With this weather, what’s better than have a walk through thousands of stands and drink a beer while you discover the best markets in Madrid?
There are choices for everyone’s taste in Madrid. In this post you will find the most popular and typical markets in the city, always with the company of the most traditional tapas or delicatessen products. Some of these markets are a «must» for tourists, others keep up the tradition anad look to reinvent. But, all of them serve their role as proper markets.
Let’s have a look and enjoy your walk around these traditional markets, which are well worth visiting.
You have to do your first stop here, in Mercado de San Antón. This market has three floors. In the first floor, you can find a traditional and popular market. The second floor is full of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy “tapas” from many different areas of Spain.
The best is that you can order your drink in a bar and “tapas” you like the most in another one!
The “crown jewel” is its fantastic panoramic outdoor terrace, where you can relax while you enjoy the awesome views of Madrid.
Mercado de la Cebada is also one of my favourites. You can find this market in the centre of La Latina district. In this market you can find everything you are looking for, since it has more than 90 stands. This one is a really good choice if you want enjoy the most traditional tapas from Madrid.
Mercado de San Miguel is the most famous and touristic market in Madrid. It is really closed to Plaza Mayor and you will find it easily because of its architecture, which preserves the building’s original structure (1916).
More than 4 million of people a year visit this place, because of the sophisticated and distinguished culinary offer. More than a traditional market, is a place of gourmet tapas. You can find since the traditional “croquetas” to oysters, barnacles or caviar, a journey across the Spanish gastronomy.
Although it is a little bit more expensive than the previous ones and usually very crowed, Mercado de San Miguel is a place which is well worth visiting.
Situated in the centre of Madrid, it is the first food market in the city. It is not full of tourists and is always a great option if you only want to eat something or relax. Moreover, you can try everything before you eat it and it has a great terrace perfect for a coffee.
Situated in Plaza Colón, it is one of the most beautiful and the biggest market in Europe. It is an old theatre turned into a gourmet market. You can find food from different parts of the world and, of course, typical Spanish dishes. My favourite part of this awesome market is the main level, where you can try tapas and, if you are lucky, you can enjoy a concert J