Fodor's Expert Review Gau&Café
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Along with the theater on the neighborhood's main plaza, the reconstruction of the Escuelas Pías—an 18th-century religious school burnt down during the Spanish Civil War and now turned into a university center—is one of Lavapiés's modern highlights. The rooftop has a hidden café with a wide selection of teas and coffee, and its large terrace, open year-round, has great views. It opens at 3:30 pm on weekdays (at 6 pm June–August, because days are so hot) and at 8 pm on Saturday.