A trio of updated traditional markets in central Madrid which are foodie heaven.

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Markets of Madrid

Gourmet grocery shopping and nifty noshing.

A fun and colourful option both for food shopping and eating, Madrid's best-known food markets may not usually be the cheapest options in town, but they are a delightful luxury - to browse the sights, colours, and textures of their stalls, and perhaps sip a vermouth in one of their bars. One of the oldest is the Mercado de la Paz at Calle Ayala 28 in the Salamanca neighbourhood (which sometimes also features live performances). In Plaza San Miguel near the Plaza Mayor, the Mercado de San Miguel is an artistic monument in itself, declared a national Landmark of Cultural Interest (open 10AM-midnight, weekends until 2am). Then over in the Chueca district on Calle Augusto Figueroa is the Mercado de San Antón, in operation since 1945, with its lights and its shadows (now, thanks to its 2002 inclusion in the Community of Madrid's modernisation and promotion, it's right up there with the other two; a highlight is the restaurant La Cocina de San Antón, where you choose the market products you want to eat, and they cook it up for you - pretty cool!).

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