Mercado San Miguel
Mercado San Miguel
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High quality culinary adventures abound in this wholesale food market, now one of the most important in Europe. Besides eating on-site, you can buy wrapped and canned food, as well as bottles of wine.
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Neighborhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Ópera • 4 min walk
  • La Latina • 6 min walk
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MSV
17 contributions
Jun 2022
This market was unexpectedly modern and well maintained. Fully fitted with air conditioning, convenient ledges around the stalls made it easy for us to sample various foods such as empanadas, tortillas, papayas bravas in one place. The prices are more expensive than if you went to a cafe or restaurant, but we found that it was extremely convenient to try different aspects of Spanish cuisine in one location.
Written June 11, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,094 contributions
Feb 2020
Having just been to the local food markets in Barcelona, this was different to what I expected. It's not the place to go to buy your local veg or groceries. Instead, it is a collection of upmarket stalls selling gourmet hams, olives, oysters and seafood and traditional pintxos, tapas, tortillas and paellas. I particularly liked the banderillas (small skewers of olives, anchovies and peppers) and the croquettes.
We went in the morning but if I was planning it again, I’d do two things differently. I would go in the early evening instead for a drink and snacks before dinner. I would also have headed here before visiting Retiro Parque to pick up some picnic supplies to eat beside the lake.
I can see that some reviews have said that it is over-priced and something of a tourist trap. Whilst you can probably hunt around and find food more cheaply elsewhere, I would still recommend going here. For one thing, it’s all very colourful and enormously appealing. The food is high quality and fresh and is gathered together under the one roof so you can easily sample a range of things. Wine/beer kiosks allow you to sit and have a drink at the same time. It’s an attractive space, set under-cover in a large wrought iron and glass structure that was once one of Madrid’s original food market, built in 1916.
GETTING THERE: It is easy to visit this market from Plaza Mayor. It is only a minute or two walk around the corner.
Written November 20, 2020
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lowpensky
San Jose, CA36 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We were recently in Madrid for 3 nights and ended up coming here both days for lunch. When you walk in you feel the energy and curiosity of all the foods to explore. There must be north of 20 different food stations to peruse and select from. It was my wife, my daughter of 19 (drinking age) and myself.
Over the course of 2 days we tried tapas of fish, olives, sandwiches of various types, empanadas (savory and sweet), cheeses and churros with chocolate. I saw lots of kids with pizza in hand and adults enjoying sangrias, cava and beers. The only challenging part to this place is seating, but if you go in knowing you might have to stand or share a table, all will be worth it.
Written July 2, 2022
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Dana S
6 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
I have no idea why this place has so many reviews. Went there and it was a total tourist trap. Prices are so so overrated! Bought some fried squid for 17€ and they were cold and very oily and below mediocre. I regretted buying it because I could have went to a restaurant, had them fried especially for me and ate them while sitting comfortably.
Written September 20, 2022
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK545 contributions
Apr 2022
Medium sized market with well displayed and delicious looking food of all types, both for taking away and eating on the spot. Nice wide aisles which hopefully are a deterrent to pick pockets, though I fear not. Evertthing looked good but our guide did not encourage us to buy and said we would do better elsewhere. Prices did look a little high but if you want top quality i the centre of a major city, you have to be prepared to pay for it. Glad we saw it;glad we didnt eat there.
Written May 4, 2022
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Kerry
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK3 contributions
Aug 2022
Lovely building to walk around and take in the atmosphere. Lots of stalls offering small samples of Spanish food at, what I believe, are very reasonable prices.

The cheese stall in particular are very generous with the portions.

We had food from the mozzarella bar, the patatas bravas vendor, fresh fruit and chorizo sausages. All were delicious and it was a nice stop for a light lunch.

The building is very busy but there are plenty of places to perch around the outside. We found that the tables in the centre were occupied by large families or groups that weren't budging any time soon so bear this in mind.
Written August 29, 2022
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Carmi
London, UK277 contributions
Oct 2019
If you're in Madrid on a short trip, this is probably the best way to sample the most enormous selection of tapas, sangria, vermouth and Spanish wines - all under one roof.

Fantastic displays of the freshest seafood, burrata served up in different ways, Jamón ibérico, assortment of paellas, empanadas, various cheeses, desserts and fresh fruit ... the list goes on.

There's something for everyone to suit all budgets.

Gets very crowded around 7-9pm and most people end up standing as there is limited seating. Most definitely worth a visit!
Written August 18, 2020
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Emma R
Cardiff, UK145 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
We loved this place so much we went twice! Gets very busy at lunchtime - seats are a premium so avoid busy times to be sure of getting one. You can happily graze here all day, lots of food stalls to choose from - all geared towards street food rather than the more traditional markets. Pinkleton wines offer a delicious cava that goes with everything there!
Written June 15, 2022
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The_Coach55
Ruislip, UK807 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The market is situated close to Plaza Mayor and a short walk from Sol metro station.

We visited on a Tuesday lunch time and it was so crowded we came back later in the afternoon but even then, it was still busy.

We managed to get a space in which to stand and consume our food and drinks but no seats became available at any time.

The food was pleasant. Some good fried seafood, plus fresh oysters and tortilla.

To drink, we enjoyed the Aperol Spritz and several glasses of red and white Rioja.

Unfortunately we could not locate the place that sold vodka and caviar from an earlier visit.

I would agree with other correspondents that the prices here have gone up considerably over the years and that the food quality is not quite so good now.

However I did enjoy our visit and would come here again when next in Madrid.
Written April 24, 2022
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O2518UQjacquelinef
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
Jul 2019
The Mercardo San Miguel in Plaza San Miguel Madrid is a wonderful example of the markets in Spain. The market is indoors so can be enjoyed in all weather. The building itself is spectacular with beautiful glass walls to show off the produce to advantage. Cheese, seafood, tapas, ham and of course, mouthwatering desserts such as ice-cream, nougat baked goods. The market can get very crowded and can also be expensive so plan your trip and know the prices you are willing to pay to eat, drink and enjoy the Mercado San Miguel.
Written April 7, 2020
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