Mercado de San Miguel is a short walk from Plaza Mayor, in one of Madrid’s most popular tourist areas. You’d be forgiven for thinking this means it’s an overpriced tourist trap, but it’s anything but.
Many consider this the best Madrid market and it’s a popular hang out for locals and tourists alike.
The beautiful wrought iron and glass building alone is worth a visit. Mercado de San Miguel reopened in 2009 after six years of extensive renovation. Prior to its purchase by a group of private investors the 100 year old building was struggling and heading for closure, but it has been remodelled to great effect.
Today Mercado de San Miguel is home to 33 stalls, selling a huge variety of premium quality food and drink. Offerings include calamari and garlic prawns to banderillas, cured meats, olives, baked goods and chocolate.
After you’ve had your fill wash it down with a beer, sherry or rioja from one of the many bars. Prices start from E1 for basic tapas, a glass of Rioja will set you back E3 or a small cana E2.
It’s more expensive than other markets, but that’s more than reflected in the quality of the food. You can still eat here for much cheaper than a restaurant. It’s also a much more fun way to spend an evening and sample a range of food.
A great place to visit at any time of day, but evenings are when the market it at it’s best. At this time you’ll find it buzzing with Madrilenos catching up after a day at the office and happily mingling with tourists. It makes a great venue for people watching and often plays host to exhibitions and live music.
Plan Your Visit
Sunday – Wednesday: 10am- Midnight
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 2am
Nearest Metro: Sol
More Information: http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/
Address: Plaza de San Miguel, s / n 28005
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