The Five Coolest Alternative Markets in Madrid

Antiques, fashion, vintage clothing, craft beers, vegan and eco food… In Madrid you can find some of the coolest, most alternative markets of Spain, are you ready for them?

Madrid is a quite big city so it offers millions of different things to do. Tapas, museums, theaters, city tours, parks, and of course markets. Just hold on for a sec., when we talk about markets here we are not talking about an outdoors place where you go to buy food and makes little impact on you, but a trendy, young and modern venue where you can find almost anything you can think about.

  1. Mercado de Motores

Trendy, that word that perfectly defines this market set in an old railway station in Delicias. Surrounded by old fashion trains, you can shop for antiques and handmade accessories, vintage clothes, old records and comic books, get a beer and grab some food or snacks, or simply hand out with your friends. The Mercado de Motores is a must (at least once!)

Where? Railway Museum, Paseo de las Delicias, 61 (metro: Delicias)

When? Second weekend, monthly. Find out exact dates here

  1. Mercado Agroecológico Antonio Grilo

Nearby Inhispania -just few blocks away from the school-, you can find a pretty interesting space with an urban vegetable garden, a small bar, and an agro-ecological market. Every Saturday you can find delicious breads, vegetables, fruits, homemade vegan products, and olive oil (among many other things), all coming from small farming and agricultural fields in Madrid’s countryside. Just keep in mind products might vary from season to season at Mercado Agroecológico de Antonio Grilo.

Where? Malasaña neighborhood. Calle Antonio Grilo, 8 (metro: Noviciado)

When? Every Saturday, from 11 am to 2pm

  1. Mercado de San Ildefonso

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Not even 5 minutes away from the school you can find a really trendy market where you can grab some food and drinks right after your class, or anytime you feel like. The Mercado de San Ildefonso has two floors of hip bars, good music and a relaxed atmosphere. It even has a terrace for the sunny days open all year long. Plus, the market holds different events all over the year, so you can join for the parties!

Where? Calle Fuencarral, 57 (metro: Gran Vía, Tribunal, Chueca)

When? Monday to Wednesday, plus Sunday from 10 am to midnight; Thursday to Saturday form 10 am to 2am

  1. El Huerto de Lucas

Do you like the mix of trendy and eco? The El Huerto de Lucas is your place. It will surprise you from the very beginning: it looks like a wild cafe, though in it you can find any kind of organic thing you can image of: a restaurant and a cantina with amazing food and smoothies, an organic market (from vegan stuff to organic meat), and of course a really relaxing place to hang out with friends.

Where? Calle San Lucas, 13 (metro: Chueca, Colón)

When? The market is opened from 10am to 10pm

  1. Mercado de las Ranas

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If you like those Portobello Road-style markets, then our Frog’s Market is your thing. The Letter’s Neighborhood —or Barrio de las Letras— in Madrid gets full of life every first Saturday of the month when all the shopkeepers get to the street to sell their products as well as food and drinks.

Where? Calle Lope de Vega (metro: Antón Martín, Sol, Sevilla, Atocha)

When? First Saturday of each month

Give them a chance and let us know what you think about the coolest markets in Madrid

3 thoughts on “The Five Coolest Alternative Markets in Madrid”

  1. Right! Mercado de Diseño is pretty cool too! We will include it in the next one! There are soooo many cool markets in Madrid… Thanks for pointing that out!

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