Madrid is a city with many things to do, it is also home to great local markets! One of the best ways to get insight into the daily lives of locals is to go into a market. You can see what locals buy, what vendors are selling and the hustle and bustle of market life.
Madrid does not have a shortage of markets in the city, however, some are better than others so we have curated a list of the 9 best markets in Madrid.
Do you want to eat good tapas and drinks? Go to San Miguel! Do you want to experience an upscale food market? Go to Platea. Do you want fresh local produce? Go to Maravillas. Second-hand shopping? El Rastro.
The point is there is a market for everything you want in Madrid! Go out, walk around and have a break after you do some sightseeing – it’s worth every minute!
1. MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL
Who doesn’t love a good market filled with delicious food, great smells, and tons of food stalls? San Miguel is the perfect place for a foodie looking to try different food specialties in the same place. The markets have stalls that offer both Spanish and International food and there are samples to help you decide what you should eat! It is not only a feast for your belly but also for the eyes! Everything looks amazing, smells wonderful and it is pretty hard to stop yourself from tasting everything you see! Grab some tapas – the price ranges from 1€ to 16€. Make sure to get a good drink to go with your meal!
Address: Plaza de San Miguel
Phone: +34 915 42 49 36
2. MERCATO ECOLOGICO EL HUERTO DE LUCAS
El Huerto de Lucas is a modern complex that aims to offer eco-friendly, organic and sustainable options for people. The whole complex comprises of a big venue, an organic coffee house, an eco-bistro and area for the organic food market. There are all kinds of options such as makeup, cleaning products, dry goods, textiles, food containers and much more. The market was founded to promote and develop good health. Simply by eliminating toxins, additives, and chemicals from our daily life and promoting toxin-free and organic production. This market is the best for eco-friendly travelers, there are also food options available for many diet types including dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan!
Address: Calle San Lucas, 13
Phone: +34 91 513 54 66
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3. MERCADO DE MARAVILLAS
If you want to see a local market where residents of Madrid are shopping, Mercado de Maravillas is the market to visit. There is a section for every kind of food here; vegetables, fruit, cheese, salami, seafood, condiments, and spices. The stalls are usually family owned. It is not located in a tourist area so unlike other markets, you may have a hard time with the language as most of the vendors only speak Spanish! However, if you like cooking, this is where you can get sublime ingredients for seasonal, fresh and high-quality food.
Visit the stalls to see how they prepare the cuts of Iberico ham, delicious sandwiches, meat cuts or simply to see the daily life of people in Madrid. It will be a great experience in every way. If you feel like taking a break, there are two bars in the market, where you can eat some local food, good tapas and watch the stalls!
Open: Except Sundays – until 3 PM
Address: Calle Bravo Murillo, 122
Platea is a magical place to experience a fine-eating version of a market in Madrid. The interior looks like an opera house which is not surprising because if you are lucky, you might even catch a show here while tasting the food. There are different spaces in the building for different purposes. El Foson serves international food including Peruvian and Asian dishes, El Patio serves tapas and has a bar area. Also, there is Canalla Bistro – a restaurant operated by Michelin star chef Ricard Camarena, El Palco – cocktail bar and El Club – which is obviously the club. The options are endless here, however, it is more costly than other markets in the town as it targets a fine-eating crowd. Nonetheless, it worth it to see the atmosphere here, it is fantastic and you will feel like you are invited to a meal at the Great Gatsby!
Open: Except Sundays
Address: Calle de Goya, 5-7
Phone: +34 915 77 00 25
5. EL RASTRO
El Rastro is not only the most popular flea and second-hand market in Madrid but also in all of Spain – it is also the oldest street market. There are stalls scattered all over the street and you can find something different in every corner! In the older days, it was mainly for antiques only. Now, the market has gotten much bigger and you can find both antiques and new items such as jewelry, clothes, shoes and hand-made objects. As you get further from the main road you will find that the prices become cheaper and often around the closing time some stalls cut their prices in half – its a real deal! The market can get very crowded as it is only open on Sundays so make sure to keep an eye on your belongings. There are also food stalls if you want to get a quick bite to eat while you are shopping!
Open: Every Sunday
Address: Along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores
6. MERCADO DE SAN ANTON
San Anton Market is located in the lively neighborhood of Chueca in Madrid. The market has three floors each offering different things. The first floor is a traditional market where you can find fresh ingredients, salumi and cheese stalls. The second floor is where you can taste food made with the ingredients obtained from downstairs, it is a very casual and vibrant eating place, also with a modern art gallery. The third floor is a more upscale restaurant, that has a nice view with a terrace. It is smaller than San Miguel Market and less busy – so if you are looking for a calmer ambiance, you should visit San Anton.
Open: Varies for each floor, 2nd floor is open every day.
Address: Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24
Phone: +34 913 30 07 30
7. NOMADA MARKET
Nomada is a great market held four times a year in the Mercado de la Cebada. It aims to support and highlight the work of young designers and their startup companies. Applications are held seasonally – which means artists can send in their portfolios and work to be eligible to sell in the market. The market is great because all the products are unique and made by young artists. You can get items such as bags, shoes and jewelry. If you are in town when the market is on it is worth the visit, especially for art and design lovers!
Open: Four times a year, check their schedule for specific dates.
Address: Plaza de la Cebada, inside Mercado de la Cebada
Phone: +34 622 56 46 64
8. MERCADO DE MOTORES
Mercado de Motores is a flea market on the platforms of an old train stop, near Delicias train station, the old carriages are still there! There are all sorts of stalls at this market, so you can find a wide variety of items here, this includes food stalls! Their items here are very eclectic, as there are stalls selling artisanal olive soaps all the way to vinyl collections. It is also a very family friendly environment and perfect for kids, especially if you have kids who like trains! This is more of a local market as opposed to the other, more touristy markets in the city. There is also live music sometimes!
Open: On the second weekend of each month.
Address: Paseo de las Delicias, 61
Phone: +34 672 31 95 82
Adelita Market is the ultimate second-hand market in Madrid. The whole idea is to put used items back into the consumption cycle so that it can be reused and given a new life. It is a market for people who want to sell their old items and for people who do not want to participate in the fast shopping cycle. Stalls are occupied by volunteers and they sell all kinds of items from electronics to curtains. They are especially known for selling second-hand clothes. It’s a great way to shop more consciously while visiting the city!
Open: On the third weekend of each month.
Address: Espiritu, 23