Madrid is the central capital of Spain. A city paved with elegant boulevards, and well-manicured parks such as Buen Retiro, it is also home to some of the best collections of artworks. The Prado Museum with works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters is one such repository. In the heart of old Hapsburg, Madrid, is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor. Military history fans will also want to visit the baroque Royal Palace and Armory in Plaza Mayor, which displays a history of weapons. The Spanish are also known for being serious about their food. Their kitchens are the heart of their homes, and so, it is not surprising that there are many food markets in Spain. When in Spain, do as the Spanish do and check out the food markets. Scroll down and learn about the food markets in Madrid, Spain.
1. Mercado de Maravillas
The largest municipal market in Europe, Mercado de Maravillas has 200 stalls for locals to stock up on the freshest regional specialties. This is the best place to try traditional fare such as tripe-based callos a la madrileña, often considered Madrid’s signature dish. A variety of spices such as paprika from the La Vera region and saffron from La Mancha is sold here, and even products from further out such as South American groceries can be found here. Look out for Ina Kola, a popular Peruvian soft drink!
Name of the market: Mercado de Maravillas
Address: Calle Bravo Murillo 122
Website:Mercado de Maravillas
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-2pm and 5pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am to 3pm
2. San Miguel Market
This market was first opened in 1916 and recently ren ovated in 2018. The grand, iron-wrought architecture has been restored, and its majestic bearings are worth a visit on its own. The market sells the best of Spanish produce, from Iberian ham to fresh seafood brought from Galicia daily. There are many stalls worth a visit there, but the cheese shops are a favorite amongst locals. While there, look out for Mozheart, an artisanal cheese shop famous for its selection of fine cheeses.
Name of the market: San Miguel Market
Address: Plazade San Miguel, s/n28005
Website: San Miguel
Opening hours: Sun - Thurs: 10am - Midnight | Fri, Sat and Eves of Pub Hols: 10am – 1am
3. Mercado de San Ildefonso
This market is inspired by the street markets of Singapore, London, Bangkok and other cosmopolitan cities. In between two residential neighborhoods, this is where the locals like to gather for a post-dinner drink or to relax after work. The stalls cook ready-made food, but you can also buy raw ingredients here. Eat at the tables laid out here, or take it away with you on a picnic. The ground floor sells small dishes made with the Spanish favorite: jamón ibérico. You can also get a shot of tequila at 4 USD at La Margariteria during happy hour, and Argentinian burgers at 10-12 USD.
Name of the market: Mercado de San Ildefonso
Address: CalleFuencarral, 5728004
Website:Mercado de San Ildefonso
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: midday-midnight | Fri-Sat: midday-1am
4. Market of San Antón
This place is more of a food court, and the market is in the enticing nightlife district of Chueca, with vendors selling everything from fresh produce to affordable cooked regional specialties like risotto of foie gras and mushrooms. Stop by La Imperial to feast on Andalucian-style calamari, or have a rich chickpea stew. The top floor restaurant is where you can dine alfresco, with gin tonics being sold here. This is a place that many expats and tourists like to visit.
Name of the market: Market of San Antón
Address: Calle Augusto Figueroa 24
Website: Market of San Antón
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-3pm; restaurant open Sun-Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat-10am-1.30am
5. Mallorca Market
A two-storey space in the posh Chamberi District, Mallorca Market is where you go for high-quality products. The pastry section sells light and fluffy fried dough balls(buñuelos) and the Spanish version of French toast, Torrijos. Both are must-tries. The lower level restaurant has a garden patio, and weekends are usually busy, thanks to its set brunches that offer ciabattas, charcuterie, pastries and coffee.
Name of the market: Mallorca Market
Address: Calle de Génova 12
Opening hours: Open daily 9am-9pm
6. Mercado de la Paz
The Mercado de la Paz is one of Madrid’s oldest market. The interior of the market wows visitors with its art nouveau décor, but don’t let the glamorous façade fool you. Friendly stall owners who have operated stalls there for decades will make you feel like home. Fish, charcuterie and cheese stalls, as well as a wide selection of gourmet products, greet you when you enter. Casa Dani with its menu that changes daily is a must-try, especially its Spanish omelet with octopus or pork ribs, ingredients that come directly from the market.
Name of the market: Mercado de la Paz
Address: Calle de Ayala 28
Website:Mercado de la Paz
Opening hours: Open Mon-Fri 9am-2.30pm and 5pm-8pm, Sat 9am-2.30pm
7. Mercado de Barceló
This newly opened market that started operating in 2014 has many specialty stalls, such as El Imperio Extremeño, where the acorn-fed Iberian ham comes highly recommended, and Mama Cora, which is well-known for its delicious Argentinian baked treats. An event space with pop up stalls adds variety to the market, and other shops selling international cuisines can also be found.
Name of the market: Mercado de Barceló
Address: Calle Barceló 6
Website: Mercado de Barceló
Opening hours: Open Mon-Fri 9am-2.30pm and 5.30pm -8.30pm, Sat 9am-3pm
8. Mercado de Chamberí
Mercado de Chamberi opened in 1943 and it is considered one of Madrid’s best-known markets. It has an interesting concept. The ground floor has a market with over 50 stalls, where customers can find a wide selection of many products. Within the market is a gastronomic area, La Chisperia, where long, shared tables occupy the middle space. In here, the delicious tapas that cost less than 2 USD per piece is recommended. On the second floor, there is a gym and a swimming pool. Other stalls selling household items and ornamental goods can also be found here.
Name of the market: Mercado de Barceló
Address: Calle Alonso Cano, 1028010
Website: Mercado de Chamberí
Opening hours: Markets Opening times Mon - Fri 09.00am - 2.00pm / 5.00pm - 8.00pm ; Sat 09.30am - 2.30pm.
9. El Huerto de Lucas
Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed
To call El Huerto de Lucas just a market would be to trivialize it; this food market is actually known as an ‘ecogastro’-cultural project. What that means is this space is dedicated to selling only organic food of the highest quality. Food sold here apparently has no contaminants, is made out of carefully sourced elements, so that visitors can eat only the best. Of course, vegan, gluten-free food options are available The architectural concept here is Zenlike; raw materials are used to build the infrastructure, and a vertical garden in the entrance, with hanging plants all over enhances the feeling of wellbeing as you eat and shop in this market.
Name of the market: El Huerto de Lucas
AddressCalle San Lucas, 13 28004 Madrid
Website: El Huerto de Lucas
Opening hours: Market From 10 am to 10 pm (except on Monday and Tuesday – from 10 am to 8 pm). Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm
A gourmet food hall located in a former cinema, Platea Madrid is a popular hangout spot thanks to its wide selection of restaurants, bars, and various stalls. Japanese, Mexican, Italian - the variety here is extensive, and dishes come exquisitely plated. The food stalls are overseen by three Spanish chefs, with six Michelin stars between them. Live music plays most evenings, and the tapas (mini-salmon burger with wasabi) on the second level cocktail bar is highly recommended.
Name of the market: Platea
Address: Calle Goya 5-7
Opening hours: Sun-Wed noon-12.30am, Thurs-Sat noon-2.30am
Satisfy your cravings in Spain
With most destinations, tourists strive to see the best attractions the city has to offer. With Spain, it is no different, except that it’s safe to say a tourist would make full use of his trip if he simply just visited these food markets and ate his way through Madrid. Why? Because the Spanish are so passionate about their food and their meal times, it’s easy to feel the warmth of the Spanish culture by indulging in a tapas or wolfing down a tortilla. Of course, so many options are available! If you’re visiting Madrid soon, be sure to check out the market listed in this guide. Your belly will thank you for it.
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