Party Earth Review A massive covered market that’s been doling out fabulously fresh fare since 1916, the Mercado de San Miguel attracts a wide variety of Madrileños and tourists daily, from local homemakers hunting sliced ham to statuesque... ... read full review
Plaza San Miguel 1
Lines 2, 5: Opera
91 542 49 39
M–W, Su 10am–midnight, Th–Sa 10am–2am
Sol (El Centro), Madrid –
A massive covered market that’s been doling out fabulously fresh fare since 1916, the Mercado de San Miguel attracts a wide variety of Madrileños and tourists daily, from local homemakers hunting sliced ham to statuesque Spanish ladies relaxing over oysters and champagne.
Built almost entirely of exposed iron beams and glass – and restored to its original glory in 2003 – the venue is home to thirty-three shops that include everything from local produce to a bookshop, with wares ranging from fresh goat cheese to bottles of pricey Zaragozan wine.
Wide-eyed students pick through massive bowls of olives as feisty grandmas battle over the best tomatoes, while anyone in need of a prepared meal can easily pop into one of three small restaurants that also are on site.
Natural light shining through the glass walls bathes the venue in the Mediterranean sun, which could easily turn the space into a monstrous greenhouse were it not for innovative – and eco-friendly – water jets throughout the building that sprinkle patrons in a fine mist every few minutes.
As diverse as its visitors, the Mercado de San Miguel is the perfect spot for posh jet-setters and laid-back travelers to cool off with some frozen yogurt, grab an early beer, or flirt over drinks and tapas before hitting the discotecas of Sol or the more chill bars of La Latina.
Local homemakers, upscale Madrileños, and tourists of all ages by day, even chicer Madrileños and the international party set by night, 20s to 40s.
Shopping and people-watching is the name of the game.
Traditional Spanish tapas, fresh produce, wine, and desserts available.
Tapas €1+, fresh fruits and vegetables €0.50+, frozen yogurt €2+, desserts €1+. Beer €2+, wine €3+, cocktails €5+.
Casual to nice casual: button-downs and jeans for men, blouses and skirts for women; local business people wear suits.
Every afternoon and from 9pm to 2am on Thursdays through Saturdays for the bar scene.
Las Cuevas de Sésamo (Calle del Príncipe 7) is one of Madrid’s most famous “cave bars,” which are underground haunts where patrons can sit back, sip sangria, and escape the sun for a while.