Markets of Madrid

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If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I love to eat. So, it’s no wonder that two of my favorite places in Madrid, Spain are 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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    • Nancy
    • November 21, 2015

    Great post! I love visiting markets and will check these out when I make it to Madrid.

    • Maria
    • November 21, 2015

    Food markets are my absolute favourite places to go when I’m travelling. I’ve never been to either of these but they look wonderful, plus you can’t really beat one euro tapas 🙂

    • Hugo
    • November 21, 2015

    I’ve been to Mercado San Miguel and had some delicious things there. Too bad is very busy most of the times.

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    They both sound well worth a visit, but Mercado De San Miguel sounds like the one for me – I understand why it’s so busy, as it sounds great, and I love those pictures!

    • Laura
    • November 22, 2015

    Spain is my favorite food country. Madrid has such great markets and restaurants. I would love to walk around and get lost in all of those markets. I could spend breakfast lunch and dinner there and be happy.

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    That building looks incredible. I always love the marketplaces, especially if they’re not strictly tourist meccas. Would love to explore Madrid. Lovely post.

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    I visited only San Miguel market, so the next time I’ll try to see the other one!

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    I love visiting markets around the world. Great post. I will pin this for my next trip to Spain.

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    The Mercado de San Miguel was one of my favorite places in Madrid! It is true that it’s hard to find a seat – I had a friend scope some out while I grabbed us some churros! haha

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    So glad you had a chance to visit the markets! Mercado De San Antón would probably be more up my alley as we’re generally turned off a little if there are too many tourist crowds, so really like experiencing attractions which are a little further off the beaten path. Thanks for the visual journey!

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