San Miguel Market (Mercado de San Miguel)
The only old-fashioned Madrid market to survive into the present day, the San Miguel Market is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Though it once specialized in fresh produce and other ingredients, today—following a renovation that ended in 2009—the covered market is now primarily home to tapas bars, bakeries, and other bars and restaurants.
Given its location near the Plaza Mayor (Madrid’s main square), the San Miguel Market is easy to discover as part of a day of sightseeing. Book a local-led tour to skip past the crowd and taste the market’s highlights, or make a stop as part of a full day out in central Madrid.
Things to Know Before You Go
The market primarily focuses on prepared food, but you can still purchase culinary souvenirs—from ham and tinned seafood to bottles of wine and more.
Bring cash, as not all stallholders may accept credit cards; tapas offer a budget-friendly way to dine.
The market is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though the crowded aisles can be difficult to navigate at busy times.
How to Get There
The San Miguel Market is located in the heart of Madrid, just steps from the Plaza Mayor. If using public transportation, take Metro lines 2 and 5 to Ópera, or lines 1, 2, and 3 to Sol. (Sol is also served by the C3 and C4 Cercanías Madrid commuter trains). You also can take the 3 and N16 buses. If driving, look for parking along the Plaza Mayor.
When to Get There
The San Miguel Market opens daily in the midmorning and closes at midnight, Sunday–Thursday, and at 1am Friday–Saturday. The market can be crowded in the summer months and during peak meal times; visit in the late morning for a quieter experience, or dine like the Spanish and enjoy a late dinner.
Attractions Near San Miguel Market
Thanks to its central location, the San Miguel Market is the perfect place to grab a nibble between sightseeing stops. Nearby you’ll find the Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main public square; the Royal Palace of Madrid, featuring gardens and 2,000 rooms; Gran Vía, the capital’s upscale shopping street; the Prado, Madrid’s most celebrated art museum; and other must-see attractions.
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