Foodie Travel: The Top 3 Madrid Food Markets Food / Spain

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

Mercado San Ildefonso

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.

Mercado San Ildefonso Patio

Mercado San Ildefonso Madrid

Street Food San Ildefonso Market

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.

Street Food Madrid - Madrid Food Markets

Mercado San Ildefonso Madrid

Opening Times of Mercado de San Ildefonso:

Mon – Fri: 1pm – 1am

Sat: 12pm – 1am

Sun: 12pm – Midnight


Mercado San Anton, Chueca 

Mercado San Anton - Madrid Food Markets

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.

Spices Mercado San Anton - Madrid Food Markets

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.

Mercado San Anton Rooftop

Opening Times of Mercado San Anton:

Mon – Sat: 10am – 10pm

Sun: 10am – 3pm


Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza de San Miguel 

San Miguel Market - Madrid Food Markets Mercado de San Miguel is located in the heart of the centre of Madrid making it accessible and very easy to find.

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.

San Miguel Market Madrid 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.

Mercado San Miguel Madrid 

Mercado de San Miguel Madrid

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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  1. When I lived in Madrid almost 40 years ago, the Mercado San Miguel actually was our neighborhood food market. Things have certainly changed. San Ildefonso is a joy. Thanks for the reminders, I’ll have to get to San Anton next trip.

    • globalbrunch Says: August 9, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      So glad the post has inspired you to check out San Anton, I’m sure you’ll love it. It must have been amazing to live just around the corner from San Miguel.

  2. I also lived in Spain approximately 30 years ago and shopped at the San Miguel market several times per week. Loved it then and still do today as I return to visit friends nearly every year. I used to live on C/Mayor and it was so convenient to stop in after work.

  3. Visited San Miguel back in May and got there just when they opened. It was still very crowed! Haven’t been to the others but will be sure to check them out the next time I am in Madrid.

  4. All of these market halls look amazing! I was in Madrid over 4 years ago, and I can’t believe that I missed all 3. I will have to pay the city another visit. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love a good food market too – I never realised Madrid has so many great ones! The first reminds me of the Time Out Market in Lisbon but even cooler. Saving this for when I get to Madrid – thanks!

  6. We were in Madrid for a day and went to one of the markets though I’m sure which one. The food was amazing. Now I have to add it back to my list because of you post.

  7. Food markets are the best for exploring – and eating! Will definitely check these out next time I’m in Madrid. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  8. I have been to Madrid only once, in a stopover towards my journey to South America. I only had one day to explore as much as I could of the city so I only got a chance to visit the San Migues market, which I loved straight away. All those fresh products, the yummy foods and the drinks… a foodie’s paradise!

  9. Love this post. I lived in Madrid for 6 years, but honestly I did not visit many markets. I was working a lot during the day and mostly went out in the evenings, when the markets are closed. I used to go to a market in Chamartin, but I forgot the name.

  10. My apartment host recommended Mercado de San Miguel to us, and I’ve fond memories of all the variety and ambience at that food market! Would love to visit the other 2 in your post the next time I return to Madrid!

  11. I love visiting markets when I travel. I’d definitely hit these up on a trip to Madrid!

  12. I was in Madrid about 3 weeks ago and visited 2/3 of these markets! I missed Mercado de San Ildefonso but it looks great as well. I love Spanish food so much and thought Mercado San Anton was ok and Mercado de San Miguel was incredibly busy (you’re so right there!). We bought a few drinks and bites but found the whole thing to be a tourist attraction rather than a legit market where locals buy from stalls.

  13. I shouldn´t have checked out your post while hungry. I love food markets and especially the Spanish cuisine. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I just had breakfast before reading your post… got hungry all over again :)) I enjoyed the food so much in Madrid. I only got to check out Mercado San Miguel, but boy oh boy did my foodie senses were all over the place. Great post, and for sure too keep in mind if I visit again!

  15. Yum, this made me hungry! I have never been to Madrid, but I can’t wait to visit some day soon. I’ll bookmark your post so I know where to eat, haha x

  16. When I visit Madrid, I’ll make sure to grab a meal in some of the markets!

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