One of the simple delights of visiting a new city is wandering through its shops and markets, seeing what the locals themselves love to buy, shop for, and eat. Markets in Madrid are especially exciting because these are the places that residents have been depending on for years for everything that they need, so it’s a unique look into daily life in the city. These 5 are worth a visit, whether you’re in search of the perfect souvenir or bite of Spanish cuisine!

1. El Rastro

Visit El Rstro to get a taste of the flea markets in Madrid
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The first stop on your list should be El Rastro. This flea market sets up shop every Sunday morning and bank holiday on La Ribera de Curtidores, as it has for more than 400 years. It’s an outdoor market where you can buy any number of secondhand items, clothing, and arts and crafts. Street musicians will often perform for the crowds, which enhances the lively atmosphere. There are many cafes and bars in the area where you can get a snack to recharge your shopping batteries. This is the perfect place to find a souvenir unique to Madrid since you can’t get these goods anywhere else.

Address: Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores
Opening hours: Every Sunday morning & bank holiday

2. Mercado de Diseño

The Mercado de Diseño is the perfect stop for all the design lovers and creative types out there. This is one of the most unique markets in Madrid since it brings together so many interests, all under one roof. Browse more than 150 stalls that feature up-and-coming designers in Madrid, showcasing jewelry, clothing, decorations, and more. Of course, the live music and street food at the market make the experience at that much more exciting.

Address: Paseo de la Chopera, 10
Opening hours: Saturdays 11:00-22:00 & Sundays 11:00-21:00

3. Mercado de San Miguel

The Mercado de San Miguel is one of the top markets in Madrid to sample local cuisine!
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The Mercado de San Miguel is the king of food markets in Madrid, with an estimated 10 million visitors passing through its doors every year. Not only can you buy fresh, local ingredients here, there are most than 20 food stalls and tapas bars inside that serve up delicious Spanish cuisine. Let the sounds and aromas wash over you as you hop from stall to stall to scope out what’s hot. Some pinchos and tapas are only a euro or two, so you can sample tasty bites on the cheap!

Address: Plaza de San Miguel, 5
Opening hours:
Mondays-Thursdays & Sundays 10:00-00:00
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00-01:00
Please consult their website for Special hours on Christmas eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve & New Year

4. Mercado de la Cebada

Tucked away in the iconic La Latina neighborhood, you’ll come upon Mercado de la Cebada. It’s an original market that shows you how madrileños love to shop and eat, and have done so for generations. It’s not too far from El Rastro, so you could stop by after shopping to try some typical tapas like Spanish omelette or Iberian ham. This is the place to go if you’re turned off by the crowds at Mercado de San Miguel but want to see what a Spanish food market is all about.

Address: Plaza de la Cebada, s/n
Opening hours:
Mondays-Fridays 9:00-14:00/ 17:30-20:30
Saturdays 9:00-18:00
First Sunday of every month: 11:00-17:00

5. Mercado de San Antón

To round out our list we have another popular food market, Mercado de San Antón. In the lively Chueca neighborhood, this market should be on every food lover’s list. There are numerous stalls that sell fresh products, in addition to tapas bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink or a delicious meal. If you want to make your visit even more special, bring your drink up to the rooftop bar and soak up the views of Madrid from above!

Address: Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B
Opening hours:
1st floor: Mondays-Saturdays 10:00-22:00
2nd floor: Mondays-Sundays 10:00-00:00
3rd floor – Mondays-Thursdays 10:00-00:00/ Fridays-Saturdays 10:00-13:30

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