Mercado San Miguel
Mercado San Miguel
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About
Back in 1916, San Miguel started as a wholesale food market. Today, this covered gourmet market’s drawcard is some of Spain’s finest produce and regional specialties. You'll find it nestled in the city center, clad in cast-iron architecture—it's also the last remaining iron market hall in Madrid. The market’s fleet comprises traditional tapas bars, seafood stalls, artisan bakeries, quality butchers, and an array of booths selling other fresh ingredients. It gets busy during lunch hour, so arrive early. Walk over from the famed Plaza Mayor, or make a pit stop after touring the Royal Palace of Madrid and the adjacent Plaza de la Armería. – Tripadvisor
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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.
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  • Ópera • 4 min walk
  • La Latina • 6 min walk
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  • Manon MARGERIE 🇫🇷
    Fontainebleau, France22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Fancy and Qualitative
    A great classic of Madrid. We tried the best Jamón ibérico de bellota there. This place gathers the modern and traditional aspects of Spanish food. However, the price of fish, cocktails and pastries are way too high.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Grombler
    Thursley, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun tapas under one big roof
    Crowded but exciting array of tapas. Everything naughty under one roof. Great atmosphere too. Try the fried prawns and octopus. Or maybe the herring on toast. Wash it down with local beer or cider. Great fun.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Martin H
    Hong Kong, China885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun Place to Eat
    This is one of the first places I head to when I visit Madrid. Yes, it's a bit cramped but that adds to the fun of the place. And yes, you can eat cheaper elsewhere but the concept of preserving the old market works really well. The variety of the food and drink stalls makes for a fun hour or so. The food is very fresh too with the high turnover of patrons coming through.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2023
  • Stephanie C
    New York City, New York34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    COZY PLACE BUT CROWDED
    A cozy place to have delicious homemade tapas have some drinks and take a little break from all the walking around in Madrid. The place is ALWAYS crowded but you always manage to find a spot somewhere. People constantly come in and leave- there is a great variety of foods: beef, chicken, pork, seafood, cheese, jamon iberico, pizza, etc. This place is 100+ years old, fully renovated though- the location is very central and it stands as one of the main gastronomic markets in Madrid.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Eugene
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family of 5 in Madrid
    Awesome place, full of wonderful food. Come hungry and try everything possible. Worth the time spent but can be busy. Great spot to grab lunch while exploring the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 12, 2023
  • rjimlad
    Melbourne, Australia156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristy, but great fun and great food. A daily must visit.
    On the one hand, this is a monster tourist trap. On the other, it's a genuine market with incredible tapas and drink options. It's constantly packed with people so you have to fight to get served but we loved it and went every day to start our tapas run. Vermouth on tap, loads of tapas options and crazy atmosphere. I miss going there.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Michael2810
    Hampton, Australia1,157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy but great fun…
    Not too sure this is a flea market but a series of food stalls selling just about everything you’d like to eat. Whilst we didn’t go there for dinner, we did have dinner there and it was great. The secret is to look around and keep an eagle eye out for somewhere to sit (or stand). Then one of you save the spot whilst someone else gets the food. Drinks readily available. It’s busy but great fun.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Michael K
    London, United Kingdom547 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buzzing in the evenings
    Because there were screens up outside when we first walked past, we thought this was closed. But this glass-and-iron market built in 1914-15 is still very much in business. Here, individual suppliers sell a ranger of pinchos, tapas, drinks etc in a lively atmosphere. We partook, and also had churros and strawberries. Most were between 4 – 6 Euros each. A great vibe.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Cherry_Wonderdog
    New England3,179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely visit!
    Wonderful, colorful, lively, and fun market downtown, just around the corner from Plaza Mayor. We entered in spite of the crowds (yes, it’s packed like sardines). Lots and lots of tourists like Faneuil Hall in Boston, but the collection of tapas and drinks was beautiful. What variety! A great disparity of prices for similar items, and some displays were deceptive (arranged to appear bigger than what you actually received) so buyer beware. Our favorite vendor on three occasions was La Casa del Bacalo. Terrific value and good food despite snooty servers.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 3, 2023
  • paulac32
    Manchester, United Kingdom315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hidden gem.
    Wanted to escape madness of Plaza Mayor so wandered off the main square and spotted this place on the way to Palacio Real. It is a busy indoor market with lots of different food and drink stations. Not lots of seating if it's busy but prices are very reasonable and there are a lot of different options. Glass of cava and a glass of a good red 6.5 euros.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX1,059 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
This historic building is a huge draw for tourists so it is always packed; packed to the point it can be hard to move inside. This mercado is really a glorified food court. There is a large variety of food options, but they are expensive, and because it's so crowded it can be a hassle to get service.
Written January 4, 2020
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O2518UQjacquelinef
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bruce G
Amherst, NH189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I enjoyed this market place. It was as if you could eat your way across Spain without ever leaving this building. They had the famous Spanish Ham, seafood tapas, cappuccino and pastries, gelato, wine bars, beer cart and so much more. Most places are counter service. The unusual thing is even if you buy a beer or wine in a really glass you can take it any place in the market and enjoy it with tapas from any of the food vendors. There is communal seating and when your done just leave your glass there and someone will come by and pick it up, as well as, return it to the right vendor. There was one place in particular that was nothing but seafood tapas and every piece was and euro and fifty cents. They had things like smoked Norwegian Salmon on crostini. Simply amazing. The beer cart had an IPA which is my favorite type of beer. There were plenty of places to purchase a glass of wine. A few of the places had bar seating. Just grab and open stool and order up some food. You could order a drink from them or bring one from one of the other vendors or vice versa. What a great concept! Every morning the espresso bar with pastries opened by 8 or earlier. The main food vendors open from 10 am until midnight. Just outside are a bunch of these little tour buggies. It right next to Plaza Major too. If you can only eat one place in Madrid, this is the place because you can get it all under one roof. It has a really festive and lively vibe that really enhances the overall experience.
Written January 8, 2020
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J S
London, UK545 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Great market. Loads of Spaniards as well as foreign tourists speak of quality. Every sort of tapas/empanadas/pastries/grilled meat available at pretty reasonable prices. Not many places to sit but a bar runs around the outside to stand at. I recommend for dessert the Rocambolesc stall in the corner, where you can get delicious waffle (enough for 2-3) or frozen ice cream in a warm bun (check out the oxymoron (sic) maker!).
Written February 21, 2020
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Full of life and vivid with delicious smells, this covered market feels like an anthill of activity. People celebrate the food and drinks of Spain in a noisy, gregarious atmosphere, where everybody seems to be eating, toasting or buiying something.
I always felt that food markets are a way to measure the culinary pride and sophistication of a country and San Miguel was one place to strenghten my opinion.
Written January 21, 2020
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Daniel A
Baltimore, MD2,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Just a couple of steps from Plaza mayor, this is one of the great spots for a variety of Tapas in one place.

A bit overwhelming as so many different stands and Tapas, so little time. Although a bit pricey at 16 euros, you can get a cone of Jambon (who new?!) along with other Carne delicacies. I saw Bao Tapas, fried seafood cones (also a bit pricey at 13 Euros and up), Empanadas/pastries, sushi, grilled steak, crab Tapas, Patatas Bravas only spot & dessert to name a few. With all that, I settled on two spots.

First, La Casa de Bacalao. Seafood Tapas on what I’ll call Melba toast. Not the traditional French style bread but it worked. Cod Liver (my favorite), Anchovies & Peppers, Pickled Tuna, Salmon & many other choices. So much flavor from such a small portion & a bargain at 1.50 Euro!

Second, John Barrita which was a small sandwich/slider spot. I tried the Salmon with truffle and cream cheese-amazing! They also had chicken, pork, burger, Steak Tartar and Pastrami to name a few.

It does get crowded and loud which I guess is part of the experience. Restrooms are free if you show your receipt otherwise .50 Euros. A must stop & experience!
Written March 1, 2020
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AmmRh
Hallandale Beach, FL64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The place is certainly worth visiting. If you are lucky and it is not fully packed, which is rare, you may even want to have a drink and a few tapas.

Seating space is limited. You have to pay every consumption and then move on to the next outlet.

They should issue a single ticket, provide trays for people to easily order and move around and definitively control the number of guests inside as it gets very loud, warm and messy. The cleaning services should be reinforced as often, if you are lucky to find a seating place or a table, you have o clean yourself before someone shows up to properly do it.

On the food options side, there are some good options but I did not find anything worth a 5star mention. The prices are ridiculously high for the food especially considering most tapas are based on bread and a small amount of topping.

The variety of drinks is good, ranging from the affordable beer/caña/vermouth to the more expensive cavas and wines.

Some more organized dynamics would make the experience so much more worth it.
Written November 27, 2022
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CatherineBulg
Moscow, Russia164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Stylish place for a snack, especially beautiful when it gets dark outside! There you will find various kinds of delicious tapas (meat, seafood, olives, cheeses), not very pricey (2-5 euros for a tapas, 10-12 euros for a portion of paella). Plus, there is a special stall where you can buy wine. It could get crowded, but with a little patience you’ll gather all delicacies you wish! No seating places, but some tables are available.
Written January 19, 2020
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Enric B
London, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This was our last visit after free guide tour(you can give what you think it’s worth for us this kind of we pay 15-20€ both).
Incredible experience of flavours, it is not for all human being but if you can go and enjoy. The only thing I didn’t like was I asked for sip of new estrella Damm IPA and the guy told me it wasn’t allow to do this.
Written February 6, 2020
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snoozermoose
Boston, MA163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were in the area and decided to walk around just to gawk at all the food. It's definitely worth a stroll just for that reason, as all of the food looks amazing. Prices are very high, and the place seems like a tourist trap so we were glad we had dinner reservations elsewhere. Worth a stop for the view.
Written February 6, 2020
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