Amongst the modern or transformed markets you will find in the Fuencarral district the San Ildefonso market. This market is known to many people as the Fuencarral market. Many stands and less of a market, you will be able to taste tapas, wines and all sorts of foods. You can expect a similar concept at Platea. Located at the premises of what used to be cinemas, Platea offers many stands in a stylish atmosphere where you will be able to find different sorts of food. Platea is locate right next to the very busy Goya street and the Plaza del Descubrimiento. These 2 markets are basically places to enjoy tapas. You can find more ideas for tapas in Madrid in this post.
If you would prefer to visit real food markets where locals still go to shop these are all good options not far from the city center.
Mercado de Anton Martin (next to the underground station with the same name). Old ladies and hipsters alike shop in this market. The arrival of new neighbours have provided with a new flair to this market, which boasts over 80 stands, lots of options to buy take-away food and also the possibility to enjoy tapas on the spot.
Mercado de Lavapies. This market was almost abandoned when new stands opened with eco-friendly products and good-value for money.
Mercado de la Paz. This market is located in Barrio Salamanca. A rather bourgeois district, this market boasts fantastic products and also the option to have lunch at some of the stands. This is a market where a loyal, local cliente shop everyday.
Mercado de Chamartin. Located a bit more distant from the city center, Chamartin is probably our favorite market. Lots of fantastic stands where you will be able to find excellent regional products.
Mercado de Mostenses. This market is located next to gran Via and Plaza de España. The market has evolved and today most of it stands are dedicated to food from latin-america and China.
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