Mercado de San Miguel – Madrid, Spain

The Mercado de San Miguel is a food lover’s delight and a public market you must visit if in Madrid, Spain. Located in the heart of Madrid, the Mercado de San Miguel resides in a beautiful building with intricate ironwork and large glass walls enticing the passerby to the wonderful delicacies awaiting inside this gourmet market. The large space inside is filled with small eateries and stalls offering specialty foods, drinks, fresh produce and more. Browse the market and try some of the amazing foods. It’ll be a memorable introduction to Spanish gastronomy.Mercado de San Miguel - Entrance to the market |

My Visit to the Mercado de San Miguel / San Miguel Market

My stay in Madrid was short, just 2 days, but once I heard about the Mercado de San Miguel, I had to check it out. San Miguel Market is different from many food markets in that it caters to the foodie. The foods are unique and trendy, freshly prepared and beautifully presented. The atmosphere of the market is energetic and lively making it a really fun place to seek new food experiences and have a wonderful time. After all, who doesn’t love to nosh and socialize?

I started by taking a quick tour of the building to get a sense for the size of the market and the abundant food offerings. In my mind, I was short-listing some foods I wanted to try. There are so many tantalizing foods which makes it really difficult to decide. Seafood was definitely the feature at the Mercado de San Miguel. The food stands displayed overflowing amounts of fresh fish and seafood as well as prepared foods featuring raw, smoked and cooked seafood.

Mercado de San Miguel - Smoked Cod on Toast |

Mercado de San Miguel - Deep-fried Squid / Calamari |

Mercado de San Miguel - Big Mouth Fish |

Mercado de San Miguel - Ceviche |

This shredded fish, called Gulas, was really interesting. At first glance, it looked like noodles but upon closer examination, like tiny eels. It’s actually shredded Alaskan Pollock. You can purchase it by weight or sample it on some crusty bread. Yum!

Mercado de San Miguel - Gulas (Shredded Alaskan Pollock made to look like baby eels) |

Mercado de San Miguel - Gulas (Shredded Alaskan Pollock) on Crusty Bread |

A trip to Spain wouldn’t be complete without enjoying some delicious paella. This eatery offered several different varieties. What a great way to try them all!

Mercado de San Miguel - Seafood Paella |

Mercado de San Miguel - Vegetable Paella |

Mercado de San Miguel - Sasuage Paella |

I am a huge fan of pickled foods and absolutely love marinated olives. Guess how many of these I sampled? The green olives stuffed with mussels were my favorite!

Mercado de San Miguel - Olives Stuffed with Ham and Cheese |

Mercado de San Miguel - Olives Stuffed with Whole Peppers | Mercado de San Miguel - Olives Stuffed with Mussels, Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers |

The eateries and food stalls aren’t organized in any way so I let my taste buds guide me. I tried a lot of savory items but left plenty of room for dessert. There were so many irresistible sweet treats. The “bird’s nest” pastries are really eye-catching and so creative.

Mercado de San Miguel - Baklava |

Mercado de San Miguel - Burrata with Cranberries and Almonds |

Mercado de San Miguel - Bakery |

Mercado de San Miguel - Bird's Nest Pastry |

I finished my visit to the Mercado de San Miguel by indulging in a huge slice of chocolate cake drizzled with a light chocolate sauce. It was the perfect sweet treat to round out this awesome trip.

Mercado de San Miguel - Chocolate Cake |

This is truly a unique gourmet market. If you’re in Madrid, Spain, I highly recommend visiting. Bring some friends so you can sample the amazing eats together. The portions are generous and perfect for sharing. Have a wonderful time!

If you have a chance to visit the Mercado de San Miguel, I’d love to hear about it. Share your comments below.

Like this post on the Mercado de San Miguel? Check out my trip to La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain.

Entrance to La Boqueria Market |

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4 Responses to Mercado de San Miguel – Madrid, Spain

  1. Maria A May 17, 2017 at 3:10 am #

    Gulas is originally angulas, glass eels. This way of shredding fish makes it more economical. To us, and to the eels…

    • Trang May 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

      Hi Maria,
      It was interesting trying the gulas version! 🙂

  2. Linh April 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    Thank you for sharing. This is definitely on my bucket list.

    • Trang May 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

      Hi Linh,
      I really hope you get a chance to visit someday!

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