Mercado de San Miguel

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Mercado de San Miguel Madrid's Mercado de San Miguel in Sol is a stunning covered market with incredible food & shopping. Check out this amazing Madrid institution at Party Earth. Madrid Spain 40.415402 -3.709328
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Mercado de San Miguel - Market | Shopping Area in Madrid.
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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

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 10am–midnight, Th–Sa 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Mercado de San Miguel Review

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Madrid's Mercado de San Miguel in Sol is a stunning covered market with incredible food & shopping. Check out this amazing Madrid institution at Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Don’t be fooled by The Mercado’s beautiful space and multi-million dollar restoration. Prices here are often cheaper than at the supermarket!

  • Crowd

    Local homemakers, upscale Madrileños, and tourists of all ages by day, even chicer Madrileños and the international party set by night, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Shopping and people-watching is the name of the game.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional Spanish tapas, fresh produce, wine, and desserts available.

  • Prices

    Tapas €1+, fresh fruits and vegetables €0.50+, frozen yogurt €2+, desserts €1+. Beer €2+, wine €3+, cocktails €5+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to nice casual: button-downs and jeans for men, blouses and skirts for women; local business people wear suits.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Every afternoon and from 9pm to 2am on Thursdays through Saturdays for the bar scene.

  • Close By

    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.

Mercado de San Miguel User Reviews

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The Heart of Madrid
Ashleigh O. Feb 23, 2013
The Mercado de San Miguel is definitely a place worth checking out. Whether you're looking for a quick bite and espresso for breakfast or some tapas in the afternoon, the mercado has everything you're looking for - Spanish "croquetas", paella, fresh sangria, and a full bar, as the locals love to hang out here as a great night spot to have a few drinks. The fresh fruit selection is also incredible if you're looking to pick up some fruit for the week. San Miguel has a different feel at every hour of the day and I enjoy stopping there to enjoy the different atmospheres it takes on. It tends to be very busy all day, especially during the hours of 11-4 but that's all a part of the experience. It will be more laid-back when it first opens in the morning and in the early evening. It's not a very large place and located in the heart of Madrid right off the Plaza Mayor, so it's an easy stop to make.
nice market
Sam R. Dec 13, 2012
I couldn’t care less about fancy meals and expensive food. It takes too long to make. This market however has inexpensive fresh food and some good meats and cheeses for picnics. I don’t like spending hours in the supermarket and I don’t like spending hours here. Its a nice market to walk through and look at everything and its all really fresh. Its also good to save money food shopping here rather than eating in restaurants. The hostel had a kitchen so we saved some money for other things though we spent money on tapas coz that’s what you do in Madrid and that’s just how it goes.
Awesome market
Jody P. Dec 11, 2012
I love markets in europe and really love Mercado de San Miguel. I just love how fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and other products are so easily accessible and affordable. The market itself is huge and overwhelming - you could spend at least half a day wandering around and checking everything out. When you do go, make sure you go hungry so you can try some of the tapas at the market. If you are living in Madrid or staying at a place with a kitchen, this is a great place to buy good, fresh ingredients.
Mas rollitos por favor!
Melissa C. Sep 13, 2012
I think I spent half of my first day in Madrid eating 20+ Rollitos de Brie, fried brie rolls, imagine a cheese eggroll. YUM! It was also here that I discovered Pimientos de Padron, Padron peppers sautéed in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. I call them the edamame of Spain, they’re everywhere you go but they were super tasty at the Mercado de San Miguel. I like to wash these down with a Mahou, the cerveza of Madrid, the combo is perfect. The market is the nicest I've ever been to its clean, a little overpriced, but a great place to sample a large variety of tapas. Its location is right next to Plaza Mayor and if you're on a budget it’s at least worth a walk through for some great photo opps!
Overpriced, but interesting to check out
Zoe B. Sep 11, 2012
I wouldn't buy anything here, because the prices are absurd compared with other places in Madrid, but if money is no object, it's a nice venue to have a glass of wine and some tapas. Tends to get very crowded, but if you go around 5 or so, it's a little better. Even if you don't buy anything, it's interesting just looking around to see all the different things on sale.
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