The best markets in Madrid

By | 26 March, 2015 | 0 comments

mercado san miguelOne of the newest ones, in the heart of Chueca, is San Antón market, although its origins as a traditional market go back to the beginning of the previous century. It successfully combines stalls that sell different kinds of gourmet foods and fashionable and popular bars.

On the second floor you can find a series of shops that sell different foods from around the world, such as Japanese, Greek or Canarian food without renouncing to traditional Iberian food like croquettes. Do not miss out on the restaurant on the third floor, which offers spectacular views of the centre of Madrid from its most mischievous and liberal district.

A few yards from the Plaza Mayor we come across San Miguel market, which opened its doors in 1916 and later suffered progressive decline until a group of entrepreneurs decided to revive it with renovated energy in 2009. It has different stalls that sell cheeses, fish, chocolates, select bakery, burgers of different sizes and made of different meats and charming bars like La Hora del Vermut, which serves one of the best and most traditional vermouths in the city.

We conclude this brief tour in San Fernando market, in the centre of the Lavapiés district, next to the Escuelas Pías building (which hosts the fantastic Gaudemus Café terrace). In this market with Andalusian flavour you can find different foods from around the world that start off at the Plaza Central (central square) of the market and which we can go and visit from one to the other. One of them is Bond 40, which offers ham or salmon pinchos and seafood specialities such as exquisite oysters or fresh cockles. Do not miss out on visiting the bookshop that sell novels by their weight or the different vintage stalls that also sell designer furniture. To top everything off, visit the nearby Tabacalera, the home of many exhibitions of interest, which is just a short walk down Calle Argumosa, filled with bar terraces when spring arrives.

These three renovated markets follow the trend of turning old commercial spaces into gastronomic and catering services. They are located in the centre of Madrid and you can easily visit them from the centric location of the Posada de Huertas Madrid Youth Hostel.

Foto: Zaqarbal via Wikimedia Commons. Licencia CC 3.0

Categories: Madrid Gastronomía, Madrid Turismo

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