Mercado de San Antón
Located in the heart of Madrid’s LGBT-friendly neighborhood Chueca, Mercado de San Antón is one of Madrid’s trendiest spots for purchasing and enjoying gourmet cuisine and products. The ground floor has all sorts of products to take home like meats and cheeses, fruit, honey, olive oil, soaps, and more. The next floor has a variety of international tapas to snack on, and the rooftop is a great spot for a cocktail and a chat. Order a gin tonic and soak in the view and the vibe.
Mercado de San Antón, Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 30 07 30
Mercado de San Miguel
España en Lata
Whereas it may seem odd to think of gourmet foods coming in a can, canned food is often considered a delicacy in Spain. Some of the best products to purchase at España en Lata are olives and other pickled vegetables and, of course, seafood like mussels or razor clams. The shop even has special packs from different regions of the country, so you can get the top canned products from Madrid, Extremadura, Murcia, or many other regions all in one special set.
España en Lata, Calle de Cuchilleros 14, Madrid, Spain, +34 91 378 79 03
If you want something gourmet that’s especially unique to Spain, La Melguiza is a shop entirely dedicated to saffron. The only shop in the world where all their products are made from this special spice, you can find food items, cosmetics, and, of course, the spice itself – for when you are planning to make some paella at home.
La Melguiza, Calle de Santiago, 12, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 47 93 23
The family-owned Ferpal is the place to go if you want to purchase some ham or cheese to take home to family and friends (or to munch on during your flight home). Visiting this family-owned shop, which dates back to 1971, is like a lesson in Spanish deli foods — the variety of meats and cheeses you’ll discover is astounding.
Ferpal, Calle del Arenal, 7, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 32 38 99
La Cure Gourmande
If you’re looking to buy fancy gourmet products like candy or cookies, this store is the one for you. The shopping experience itself is bright and fun, thanks to the vibrant yellow shop décor and French feel. If you love an artfully decorated box, La Cure Gourmande has you covered. If you make a purchase here, it should be the chocolate olives.
La Cure Gourmande Madrid, Calle Postas, 18, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 64 09 02