Avoid Mercado San Miguel
Mercado de San Miguel: this market is from medieval times, although it has been renovated a few years ago. Here you can find all sorts of Spanish and International dishes, quite expensive if you compare it with outside bars, but all very “gourmet”. On Calle Mayor. It is full of tourists, so for me, it is nothing special anymore.
Go to Mercado de San Antón
Mercado de San Antón is another nice, gourmet market; it is less tourist-oriented than Mercado San Miguel, and with a nice terrace over the city. Perfect for evening drinks. On Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24.
Do not miss Rastro on Sunday
Rastro: the typical Sunday market (10 am to 2.30 pm), where you’ll find EVERYTHING, from clothes to antiques and from furniture to art.
Very crowded but worth the visit: tons of street bands and a lovely Madrid vibe. Calle Ribera de Curtidores, every sunday from 10 am to 2ish pm.
Fashion and food market
There’s a cool flea market called “Mercado de Motores” inside the Railway Museum but it’s only during the second weekend of each month. Not really a flea market but more of a trendy fashion/food one.
Mercado de Motores
Looking to find a unique souvenir to take home with you? One weekend every month this market comes to life in an abandoned train station at the Train Museum in Madrid. From artisanal cheeses and handmade pieces of jewelry to vintage tchotchkes, there is something for everyone in this historical flea market. Peek the back platform for live music, food and a great time.
Mercado de San Anton
This four-story market devotes each floor to a different purpose. An everyday supermarket, a luxury food market, special food stands with all kinds of food and a rooftop lounge and restaurant. If you want to buy food for the week and meet your friends for a trendy cocktail this market knocks your typical grocery store out of the park.
Europe’s largest outdoor market. Every Sunday, rain or shine, la Latina’s rastro attracts tourists and locals alike. My personal recommendation is to take a side street and explore the best deals that you can find. Don’t be afraid to bargain!
Music and food, this fashionable market is the perfect place to get drinks and dinner any night of the week. Its romantic lighting and plethora of artful tapas is a great place for a date night or a place to catch up with friends.
Mercado de Mostenses
The best local market to buy groceries. 1 kilo of chicken breasts will cost you 4 euros. One of Madrid’s best kept secret is the Peruvian restaurant that is nestled in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the market.
Mercado Ecológico El Huerto de Lucas
Are you an organic market goer? This ecological market is not just a place to find your non-gmo products but also a delicious restaurant as well. This indoor garden, restaurant, and market is surely Madrid’s hidden green gem.
Food Markets in Madrid
We locals go to select markets like Mercado Maravillas or Mercado la Paz, where you can find everything needed to prepare a good meal at home. While these markets have their tapas bars, it is not too popular or crowded.
On the other hand, Mercado San Miguel, Mercado San Anton and Mercado San Ildefonso are food markets more geared to tourists. These markets have wide variety of food and drinks for you to enjoy. Recently, Cortezo Yatai, a dedicated Asian food market with stalls for Chinese and Japanese fare was opened in Central Madrid.
If you are in Madrid on a first Saturday, do visit Dia de Mercado (Madrid Market Day). Farmers meet at Casa de Campo Park and sell their products directly to the public. You also have stall serving freshly prepared traditional delicacies.