Neighborhood Markets in Madrid

Neighborhood Markets in Madrid 

Contributed By: Angie Grossman

Tapas Tour at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid

Tapas Tour at Mercado San Miguel in Madrid

San Miguel Mercado 

One of the most famous and visited markets in Madrid that sits just beyond Plaza Mayor. It’s packed with tourists and Madrileño alike. A giant rod-iron building with big glass walls it is a unique sight filled with brightly colored foods. The market is what you make it, there is food prepared or food to take home, it depends on what you fancy. They prepare large plates of paella (three varieties) in single serving bowls which is unique to find in Madrid and worth tasting. A great place to find a table, sip on local wine and taste the delicious Spanish tapas.

Mercado Ildefonso Madrid near metro: Tribunal in barrio: Malasaña

Mercado Ildefonso Madrid near metro: Tribunal in barrio: Malasaña

Mercado de San Ildefonso: Calle Fuencarral, 57

This newly opened street market (that is actually inside) decorated like a tin loft with bright street lights and various venders is a great place to grab tapas. Filled with three floors and various outside terraces for taking in fresh air or a smokers delight, everyone can find something they want to snack on. There are mini stalls selling various Spanish foods cooked fresh just for you, top off your meal with refreshing beverage from the handsome bartenders in black suspenders and caps. 

San Anton Mercado: Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24

Located in a very posh barrio, Chueca, this market offers fancy treats from around the world including Spanish and non-Spanish dishes. A great place to grab cheeseburgers including exotic meats (zebra, kangaroo, bull) both to eat in the market or to make at home, plenty of fresh fruits, cheesees, fish and fresh cut meats. There is a regular market on the bottom floor (Supercore) and a restaurant on the top floor including a rooftop terrace with a fully stocked bar. It’s a posh market and a bit more expensive but worth checking out and enjoying the smells. 

El Rastro 

There is truly no better place to be on a Sunday in Madrid than barrio La Latina. Start your day with the famous Sunday flea market (from about 10am-2pm) with a giant mix of clothes, bags, jewls, home goods, antiques and handmade nick-nacks both used and new.  This maze of a market lies at Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores. After make your way to Cava Baja for a refreshing caña amongst your fellow shoppers.  

San Anton Mercado: Calle de Santa Isabel, 5

Fantastic undercover indoor market hidden from tourists and filled with locals doing their daily shopping. Filled with stalls of local delights including meats, cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables and even a stall for just eggs. They have food prepared, fresh tapas and of course a bar stocked full of beer and wine. If you want to buy delicious and cheap groceries to do some traditional Spanish cooking this is the perfect market. 

Mercado Municipal de Barceló:  Calle de Barceló, 6

A relatively newly renovated market (re-opened in September 2014) this market is new, clean and fully stocked with tapas and fresh produce ready for cooking. They will even vacuum seal local meats so you can fly with delicious jamón back home. A hidden gem in the city full of fresh food! 

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