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Essential places in Madrid, its markets.

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

In many tourist visits to Madrid, in the free tours and also in the guided tours, you pass through the famous San Miguel market, but it is not the only market where you can enjoy the gastronomy of the city, in this article We are going to comment on some of them.

In the tours of we try to show some of them, either in the tours, or as nearby places of interest, we believe that they are an essential part of this city and that the tourist who comes to Madrid, if If you really want to understand the city, its gastronomy and its people, you should visit at least some of them.

The origins of the markets of Madrid go back to the end of the 19th century, in the 1870s when the city council began to build covered markets, the objective was to replace the traditional street markets that were relatively unhealthy.

San Miguel Market in the center of historical Madrid

Following this trend, at the beginning of the 20th century, the Mercado de San Miguel was inaugurated as a food market in 1916, it is located in the historic center of Madrid next to the Plaza Mayor. The site occupied by the market was originally occupied by the parish church of San Miguel de los Octoes, where the famous writer Lope de Vega was baptized in the 16th century. It is currently the only market in Madrid that retains its spectacular original iron structure.

In 2009 the market undergoes an important transformation becoming a redoubt of Spanish gourmet gastronomy, where you can taste; Iberian ham, seafood from northern Spain, Mediterranean rice dishes, cheeses from all over Spain and delicious desserts.

San Anton Market in the heart of Chueca

Another of the famous markets in the city where, in addition to buying food, you can enjoy its gastronomy is the San Antón market, located in the Chueca neighborhood, the LGTBI neighborhood of Madrid, at 24 Augusto Figueroa street. In this market we find high-quality products, but above all it is a place to enjoy local gastronomy, as it has a very large "food court" with a wide variety of shops, and on the roof there is a terrace with a restaurant where you can also have a drink.

Mercado de San Antón, Madrid

The La Paz Market, in the stylish Salamanca district, the sophisticated heart of Madrid.

Another of the most famous markets, especially for the high quality of the products it sells, is the Mercado de La Paz, this market founded in 1879 is in the heart of the Salamanca neighborhood, at 28 Ayala street. This neighborhood is one more Exclusive to Madrid, we find Calle Serrano, where prestigious stores such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermès, Gucci or Prada are located.

In some of the market stalls dedicated to cheeses and sausages we find more than 300 varieties of cheese. The famous anecdote of a tourist from New Zealand who spent 62,000 euros on ham and caviar in a single position.

Puesto de quesos Mercado de La Paz Madrid

This market also houses places where you can taste typical dishes. It is highly recommended to try Casa Dani's potato omelette, it is undoubtedly one of the best in Madrid and in this case it is not particularly expensive.

The truth is that in Madrid there are many other markets that would be worth visiting, each of them displaying the typical character of its neighborhood, such as the San Fernando market in the popular Lavapiés neighborhood, La Cebada in the La Latina neighborhood.


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