Madrid for Foodies: The Best Food Markets

March 12, 2018
mercado san miguel madrid food market
Among our favorite places to grab a bite in Madrid are food markets. We love to take guests to see them when we are showing them the city as well. The great thing about food markets is that there's something for everyone and it's all in one place. Whether you are going with friends, family or your partner, you can all grab different things at different stands and eat together at the tables provided. 
These are our favorites:
  • Mercado de San Miguel
  • Mercado de San Anton
  • Mercado de San Ildefonso

For some reason all of them are named after saints. I have done some research to find out why but I haven't been successful.

San Miguel's Market is the best known gourmet market in Madrid. Built in the beginning of the 19th century, this unique building (best example of iron architecture in Madrid) has always served the purpose of a market, only the food stands have changed. Nowadays, you can find the widest range of elaborate tapas, delicatessen and gourmet products. From the best Iberian ham to fresh seafood brought from Galicia each day. It's one of the trendiest places to eat in Madrid and it's always packed with tourists and locals alike. It has 10 million visitors a year! If you are like me and don't like crowds, better to avoid going on weekends.mercado san miguel madrid food market
mercado san miguel madrid food market
mercado san miguel madrid food market
This market consists of three floors of delicious food. The first floor focuses on perishable food, the second one on take-away food and on the third floor you'll find Cocina de San Anton, a restaurant where customers can eat their goods bought on the first floor, cooked for a supplement of 4€. The restaurant also offers a vast menu based upon seasonal fresh and natural produce, with dishes inspired by traditional Spanish cuisine with international touches. On this floor there is also a rooftop terrace where you can have cocktails at the lounge area. As you can see it has all the things a true foodie needs.mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
mercado san anton madrid food market
SAN ILDEFONSO
On Fuencarral street there is a street food market that offers dishes from all around the world and of course Spanish food too! If you've been to Candem Market in London, you'll find this place to be similar. A great place to meet up after work or for a pre-dinner drink. There are 20 stands with food that you can either take away or eat in situ. There are two indoor terraces and on the third floor is the cocktail bar where soft rock & roll is always playing.mercado san ildefonso madrid food market
mercado san ildefonso madrid food market
mercado san ildefonso madrid food market
mercado san ildefonso madrid food market
mercado san ildefonso madrid food market
mercado san ildefonso madrid food market
Images speak for themselves, don't they?
Do you like food markets? Tell me all about your favorite one on the comments below.
xo Cristina


25 comments

  1. I like food markets :) Bookmarked post as it will be useful once in Madrid! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Love it!! One of my favorite things about going on vacation is all the food I get to try. I love going to food markets as well because of the authentic food served.

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  3. I'm such a foodie so this was right up my alley!

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  4. I didn't know it was possible to gain weight by looking at photos, but I think that's what just happened to me!
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  5. These places look so good. I want to visit them now.
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  6. Oh my! I love the markets in Madrid. Last time we visited, we stopped at the San Miguel Market every day (even when we were not hungry). We visited the San Anton Market too! I can't wait to go back.

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  7. Wow, their food market is gorgeous! There's just so many items to choose from, I could stay a day or two just exploring this place! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos dear.

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  8. spain has some of the best food!

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  9. These look like heaven on earth! What an amazing travel experience!

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  10. This is foodie heaven if there ever was one! This is definitely on my list if I ever get to go to Madrid!

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  11. Why does food look so much better in Madrid? Drooling.

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  12. omg! I need to visit this place asap!
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  13. Great photos and this is a foodie lovers dream come true! Love the idea of a roof top bar to eat all the food bought from the market. I bet the view is awesome too!

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  14. These all look so amazing! And your photos are heavenly. Great work!

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  15. Everything looks so delicious!! Definitely putting this on my bucket list!!!

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  16. mary_makeup@hotmail.itMarch 15, 2018 at 3:45 AM

    thank you, I will x

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  17. Then you must go to Elektra (there's a blog post about it too). It has an amazing vegan menu!

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  18. You are so sweet, Amy! Thanks 💛

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  19. mary_makeup@hotmail.itMarch 15, 2018 at 3:45 AM

    Il will be visiting Madrid soon and I'm vegan, so I thank you very much for this post :D

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  20. Not only does this store look colorful, it also looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for posting!

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  21. Oh my, your pictures are fantastic, making me salivate now for my dinner! The only problem is that I will not be eating Spanish food :-) Have read so much about the markets in Madrid that they are definitely in my must-see places when I travel there! #FarawayFiles

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  22. maggie torsney-weirMarch 17, 2018 at 4:23 AM

    Just looking at these photos is making me hungry. Look at that giant croquembouche!

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  23. Exploring food markets when traveling is such a great way to get a sense of the local cuisine. I did my semester abroad in Madrid years ago (too many to count) and I'm forgetting all the markets we went to, but remember the joy of all the food discoveries we made. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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  24. We love the food in Madrid as well as the markets! We bought fresh fish from the nicest vendor in Mercado San Anton and it was such a fun experience. I wish I'd known there were more floors?! How did I miss that! Also would love to check out the street food market - that is very popular both in Portland, Oregon where I'm from and Copenhagen where I live now! Thank you for sharing with #FarawayFiles - great post! Cheers, Erin

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  25. Nice and interesting read dear.
    Will definitely take one more look before my trip to Madrid.
    Thanks for sharing!

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