Calle del Olivar has something special

By | 15 May, 2015 | 0 comments

Calle OlivarFlanked by the lively streets of Ave María and Lavapiés, Calle del Olivar is slowly forging its own character, perhaps somewhat more discreet and elegant than the aforementioned ones. It includes new and charming places, such as La Otra Casa, a cosy restaurant that is ideal take your partner to. It serves dishes filled with creativity, such as pig’s trotters ravioli, foie meatballs or tasty Peruvian ceviche.

Nearby is Dr. Steam, a cheeky yet tasteful place that is much more than a bar. They screen films that have been carefully selected and that you can enjoy with a nice piece of homemade cake, high quality hot dogs and a large selection of beers. You will like it.

You will also like the legendary Travelling, an authentic cocktail bar where you can have a nice drink in a modern setting, with waiters that boast 1920s moustaches and serve excellent gin and tonics in the midst of an eclectic and cinema-like decoration. Another unmissable spot is Candela, with a flamenco atmosphere and the spirit of Camerón de la Isla in the background that invites you to dance and have a great time until the early hours.

Calle del Olivar is not a very busy street but its shops, bars and restaurants are a must. One of them is Olivar 54 – Taberna Viva, an interesting place to have a bite to eat in an original and neat atmosphere that is typical of Lavapiés. You must try the sweet and sour chicken and the hummus, highly recommended by clients, although the downside is the lack of urge shown by waiters to serve it.

Showing a conventional touch and traditional Asturian cuisine is Casa Lastra, where you can try delicacies such as whipped cabrales cheese cream with cider. It is ideal for a group meal and the prices are low, with the lunchtime menu costing just 12.50€. Its highlight is the charm that you can only find in traditional and unpretentious eateries.

We can conclude this tour of Calle del Olivar with a cup of tea at the Egyptian tea room El Faraón, on number 45. Defined by one of its clients for having a “Moorish-kitsch” style, they offer narguile (aka shisha) for 7 euros, which you can share with friends and enjoy the district’s multiculturalism.

For those staying at the Posada de Huertas, the multicultural Lavapiés district -where Calle del Olivar is located- is an interesting visit that is very near the hostel. Come and visit it alone or with your friends and remember that, if you are coming with a few of them, we have special accommodation for groups in Madrid.

Photo: Basilio via Wikimedia Commons. License 3.0

Categories: Madrid Gastronomía, Madrid Noche

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