Some of the best places to have a sample of Spain’s incredible supply of fresh produce are the country’s food markets. Spain’s markets are a good place to explore. Whether you want to buy fresh ingredients for a party or try ready-made dishes, this are the places to visit.
Here are the country’s best food markets:
Mercado San Miguel, Madrid
This is Madrid’s most famous market. It is located right at the center of the city. The market was built in 1916 but was renovated and reopened as a gourmet food market in 2009. The place offers the best freshly prepared foods to try like the classic jamon Iberico, juicy olives and vermouth, the locals favorite alcoholic drink.
Mercado Anton Martin, Madrid
The market is located in the Lavapies district of Madrid. The place is a combination of traditional food stalls. Here you can find local family-run restaurants, Japanese and vegetarian stalls. The place offers cheap prices which makes it a great place to pick up Spanish food and ingredients like olives, cheeses, chorizo and jamon.
Mercado de Abastos, Santiago de Compostela
This is the second most famous tourist destination in the area after the cathedral. This is the place to visit if you want to explore the city’s incredible supply of seafood. From prawns, scallops and lobsters, a wide variety of fish, this place has it all.
Mercado de la Ribera, Bilbao
Mercado de la Ribera is the largest indoor market in Europe. It’s art décor inspired by the 1930’s, makes it a beautiful place to visit. The market offers Basque meat, cheese and fishes. You can also visit the La Ribera Bilbao restaurant to try the market’s local produce.
Mercat Central, Valencia
This is Valencia’s main market and is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. The place is worth visiting because of its marvelous architecture. The market sits in the middle of the city’s Ciutat Vella. The place is made of glass, iron and ceramic domes inspired by 20th Century Valencian architecture. It was opened to the public in 1928 and today caters almost 1200 stalls which makes it Europe’s biggest markets.
Mercado Victoria, Cordoba
This covered gourmet food market is located in the former place of the Cordoba Fair. It was recently renovated and now has 30 stalls selling the freshest produce and prepared food from Spain and around the world. Octopuses, oysters, salmon and tapas dishes are commonly found here. The market is a popular hangout for locals and tourists who want to have a taste of Mexican, Argentinian and Japanese specialties.
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