Madrid: 3 amazing spots near the Legazpi metro station

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The entrance to Matadero, near Legazpi metro station, is difficult to miss / photo:

The very core of Madrid naturally attracts most of the tourists, but there are really nice areas to be found just a short metro ride from downtown.

One of these is the area surrounding the Legazpi metro station. It’s a lively and mainly residential area set at the northern bank of the Manzanares river. Here you will find the lovely Parque Madrid Río river park, which is a great attraction in its own right and the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday.

And if you’re looking to do some shopping, the relatively new Plaza Río 2 has everything you need including great panoramic views from the restaurants up top.

But there are also cultural hotspots and lovely cafés to be found just a short stroll from the station. These are my favourites…


Matadero Madrid is hosting a wide range of events throughout the year / photo:

Matadero Madrid

For the locals, these former slaughterhouses are a well-known cultural hub in Madrid as they host a large number of free exhibitions, live performances, markets and outdoor events. A popular weekend destination for many madrileños.

It’s the perfect story of ‘a place of death’ becoming ‘a place of life and creation’ and a superb way to reuse this huge building-complex that has been beautifully restored and has been open to the public since 2007.

In the architecturally interesting halls, you will find anything from creative workspaces, exhibition rooms, event spaces, a cinema, a café and a casual restaurant with a nice terrace behind.

Take your time to go explore and be sure to check their event calendar for upcoming gigs while you’re in town.

Matadero Madrid
Plaza de Legazpi, 8

Doger Café

Get your dose of puppy love at The Doger Café / photo:

The Doger Café

If you’re a dog lover, this place is pawsome! There, I already used my best wordplay on dogs… mind you, another one will be coming up soon.

This vegetarian concept café is found in Madrid and San Sebastián and will be opening in Barcelona, Málaga and Valencia too. It’s a great place to grab a cuppa or a light bite, but let’s be honest, who comes here for the coffee? Because in this café, you can get to hang out with a bunch of fluffy puppies to brighten up your day!

These puppies are not just around for people’s entertainment though, as they’re all looking for a new home. That is except for one lucky Staffie-puppy, who charmed the owners so much that they adopted him themselves.

Anyhow, this is a good chance for people who are considering adoption to spend some quality time with potential pups. And it’s a good practice for the dogs to become social and friendly with many different people. The lovely Doger team works with more than 15 protectors across the country to make the best matches for abandoned dogs looking for a second chance.

If you’re in town as a visitor and just need to brighten up your day, it’s okay too. Just book a time-slot at their website (€3,50 per person to support their work) and be sure to treat the puppies with care when entering their area. Remember it’s not a theme park or a playground for kids.

But it’s a tail-wagging good experience! (I told you… a second one).

The Doger Café
Paseo de las Delicias, 99

Bite Me

Bite Me – Café & Halos

I randomly came by this atmospheric and dog-friendly café when I was heading for the nearby railway museum (where Madrid’s coolest market is hosted once a month). And not long after, my girlfriend and I gave it a go.

This small and cosy café has a rather bohemian atmosphere mixed with unique industrial touches and a theatre-backstage-feel. The staff is very friendly and the place has a very welcoming vibe.

They’re all-in on the vegan concept and specialize in doughnuts and bagels, which means you can treat yourself to a bite whether you’re up for something salty or sweet – or just want to hang out with a cup of specialty coffee.

We tried both the bagels and the doughnuts and both were tasty and filling. And with a rotation of flavours weekly, it’s inviting to return to try something different. We’ll definitely be back!

Bite Me Café
Plaza de la Beata María Ana de Jesús, 2

Heading to Madrid soon? Then check these posts too…
MadrEAT – a street food feast between office towers
10 great examples of spectacular architecture in Madrid


By Brian Schæfer Dreyer