Mercados con solera

By | 21 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Mercado San MiguelSomething is changing in Madrid’s markets. New ones are emerging that are regaining the splendour of days gone by and the existing ones add their traditional flavour to different and sophisticated proposals. They offer a different shopping experience, since the consumer is not only interested in fashion. In these markets, that are increasingly gourmet, you can find elements to enrich our pantry with, for example, mini-hamburgers of kobe while you enjoy a select glass of wine in an exclusive setting.


San Miguel Market, near the Plaza Mayor, is an excellent starting point for this “market route”. It is the only survivor of steel architecture, who enjoyed its heyday in the second half of the 19tt century and that was inaugurated in 1916. With time, its activity went down until a group of entrepreneurs gave it a thorough facelift in 2009, inspired by La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, which primes delicatessen and the quality of its products. Reopened under this concept in 2009, it is obvious that this project was a success, as its atmosphere and crowds prove, who fill up every single one of its establishments. Among its objectives is none other than being a mirror of Spain’s gastronomic plurality.

Moving onto another district, the brand new San Antón Market was inaugurated in Chueca in 2011. It emerged above the old market, a complex without architectonic value that was in a languishing state despite having been highly popular in the early 20th century, so much so that writer Benito Pérez Galdós included it in his novels. Today it is a temple of sophistication, with a series of shops that offer products of different quality, such as La Casa del Bacalao, the Viena La Baguette bakery or Lalo the butchers, who offers meat products from its own cattle. As well as a large supermarket located on the lower ground floor of the building, the visitor can stop in its terrace restaurant, a space of 4,300 ft2 with beautiful views of the city’s roofs that serves the best fresh-produce recipes. As a curiosity, each guest can choose his products in the market itself so that they can be cooked to his taste.

And talking about everyday markets, it is definitely worth stopping by San Fernando Market, in the heart of the Lavapiés district (Calle Embajadores, 41), that offers the classic Spanish market appearance and that is located to points of interest such as the Pious Schools and the picturesque nearby courtyards. Also, a stone’s throw from there, is Antón Martín Market (Santa Isabel, 5) that, together with the traditional butcher shops or fishmongers, it offers new proposals such as sushi stalls, free Wi-Fi spots or an algae shop (La Mar de Algas), to be used in everyday cooking.

And despite the market route being relatively unknown it also mirrors the history and personality of Madrid and the people of the city.

Categories: Excursiones Madrid, Gastronomía Madrid, Guías Madrid

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