Tale #61 Mercado de San Miguel

An upscale food market or as the beast would like to say a ‘gastronomic temple,’ el Mercado de San Miguel is home to numerous stalls selling mouth-watering tapas, fresh ingredients, exquisite charcuterie, and tasty pinchos, bite-size pieces of bread with some mixture of fish, seafood, meat, cheese or vegetables placed on top.

Having visited the market 7 times in 5 days on a recent trip to Madrid, it comes as no surprise that the market has been declared a Bien de Interés Cultural, a Property of Cultural Interest. This basically means the market is protected by Spain as an important part of Spanish heritage. Que bueno.

Not only does the market contain amazing food but it is also architecturally stunning, one of the oldest markets in Spain and alluring to Spaniards and tourists alike. Did I mention the food is amazing?

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Ultimate favourites included paper cones filled generously with jamón bellota viruta, cecina and chorizo from Mas Gourmets.

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And paella, of course, lots of paella

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And of course, the scary monkfish

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A visual snapshot of other tasty market items that are a bit more appealing than the monkfish…

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Market Info:

Plaza de San Miguel, s/n 28005, Madrid

Tel: (+34) 915 42 49 36

Website: http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/

Lunes, Martes, Miercoles, Domingo: de 10:00 a 24:00 horas
Jueves, Viernes, Sábado: de 10:00 a 2:00 horas

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