Category Archives: Lavapies

Intercambios and English Activities Madrid-Style


This post is being dedicated to all of my past, present and future English students here in Madrid.

Also to many of my Spanish friends and other people who I know who are always saying how they need to practice their English.

Well, in Madrid there are TONS of activities and places where you can do just that.

The “Guiri” (or Foreigner) Community in Madrid is very large and we LOVE to plan and organize events that let us do the things we loved doing back at home. Something to get us out of our little circle. Something to mix up our typical tapas/disco dancing/dar una vuelta around the city day to day activities here in Spain.

If you are looking for just a good ole ‘Intercambio de Idiomas’ (or Language Exchange) check out these places:






  • Cafe Madrid (Metro: Opera)@9:30pm/21:30h
  • Cachibola Pub (Metros:Sol or Tirso de Molina—in the Plaza Jacinto Benavente to the right of the Yelmo Ideal Cine) @10pm/22h—this one is put on by ‘Multilinkual‘ and the intercambio is after the Movie Night (see below—Extra English Activities)



(FYI: Weds.,Thurs. and Sunday nights have maaaaaaaaany options!!! So I’d say in general try a few out and see which ones you like. Intercambios are sometimes a gamble. Just try as many as you can!)

In General the Top Intercambio in professional Intercambios are the ones listed below. When you go ask for these people and they are the organizers of these Intercambios and can help you meet new people (especially for those who decide to go solo to these events.)

Extra English Activities

Of course there are TONS of places in Madrid but these are some of the ones that I know or have personally been to.

If anyone has anything new to tell me about, or make any corrections to the info I’ve given above….please email me or comment on this page! Thanks!

Here are some other links to check out for more info on all of the above in English or Spanish!

Get out there….meet new people, get out of your shell and have a damn good time!!!! (And of course practice your English! ;-))


La Guiri

Senegal Soul in Lavapies


About a month ago, my boy and I decided on a last minute decision to try out this Senegalese Restaurant we’ve kept seeing on our walks home through Lavapies…..and it was SO WORTH IT!!!!!

Baobab: Restaurante Senegales

Calle Cabestreros, 1
Madrid, Spain 28012

915 272 732


Mon., Weds. – Sundays from Noon – 6pm  and  8pm – Midnight

* Not open on Tuesdays *

We kind of over-ordered…the portions are very big, and all of them include rice. The prices are not expensive at all and the meals have a nice home-cooked quality to them. And on top of that my boyfriend and I could barely finish off the two plates of food (and we were hungy when we got there!!!).

The menu is nice because there aren’t a million different kinds of dishes. It’s fairly straight-forward.A lot of them include some type of meat or fish with a ton of cooked veggies in a type of stew. Each dish has a distinct flavor and they inform you on the menu which ones are spicy or not. And they have different kinds of rice they use, not only the traditional white rice.

The place has been renovated recently and it’s got a nice breath of fresh air to the very ethnic neighborhood of Lavapies in Madrid’s Centre. And it’s great because they have a terrace where you can relax on those warm summer nights.

I think that if you like to try different types of food then this place is perfect for you…for sure I’ll be going back there as soon as possible…even if just to sit on the terrace and enjoy a beer in Lavapies.

Definately a Unique Restaurant in Madrid….If I were you, I would FOR SURE check it out!


La Tabacalera Lovin’


Soon after I moved into my house down here in Arganzuela last September (2010), my new flatmate told me about this old yet new place she and her friend had stumbled upon one day while walking up Calle Embajadores towards La Latina….she said it was the old abandoned Tabacoo Factory and the people had created it into a free cultural meeting area.

So in turn, I knew I had to check it out considering it was only a 5 minute walk from my new casa…..and boy have I ever fallen in love with it. Even though I am crazy busy with work during the week…whenever I have a spare moment, or a time when I have no idea what I want to do….I just walk up the street and there is ALWAYS something going on there.

Check out their website (it’s in Spanish):

They also have facebook….look for them on there too!

There are 2 entrances now: the first door coming from the Glorieta de Embajadores is the entrance to the original part that the people still control. And the door after that with the security guard outside is the part controlled by one of the Ministerios (I’m suspecting the Cultura one) and inside they have art showing and theater productions.

Here is their website….definately put it on your list of ‘places to go and see in Madrid before it gets closed down due to lack of funds’…although I think the people love this place too much to see it get closed down.

Check out some of my pics I’ve taken from there:

Drummers Drumming Away…The Acoustics were Amazing!!!!

Check out my Youtube Video showing them playing!!!!:

My friend Hugo playing on the drums with one of his many bands.

African drummers and dance performance!!!!

Don’t forget —- it’s on Calle Embajadores (going up not going downhill).