From the moment I first set foot inside of a Mercado, I was in love. From the food to the beverages to the people watching, I could have easily (and happily) spent all of my days in Madrid browsing the stalls and inspecting the goods with a drink in one hand and a snack in the other.
I mean really, what could be better?
Lucky for me, almost every neighbourhood (or barrio) throughout the city had its own Mercado. After many gruelling hours spent testing the snacks, the wine (and sangria, and vermouth) and the overall atmosphere, I’m excited to share with you my favourite Madrid Mercado.
Mercado San Miguel
Located just a stone’s throw from Plaza Mayor is Mercado San Miguel, the best (in my opinion) and busiest Mercado in the city. It offers everything: a wide variety of snacks, from herring and avocado toasts and calamari to mini-sausages and croquettes; full-meals; beverages like wine, vermouth and fresh pressed juices; and so much more.
Seriously, the list of delicious offerings could go on and on and on.
We visited Mercado San Miguel several times during our time in Madrid, and never were we disappointed with the food, the drinks or the people watching.
Best time to visit: A Sunday afternoon.
Mercado San Anton
Mercado San Anton is located in the Chueca neighbourhood of Madrid, just a block or two away from the busy and bustling Fuencarral street. The building boasts three floors: the first is a produce market, the second a food market and the third features a restaurant and rooftop terrace. The food and drinks offered are a bit more upscale and specialised (duck croquettes, anyone), and the price tag reflects that, but the food is amazing making it totally worth it.
Best time to visit: Grab a glass of wine and a seat on the rooftop terrace, and enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Mercado de Chamberí
Mercado de Chamberí, located north of the downtown core, is more of a traditional market, offering stands of fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. Although it’s less of a hangout than the previous two mentioned, it was still a fantastic place to browse for unique local specialities.
Best time to visit: Start your day off right by picking up the best and fresh produce.
Mercado de Vallehermoso
By day, the Mercado de Vallehermoso was your usual market: stalls of bread, cheeses, meats and more. But by night, it transformed into one of the hippest hangouts in the city, hosting craft beer festivals and serving up delicious Asian-fusion food courtesy of Tuk Tuk, all while a resident DJ set the mood.
Generally, it was just a fun place to spend a couple of hours.
Best time to visit: Kick off your Friday or Saturday night out with a visit to the Mercado de Vallehermoso.
Whether downtown or in the suburbs, in the east or to the west, Madrid is a city full of fantastic Mercados to explore. While each has its own unique feel and flavour, the Mercados de Madrid can all be counted on to be full of eats and treats to sip and sample that can quench any thirst or satisfy any palette.
So, on your next trip to Madrid, do as the locals do and spend a Sunday (or any day really) relaxing and enjoying one of the delicious Mercados de Madrid.
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