 2016
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