Are you visiting Madrid and need a daytime activity appropriate for a date, family outing, or excursion solo-style? An idea worth exploring is a visit to Madrid's bustling Mercado de San Miguel, or San Miguel Market in English.
The first time I visited Mercado de San Miguel was in 2016 on a food tour. After having lived in Spain and returning to Spain on and off for the past 13 years, I couldn't believe that I had never stumbled upon this beautiful market.
Mercado de San Miguel is located in the heart of Madrid (metro stop: Sol) near Madrid's Plaza Mayor (main square). The 20th-century iron building houses a diverse selection of foods and beverages that will not leave you hungry.
Start by making your way around the market according to whatever you're in the mood for! I typically like to work my way from a drink to open the palette to savory to sweet. And this market has food and drink to accommodate that range -- and then some!
The theme reminds me of Eataly, which I have visited a few times in Chicago. Eataly offers an experience for (almost all) of the senses organized by various types of Italian food and drink. Mercado de San Miguel provides a similar opportunity to lose yourself in the aromas, textures, and tastes of some of Madrid's best food.
The magic of Mercado de San Miguel is that it has something for everyone. Whether you are a solo traveler enjoying an adventure at your own pace or traveling with a family, the market offers a large variety of finger foods and drinks including seafood, meats, cheese, fruits, wine, beer, coffee, sweet treats, and even sushi! The food and drink are typical of Spain if you are curious about Spanish cuisine.
So here are my top truths about Mercado de San Miguel; however, the pros definitely outweigh the cons!
Next time you're in Madrid, be sure to give Mercado de San Miguel a try; it is an experience you won't regret!
Have you ever visited Mercado de San Miguel, and would you recommend it to someone visiting Madrid?
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