Madrid has a multitude of markets that offer anything from antique toys and second-hand shoes to champagne and caviar. For the dedicated rummager, there are many treasures to be found, and the hustle and bustle of the markets and the vendors’ cheerful spirits are infectious. Here we list some of the best markets Madrid has to offer.
Mercado de San Miguel | Courtesy of Mercado de San Miguel
The Mercado de San Miguel is one of the necessary stops for foodies in Madrid. It used to be a normal food market, but a few years ago it transformed into the heavenly creation it is today. It is one of the best places to eat in the center of the capital, as the multitude of stalls provides endless options for hungry visitors. Oysters, caviar, pastries, sushi, yogurt and calamari rolls are just a few of the delicious dishes that visitors can find here. A mecca for food-lovers, this is without a doubt one of the best markets in Madrid.
Madrid’s oldest street market, El Rastro, is located in the trendy La Latina neighborhood. It opens every Sunday at 9 a.m. and sells almost anything you can think of, both new and second-hand. Comics, books, records, shoes, clothes, jewelry – all are available in abundance at El Rastro. It can get incredibly crowded around midday, so it is best to go early in the morning. After bargaining for a bit and exploring the many stalls, why not go for tapas in one of the neighborhood’s many bars?
Inaugurated a few years after Mercado de San Miguel, Mercado San Antón is known as another of the best gourmet restaurants in the capital. The market is something of a food museum; it has some of the best dishes in the city, whether it be tapas or more sophisticated meals, and the drinks that can be found here are of excellent quality. Warning: often visitors can be found wandering around, unable to choose at which stall to eat because of the huge array of possibilities. Mercado San Antón, Calle de Augusto Figueroa 24, Madrid, Spain
Mercado Central de Diseño
Located in the Matadero de Madrid in the Legazpi area of the city, the Central Market of Design is dedicated to showing the talented work of emerging illustrators, artists and designers that have no other way of showcasing their art. The market takes place on the first weekend of every month from 11am to 10pm. From time to time there are also free concerts or workshops, and it has become a classic with Madrid residents who are interested in fashion, decoration or design. Mercado Central de Diseño, Plaza de Legazpi, 8, Madrid, Spain
For environmentally friendly visitors, this market is the ideal place to go to shop. Adelita market sells objects that people no longer want or use, promoting the recycling of goods and sustainability in our consumer-crazy society. Anyone can sign up in advance to sell their own things, but it has to be with the aim of reusing and recycling. It takes place on the third weekend of every month from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. during the winter months and 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. during the summer months. Perfect for picking up something unique with a clean conscience.