6 Best Markets in Madrid
One of our favorite things to do when traveling to a new city or country is to explore the local markets. Besides enjoying the delicious food, visiting the local markets gives us a small glimpse into the culture of that city. We’ve spent the last 2.5 weeks in Madrid and stumbled upon 12 different markets (mercados). Here are the 6 Best Markets in Madrid:
#1 Mercado de San Miguel
Mercado de San Miguel is by far the most touristy and famous market in Madrid, but it is worth a visit! It’s an indoor market but feels like an outdoor market because of it’s glass walls. This mercado sits in the middle of the city center close by the Sol Metro stop. Here, vendors sell anything from Sangria and Paella to ice cream and pizza. You will find lots of fresh fish, oysters, sushi, fruits and vegetables and everything in between. You will not leave this market hungry.
#2 Mercado de San Fernando
Like Mercado de San Miguel, it has rows of vendors selling lots of different types of food. It’s an indoor market and a little off the beaten path in the Lavapiés neighborhood. This is nice because it’s less touristy and less busy than the Mercado de San Miguel. Even if you’re not in the mood for Spanish food, you can get some fresh produce and meat or some tacos and sushi.
#3 El Rastro de Madrid
This outdoor flea market is not like anything I have ever seen before. It only takes place on Sundays and is located in the La Latina neighborhood. You won’t find any food vendors here. This market is all about stuff. Hundreds of vendors are selling clothes, shoes, watches, jewelry, purses, furniture and even pet cages. If you need a hamster cage, a Mahou beer sign and a Real Madrid football jersey, this is the place to go! All of the products are very well priced but I would suggest going early because the streets become packed full of people. This was by far the largest market I’ve ever been to.
Platea is not your traditional fruits and vegetable type of market. It’s a hip renovated old theater decorated in an art deco style. It has three levels with multiple bars and food vendors selling tapas and pintxos. There is a restaurant on the bottom level. Food vendors and cocktail bars on the second level and the top floor has a balcony that looks over a stage. I would suggest to go early, grab a table and stay for the free show.
For Spain, it’s a little expensive, but you can still get a salmon burger tapas and three olive and cheese tapas for under €6. We ordered chicken wings with bbq sauce for only €6. Beer or wine are only €3. Cocktails were a little expensive at €10 but looked amazing. Overall, this market will not disappoint and this venue was like something I have never seen before.
Location: Calle de Goya, 5-7, 28001
#5 Mercado de San Ildefonso
Like the Platea Market, this is an indoor market with lots character. San Ildefonso is located in the trendy Malasaña neighborhood close to the city center. The market consists of three floors with a bar on each level. This a great place to go with friends. The first level has a burger joint and a craft brewery stand. On the second level, you’ll find about ten food vendors selling everything from pad thai and salads to beef kabobs and smoothies. Once you receive your food, head to the top floor to enjoy the beautiful terrace.
#6 Mercado de San Anton
This market is bit more upscale, located in the Chueca neighborhood near the city center. It’s a lovely building with a gorgeous terrace and an amazing view of the neighborhood. The front of the market has an organic food store with fresh fruits and vegetables. You can take the escalator up to the next level for tapas and pintxos or have a drink at the bar. And the third level has a fancy restaurant, La Cocina de San Anton, with a rooftop terrace. This market seemed newer, had a relaxed vibe and was very clean.
Overall, the markets in Madrid were incredible. The vibrancy and diversity of each market really speaks about the culture in Madrid. I would highly recommend making time to see the mercados the next time you travel to Madrid because they will not disappoint.
Let us know, what city has the best markets to you?