If you’re headed to Madrid, be sure to stop by two of the famous markets in the city. Mercado De San Miguel and Mercado De San Antón. Both markets are very popular and have their own sights, sounds and salivation factors so I’ll let you decide which one is best for you.  If you have time, visit both!

Mercado De San Miguel:

Mercado De San Miguel was by far my favorite market of the two but it was beyond crowded and it was almost impossible to find a seat.  Don’t let that stop you from visiting this market because you’ll love the atmosphere and all the hustle and bustle. Here you’ll find everything from churros and hot chocolate to paella and sangria.  This market is more upscale than Mercado De San Antón and the food is a bit more expensive but it was worth every penny.

Mercado De San Antón:

Located in the Chueca neighborhood, this market is less expensive, less touristy and less crowded than Mercado De San Miguel. However, that doesn’t make this market any less appealing.  Upon entering this market, you’ll find fresh fruits, colorful spices and mountains of meat. Not only can you eat your way through the market, once you reach the rooftop you can take a load off and relax at La Cocina De San Antón.  Enjoy a beautiful view of the city, a glass of wine and bowl of chips and corn nuts (free tapas!).  Go for tapas and you’ll leave with a full belly and a full wallet.  The prices are amazing for the amount of food you get!

Visiting the markets of Madrid was a highlight of my trip and I look forward to going the next time I’m in town. Have you been to either of these markets?  What’s your favorite market in Madrid?


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