Fodor's Expert Review Plaza de Santa Ana
This plaza was the heart of the theater district in the 17th century—the Golden Age of Spanish literature—and is now one of Madrid's many thumping nightlife centers. A statue of 17th-century playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca faces the Teatro Español, where playwrights such as Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and Ramón del Valle-Inclán released some of their plays. Opposite the theater, beside the ME by Meliá hotel, is the diminutive Plaza del Ángel, with one of Madrid's best jazz clubs, Café Central. Cervecería Alemana, a favorite haunt of Hemingway, is on Plaza Santa Ana and is worth a visit for its fried calamari (always fresh, never frozen) alone.