This is Madrid’s most inspiring and vibrant sprawling traditional food market in a building on the Plaza San Miguel that dates back to 1916.
The market offers just about anything Spanish and more, and you can also eat almost anything such as top class paella, hams, cheese, caviar, tapas and churros, or visit the sushi bars, juice bars, oyster bars and coffee bars, or stock up on cookbooks or cooking utensils.
After hours, the crowd shifts focus to beers and tapas; the frutería closes and a wine bar draws many a contented shopper or hungry visitor.
An overview of the stalls:
CHEESE and DAIRY: What better on a hot Spanish day than to dip into a frozen yoghurt from La Yogurería, or try some fresh creamy traditional treats at Horno San Onofre bakery.
COFFEE SHOP: Café del Art, the market’s café, is the perfect place to enjoy the finest espressos and coffee drinks prepared by professional baristas.
FISH: La Casa del Bacalo offers fantastic seafood tapas that you can sample for a very reasonable price and then take home – try the ajoarriero (cod stew with red peppers), brandade, Galician style octopus, smoked salmon or cod foie gras.
GASTRONOMIC SPECIALITIES: Other gourmet stalls are Crab Crab who sell all things crab, Sushimarket, Paella y Olé with all types of rices, paellas and tapas, Alevín Cocina Creativa and Mozheart which deserves a special mention; these Italian cheese masters have over 30 years of experience and make 100% authentic Italian Cheese from a few liters of Spanish milk, including fresh burrata, ricotta and the fior di latte mozzarella.
JUICE: La Flor de San Miguel has a great variety of fresh natural fruit juices.
MEAT: Raza Nostra offers a wide range of exclusive, high-quality meats.
PASTAS and LEGUMES: Uvepan makes fresh pasta with exclusive products such as truffles, capers, pork belly, oils, spices and parmesan.
PIZZA: Pizzeria Tonda bakes great Italian pizzetta with a selection of the best traditional and organic ingredients.
WINES: El 19 de San Miguel offers a wide variety of wines from the finest domestic wineries, and every three months they organise tastings.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Plaza de San Miguel, s/n 28005, Madrid
00 34 915 42 49 36