Sunday, April 11, 2010

Madrid's Mercado San Miguel

Marcado San Miguel was a bustling market in the early 20th century but later abandoned and broken down until some investors got together and restored it to re-open in 2003. Now, this space once again houses stalls filled with all kinds of fresh foods, from fruit and vegetables to sweets, beer, wine and even a small library! This indoor market is just off the Plaza Mayor and equally as crowded. Maybe, because it was a weekend but I really had to squeeze through masses of people just to get a view of the stalls. Despite the prices being a bit high, this was one of my favorite lunches in Madrid. Partially because I was able to pick out great vegetarian options but also because of the whole atmosphere inside the market. Sure, it was a bit chaotic at times but the crowd had such an enthusiastic spirit for the food! Check out this NY Times article about the market's history and renovation.

How great are the high ceilings and iron details? And of course, I loved the garlic hanging all over!

After browsing all the stalls I picked up a fresh lunch. A mix of Spanish cheeses and olives with mozzarella and peppers. A bit pricey, but definitely worth it!

And these juicy Spanish strawberries

What a perfectly delicious start to a great day in Madrid!

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1 comment:

  1. That lunch looks magical. Holy Lord.