Madrid like every city has a story and the story of this city revolves around a Bear stretching for a strawberry. In reality though this is a symbol of resilience and strength of its people but to me as a die hard traveller with a constant hunger and thirst for all things delicious it is the true emblem of a modern day foodie.
No doubt then in this blog post I’ve decided to skip the touristy sights and dive straight in to a gastronomical journey exploring 3 very unique food markets in Madrid.
A short trip on hand I landed into the city with one main agenda food and food only. I vowed to be a bear in bear city and stretch my hand out to all things there were edible in any possible way. Sticking to plan then my first stop was
Mercado De San Miguel
Situated just behind the cities most famous historic square called Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel is the last remaining iron market hall in Madrid and the mecca of zillion foodies and tourist visiting Madrid. Quieter this time around the year than the peak of summer, the market is decently equipped with heaters and just about busy. It houses stalls ranging from meats to tapas to 2 wine bars to vegetable & fruit to ice-cream and chocolate.
Timings: Mo-Tu-We-Su from 10:00 to 24:00 / Th-Fr-Sa: from 10:00 to 2:00
Mercado San Ildefonso
If you want to eat like a hip young local than sometime post 7 pm you’ve got to stop by Mercado San Ildefonso. Big things come in small packages they say and this right here is your big bonanza burst for your tastebuds. Join the Madridians for a post work tapas and drink and enjoy this beautiful structure exposed brick structure.
Location: Calle Fuencarral, 57, 28004 http://bit.ly/1jVrO6v
Mercado San Anton
For a classier take on dining out at a market head out to Mercado San Anton. Two floors of grocery shopping ,one for communal dining and 2 casual dining restaurants connected with an absolutely gorgeous terrance and bar.
Though a bit pricy for tapas portions the restaurant serve better food and definitely are more value for money.
Location: Calle Augusto Figueroa 24, Chueca. http://bit.ly/1OotNse
Thats rounding up my top 3 Mercado’s or Markets in Madrid. The only thing you to do now is to pack your bags, hold to that appetite and get going! Oh and wait I almost forget to tell you about the best Churros in town at Chocolateria San Gines – http://bit.ly/1lEnpqc
Lets just wake up in Madrid again 🙂 Shall we?