If you only make it to one place in Madrid, Mercado De San Anton should be it. It’s a food and drink market, but not as you know it. It looks like a standard building on the outside and to be honest, you could probably walk straight past it if you weren’t looking for it. However, inside is another story. Within seconds you’ll have no hesitation that you’re at one of the best places in Madrid.
Gourmet groceries fill the first floor. Big juicy grapes and fresh papayas sit side by side lentils and pastas, snails and crabs, and more. It’s a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach. If you’re planning a picnic in one of the local parks this is the place to buy fancy eats. You’ll pay a bit more than the supermarket, but it’s worth it.
You’ll also find loads of meat on offer. The fresh burger counter is hugely popular. Pick your own beef from the chiller and then have it cooked fresh to order. It’s really high quality, fresh stuff that’s begging to be bunned.
Head up to the next floors for a tasting explosion. Try freshly rolled sushi, crisp Parmesan lollies, Spanish tapas…sweet and savoury…anything and everything. If you’re really savvy, try a little bit of a few different stations. Arrive on an empty stomach and leave on a very, very full and happy one.
If you’re lucky you might be able to nab a stool overlooking the lower floor, otherwise you’ll need to master the art of eating gracefully in the hustle and bustle. If you’re really talented munch your food whilst you line up for your next lot.
Drinks on the Terrace
Don’t leave without heading up to the modern roof terrace, known as La Cocina de San Anton. Real fires roar as friends sit on big cushions and cosy benches. Groups linger at the twinkle-lit bar, sipping Sangria and sweet beer, waiting to nab the next free seats. There’s an amazing atmosphere up there and you could easily spend a good hour or two whilst the good looking bar staff (dressed in cute braces) serve you tasty drinks.
If somehow you avoid the selection of food on the floor below, try the restaurant on the roof terrace. The rustic garden theme is enough of a pull without evening seeing the menu. Book ahead though or be prepared to wait for a table.
It’s free to enter Mercado De San Anton. The address is Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, 28004 Madrid. You can find the opening times on the official website.
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Do you like food markets? Have you been here? What did you think?