Plaza de San Miguel, s/n
28005 Madrid, Spain
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday: 10:00 to 24:00H.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 to 02:00H.
Mercado de San Miguel website (in Spanish): http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/
The Mercado de San Miguel is literally a stone’s throw away from Plaza Mayor.
To call it a market is a misnomer. This particular mercado is more like a Southeast Asia hawker center to me. Inside the building houses various vendors which sells numerous different kinds of tapas, alcohol (beers and wines), cheeses, desserts and seafood (fresh and cooked to order). There are seatings in the center of the market. The atmosphere is very vibrant and buzzing, as most everyone is standing and chatting, while munching on great food. I had some of the best tapas here!
The Mercado de San Miguel – yes, it’s one giant glass building!
The pasta stand – some pastas are uncooked so that you can cook them at home. The pesto lasagna (already cooked) was fantastic!
The oyster stand – only manned by 1 person so service could be slow. Sadly, by the time I was ready to get oysters, the vendor was on break and nowhere to be seen.
Sardines with cheese on toast
The olive vendor – you’ve guessed it, with all sorts of marinated olives! There are olives with cheese skewers, olives with sardines skewers, olives with roasted pepper skewers, etc. Each skewer is EUR 1 to EUR 2 (approx USD $1.30 – $2.60).
Seafood tapas! Toasts with smoked fish, anchovies and sardines…
The pesto lasagna and arancini (Italian rice ball) from the pasta stand. The pesto lasagna was full of pesto and really tasty (EUR 2)! Arancini was a bit cold, but good texture and full of parmesan flavor (EUR 1).
The olive skewers that we got. So good. Cheese accompanies the marinated olives really well.
The assorted seafood toasts that we got. May I just say that they were all delicious!
These were all my favorites! It was unusual to see the small silver fish in the puff pastry, but it was super yum! You can actually choose from 6 different infused oils to mix the silver fish, and I think I got the garlic oil. The smoked salmon on toast was delicious, as was the olive-oil marinated cod (EUR 1 each). And I don’t need to reiterate how good the olives are (EUR 1 each)!
Our whole table full of the food! My rosé went really well with the tapas that we got. Some of the food to avoid: the paella (just wasn’t as good as the one we had in Barcelona) and the sliders. When in Spain, go for the fresh and seasonal foods!