The Mercado de San Miguel is one of my favorite places to eat in Madrid. It was recently renovated and has been turned into a market that has over 30 separate food stands that specialize in all kinds of food and drinks. Most of the food stands focus on a particular type of Spanish foods. Some of the types of foods that you will find include: seafood, cheese, wine, croquet’s, cured Spanish meats, pastries and baked goods. I even saw a stand selling “Authentic” Mexican food.
One of the nice things about the Mercado is that if you do not speak Spanish you can just point to what you want and they will tell you the price. The portions are tapas size so you can create a meal of whatever kind of food looks interesting to you. The prices are a little expensive but the quality is good and the atmosphere is excellent.
This place can get crowded during lunch and after working hours so you might want to plan your visit during the slower times. There are communal tables in the middle of the market and some smaller tables around the outside walls. You could also go over to the Plaza Mayor and enjoy a picnic in one of Europe’s great squares.
The Market is a five minute walk from Puerta del Sol and is located next to the Plaza Mayor.