Living and Teaching in Madrid: The best markets to visit in Madrid
Those who are coming from the United States may have never experienced a real market. Sure there are farmer’s markets, full of local produce; however, never before have you experienced the vibrant indoor markets that are full of fresh produce at an inexpensive price.
If you are in search of fresh local Madrileño food that is inexpensive, it is recommended to visit the local food markets. These local markets that are so regularly visited are the perfect place to visit when you are in search of good food and a positive environment. If you are living in Madrid for the purpose of teaching, the local food markets are the ideal places to assimilate to your new environment. If you are a part of the TEFL course, a local market in Madrid is full of fresh and nutritious options that will help with the difficulty of adjusting to the cultural differences.
Here is a List of the Top 5 Most Recommended Markets to Visit:
1. San Antón Market
C/ Augusto Figueroa, 24
Located in the heart of Chueca, is an area that is dedicated to gourmet cuisine. This local market is a worthy market to those looking for a 5 star experience. El San Antón market has three floors that are devoted to not only providing a great shopping experience but also to provide an upbeat atmosphere. This market has a spectacular terrace that bestows a magnificent overview of the city.
This vibrant market is full of activity at any time of day. If you are looking for a break from studying or teaching, the San Antón market is the perfect place for a well deserved afternoon break. At this market, you can enjoy a blending atmosphere of food and good company. Be prepared to be intoxicated by the smells of rich and delicious food within only seconds of entering the market.
2. San Miguel market
Plaza de San Miguel, s/n 28005, Madrid
(+34) 915 42 49 36
Mercado de San Miguel is a historic hangout spot that is constantly in motion. This market is located in the heart of old Madrid which is an area full of culture. The cuisine from this local Madrid market is phenomenal. The San Miguel market has a vibrant atmosphere that combines the freshest foods with the most enticing company. Here not only can you try the famous Spanish food, but you can also buy the ingredients to make it yourself.
If you are interested in learning and observing the culture of Madrid, this is the place to do so. The culture of this market has eloquently blended the everyday locals with the interested tourists. This vibrant place is a place where, in addition to buying the freshest of the fresh, you can participate in the everyday culture of Madrid.
Madrid, the gastronomic center of Spain has been honored this title for the use of the freshest ingredients. Platea, another local market is located in the old Cine Carlos III in the Plaza de Colón in Madrid. This five-floored market is so large that the space can accommodate up to 1,100 people. You know this market is the best when even the locals rave about the excellent fresh food that is sold here. Eating at the Plataea market is an inexpensive way to get the fresh produce. The locals would agree with the statement that if you are to visit a market, this is the place to visit.
4. San Ildelfonso Market
C/ Fuencarral 57
The Mercado de San Ildefonso is a thriving market that was inspired by those markets seen in London or Egypt. This market sells food of the highest quality that is sold by the friendliest vendors you will ever meet. The Mercado de San Ildefonso is not a modern market like the other markets in the capital. This market holds a new concept of leisure. When visiting this market, the entire goal of the market is to emphasize enjoyment. This market, unlike any other in Madrid, has replicated a new style that can only be seen in cities such as London, Singapore, Cairo, or even Bangkok. This local market attracts anyone from tourists to even the regulars that travel from neighborhoods such as Malasaña, Chueca, and Tribuna, to taste the delicious cuisine of the simplistic yet fresh food.
5. San Fernando Market
Calle Embajadores, 41
San Fernando market is one of the five markets located in Madrid’s Center. This market has been one of Madrid’s most influential urban spaces since 1944. The surroundings of this market have undergone an ambitious urban reconstruction program since then to create the best market for every visitor. The facade of the building is one of the most unique and aesthetically pleasing pieces of architecture in Madrid. The beauty of this building is a pleasant surprise to visitors when they discover that a market lies behind the unique entrance.
The fresh produce sold in this market is an example of the multitude of options offered in a market. At this market, you can buy a wide range of other products, aside from food, that range from clothes to even books.