Tapapiés 2017: Madrid's big tapas and music festival in Lavapiés

From October 19 to 29 the Madrid neighbourhood of Lavapiés bubbles over with concerts, parties and an irresistable tapas route where you can get a tapa and a beer for €2.50 in more than 100 bars and restaurants!
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By Time Out Madrid |
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Madrid's most famous tapas route is back! The seventh edition of Tapapiés returns to fill the neighbourhood of Lavapiés with gorgeous food and drink, fun open-air concerts and a big party atmosphere over ten days in October.

Specifically, the big event is on from Thursday the 19th to Sunday the 29th, when you can sample more than 120 different tapas created by the 88 participating bars and restaurants as well as another 25 venues and gourmet shops in the Mercado de San Fernando and nine in the Mercado de San Antón. For just €2.50 you get a tapa plus a small bottle or draught glass of Estrella Damm beer. And remember that in addition to gastronomy, culture is another of the pillars of this delicious route through some of the best cuisines in the world, including Spanish.

Spread throughout the main streets and squares in Lavapiés you'll find 40 bands and 67 concerts, mainly on over the weekends of the 20th to the 22nd and the 27th to the 29th, from noon until well into the night. Spanish bands fuse rap, raw groove, French world music, capella, swing, rock 'n' roll, reggae, and more for you to get up and have a dance. You'll also be treated to street circus performances and kids' theatre, and discounts on performances in theatres and shops in the neighbourhood. Here you can see all the tapas on the route here (in Spanish), but to help you hone in on some of the best, we've made a selection of our favourites. Enjoy!

Restaurants, Spanish

A Cañada DELIC Experience

Tapa: Er Bocachopo de Lavapié.

Origin: Asturias / Basque Country.

Ingredients: Bread with a sauce made from Álava gazpacho, Asturian veal 'cachopo', which is stuffed with ham and Vidiagop cheese.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

Restaurants, Vegetarian

Achuri

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Tapa: Mini chicken burger.

Origin: Arab / Caribbean.

Ingredients: Mini chicken curry burger with pineapple sauce and coleslaw.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

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Africa Fusion

Tapa: Thiebou Guinarr.

Origin: Senegal.

Ingredients: Chicken with rice, vegetables, and marinated onion sauce.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

Restaurants, Indian

Anarkoli

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Tapa: Veal samosa.

Origin: India.

Ingredients: Pocket made of chickpea flour stuffed with veal and vegetables.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

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Café Barbieri

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Tapa: Pepiada.

Origin: Venezuela.

Ingredients: Chopped chicken, avocado, mayonnaise and onion on toast with a garnish of parsley.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

Restaurants, Vegan

Distrito Vegano

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Tapa: Vegan cheeks with wine sauce.

Origin: Spain.

Ingredients: Soy patties with carrot, potato, peas and wine sauce.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

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El Colmo

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Tapa: Cordoban 'salmorejo'.

Origin: Spain.

Ingredients: Chilled soup of tomato, olive oil, garlic, carrot and bread.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

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El Económico Soidemersol

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Tapa: Chicken fajita with guacamole.

Origin: Mexico / Spain.

Ingredients: Flour tortilla, red pepper, parsley, chicken, tomato and guacamole.

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

Bars and pubs

El Pedal

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Tapa: Palomita revolcona.

Origin: Spain.

Ingredients: Mashed potatoes with paprika on a cut of Iberian pork. 

Price: Tapa €1.50. Tapa + small beer: €2.50.

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