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San Anton Food Market in Madrid: where the locals eat

San Anton is a wonderful food market in Chueca, Central Madrid. Visiting the market is a great way to see a modern local market, sample delicious foods and relax on the rooftop terrace. The market was originally built in 1945 but in 2002 it received a complete renovation which transformed it into the modern building we see today. Just a short walk from both Gran Via and Retiro Park it’s an excellent stop to refuel and rest a while from city sightseeing.

San Anton food market in Madrid
San Anton food market entrance / Photo: Perri Johnson

This indoor market is divided into different levels with easy access via escalators and lifts. It’s bright and inviting as light floods through the large windows. Everything is beautifully presented and well labelled but if you’re not too sure about prices or want to know more about the produce just ask the staff, they are all very helpful.

The first floor has stalls laden with fresh produce. Fruit and vegetables are piled high alongside rows of meat and seafood. Bags of traditional dried goods likes beans, pulses and rice, plus traditional cooking spices and herbs.

Some of the best local restaurants and artisan shops hold stalls at San Anton food market. Treat yourself to a coffee and pastry, a freshly squeezed juice or pick up some cheese and crackers for a snack later.

San Anton Food Market in Madrid
Its 22 vendors sell everything from fresh produce and meats to cooked regional specialities / Photo: Perri Johnson

Hop on the escalator to see the choice of ready to eat food behind the counters upstairs. Select a Spanish tapas or two to enjoy with glass of local wine. Try some Mediterranean flavours at the Greek food stall or sample fresh Asian sushi and ramen. The bar on this floor stocks over 100 different wines and a good selection of cold draught beers. Everyone stands in typical Madrid style at high tables while chatting, drinking and enjoying the tasty foods.

San Anton Food Market
We love cheese and this stall (“Queseria“) offers fine artisanal Spanish and European cheeses / Photo: Perri Johnson

If you would prefer to sit down and enjoy a larger meal from the menu, go up to the rooftop restaurant La Cocina de San Antón. The tropical décor is fun and inviting and they offer a very good value lunch set menu. The outside terrace has comfortable seating and a fun cocktail menu. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon drink while you enjoy the view over the pretty buildings of Chueca.

San Anton Food Market in Madrid
Views from the terrace are lovely / Photo: Perri Johnson

How to get San Anton Food Market in Madrid

San Anton market is located in Chueca, a vibrant barrio of Madrid, known for its vast selection of cool bars, cafes and shops. A modern and forward thinking neighbourhood where the annual gay pride celebrations are held. Chueca embraces its label as the gay area of Madrid by adorning the streets with rainbow flags and creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  It’s a relaxed part of Centro Madrid where you can step away from the busy tourist areas and see a little glimpse of local city life.

  • Address: Calle de Augusto Figueroa 24B, 28004 Madrid
  • Opening times: Every day from 10am – Midnight
  • Nearest Metro: Chueca (line 5), Gran Via a 10 minute walk (line 1 & 5), Banco de España a 10 minute walk (line 2)

New measures to face COVID-19 and enjoy our tours with safety

SMALLER GROUPS
(MAX. 10 PEOPLE)

Our groups are now limited to 10 people, therefore it is required to book your spot in advance.

MANDATORY USE OF FACE MASK

Mandatory use of face masks for guides and customers. Following the Spanish legislation, the wearing of face masks in all public spaces is obligatory.

SOCIAL DISTANCING (2 METERS)

When available, we highly recommend to maintain 2-meters social distancing between all the participants of the tour.

HAND SANITIZER AVAILABLE

All our guides will be carrying hand sanitizer during the tour and it will be available during the whole route for you.

GUIDES EQUIPPED WITH VOICE AMPLIFIERS

You will hear the explanations perfectly, as your guide will be carrying a voice amplifier.

NO PAPER

You don´t need to print out your tour confirmation (just in case keep the email confirmation on your phone). Your name and last name will be enough for the guide to complete the check-in process.

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