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Mercado de San Miguel

Shop for fresh produce, attend a festival or relax with a drink and some tapas at Madrid’s popular marketplace.

The Mercado de San Miguel is Madrid’s central market filled with tables and chairs and lined with fresh produce and food stalls. The building was designed in the early 20th century but underwent a huge renovation at the start of the 21st century. Today the marketplace is considered to be a culinary cultural center.

The market is one of the oldest in Madrid. It charms visitors and locals with its lively atmosphere and its elegant beaux arts design. The original market here, unveiled in 1916, was modeled on Les Halles in Paris. The market’s modern refurbishment retained the building’s iconic style. A variety of modern conveniences have been added for the comfort of stallholders and shoppers. The air is infused with light water droplets every few minutes as a green alternative to air conditioning.

Explore the market’s 33 stalls, which line up side-by-side under a high roof of wood and iron. Rub shoulders with locals shopping for groceries or simply admire the mouthwatering array of fresh fruit, oysters, ham and more. Try traditional snacks such as chorizo (a spicy sausage), and tortilla (an egg omelet).

The Mercado de San Miguel hosts a variety of fairs, festivals and courses throughout the year. Check the market’s official website for timetables and ticket prices. Visit the in-house bookshop to buy Spanish cookbooks. A high-end tabletop store sells many kitchen and dining products made in Spain. 

As night falls, the market becomes a favorite spot to relax over tapas and drinks. Order tapas such as salmon, oyster or goats cheese. Tapas plates are small and typically inexpensive. Wash these light snacks down with a local wine, beer or cocktail such as sangria.

The Mercado de San Miguel is located just to the West of the Plaza Mayor in central Madrid. It is easily accessible by metro and bus. Walk from other attractions within the center of the city. The market is open every day from mid-morning until midnight, with longer hours on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Entry is free.


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              Gran Vía Capital

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                Petit Palace Plaza Mayor

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