Madrid is a city to enjoy. And of course the people of Madrid know how to do it, as they have made tapas culture their way of life.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Madrid has become the epicenter in Spain of the gastronomic market movement, the perfect way for traditional markets to adapt to new customs. The hotel and catering industry is taking over the spaces formerly occupied by the marketplaces.
Based on this, so that you can get the most out of the city, we have made a list of the markets you can’t miss.
San Miguel Market
We could not open the list with a market other than San Miguel. Undoubtedly, the best known and most touristic. Not surprisingly, its iron and glass structure and its privileged location, next to the Plaza Mayor, make it a must-see for anyone who spends a couple of days in Madrid.
Its offer is mainly focused on Spanish gastronomy and tapas with high quality raw material.
San Anton Market
After its remodeling two decades ago, as part of a market modernization plan of the Madrid City Council, the Mercado de San Antón has become one of the hearts of the Chueca neighborhood.
Its restaurants, tapas stalls and rooftop terrace make it a must in the center of Madrid.
San Ildefonso Market
In the middle of Fuencarral Street is one of the youngest markets in the capital: the Mercado de San Ildefonso, opened in 2014.
Despite its youth, or precisely because of it, it is today one of the most popular in the city. All this, thanks to its wide variety of food from around the world, its two indoor terraces and its good atmosphere enlivened every night by a DJ.
It is ideal to go with friends.
One of the few markets that still maintains part of its original use. Traditional market stalls merge with food and beverage stands.
Food from all over the world in one of the most classic and popular markets in Chamberí, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Madrid.
San Fernando Market
Continuing with the neighborhoods, we now go to Lavapiés to visit the San Fernando Market. It is focused on a more popular offer, with a multitude of economic options and a very close treatment.
Besides, it is one of the few places where you still get a free tapa with your drink!
San Antón Martín Market
We could not close the list without mentioning the Antón Martín Market, one of the most traditional and, at the same time, unknown of the center. It perfectly combines traditional food stalls with the new gastronomic offer, which can be enjoyed both inside and on the surrounding terraces.
It is also the perfect place to have a drink before enjoying the great movie offerings of the Cine Doré, the Filmoteca Española, located right next to it. Can you think of a better plan for a weekend afternoon?
Of course, every neighborhood in Madrid has its own market and there are many that we are missing. Do you have a favorite that’s not on this list that you couldn’t live without? Tell us about it!