Traditional markets are trendy: San Miguel, San Anton, Moncloa, San lldefonso or the gastronomic venue Platea Madrid. If you have not been any of these new meeting points yet, do not miss one of the best plans in Madrid. See you in the market!
Traditional markets have turned into gourmet an leisure venues where you can buy gourmet products, and taste them before buying. Moreover, in some of the markets you can still find the original shops where regulars shop for bread, fruits, fish, meat or poultry. These new gourmet venues represent an excellent alternative to enjoy a typical vermouth or beers on Sundays before lunch. Just as the saying goes for Rome: When in Madrid do as the locals do!
San Miguel Market, at the heart of Madrid
Located in the old city of Madrid, next to Plaza Mayor, San Miguel Market describes itself as "the temple of fresh produce where the protagonist is not the chef, but the food". The building where it is located has been declared a national Monument of Cultural Interest.
Further information in: San Miguel Market
San Antón Market, in the District of Chueca
The San Antón market, which used to be a central market selling staple food, has turned into a gourmet market selling delicatessen and a meeting point in the central district of Chueca. It combines stalls selling products hard to find elsewhere in Madrid, with a snack area and a terrace to enjoy the sun or moon, at any time of the year.
Further information in: San Anton Market
Moncloa Market, close to the university
Fine cuisine and innovative culinary proposals are the essence of this venue created with one target in mind: employing quality products to prepare deliciously healthy food. Here you will find nine outlets, a central kiosk, a restaurant with daily set menu, and a cocktail and wine bar area.
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San Ildefonso Market, the last novelty
Located in Fuencarral street, this recently opened food market was created in the cosmopolitan tradition of the street markets of London and New York. In its 19 specialty shops you can find sausages, fruit or beers, and taste the creations of expert chefs, such as the avant-garde tapas by Chef David Delgado.
Further information in: San Ildefonso Market
Platea Madrid, the jewel of Europe
This cutting edge complex opened in 2014 in the premises formerly occupied by a movie theater, it is the largest gastronomic leisure space in Europe. In its 6000 square meters, it offers not only avant-garde cuisine, but also a great variety of shows to entertain the visiting public (music, films, performing arts, musicals, magic, cabaret or micro-theatre) and hands-on activities such as workshops or tastings on the stage. An ideal place for light snacks or a drink after work!
Further information in: Platea Madrid
De la Paz Market, in Barrio de Salamanca
Since 1882, Mercado de La Paz has been a traditional market located in the heart of the Salamanca district catering to locals. Today, with his impeccable stalls and friendly atmosphere, it offers a wide range of products of the highest quality together with some cafés, bars and restaurants where you can get something delicious to eat and drink.
Further information in: Mercado de la Paz
San Fernando Market, at the heart of Lavapiés
Located in the multicultural Lavapiés district, Mercado de San Fernando resurfaces aiming at offering modernity and quality. Next to its traditional food stalls, you will find new businesses, cafés, bars and restaurants, such as a Japanese multi-space where you can eat real Japanese cuisine, buy a book or original food products, and enjoy a cultural event.
Further information in: San Fernando Market
Located on the second floor of the Barceló Market, this food market, which has been one of the last to arrive, offers a varied cultural agenda along with different gastronomic proposals. So while you decide to shop at their stalls, where you will also find gourmet products, you can attend exhibitions and other activities.
Further information in: Mercado Barceló
Another market that you will really love is undoubtedly this one, which consists of two floors, where in addition to being able to buy first class products, you will be able to taste dishes from all over the world. So, if you don't decide it, you can have a Japanese first course, an Italian second course, or if you prefer fast food such as sandwiches or hot dogs, along with authentic snacks of Madrid.
Further information: Vallehermoso Market
Cortezo Yatai Market
To the Doctor Cortezo street has travelled a new concept of 'street market' of fusion and Asian cuisine. The 'Cortezo Yatai Market' that takes its name from the popular fake market in Shanghai, the biggest in Asia, offers different Asian specialties such as ramen, Pad Thai, curry, rice with prawns, baos and much more. Travel to Bangkok, Tokyo or Hong Kong without leaving Madrid.
Further information in: Cortezo Yatai Market
Image credits: ©Hugo Fernández. Region of Madrid