The best foodmarkets (Mercados) in Madrid

Chrisa Lepida | Live the World

November 23, 2022

So it’s about time to talk about food! Yes, you are in Spain and specifically in Madrid, the capital of the culinary experiences! However this time I’m not here to suggest any fancy restaurants and bistros where you could “touristically” enjoy a glass of wine, beer, sangria (or whatever you may prefer) along with a few slices of jamon that you would probably overpay; I am now introducing the “Mercados” concept!

What are those? Huge food markets spread around Madrid; the city is teeming with colorful food markets offering traditional goodies like jamón, trendy items and prepared foodstuffs. But with so many options in the city, knowing where to go—especially if you want to experience the city like a local—can be tough. One of the best things about these markets is getting the chance to try a little bit of everything. Thankfully, both boast enough vendors to satisfy hunger pangs. If looking for something a bit different, Italian pizzas and pastas, Greek dishes, African dishes and a plethora of raciones prepared back in a kitchen can be found in most of those markets. Additionally, if you are looking to get some grocery shopping done, the mercados sell fresh meats, fish, cheese, hamburgers and whatever would satisfy your appetite! Enjoy!

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