One of my favorite things to do in Madrid, is explore all the markets here. These are no ordinary supermarkets that you find next to your local gas station. I’m talking about huge, open-air markets that sell everything from freshly cooked meals, to hand made leather goods. There are a bunch of them to visit in Madrid, but I chose to go to the famous Mercado de San Miguel and El Rastro.
The two were so much fun to shop and walk through. The Mercado de San Miguel was like going to a restaurant and produce market at the same time. You can buy a wide variety of fresh fruit, or just have them juice it for you. It was also loaded with stalls of people selling delicious cooked foods like paella, baked sweets, fish, chicken, beef, gazpacho, mini hamburgers…you name it, they have it!
The Rastro, most certainly lived up to its reputation of being the largest open air flea market in Madrid! With the surrounding streets shut down for the market, you could spend the whole day there roaming around and browsing every vendor…though I don’t advise that for the sake of your wallet. I went with the intent of buying a leather purse and since it comes from Spain, purchasing leather goods is actually very affordable! I’m proud to say I stuck to my intentions fairly strong, even though I passed buy countless little trinkets and clothes that I would’ve been more than happy to house.
Approaching the Mercado de San Miguel