European Gourmet Hotspots: Mercado St Miguel, Madrid

On our European gourmet weekends we like nothing more than plunging our guests right under the skin of a destination. Madrileños are passionate about their food, and there’s no better way of getting a true sense of Madrid’s gourmet culture than with a visit to Mercado St Miguel. Built in 1916, and thoroughly restored again in 2009, this a part of the city loved by local and visiting foodies in equal measure. It’s justifiably a gastronomic hotspot: the produce is largely seasonal and the stallholders are chosen for the quality of their fare.

Not for nothing do Madrileños boast that their landlocked city is the finest port in Spain- the food in Mercado St Miguel comprises some of the very finest offerings from across the entire country. Make sure you come with an empty stomach. Under the soaring steel roofs you’ll be able to feast on freshly shucked oysters, jamon, cheese and an endless selection of tapas. If you’re unfortunate enough to have eaten before you arrive here, you should come anyway, if only for the people-watching. And perhaps just a little glass of cava too?

Our insider tip? Our founder Aimee’s lost track of how many times she’s visited the Mercado St Miguel, and it’s often crowded. If you’re lucky enough to be able to bag a table hang on to it and use it as your base while the rest of your party explore!

Mercado St Miguel is open daily 10am – 10 pm daily, and until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Categories: City Break, Drinks, Food, Foodie, Madrid, Spain, Tapas

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