The Market of San Miguel gives some of the best culinary options in downtown Madrid. Fresh produce, tapas and a vibrant atmosphere can be had from morning to late evening at this popular area. Don't let the crowds stop you; this market is as authentic as the salted bacalao.
Mercado San Miguel is wonderful (probably why it won best gastronomic shop with El Mundo’s Metropoli awards). It’s a relatively recently converted market that has various food and beverage stalls around the edge and seating in the middle – it’s a like a posh food hall. Depending on your tastes, I usually start with a vermut (a bargain at 1.5 – 3€/glass) or jerez and the most fresh green olives I have tasted (usually I am not a big fan). Then a wander around the stands to see what is on offer. I highly recommend trying the Carrasco Jamon Ibercio Bellota (Bellota is the key word). You’ll see the stand easily enough and it’s well worth getting the good stuff at 14€/100gms. Note that when it is busy, some stands have tickets and serve people in order.
If you are downtown and want somewhere fun to eat you have to visit El Mercado San Miguel. Whether you are in the mood for a bottle of Spanish cava, some jamon iberico, or some famous Spanish tapas, you will find it here. You can even do some of your shopping here because it has fresh/local produce and fresh seafood from the nearby Atlantic. I loved going to different counters and trying a little of everything. The atmosphere is fun, exciting, and lively (especially at night). Plus, it's just a quick walk from La Puerta del Sol.
A foodie's delight! Come early, stay late, and enjoy the vast assortment of tapas and seafood that Madrid has to offer.Indulge in freshly shucked oysters, try the salt cod baccalao, and munch on the many colorful assortment of tapas available at this market turned food haven. Don't miss the anchovies and olives, and make sure to wash everything down with either champagne or the local Vermuth de Grifo, loosely transalted Vermuth on tap.Don't get too carried away...the prices will add up!
If Bobby Flay or Anthony Bourdain were visiting Madrid, this would be the first place the chefs would visit. It's a cathedral to all things food and the type of place "Top Chef" or "Next Food Network Star" could be filmed. The best time to visit is Friday around 8pm - when peckish locals converge to sample something delicious before they stroll off to one of their favorite restaurants. The enclosed market offers great tapas, cheeses, wine and beer, and various gourmet items.
If you love spanish food then you have to visit San Miguel Market.Located right off Plaza Mayor it has some of the best food sampling in all of Madrid.There is no seating.You just travel from counter to counter sampling everything from olive to Sangria and everything in between.If you are a foodie dont be discouraged by all of the tourists.All of my Madrileno friends hang out there to.
We stumbled upon this gem in Madrid, and stayed for hours. The Stands are well laid out with lots of places to eat and drink! So many choices and something for everyone. We took to the wines and cava, to pair with all the good cheeses. We stayed to eat dinner and then dessert. We really loved the social aspect of the market. We talked to locals, and also Americans who moved there. We didn't want to leave.
This is a must visit if your in Madrid.Great concept, individual vendors selling great tapas. It was so much fun to go from booth to booth sampling all of the fantastic Spanish food. We just kept going back again and again. Skip the sit down dinner idea and just go to Mercado de San Miguel, great food and great fun.
Fun market where you can try a little bit of everything. Despite being listed in all the guidebooks, it doesn't feel too touristy. Two standouts: the fried fish stand (they fry it fresh while you wait) and a tapas mini-bar with anchovies or fish liver on toast. I promise, they are eye-rollingly good!
This is just the most perfect place for any time of the day or night. Open 'till late. Get your food and drink of choice from your favourite stall and enjoy while people watching. Always very busy. It is also right in the Latina district which is easily one of the nicest areas to go out!
El Mercado de San Miguel is an indoor food and drink market where you can go around and try a bunch of different things. It's very lively and fun, especially at night. Try one of the local Rioja wines, eat oysters the size of your head, or have some potato chips and cerveza.