When it comes to food shopping there really is only one place to go in Madrid. That place is San Anton market. Along with being located in one of the city’s most charismatic and vibrant neighbourhoods, it also offers you some truly historical gastronomic delights.
ShMadrid tells you more about this special market today.
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Basic information on San Anton market
An indoor market
This indoor market is spread over 3 floors and is the best place for you to buy a good selection of fresh local produce. You even have the opportunity to try out some of the amazing gourmet delicacies on offer as well. The space you see today is unlike the original market as in 2007 it was decided that the old one needed to be demolished.
A new more modern building was erected and it eventually reopened to the people of Madrid and its visitors in 2011. As you enter the grand staircases at the main entrances help to provide it with a very unique appearance. The same also goes for the opaque facades.
But it is a market where they have considered the environment as well through use of products such as cast basalt waste from foundries from which the floors are made from. Plus to help keep running costs down solar panels cover the markets central skylight.
Also they realise that a great deal of waste would be produced and again they have come up with a unique system to collect all waste and garbage.
As you spend your time wandering through the market you’ll come across many traditional stalls. Each of which sells a wide selection of top quality products.
Along with fresh fish and cured meats, you’ll find a wonderful selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Plus a lovely collection of freshly baked breads, all of which are located on the San Anton Market (Mercado de San Anton) ground floor.
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Where to enjoy this delicious food
For those of you wanting to relax and enjoy some delicious food you need to head upstairs. On the first floor you’ll find a good selection of places to eat at or you can use their takeaway service instead.
On this floor you’ll find everything from traditional Spanish fare to foods from other countries. The wonderful thing is that if you want you can purchase food from the ground floor to then have it cooked up stairs.
As for the top floor, here is where you find the market’s kitchen restaurant. Along with a café bar it has a wonderful terrace that provide you with some truly amazing views across the neighbourhood (Chueca district) where it is located.
For those wanting to enjoy some stunning views of the city at night – whilst enjoying the odd cocktail or two – then this is the place to come.
We would highly recommend you enjoy a meal in the dining room as well. Here you can taste some amazing typical market food made using fresh seasonal products. All of which have been inspired by Spanish cuisine, but with a few little twists. You can enjoy meals here from 10am to 12pm every day.
For anyone coming to Madrid, then the San Anton Market is one place that really should be included on their itinerary.
Have you been to this market? What is your favourite market in Madrid?