Mercado San Ildefonso


Madrid is full of food hall markets, from traditional to trendy. Mercado San Ildefonso is on the trendy side and definitely one of my favourites in town!

Expecting a big market hall I almost walked pass this recommendation in the trendy neighbourhood Malasaña. It is located in the main shopping street of this area and only beholds a very narrow entrance with two small food stands and some bar-like tables. A food hall in here? I doubted it.

But keep your eyes open when you walk down this street and walk into that unlikely entrance of a market. Because you won’t be disappointed once you climb the stairs.
Mercado San Ildefonso is inspired by typical street food markets as we know them from London or New York and therefore is the trendy version of the many food markets Madrid has.
I love food markets because it allows me taste different types of gastronomy on one location. So much to choose from! Traditional tapas and carefully selected wines to mouthwatering steaks or Mexican burrito’s, every food stall offers you a different delight. Do not expect haute cuisine, the kiosks are aimed to provide you with high quality quick bites. Gastronomic fast food, if you will.

The market spreads over three floors with several bars, 18 different food kiosks and two terraces. It’s  filled with both hipster locals and some tourists. A perfect place to end up with a group of friends or by yourself; the big bar-like tables allow you to blend in with the crowd and maybe even meet the locals!

Behind the counters the staff of all the different stalls is more than friendly. They are happy to help you choose, advise you on their offer or just have a chat while you wait. A great experience if you like the street food kind of market halls, like me!

Mercado San Ildefonso
Calle Fuencarral 57, Madrid

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