I am from Madrid, love the city and want to share my special addresses. Every day a new idea, place or thing to do in Madrid. Everything has been thoroughly tested but it is only a personal opinion.

Monday, March 26, 2012

San Miguel Market in Madrid

Nice exterior...

The current San Miguel Market was built at the beginning of 20th century, following the style of the markets in Paris with big glass and iron buildings, Eiffel Style. During the Civil War the market was closed but fortunately not destroyed.

In 1951 it reopened selling mostly food products from the areas surrounding Madrid but during the last years of the 20th century the activity of the market decreased and in 2003 the building was bought by a group, El Gastronomo de San Miguel, and the restructuring began.

... nice interior
The whole structure of the building has been exquisitely revised and refurbished designing each of its 33 stands individually depending on its use. The market wants to be a gastronomy referral for Madrid, selling refined goods but also allowing for snacks, drinks and even more complete meals. The stands I like the best are the "Oyster stand - Daniel Sorlut" and the "Codfish stand - La Casa del Bacalao". But today I discovered some wonderful fried chips "Patatas Fritas La Santamaría" at a specialized stand and a very surprising Paella (surprisingly good!!) at "Paella y Olé". The market is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00 and it is worth the visit always trying to avoid peak eating Spanish hours and in the understanding that it is not cheap!!!.

This was my chip discovery (Santamaría)

favorite oysters (Daniel Sorlut)

Surprisingly good paella (Paella y Olé)


  1. One of my favourites places in Madrid!! A "must".

  2. Thanks a lot for including Ostras Daniel Sorlut among the Market's musts. We'll see very soon to taste a part of France in Madrid... :-)))


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