It’s no secret that I love a good food market and let me tell you, Madrid has got plenty to choose from. Historic market halls, trendy street food markets and modern food-court/market concoctions. There really is a market for everyone, no matter what your taste or budget. Even the hardcore foodies amongst you might not have time to visit them all, so I have put together a list of my top three Madrid food markets.
Mercado de San Ildefonso, Malasaña
The Mercado de San Ildefonso is located in the Malasaña district of Madrid. Much like Malasaña the market is trendy, quirky and vibrant. This is by no means a traditional market. Instead of a conventional market hall with fresh produce, Mercado de San Ildefonso is a Street Food market, a place where you come to relax with good food and socialise with friends.
The creators of the market say they have been inspired by other street food markets in London and New York. The international vibe is not just noticeable in the design, but the cuisine on offer and of course its visitors.
With 18 stalls and 3 bars offering food & drinks from around the world the choice definitely isn’t easy. This market serves up everything from Tapas, Crepes and fresh fish dishes to Mexican food and fruity shakes. Fear not, you’ll be supplied with plenty of tasters to help you make the decision just a little easier. Once you have made your choice you can enjoy your food on the stylish outdoor terrace, the funky patio or at one of their indoor seating areas. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
What ever you choose, San Ildefonso Market is bound to let any foodies heart beating faster.
Opening Times of Mercado de San Ildefonso:
Mon – Fri: 1pm – 1am
Sat: 12pm – 1am
Sun: 12pm – Midnight
Mercado San Anton, Chueca
Mercado San Anton is based in the Chueca district of Madrid. San Anton is my favourite of the Madrid food markets. It has everything that you could possibly want from a market experience: street food, fresh local produce & a top-notch roof terrace.
The 22 vendors offer fresh, local ingredients, hearty tapas, sweet treats and even wooden handicrafts. The stalls here don’t offer tasters as much as I noticed it at the Mercado de San Ildefonso, but the quality of the food is fantastic and most things are very affordable.
The highlight of the San Anton market was the bar & restaurant at the top floor. I highly recommend enjoying the view of the neighbourhood with a
glass vase of Sangria. Be sure to get there with a time buffer as the roof terrace can get very busy, especially on a sunny day.
Opening Times of Mercado San Anton:
Mon – Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 3pm
Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza de San Miguel
The San Miguel market is without a doubt the most popular & most visited of the Madrid food markets. It’s easy to see why. The gorgeous architecture and charming interior leave you in awe as soon as you enter the market. The market hall is a historic structure that has recently been re-furbished and re-opened in 2009.
The 33 market stalls have everything you need for lunch, tapas, dinner or even just drinks with friends, that is if you can make your way through the busy market hall to reach your desired vendor. Personally I’d say that the only downside to the San Miguel market are the crowds. The sheer volume of visitors meant that I couldn’t check out all that was on offer. So prepare for a buzzing atmosphere and be aware that this is not the place to come for a quiet meal.
Opening Times for the Mercado de San Miguel:
Mon – Wed & Sun: 10am – Midnight
Thu – Sat: 10am – 2am
I’d love to hear if you have visited any of these or other Madrid food markets. Which one was your personal favourite? Let me know in the comments below.
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