Sightseeing makes hungry, as we all know. And what nicer way to have a snack than to go to a market, especially a newly restored Beaux-Art period one right in the center of Madrid, off the Plaza Mayor.
Built in 1916 and recently restored by private investors, the Mercado San Miguel now offers delicacies in its 33 interior stands. From giant prawns and all types of fresh sardines and oysters to jamón iberico in its many variations. Wash it down with a pint of beer, or better yet, an Andalucian Manzanilla. And move on to the high-towering meringues and sweet pestañas to go along with your espresso cortado. The home-made bright colored macaroons make a good gift for a wheat-allergic friend as they only contain almond flour, egg white and sugar. Of course, you can also do your daily shopping here, and the produce does look very fresh, but you will end up paying a premium for getting it at this location.
And when the sun sets – the Mercado is a favorite meeting place for Madrid’s beautiful people, so there is every reason to visit this very picturesque glass, steel and wood structure and rub elbows with the wine and tapas crowd.