Food markets in Madrid
Madrid is home of food markets that are worth visiting and discovering
The mercado de San Anton
The Mercado de Anton Martin is one of the best stoked market that you can find in Madrid. It is located in the surroundings of the Plaza de Anton Martin, on Calle Santa Isabel and you can get there very easily on the metro by taking line 1 to the Anton Martin stop.
If you like excellent quality products, this is the place for you. On top of it, variety is the word used to describe the market, because you can really find whatever you want: from the typical fish stands (100% fresh), meat to fruit, to shoemakers and Japanese food shops!
Buying in the market is a pleasure, it is good to go with a bit of time on your hands and take the time to look at all the stands with different prices and produce and to try the best tapas from each and every one.
There is also a large selection of charcuterie and cheeses, which makes it the perfect place to buy traditional Spanish food.
The mercado de San Miguel
Designed by the architect Alfonso Dube y Diez, the San Miguel market was inaugurated on the 31st of May 1916 but now totally redone by Juan Manuel Alarcon. This market holds as much food as you can eat, product of the earth or the sea, and you can eat it in the magical interior with its metal, crystal and ceramic frames.
Depending on the time of the day, you can have a nice glass of Rioja wine or some delicious jamon de bellota, or, if you come early enough, you get have some excellent pastries for breakfast. It’s the gastrodome of San Miguel.
Becoming one of the top things to do for a tourist in Madrid after its new opening in 2009, this market is one of the most visited places of Madrid, which is not surprising. Not only is the market beautiful inside and out but the large variety of stands in its interior attract a lot of international and national tourists.
You can find everything from flowers, to cheese, vegetables, fish and event caviar. You can taste all of these gourmet tapas of the market on some of the tables that are at your disposition whilst enjoying the ambiance surrounding you.
Everything said and done, the Mercado San Miguel is not the cheapest place to shop around but, it does allow you to have at your disposition a lot of the more traditional dishes all in one place, which is quite convenient…