​​​​​​​​​If you are a tourist who loves discovering hidden places of a town, a walk through a market is a perfect way to do it. Madrid and Barcelona offer really charming buildings and places, became witnesses of their history and where you can find many traditional and exotic products so you can discover the traditional cooking of their region and many others. So, have a break and let’s go to the  most beautiful markets of Madrid and Barcelona; it’s so easy to go there taking one of our high-speed trains Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation. You’ll just have time to make a list of what you want to find and you will arrive in the centre of the city! 

The San Miguel Market in Madrid 

The San Miguel market in Madrid

In the center of Madrid​, very near to the Plaza Mayor, this market is considered as “the temple of the fresh products, where the chef is the product”. On the 34 stalls, you will find meat, fish, vegetables… gourmet products, but you will also be able to taste tapas, pintxos, wines, beers in one or several stalls which propose different gastronomic specialities. Moreover, this market is located in building considered as a Property of Cultural Interest. 

The San Antón Market in Madrid 

Located in the very animated Chueca neighbourhood, many people go there for shopping. The decoration of the roof and the central stall where you can buy peeled and cut fruits make this place so characteristic. There is a Tapas zone and many offers to have lunch on the second floor and a terrace on the last floor so you can have a drink enjoying the sun and the moon. It’s now a meeting place in the neighbourhood. 

The San Ildefonso Market in Madrid 

Like the street food markets you can find in London, New York, Singapore or Bangkok, the San Ildefonso market is a real extension of the cosmopolite Fuencarral street. Its cobblestones which recall the pedestrian ways is totally opened on the outside thanks to its huge windows. On this market you won’t find fresh vegetables  but you will be proposed chefs creations. 

The Market of the Cebada in Madrid 

Located on the Cebada place, it seems to be a wilderness during the week. It is very different during the weekend; hundreds of persons jostle there. On Saturday morning, many neighbours got used to going there to savour different seafood plates for a good price. On Sunday, there is a flea market very near so the number of clients and visitors increases!

If you don't know which tapas to choose, here you have an article with the best spanish tapas.

The Boquería Market in Barcelona 

The Boqueria Market in Barcelona

At five minutes of the Gran Teatre Liceu, in the centre of Barcelona, you can find one of the most popular markets: The Boquería. Its location on the Ramblas made it a place where the tourists converge so it’s not as authentic as other markets in Barcelona. Small fruits and vegetables stalls are now replaced by new stands for tourists… However it’s still pleasant to visit it and to eat in one of the small restaurants where the food is prepared in front of you with the best season products. It’s essential to visit it but if you want to find a place to have lunch take care the rush hour… 

The Market de la Llibertat in Barcelona ​

A third option is the Market of the Liberty / mercat de la llibertat in the centre of the Gràcia neighbourhood. Always in movement, it’s a meeting place for the inhabitants of this neighbourhood. You can not only find here fresh products but many more things like haberdashery products, cleaning products, flowers… Tourists know it for the legendary restaurant Tast de Joan Noi, called by strangers John Boy. The restaurant propose fishes and seafood they buy on the stalls next to the restaurant which belongs to the same person. 

The Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona 

Exterior of the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona

Just next to the Cathedral, you can find the Santa Caterina Market. It is the oldest covered market of the city, famous for its wavy roof composed by 325000 coloured pieces. During the renovation works archaeological vestiges have been found, so it shows how old are the walls. Less frequented than the Boquería, it conserved its local charm and offers special products as exotic fruits and ostrich eggs, but traditional fresh products too… There you can savour delicious tapas or other oriental and vegetarian menus as in the Cuines de Santa Caterina restaurant. ​

The Barceloneta Market in Barcelona 

We have to tell you something about the Barceloneta market which transmits to the visitors its maritime character. The restaurant Els Fogons proposes a plates with products of season and a huge variety of rices, perfect for paella’s lovers. 

To put it in a nutshell, eating in a market can be​ a unique culinary experience and the quality of the products can satisfy even the most exigent palates. When you go back home with our trains, think of your next destination and let us carry you… If you ask, we will recommend you many places to enjoy all kinds of food! 

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