This plaza could be considered the heart and soul of the Malasaña district – not due to the plaza itself, which is not particularly pretty or green, but for the vibe that is created around it. Filled with bars, restaurants and little shops, it is also a meeting point for all kinds of people. Live music can be heard playing sometimes, there’s a local market on Saturday mornings and even street performers can be found there. In daytime the plaza is more of a family affair and playgrounds in the area are full of children. At night, however, there is a totally different atmosphere, mainly for adults.
It is also interesting to notice that sometimes it is used to make political statements or protests. Maybe this has to do with the fact that its name, 2 de Mayo (May 2nd), represents an important date in the city’s history: “madrileños” celebrate the rebellion against Napoleon troops, more than two centuries ago, on this day. This historic value adds a local vibe to it which, I believe, makes it more interesting.
The best time of the year to enjoy the plaza is summertime, of course. May is when the city feels most festive. The terraces outside have the hardest places to get but the best to enjoy some “tapas” on a hot summer night. Also, if you are into underground nightlife, look no further: most places around the plaza are all you need.
To feel the local vibe, this plaza has it all.