Tucked down a side street off of Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel is a stylish covered market that brings together the very best in premium Spanish specialties, all under one wrought-iron roof.
The lofty space underwent a stunning restoration in 2009, transforming Madrid’s oldest food market into a fun and bustling gourmet center. In addition to a predictably impressive selection of Spain’s most ubiquitous foodie staple (jamon!) the market is also host to 30-something stalls displaying upscale seasonal produce, cheese, fish, stuffed olives, sausages, meats and pastries — and it’s all good. A handful of counters serve tasty tapas like croquetas de bacalao and pintxo de pulpo, and several bars offer everything from coffee to beer and wine, sherry tastings and champagne.
With so many important decisions to make, we did a few laps to survey all our options before committing.
You might end up elbow-to-elbow with your nibbling neighbor during the busiest hours – usually mornings, right after work, and weekends. Choose a weekday afternoon if possible when you wont have to fight for a stool, or go for a late-night bite with friends; the market stays open until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
A must-do in Madrid for food lovers of all ages.
Mercado de San Miguel
Address: Plaza de San Miguel 28005, Madrid
Phone: (+34) 915 42 49 36