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Best Markets in Madrid

What are the best markets in Madrid? In this article we highlight the best markets in Madrid.
|-Best Markets in Madrid

Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain, is not only famous for its rich culture and lively streets but also for its diverse and colorful markets. Expats and digital nomads living in Madrid have the unique opportunity to explore a variety of markets that offer everything from fresh produce to antiques, and from local crafts to trendy clothing. Whether you’re looking to fill your pantry, decorate your home, or find a one-of-a-kind gift, Madrid’s markets are treasure troves waiting to be discovered. Here are some of the best markets in Madrid that you should not miss.

Mercado de San Miguel

Location: Plaza de San Miguel, Madrid
Type of Market: Gourmet Food Market
Open: Sunday to Wednesday 10:00-00:00, Thursday to Saturday 10:00-01:00

Located just steps away from Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel is a must-visit for food lovers. This historical market has been transformed into a bustling gourmet space where you can find a wide array of high-quality Spanish and international delicacies. The beautiful iron and glass structure houses numerous vendors offering everything from tapas and paella to artisanal cheeses and wines.

We Recommend: Trying the fresh seafood tapas or the traditional Spanish ham, jamon Iberico, which is a true delicacy.

El Rastro

Location: Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, Madrid
Type of Market: Flea Market
Open: Sundays and public holidays, 9:00-15:00

El Rastro is Madrid’s most famous flea market and one of the largest in Europe. Every Sunday, the streets of the La Latina district come alive with hundreds of stalls selling everything from vintage clothing and antiques to books and vinyl records. It’s a great place to hunt for unique finds and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

We Recommend: Scouring the stalls for vintage Spanish decor items that can add a touch of Madrid to your home.

Mercado de San Anton

Location: Calle de Augusto Figueroa, Madrid
Type of Market: Modern Food Market
Open: Daily, 10:00-00:00; Restaurants and terrace until 01:30

In the heart of the trendy Chueca neighborhood, Mercado de San Anton offers a modern twist on the traditional market experience. The market features a supermarket on the ground floor, a variety of food stalls on the first floor, and a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a meal with views over the neighborhood. It’s a perfect spot for both grocery shopping and socializing.

We Recommend: Sampling the gourmet tapas on the first floor, especially the croquetas, which come in a variety of innovative flavors.

Mercado de Motores

Location: Museo del Ferrocarril, Paseo de las Delicias, Madrid
Type of Market: Vintage and Designer Market
Open: One weekend per month, check their website for specific dates

Held in the fascinating setting of Madrid’s Railway Museum, Mercado de Motores is a unique market where you can find vintage treasures, handmade crafts, and designer items. It’s also a cultural event, with live music and food trucks adding to the vibrant atmosphere. This market is a great place to find something special while enjoying the historic trains on display.

We Recommend: Picking up some handmade jewelry or artisanal soaps as a special souvenir or gift.

Mercado de la Paz

Location: Calle de Ayala, Madrid
Type of Market: Traditional Food Market
Open: Monday to Friday 9:00-20:00, Saturday 9:00-15:00

Nestled in the upscale Salamanca district, Mercado de la Paz is a traditional market that has been serving locals since 1882. It’s a great place to experience the daily life of Madrileños while shopping for fresh produce, meats, and baked goods. The market also has several small bars and eateries where you can enjoy a quick bite.

We Recommend: Trying the Spanish omelette (tortilla española) from one of the market’s bars, a classic and delicious snack.

Mercado de Antón Martín

Location: Calle de Santa Isabel, Madrid
Type of Market: Neighborhood Food Market
Open: Monday to Friday 9:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00, Saturday 9:00-14:00

Located in the diverse and artistic neighborhood of Lavapiés, Mercado de Antón Martín is a traditional market with a modern twist. Alongside stalls selling fresh produce and meats, you’ll find international food stands, art spaces, and even a small cinema. It’s a reflection of the neighborhood’s eclectic character and a great place to explore different cultures through food.

We Recommend: Enjoying a sushi lunch at one of the Japanese stands, which are known for their fresh and authentic offerings.

Mercado de San Ildefonso

Location: Calle de Fuencarral, Madrid
Type of Market: Street Food Market
Open: Sunday to Wednesday 12:00-00:00, Thursday to Saturday 12:00-01:00

For a more contemporary market experience, head to Mercado de San Ildefonso. This urban market is inspired by street food markets from around the world and offers a variety of culinary delights in a casual, modern setting. With three floors of food stalls and a rooftop terrace, it’s a great place to hang out with friends and sample different dishes.

We Recommend: Trying the gourmet burgers or the tacos, which are always a hit among the market’s international clientele.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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