You’ll never get tired of Madrid markets. The city has a long tradition of local food and street markets offering the most varied products. This type of selling place, so typical here is usually found outdoors, in public places and on certain days.
The products sold are incredibly diverse. But the real attractive thing about wandering around one of these markets is just strolling inside or in the open air through the stalls. Stop and look at all kinds of products, enjoy the lively bustle of the place, and mingle with the locals.
Madrid Local Food Markets
The city has a total of 46 local food markets, also known as Mercados de Madrid, that are scattered in 17 districts. These markets have become spaces for culinary experimentation, where gourmets discover their paradise: cheese, wine, meats, sweets, and international delicacies.
Explore Madrid’s local food markets to enjoy a unique gastromomic experience. The list below includes only those that may interest you due to its convenient location. But all 46 offer you great chance to meet Madrid through a local’s eyes.
Mercado de Alonso Cano. The larger Chamberí market has outstanding vegetable stalls (including a growing array of exotic produce – a reflection of the increase in the immigrant population), good fishmongers, and a surprising cheese and sausage stall.
Mercado de Antón Martín. The more indie vibe of this market is a direct reflection of the neighborhood it is in, the ethnic and immigrant Lavapiés.
Mercado de la Cebada. The original building was designed in imitation of Les Halles Market in Paris, all ironwork and glass, but was rebuilt in 1956 to accommodate modern requirements.
Mercado de Chamartín. One of the biggest in Madrid, its clientele is affluent but maybe more family-centered.
Mercado de los Mostenses. Without a doubt, the most cosmopolitan local market in Madrid. Many stalls are managed by foreigners and you can find here products from all over the world. Moreover, it has two restaurants, one Chinese-Peruvian and another Ecuadorian.
Mercado de Maravillas. With more than 200 stalls, it is a real “market of marvels”, as its Spanish name states.
Mercado de la Paz. A nicely laid out place with a good variety of specialist butchers, fishmongers and grocers competing for your trade, but there are also other shops and a couple of bars and cafeterias as well.
Mercado de San Antón. The market is on the second floor of a five-story food heaven where you can stop in for tapas from each region of Spain. Its sleek modern design and array of fresh fruits, vegetables and prepared meals are a pleasure for your senses.
Mercado de San Miguel. This market is all about eating, as the majority of its stands serve up ready-to-eat tapas, pastries and snacks.
Madrid Street Markets
Open-air markets are a long-standing tradition in Madrid. The city’s street markets are bustling, busy, and full of life, an integral part of the Madrid shopping scene. They are great for bargains or for just browsing.
All sorts of goods are on sale, from second-hand clothes and stamps to handmade crafts and antiques.
El Rastro. You can’t be in Madrid on a Sunday and miss El Rastro, the city’s famous flea market that it is said to be the largest flea market in Europe.
Antique book fair. Known as the Old and Bargain Books Fair, it opens every day to sell genuine literary jewels.
Stamps and coins market. A great opportunity for stamps and coin lovers is to go on a Sunday morning to the Plaza Mayor’s colonnades where experts and amateurs trade their precious treasures.
Scale models market. Located in the Museo del Ferrocarril, here you can buy and admire scale model railway engines and carriages displayed alongside the originals they replicate.
Goya’s hippies. Though it may seem a contradiction to find cheap stuff at the posh Salamanca neighborhood, this market has 24 stalls with a bohemian flair and lots of handmade crafts.
Paintings market. This market and painting exhibition is held in Plaza Conde de Barajas. Admire the works on display or buy one of the canvases.
Plaza del Dos de Mayo street market. Here, two markets merge. One is the Collectors’ and Bargain market, selling records, books and miscellaneous items, and the other is the DosdeMarket, where you can pick up clothing and accessories designed by young artists.